Cape Figari and Figarolo Island 0 Comments
A fascinating journey into the north Sardinia
Golfo Aranci is not only sea. Our sea village has a lot more to offer. Trekking through the beautiful Mediterranean scrub is a valid alternative way to spend a cloudy day.
The most striking is the Cape Figari’s promontory. It’s a pristine promontory covered with juniper trees and Holm oak, where is not uncommon to meet wild mouflons and peregrine falcons.
Once you reach the 342 mt promontory’s peak, the panorama in front of you is just stunning. From there you can enjoy the beautiful view of the gulf of Olbia and its coasts with crystalline waters and wild cliffs.
Guglielmo Marconi (Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system) based his observatory right on the top of Cape Figari. From there he inaugurated the first radio link between Sardinia and Rocca di Papa, near Rome.
The observatory building is in good condition and can be visited. It was formerly used as a military fortress and designed to accommodate the “Marina Militare” noncommissioned officers.
The well maintained path, that will get you on the top of Cape Figari in about a hour, is a bit steep but easy accessible.
In front of the promontory lies the Figarolo Island (139 meters above sea level), that can be reached via sea with small boats. A wreck of an old merchant ship, that sank in the second half of 1900, can be visited with the help of dedicated and professional scuba divers.
The island of Figarolo is mainly made of limestone rock that lies on an undersea granite base, very similar to the Tavolara Island. Trekking in the Cape of Figari is not just an excursion, but a real emotional experience, impossible to forget.