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Sardinia is an island next to Italy, just below Corsica and is approximately 190 kilometers from the mainland of Italy With an area of no less than 24,000 kilometers, Sardinia is almost as large as the Netherlands and, after Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.
The island has a turbulent history.
Over the centuries, many surrounding countries have invaded the island and Sardinia has experienced long periods of drought.
Nevertheless, the surroundings of Sardinia are beautiful and there is much to discover.
The almost 2000 kilometer long coastline of the island is very rocky on the northeast side and east coast with beautiful granite formations.
The island of Sardinia is a very attractive holiday destination with beautiful landscapes, impressive cities with many historic churches and basilicas, many harbors, very beautiful beaches and surrounded by small islands in the Mediterranean Sea.

The time of the Nuraghe

The prehistoric time in Sardinia is characterized by the typical natural stone buildings that are called Nuraghi.
There are approximately 7,000 of these constructions in more or less complex structures.
The best known complex is Su Nuraxi di Barumini in the province of Cagliari.
The Nuraghi were built in the period from around 1800 to 250 BC.
The culmination of culture, which coincided with the Bronze Age, was between 1200 and 900 BC.
The population engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, mining and producing bronze.
There were holy places (especially wells) and graves (Dolmen).
It is known that the population was already in contact with the Myceners.
It has even been assumed that the architecture of the Mycenaeans was derived, but that is not immediately proven.
Sardinia maintained close contact with Cyprus during this period.
Bronze mirrors and tripods from Cyprus were first introduced and then imitated.
Some bronze statues that were cast according to the lost wax technique date back to before the year 900 BC.
We have already seen a lot of those Nuraghes and every time you see one, you will be amazed at how they managed to do it.
A lot of them have also been dropped and sometimes they also find a new one.
They are mostly in a high place, where they had a good view of the sea or the landscape, so that they saw the enemy in time.

We have been coming to Sardinia for many years now and always to the village of Gairo, which is located in the middle of the island on the east side.
Gairo was hit by a landslide in 1951, as a result of which the village was rebuilt higher up the mountain.
The population left for the new village in 1963, the old village and the houses remained behind and is now a ruin.
It has now become Gairo Vecchio and is a tourist attraction. Because Gairo is fairly central, you can go in all directions from there.
We go in a different direction every year and we have already seen a lot of Sardinia. I think Perda Liana is the most beautiful mountain (stone of the plain).
If I get a chance I go there. It is a half hour drive from Gairo and a half hour walk, then you are at the most beautiful place in Sardinia.
There are a lot of mouflons and it is a very special mountain, you don't see that in Sardinia.
If you go towards the evening, you can see a beautiful sunset and maybe you will see another mouflon.

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