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Capo Figari and the Island of Figarolo

This geographically important area has been recognised as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and includes Capo Figari and the Island of Figarolo. It was established under the Habitats directive 92/43/CE due to its natural treasures in terms of biodiversity and is located in the coastal area of the Gallura. The reserve extends for 850,876 hectares along the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, in the town of Golfo Aranci in the province of Olbia-Tempio.

The site is a real open air museum, where you can admire beautiful landscapes and marine treasures through spectacular hikes. By taking a boat starting from Golfo Aranci, it is possible to first discover the two spectacular coves of Moresca Bay, and by continuing on you will reach Punta Filasca, Greca Bay, and the rock of Sa Mama Chiatta. An unusual sight will greet you before arriving at the beautiful beach of Sonno Bay: a rocky precipice on the sea, which has taken the form of a Mamuthone (this is the typical carnival mask which represents the inland rural Sardinia).

The coast of Capo Figari is characterised by high cliffs that stand out on the coast, from which you can dive to incredible depths to discover archaeological relics hidden in the seabed, including precious anchors which date back to the Byzantine period. Continuing along the north face of the promontory, diving enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience by venturing into these hidden depths. In the underwater caves you can see grouper, lobsters, cicada, covina, moray eels, sponges, greater amberjacks, and even the fascinating black coral and an incredible nativity, made up of trachyte, giving a unique special Christmas feel to the dive. The beauty of this natural area is not only underwater but also on land, from its beaches shaped by the sea currents, to the pathway which leads to the Italian Navy Radio Station. Here, you get a breathtaking view of the open sea, the isles of Soffi and Mortorio, Volpe Bay, the Archipelago of La Maddalena, the Island of Tavolara, Capo Ceraso, and the Gulf of Olbia with all of its splendid bays.