Nuragic fortress of Monte Elias
What can be seen from the nuragic fortress of Monte Elias is one of the most beautiful scenery ever . If you’re lucky and if you are around there on a nice day, your sight can wander throughout the Gulf of Asinara, on the one hand as far as Porto Torres and Stintino, on the other until the Red Island.
We were a little disappointed by the nuragic remains , because barely visible and unappealing (when we went there was tall grass …), but all three times we were there, we found along the way (a little more of a lane in the middle of an amazing countryside) a pair of wild boars and a little further on, to the delight of children, a pigsty with many little piglets. Perhaps for what I have just said could seem that the place is not worth of being visited, but if we went back three times (the last organized with sandwiches for a picnic lunch) is only because the place from the point of view of nature is really beautiful and the view that you can enjoy from here is truly lovely. The place communicates an intense feeling of peace and well-being. If you are a nature lover you can not miss it.
GPS coordinates of the parking lot of the fortress: 40.882565, 8.711026
Church of N.S. Tergu
Another attraction of this small town is the church of Nostra Signora di Tergu, one of the greatest examples of Romanesque architecture in Sardinia. The church and the remains of the nearby abbey are located in a country setting, accessible via a stone arch which looks out on a large yard accessible from the driveway of the Benedictines. This was a Benedictine abbey and its foundation, according to the Libellus judicum turritanorum (document in the vulgar logudorese probably drafted by a monk in the thirteenth century), can be attributed to the judge of Torres, Mariano I de Lacon–Gunale (who reigned between 1065 and 1082). The church then is among the possessions of Monte Cassino Abbey from 1122 . The Pseudocondaghe of Santa Maria of Tergu( was an administrative document in use in Sardinia between the 11th and 13th centuries. They are one of the earliest witnesses for the development of the Sardinian language and are an important source for historians of medieval Sardinia) lists 1117 as the date of the consecration of the temple, the construction of which was attended by workers from Lombardy and Pisa. In 1444 the church and the monastery became part of the possessions of the “Arcidiocesi Turritana”. Characteristic is the color given to the church by the cantons of red trachyte. Here, too, the feeling you get is that of peace, and looking at the church you can’t not to think about how it was to be the place in the XII century.
GPS coordinates of the Church: 40.871046, 8.720569
There are different ways to arrive to Tergu, depending on where you start, you can choose the coastal road in the direction of Castelsardo (arrived in loc.Lu Bagnu turn in the direction of Tergu on SP15) or if you go trough the inside you can take the SP17 taht link Nulvi to Tergu or even from SP672-Sassari-Tempio, you can turn on the SS127 in the direction of Perfugas and then on the SS134 in the direction of Sedini, continuing to Tergu.