Travelling along the Strada Statale 131 trunk road from Nuoro to Olbia, you will be captivated by its white majesty and its precipices. Monte Albo, which gets its name from the light colour of the limestone rocks, has an elongated ridge, of about twenty kilometres, that dominates the Baronìe sub-region.
The massif, situated mainly in the territory of Lula and Siniscola and partly in that of Galtellì, Irgoli, Loculi and Lodè, is so rich in vertical gorges and caves, vertical walls and deep ravines, that it deserves the name of 'Sardinian dolomite'. The caves have often been used as places of refuge. In that of Bona Fraule, perhaps a place of worship in times gone by, iron daggers and swords were found. Many of the peaks of the limestone bastion are over a thousand metres high: the summits are Punta Turuddò and Punta Catirina, where the cave of Janna Manna opens up and is 200 metres long. The 'twin' peaks face each other and each is 1127 metres high. Between them, there is the ponor of Tumba e' Narrai.
The mountain has well-marked hiking trails: along the crags and passes you will see beautiful scenery. There are not many wooded corners and there is Mediterranean scrub, as well as endemic species everywhere. Not surprisingly, the Botanical Society has listed Monte Albo as a place of national interest. The rugged territory is densely populated: you can come across wild boar and mouflons on the rocks or martens and wild cats climbing up the centuries-old pine trees. On the snow-covered peaks, the golden eagle, the goshawk, the common raven and the red-billed chough fly overhead. In the northern part, as you climb, rocks appear where the vegetation becomes more sparse. It will look like a 'moon' landscape to you, especially the very white Punta Sos Aspros. Granite outcrops appear all around, as well as little basalt plateaus, known as gollei.
Man has inhabited this mountain at least since the Neolithic age, as is demonstrated by Domu de Janas of Mannu 'e Gruris. Numerous Nuragic evidence exists on the peaks, like Littu Ertiches. Dating back to the Roman age, there is, in particular, a bronze statue of the god Asclepius. Along the trails, you will also notice signs left more recently by man, particularly the pinnettos made of stone and wood, which were shepherds' dwellings for centuries.