You can get a glimpse of them already from the coast, before taking the road that heads up towards Ulassai, a small village that has kept almost intact the architectural features of old Sardinian villages. Perched on high, imposing, they look down over the surrounding terrain from their heights like stern guardians. They are the famous Tacchi dell’Ogliastra (the most well-known is the monolith Perda Liana), named due to their being shaped like the heel of an overturned shoe. Enormous rock outcrops of Dolomite limestone scattered over an area of about 30 square kilometres that are a feature of this hinterland of Sardinia. An immense natural park of these “Tacchi”, where everything is wild, barren and untouched.
The surrounding villages appear to be only an appendage, almost incidental to the landscape. The splendid sea of the eastern coast is only 20 minutes away by car from these mountains that rise up from 700 to 1,000 metres above sea level, but seems very far away. Here, the wildness of nature takes centre stage.