Giara of Gesturi
The Wild Horses
The Giara of Gesturi is a great plateau of volcanic origin with a surface of 45 square chilometers, similar in shape to the Mexican “mesas“, impressive natural fortresses that rise up from the valley below with their steep walls. Rich in temporary ponds full of water and water lilies in the spring, autumn and winter, it consists of an immense basalt lava flow, erupted over 20 million years ago, from the craters of volcanoes, now extinct, of Zeppara Manna(580m) and Zepparedda (609m), which with their elevations interrupt its plain surface.
In the park there are lush forests of cork oaks, oaks, olive trees and typical plants of the Mediterranean scrub, an unspoilt landscape of rare beauty and wilderness inhabited by rare animals. In fact here, among others, lives the only italian and european herd of wild horses, called “Horses of the Giara“. Their origin is mysterious, according to a theory they are the descendants of the first breed of horse imported to the island by the Phoenicians more than 2,800 years ago. They are known for their low height, wither height of only 120 cm, have a thick and satin coat; they are sturdy and quiet and since ancient times they lived in the wild in the Giara. Today they are a symbol of Sardinia. In the park also live wild boars, wolves, woodcock and many other protected animals, which find their natural habitat in this beautiful environment.
In the vicinity is also possible to find important archaeological monuments such as the “protonuraghe” Bruncu Madugui and the famous nuraghe of Barumini (see post), UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Giara GPS Coordinates: 39.73597, 8.999218
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