Forrola and Punta Giràdili

Forrola and Punta Giràdili

To the north of Pedra Longa is “Forrola” bay, dominated by the majestic “Punta Giradili”, which, at 765 metres, is one of the highest cliffs in the Mediterranean. Forrola bay is home to a pebble beach of the same name, reachable by land along the initial section of the path which begins the first stage of the “Selvaggio Blu” (“Wild Blue”) trek. The track branches off from one of the last bends of the paved road leading to the square of Pedra Longa and it takes about half an hour to get to the beach. The seafloors at Fòrrola are particularly appreciated by underwater fishing enthusiasts and scuba divers.
In the past, the entire area behind the beach (up to the limestone cliffs of “Loppòdine”, which border Fòrrola to the north), as was the case at “Golgo” and “Margine”, was used to cultivate grain by the “bidassone” method. Even now, hidden among the vegetation, local guides are able to identify the barnyards used by farmers for threshing during the harvest. On the first leg of the “Selvaggio Blu” trek, there is a path that climbs towards the head of the valley, making use of what is left of a mule track made by coalmen and passing at the foot of the steep rock face of Punta Giràdili. The trail leads to a fold named “de Us Piggius”, which offers a panoramic view across the bay of Fòrrola. Inland, not far from Giradili, is the peak of Mount Ginnirco (811 metres in height), whose name is a deformation of “Genna ’e Ircu” (“Gate of the Billy Goat”, from the Latin “hircus”, meaning billy goat).
On the slope that begins at the base of Punta Giradili, the numerous oleanders reveal the presence of a stream: it is the “Baus” spring, which flows into the sea via a small waterfall, a few dozen metres north of Fòrrola beach. In particularly rainy years, the waterfall manages a substantial flow of water even in summer. A detail that at the time of the barbarian invasions did not escape the pirates. In this regard, there is a significant episode in 1806 (reported in certain documents kept in the State Archives in Cagliari) which proves that the pirates knew the Sardinian coastline very well. In June of that year, a fleet of 40 vessels (and a total of over one thousand men) engaged in looting along the eastern coast of Sardinia, stopped leisurely at the “Bàus” spring to replenish their water supply.


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Cala Luna

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Portu Cuau

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Forrola and Punta Giràdili

To the north of Pedra Longa is “Forrola” bay, dominated by the majestic “Punta Giradili”, which, at 765 metres, is one of the highest cliffs in the Mediterranean.

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