Day Tour Asinara Island

Escursioni Fuoristrada Asinara

Meeting on pier Tanca Manna – Stintino at about 9 a.m.

Boarding on the motorship Ausonia. Departure 9:30 a.m.

Arrival at pier Fornelli Asinara at 9:50 a.m.Trip on all-terrain vehicle.

  • Visit to the MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON IN FORNELLI, where terrorists, mafia criminals, Red Brigates activists were being held since 1970s; along the route you will find white little donkeys and horses living in the wild state.
  • Discovery hike to appreciate the beauty of the park, the natural treasures of the island and the structures representing the most stunning evidence of ancient and recent history of the entire area. From the peaks P.ta Mastra and Fornelli you can see the many Medieval architectural works, starting from the walls surrounding "CASTELLACCIO", an ancient Medieval fortress, for which there are few available historic data. On the way to North, is it possible to observe from above the closed Natural Marine Protected Area of CALA S.ANDREA. From there you can admire a wonderful landscape and see how geomorphology changes in the area. Lateral granite rocks bordering the road will take you in a natural world of animal and human forms.
  • Next stop will be CALA DI SGOMBRO di dentro: along the narrowest part of the island you will see the drying reefs called “i nani” (dwarfs), choosen by certain species of sea and water birds as their rearing grounds, such as the very rare Audouin’s gull, the Egretta Garzetta, the Grey Airon, and so on. –A visit to STUDY CENTRE FOR WILDLIFE, located in TUMBARINO, a former prison, whose structure has been now renovated, is recommended in spring and autumn.
  • You will appreciate the west coast (the sea out) visiting the area of P.TA SA NAVE, with its high cliffs overlooking the sea, at a depth of 50 m approximately. This area shows evidence of the adaptation to extreme climatic conditions of the vegetation, such as windiness, water shortage, long hours of sunshine.
  • An ideal stop-over in the central part of the island is CAMPU PERDU, a former prison branch, which used to be located where a riding stable is today, where you will have many opportunities for horse trekking excursions, accompanied by excellent tour guides and to see many animals up close, including horses, white and grey donkeys.
  • Visit to the CENTRE FOR SEA TURTLES RECOVERY OF THE PARK, (depending on the health status of the animals), managed by the Association C.R.A.M.A. (Centro Recupero Animali Marini Asinara – Asinara Sea Animals Recovery Centre).
  • After the branch-off of Campo Faro, you will reach CALA REALE, where the former Marine quarantine used to be located and functioning from the late 1800 until the early 1940s.
  • Last tourist spot to visit on the cemented road is the small village of CALA D'OLIVA, with the Diramazione Centrale, a former prison turned into an Environmental Education Centre for school groups and adults.
  • You will travel on along the off-road track linking the former fishing village to the only forest in an area of 6 hectares, "ELIGHE MANNU" (the big holm oak).
  • After lunch break in the woodland area you will go towards the highest peak, P.TA DELLA SCOMUNICA, known for its landscape lit in spectacular sunset colors, from which you can see the whole breathtaking panorama of the island from above and the extreme peak, P.TA DELLO SCORNO, where is located the homonymous lighthouse, the most important in North-Western Sardinia.
  • The excursion includes a stop-over to the beach CALA SABINA, one of the most beautiful beaches in the island, offering marine world lovers opportunities for bathing and snorkeling.

 

Return to Fornelli at about 5:00 p.m. to come on board. Departure 5:00-5:15 p.m.

Arrival at Stintino at about 5:45 p.m.

Comfortable walking shoes and wear are strongly recommended for the excursion, suitable for dirt road walking. Bring packe.

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