Surrounded by the mountains and woods of Gennargentu and washed by waterways, making it a setting for rare wildlife and woodlands, Gavoi is in an enviable position in the wild heart of the island's hinterland. Lake Gusana is located two kilometres from the village. With deep blue waters in autumn and winter, it is ideal for trips on horseback and by canoe for recreational fishing.
Walking along the streets in the centre of the village, you will lose yourself in your search for the flower-filled balconies, from which writers, actors, musicians and journalists from all over the world perform at the beginning of July, on the occasion of the literary festival, L’Isola delle Storie (The Island of stories). In this village of stone houses, with their snow-covered roofs in the wintertime, you can enjoy the splendid valley of holm oaks, chestnut, walnut and cherry trees and you can taste the delicacies and admire the excellent artisan products. Gavoi has been recognized as a 'slow food' presidium, for its famous Fiore Sardo pecorino cheese PDO.
If you want to broaden your knowledge of the local culture, you should visit the Casa Porcu Satta museum, which boasts beautiful traditional Gavoi clothes, toys from the past (the splendid Jocoscollection), ancient craft tools and musical instruments, like su tumbarinu (drum), played by theTumbarinos, that made the village famous. The church of Sant'Antioco Martire is undoubtedly another evocative cultural place worth visiting.
In the 'highest' parts of the territory, near the springs, there are the menhir, the domus de Janas and the nuraghi, a symbol of aterritory inhabited since prehistoric times, particularly the settlements of Castrulongu and the Talaichè nuraghe, with its tholos roof, (false dome) which is still intact.