Sardinian olive trees and oil

Although olive trees and oil are not among the many commonplaces linked to this island, Sardinia and olive trees are an inseparable pair, whether they are domestic olive trees or olive trees that grow up in challenging lands which are inaccessible for production, such as slopes full of big rocks.

The “Olivastro di Luras” is a beautiful, wild olive tree which is located in the Olbia-Tempio province. Its age varies between 2500 and 4000 years, and its dimensions are impressive: almost 14 meters in height. It is no coincidence that it is called “The Patriarch of Nature” too. It has been declared a Natural Monument (in 1991), and it is included in the list of ancient trees to be preserved.

In Sardinia, oil production is essential too, in fact, it is also called “the liquid gold”. It is still produced using traditional and non-industrial/intensive methods. The most famous Sardinian cultivars are: Bosana, Nera di Gonnos, Semidana, Terza Grande and Piccola, Pizz’e Carroga, Olia Niedda and Tonda di Cagliari.

The Sardegna DOP is an EVO oil which is produced throughout all the region. It is a fruity oil with bitter and chilli aromas which matches perfectly with meat, soups and sauces.

The most beautiful Sardinian beaches

Sardinian landscapes are numerous and disparate: there are both slopes full of big rocks and amazing beaches. Here are the most beautiful ones!

Surrounded by the “Faraglioni of Capo Falcone”, the “Isola Piana”, and the “Asinara”, the “Spiaggia La Pelosa” is located near Stintino and is of rare beauty due to its bright coloured seabed. There are two possible origins of its name: it could derive from the “Torre della Pelosa”, located on the opposite island, or from its strange vegetation with long, thin tufts (“La Pelosa” means “the hairy”).

The Pink Beach of the Budelli Island is a marvel of nature which has to be preserved. In fact, it is protected by laws about the landscape, the environment, and the hydrogeological situation. You cannot stop for a long time, but you can visit the island and take pictures following a guided tour. The pink colour of the sand is due to small fragments of calcareous shells.

Cala Goloritzé is a rare jewel. Located in the Ogliastra province and derived from a landslide, it is famous for its pinnacle (almost 150 meters) which the climbers love. The beach, of white pebbles and sand, can be reached by sea or walking on a path that starts from the “Altopiano del Golgo”. Because of its beauty, it has been declared a Natural Monument of the Sardinia Region and, then, an Italian National Monument.

The Marina di Barì beach is known for the presence of the homonymous tower that gives charm to the whole landscape. It is a suggestive beach with golden sand and emerald green sea. The seabed is sandy, but in the northern part of the beach, there are rocks. This beach is never too crowded due to its vastness.