Forest’Anela stands about a thousand metres high on a vast plateau and, along with Monte Pisanu, it is a part of the complex of state-owned forests of Goceano that, as a whole, extends over almost 3500 hectares, within the territory of three Municipalities: Anela, Bono and Bultei. The peak of the complex is punta Masiedda, with an altitude of 1158 metres, while at punta Masiennera, just a few metres lower, there is a 360-degree view stretching from the mountains of Pattada all the way to the coast of Bosa, passing through the mountains of Gallura, Mount Corrasi and the Gennargentu massif. From the plateau, the waters flow down two opposite sides, forming the main tributaries of the Coghinas and Tirso rivers. The area is dominated by dense holm oak woods, mixed with holly plants in some areas. It is between the expanses of holly that the torrents cross the forest, among which the s’Infundadu rivulet. Downy oaks, even considerably large ones, appear on the northern slopes.
Forest’Anela has been State property since 1886 and, since then, reforestation works have taken place with beech trees, chestnut trees, Atlas cedars, black pines, alders and fir trees. The beech tree renews itself spontaneously, creating an Apennine forest landscape. In the locality of Masiennera, the great Atlas cedars stand in the middle of meadows that become colourful expanses of flowers in spring. In summer, the forest is frequented due to its natural resources and the captivating landscape, as in the area called sa Minda, near the barracks of the forestry corps. A camping and picnic area has been set up here, near a small artificial lake. In winter, the forest is often tinged with white, becoming a fairy-tale setting.
The historical and archaeological heritage is also fascinating: on the edge of the forest, not far from the barracks, you can explore the ruins of the early medieval fortress of San Giorgio di Aneletto. The remains of the walls with four corner towers are still standing and, inside, there are traces of dwellings and burials. The fortified village may date back to the Byzantine domination, around the 7th century. One of the towers was converted into a church, dedicated to Saint George and donated to the Camaldolese in 1163. At the northern edge of the forest, on the border with the territory of Nughedu san Nicolò, you can visit the Neolithic necropolis of sos Furrighesos, which has 18 domus de Janas created on three overlapping levels and decorated in different ways with engravings: you will notice the symbols of pre-Nuragic religiosity, with red ochre paint, false doors representing the entrance to the underworld and bull protomes. There are also evident signs of reuse over thousands of years, up to the Early Middle Ages.