In the Middle Ages, the southernmost border of the Gallura Giudicato, which is now the border between the provinces of Nuoro and Sassari, this town spreads out at the food of Mount Calvario, surrounded by the Mount Albo chain and the granite forms of nearby villages. Lodè is a mountain town in Alta Baronia with 1700 inhabitants; it is part of the Borghi Autentici d'Italia circuit, and its fertile land is watered by springs and the riu Mannu, which forms the sos Golleos waterfall. The agricultural and pastoral town has stone houses with wooden balconies, "interrupted" streets, narrow alleyways and arches, laid out around medieval churches: the parish church of Sant'Antonio Abate who is celebrated with bonfires in mi-January, the churches of su Rimediu and the Vergine d'Itria. The rural church of San Giovanni Battista is particularly characteristic, with celebrations held in late June with a palio horse race in honour of the saint. The carnival is very popular, with traditional local masks (sas mascheras nettas and su Maimone) and evocative Holy Week rites. During the celebrations you can taste the local gourmet specialities. Starting with several types of bread: calistros, coccone, simula, cozzulasa (with ricotta or pieces of lard) and cocconeddu chin s’ovu, at Easter. Recipes include sa manicatura with pork or mutton, potatoes, cabbage, chick peas and onion, and su pane vratau with layers of "braised" carasau, sauce, pecorino cheese and egg. Typical local pastries are amarettos with almond paste, aranzata with almonds and orange peel, and orugliettas with honey and puff pastry.
Part of the Tepilora park falls into Lodè territory, one of the most florid areas of the island, with nearly 8000 hectares of uncontaminated forest (recognised by UNESCO in 2017). It includes the plateau and woodland of Sant'Anna - with a suggestive sanctuary dedicated to the saint, part of the Usinavà forest, dotted with rocks modelled in various forms, and Mount Albo, an impressive range of light coloured limestone mountains, with ravines, crevasses, caves and peaks reaching over 1000 metres and the pure white peak of sos Aspros, a nature reserve populated by mouflons and royal eagles. The park extends from the woods of Tepilora as far as the mouth of the Posada rivulet, an element connecting mountain and sea. Herons, black-winged stilts and flamingos nest in the delta, and it is the ideal setting for kayaking. You will find well-marked paths, once used by charcoal burners, with prehistoric sites and pinnettos, ancient shepherds' huts. The paths running up to Punta Cupetti are ideal for trekking. The earliest traces of human settlement at Lodè date back to the Neolithic, with some domus de Janas, known locally as calas 'e sos naneddos (dwarves' caves). The most important Bronze Age finding is the sa Mela nuraghe on Mount Prana, where you will also see the foundations of the ancient villages of sos Lothos and Thilameddu.