Natural Reserve of Golfo Aranci
Its name is due to the presence of fig trees. Inserted inside the Natural Reserve of Golfo Aranci, Figarolo is a limestone plateau dating from the Mesozoic period and is characterized by a distinctive pyramid shape. 139 meters high, the island of steep walls is the ideal habitat of the mouflon, wild specimen of sheep, a goat from with curved horns, which was inserted in Sardinia in the middle of the nineteenth century, skilled and fast climbers (they can reach 60 Km times) that live here well hidden in the dense oaks and the old olive trees. In Italy and in Sardinia it is considered a rare specie, that lives here in the island in the most inaccessible and rugged areas. The island is then also the natural habitat of some species of birds, such as gulls, the Manx shearwater, buzzards and ravens. There are numerous Phoenicians findings, including the remains of amphorae dating from the seventh century BC, which show that the island was frequented, probably due to its location on the route between the Phoenician Olbia and Etruria. In 1882 there was discovered a oval-shaped settling tank(4 m x 3 m), paved with “cocciopesto”(lime mortar with crushed pottery), probably the bottom of an ancient cistern from the Roman period. The island of Figarolo is reachable only by boat, and there you can find a beach(Figarolo Beach) with water among the most beautiful in the world, inhabited by several species of fish, sponges, starfish, sea fans and sea urchins.
The island is situated in front of Cala Moresca, surely one of the most charming beaches of Golfo Aranci (Costa Smeralda), white sand and turquoise sea, surrounded by mediterranean scrub and with the remains of a furnace which produced lime. No less fascinating is the Baracconi beach, beautiful foreshore and sea colors so intense as to leave you breathless.
GPS Coordinate s “Isola di Figarolo”: 40.980228, 9.643183
GPS Coordinates “Fornace Cala Moresca”: 40.987454, 9.646343
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