Parco Aymerich

Eastern Sardinia

Turn left off Via Sant’Ignazio to reach this smashing 22-hectare park, noted for sheltering Sardinia's widest variety of native orchid species. Among the exotic trees (including an impressive cedar of Lebanon and several eucalyptuses), springs, lakes and grottoes, you’ll find the remains of an 11th-century castle, the Castello Aymerich. From here you have wonderful views across the park and the greenery surrounding Laconi.

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Nearby Eastern Sardinia attractions

1. Casa Natale di Sant’Ignazio

0.12 MILES

Tucked down a cobbled lane, this simple two-roomed house is where St Ignatius was apparently born (he died in 1781). The back room, with its low wood…

2. Menhir Museum

0.15 MILES

Occupying an elegant 19th-century palazzo, this delightful museum exhibits a collection of 40 menhirs (billed as the largest such collection in the…

3. Nuraghe Is Paras

7.88 MILES

About 20km south of Laconi, by the sports centre in Isili, the Nuraghe Is Paras is notable for its striking tholos (beehive-shaped cone), which at 11.8m…

4. Chiesa di Santa Teresa d'Avila

8.67 MILES

On the Giara's southeastern flank, the town of Gesturi is dominated by the 30m-high bell tower of the Chiesa di Santa Teresa d'Avila. The faithful flock…

5. La Giara di Gesturi

9.37 MILES

Rising above the rolling green landscape, La Giara di Gesturi is a high basalt plateau famous for its wild horses and uncontaminated natural beauty. The…

7. Santuario Santa Vittoria

10.22 MILES

Beyond the small village of Serri, the Santuario Santa Vittoria is one of Sardinia's most important nuraghic settlements. It was first studied in 1907 and…

8. Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

10.24 MILES

The Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo retains little of its early Gothic origins. Inside, you’ll find an 18th-century pietà and a 17th-century portrait of…