Walk, climb, hike, swim – It’s fall in Sardinia

This morning I decided to show you a bunch of things we’ve done in the past few weeks (weekends really…). Temperature is around 18 – 23 degrees (until mid – November) which makes it perfect for any kind of outdoor activity. Autumn lets you do everything you were thinking about in the summer while lying somewhere on the beach, unable to move a finger or focus on a thing due to the scorching hot.

You might as well use this as brief guide on what to do in this period of the year in north Sardinia and you’ll find the links to some places I visit regularly but have already written about. So make yourself comfortable and enjoy the trip into the stunning Sardinian fall.

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Lago di Gusana near Ovodda
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Autunno in Barbagia (Autumn in Barbagia) in Ovodda. You’ve got to pay attention no to walk past these little entrances if you want to find out what is inside

If you have made a very wise decision to visit Sardinia in the autumn then you should know what’s the best way to discover many (this year 28) of the villages/small towns situated inland.

The historic homes of the town open their backyards to a gastronomic and artistic journey. Straight away the idea and its set up seemed to be pretty successful. This is how the Autunno in Barbagia name was born, a promotional window to showcase Sardinia hinterland, careful keeper of the knowledge and tastes of undisputed value, aiming to promote the excellent products and tangible and intangible traditions, of the people living there. In this window become an opportunity for experiential buying: seeing how cheese is produced, tasting it and then buying it. (http://bit.ly/1WUbUWM)

It really is that simple. No strict schedule, no annoying sellers on every corner just you, your little map and a tiny village to discover with its inhabitants, craftsmen and local products. Really worth trying it! By the way if I were you I would visit them on Saturday instead of Sunday as occasionally you might come across a huge crowd on Sunday which ruins it a bit. At least for me it does.

Cigarette break on the way to Ovodda. Mario's cool!
Cigarette break on the way to Ovodda. Mario’s cool!
Miniatures in Ovodda show traditional everyday life in the country
Miniatures in Ovodda show traditional everyday life in the country
Donkey business
Donkey business
And once you get home it's good to remember where these delicious products come form. You never know when you feel like ordering some more ...
And once you get home it’s good to remember where these delicious products come form. You never know when you feel like ordering some more …

I firmly believe that picking mushrooms should be acknowledged as an Olympic sport. While more and more people get obsessed by gears and equipment when it comes to trekking an average man covers about 10 km (uphill and downhill) with a limited use of their arms (as they are holding a basket) without even realizing it. My point is that even if we did find mushrooms it really doesn’t matter after all (shit no…) if you consider all the places you get to know while you’re wandering in the woods.

Porcini
Porcini
Autumn color mutations
Autumn color mutations
Finally got lucky
Finally got lucky

One fine spot in the autumn is Monteleone Rocca Doria (http://bit.ly/1J9AVpb) for many reasons and almost all of them are related to some kind of outdoor activity. If you like these things than let me share a brief list with you about what this place offers: walking, hiking, trekking, climbing, via ferrata and  kayaking too.

But see it for yourself!

That little blue spot is a German guy climbing up to the top
That little blue spot is a German guy climbing up to the top
The lake below - Lago Temo
The lake below – Lago Temo
Most tenacious lady climbing up up up up...
Most tenacious lady climbing up up up up…
Monteleone Rocca Doria - The view from Monte Minerva
Monteleone Rocca Doria – The view from Monte Minerva

I’d be seriuosly thinking of moving there if it didn’t have only 126 inhabitants …

Anyway I’ll be updating soon the blog with some new places and adventures we’ve had lately. But if you are around (or planning to visit) and need some more info about these places and events let me know, okay?

Next time I’ll show some more of the Wonderland: second time in Supramonte!!! You won’t believe it!

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