A village divided into three


The territory of Gairo, with its beautiful landscapes, is located in the central eastern part of Sardinia in the province of Ogliastra, one of the most beautiful areas of this island, situated between 650m and 800m asl, in a suggestive territory, extraordinary and wild, rich of woods and “tacchi“(see other post), massive limestone plateaus, such as the natural monument “Perda’e Liana“. Perda’e Liana, visible at a great distance, is a majestic mount of 1293m asl and one of the main morphological curiosity of Sardinia: it is a majestic rock tower dating back to the Jurassic era, the result of the erosive action of the atmospheric agents and water during millions of years. Gairo, whose name derives from the Greek words “ga” and “roa” meaning “land flowing” is divided into 3 parts: Gairo Sant ‘Elena, simply called Gairo, Gairo Taquisara, the lovely village with a station of the Green Train, Gairo Cardedu, called simply Cardedu, built closer to the sea. This division into three of the village, is due to the fact that, Gairo Vecchio, the village that no longer exists, perhaps the most famous ghost town of Sardinia, was declared no longer habitable for safety problems in 1951 after a terrible flood, and therefore it was decided to leave it, to rebuild it elsewhere. But disagreements about the placing of the new village led to the decision to split Gairo into three.

In the area surrounding the village there are numerous archaeological sites, such as the nuragic area of  Serbissi (see post) and Perdu Isu, while on the coast near Gairo, south of Bari Sardo and Cardedu, you can sunbathe on uncrowded and beautiful beaches. Even here in the area of Gairo you can enjoy excellent traditional food and wine products, such as the sweets pirighittus and amaretti, paired by  excellent and famous local wines such as Vermentino(see post) excellent also as an aperitif, a sparkling Cannonau rosé good throughout the meal, especially with fish and pizza, a red wine Cannonau (see post) to pair with roasts and aged cheeses (see other post), and a particular sweet red wine IGT(Indicazione geografica tipica, means that the wine is produced in a specific area, with particular requirements) also this obtained from grapes Cannonau, excellent with desserts but also as sipping wine, to be served at a temperature of 18-20 ° C.

Gairo GPS coordinates: 39.848409, 9.505349

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