Halfway along the road, between the blue Ogliastra sea and the rugged Gennargentu mountains, the smallest village in the Ogliastra region is perched at a height of almost 500 metres. Elini, which has about 600 inhabitants, extends along a valley covered in centuries-old olive trees, protected from the predominant northwesterly Mistral wind in these lands by the tall mountains. Its territory is filled with numerous springs, which make the area very fertile: olive trees, vineyards and orchards grow here, and there are also holm oaks and downy oaks. The most evocative means of transport to reach this place is the train: accompanied by the soft sound of the wheels on the tracks, you will travel through enchanted landscapes, between limestone 'buttes' surrounded by the lush nature. Once you reach the centre of the village, you will descend into the old station, built in the nineteenth century from granite blocks. In the old town centre the parish church of San Gavino Martire is worth visiting. It was built in the 20th century on sixteenth-century foundations. In the upper part of the village, you can enjoy a spectacular landscape and you can walk between holm oaks and continuous springs: the Parco Carmine park is located here and is a must during your visit. Inside it, you will also find the ruins of two Nuraghi and, above all, you can admire the beautiful sanctuary of Madonna del Monte Carmelo, dating back to the 17th century. According to the canon Flavio Cocco, the origin of the little village is linked to the park. Here, in Antiquity, a Roman military garrison apparently installed itself here. The Elini people venerate the warrior saint Gavino, celebrated solemnly every year on 18 May, and this points to the military origin of the place. The most heartfelt festivity, however, is in July, with celebrations and processions taking place for three days.