Silver spray in the wintertime, deep green or reddish streaks in the other seasons. These are the colours of the Gennargentu massif, the Sardinian mountain par excellence. As you will be able to see from the map, or better still in person, this is a complex mountainous area including various offshoots, one of which is Supramonte, extending northwards almost as far as Nuoro, and to the south as far as the valley of Flumendosa, while from east to west they go from the Tyrrhenian sea to the Tirso river. This is where the main waterways originate and run down to the eastern coast of Sardinia.
If you are well trained and carrying the right equipment, albeit with some breathlessness and with constantly taut muscles, you can reach the highest peaks in Sardinia: Bruncu Spina and Punta La Marmora, around 1830 metres high. Here, you can relax and enjoy a 360-degree view of a largely unspoilt, wild territory, carved out of canyons and deep gorges, with its most ancient gullies and coves made of granite and schist. Looking up to the sky, you will often see the golden eagle, red kite or a griffon vulture circling, while in the clearings you might easily come across wild boars, foxes and martens.
The botanic repertoire is also precious and typical, including centuries-old downy oaks, holm oaks, taxus trees, chestnut trees, common hazels, dwarf junipers, thymus and helichrysum plants.The entire area is full of environmental microsystems,each to be visited one by one: the protected areas in the valleys and mountains of Uazzo (in the territory of Tonara and Belvì) and FuntanaCungiada (in Aritzo). The southwestern side of Gennargentu is dotted with interesting archaeological ruins, like the Nuraghe Ura 'e sola located high up at an altitude of 1330 metres, and with beautiful views, like that along the valley of Rio Aratu.