Hotsprings and long autumns

October has been warm and sunny so far without any rain or annoying wind and now that I’m writing this second post the forecast gives 30 degrees for today. I’m telling you this for two particular reasons:

1. If the previous sentence makes you feel envious or triggers killing instincts this might be the ultimate test to determine whether you belong to the dark side or not. (In that case we should start you formal training right away)

2. I’d like you to know that Sardinia is much more enjoyable in the first months of the Autumn than in August when it’s packed with tourists everywhere and the prices are definitely higher. Just think about it for a second: less people, easy booking, 20 – 30 degrees, no queue at the bar ….

Anyway, last weekend was great. Although days are getting shorter we managed to see 3 different places in the same area which is called Goceano. It’s a less known Sardinian region compared to the coastline but it’s definitely worth an hour’s drive. Being in the centre of the island its beauty and uniqueness are not related to the sea but rather to its forests, slopes, nuraghi  and hot springs. Yes folks, this area is full of hot springs used by common  people ever since they were built by the Romans.

The first two places  – Foresta Burgos and Monte Pisanu – are quite close to each other but while the former seems to be part of Middle Earth (somewhere near Amon Hen if you know what I mean) with its ancient ruins and the moss that covers every rock and trunk in the forest the second is rather “domesticated” as it’s a picnic area even if the size of the tables makes you think they were made to suit giants (they call them “tavolata” and they offer enough space to feed a whole army – by the way I’m planning to write something about ‘proper Sardinian  food‘ that might give you some ideas about a few exquisite products you can’t miss while you’re on the island ).

The smallest ‘tavolata’ at Monte Pisanu

Now normally I’d say that travelling 30 km by car is a relatively easy task but you’ve got to keep in mind that in the central part of Sardinia roads are full of turnings and cows hanging around everywhere not to mention that the road signs are quite contradictory so that’s why it took us about half an hour to get to the hot springs close to Benetutti. But who cares if your path goes through the forest that slowly changes its savage summer colours into something soothe and surprisingly varied, right? And then, in the middle of nowhere, all of a sudden there they are: hot springs!!!

Hot springs are available for everyone

The temperature of the water is around 40°C so you might not want to stay in for more than 10 minutes at a time. Besides since they are open to the public usually there’s some people waiting in line at the weekend. But worry not, nobody will spoil your privacy while you’re enjoying your bath. Some of these ‘pools’ are out in the open air others are inside some old stone buildings but in any case they are open for everyone night and day!

UPDATE – anyone interested in ‘thermal water/local food and wine weekend thing’ you’ll have your chance very soon  (24 –  26 October) in BenetuttiOnly Italian version though … if you have any questions let me know!

Not exactly like waiting in line at the bank
Not exactly like waiting in line at the bank
Time to have a bath!

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