The Sardinian Stones 0 Comments

The Sardinian Stones

About 25 million years ago Sardinia detached itself from the continent. The north-eastern region of Gallura is formed by granite, a plutonic magmatic rock, which cooled and crystallized almost 300 million years ago; being any volcanic activity  now completely over, Sardinia can be considered an Italian region sheltered from telluric movements. 

From Olbia to Arzachena, via San Pantaleo, at half an hour drive from Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites, the Gulf of Arzachena, sitting among the granite hills, is a magnificent sight. The Gallura coast is articulated, with hollows and headlands. The granite rocks have been gradually abraded by the sea, by the wind and the rain, and have been molded into smooth-edged reliefs that acquire singular shapes and it is fun to give them a resemblance, in fact  many animal shapes are recognizable: in Palau the rock takes the form of a bear; in San Teodoro of a turtle; in Castelsardo of an elephant; at Capo Testa there is a dog and two sea lions. Moreover, La Maddalena hosts a rock resembling a beautiful woman face hidden by a hood, and looking around there are also human faces, witches, and for the most "inspired" even phallic shapes. The amazing thing is to let the fantasy space looking for the oddest shapes within this magical rock world.

Rocks and minerals: the oldest storytellers” (A.D. Posey)


written by Daniela Toti


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