Le Prigionette Nature Reserve

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Le Prigionette Nature Reserve information

Prices
admission free but ID required
Opening hours
8am-4pm Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm Sun
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This reserve, just west of Porto Conte at the base of Monte Timidone (361m), is a beautiful pocket of uncontaminated nature. Encompassing 12 sq km of woodland, aromatic macchia (Mediterranean scrub) and rocky coastline, it offers wonderful scenery and excellent walking with a network of well-marked tracks, suitable for hikers and cyclists. All around wildlife flourishes – deer, albino donkeys, Giara horses and wild boar roam the woods, whilst overhead, griffon vultures and falcons fly the skies.

For stirring coastal views head to Cala della Barca , a remote cliffside spot overlooking the Isola Piana . The easiest and quickest way of getting there is to drive from the reserve's entrance until you come to an open space by a hut – it takes about 20 minutes along the dirt track. Park here and continue on foot for the last kilometre or so.