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Portu Cuau

As all places on earth, as all wild regions, as earthly paradises almost unmentioned on maps and like a blockhouse that waits to be stormed, even Portu Cuau is surrounded by charm and mystery probably for its name or the place where it rises. An arduous and wild area, with a delightful silence, surrounded by vast vegetation and green water, where there is a wreck that sank in late 1963.

At first sight, it seems an inlet or a fiord with a snake shape and with two great calcareous walls on each side that sheltered from violent sea storms. Translated from Sardinian dialect to Italian, the words "Portu Cuau" stand for hidden port which springs to mind the idea that someone may have used this site in the past to defend oneself against sea raids.

The place can be easily reached by boat or with a Kayak that can flow easily in this natural port, thanks to its size. If you decide to reach "Portu Cuau" by foot, starting for example from the Supramonte of Baunei, you will be more difficult. Once you reach "Su Idile", located just after the tornants that take you to the upland of Baunei, you must cover 6 km more and then follow the street signs toward the nuraghe "Coe Serra" characterized by a wonderful sight and architectural structure.

The dirt path was traced by the Tuscan coalmen in the early twentieth century. The green and blooming Mediterranean maquis, the presence of mild goats and royal eagles that will follow you up to "Portu Cuau" and "Portu Pedrosu", add more value to the area.

There are not only strawberry trees and junipers but, also overhanging walls and arches that open your sight towards another dimension in which, nature is still uncontaminated and where time goes by in perfect silence and is interrupted at times by bird twittering or by wild pig grunting.

If you like trekking, Portu Cuau is part of one of the most famous trekking of Italy: Wild blue. Local guides will take you along wild landscapes where human presence is confirmed only by a small number of sheepfolds that were used in the past for sheep farming and have now become a tourist attraction. Don't forget to bring your camera to immortalize all wild corners of Ogliastra.


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