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The Giara of Gesturi
SARDINIA'S LANDSCAPE>THE GIARA OF GESTURI
 


Giara of Gesturi is a 35 square kilometer basaltic plateau.
It is like a bastion, an inexpugnable fortress which is surrounded by plains and rolling hills.
The Giara is isolated. It is almost an island within an Island. Its natural environment is unique and includes an interesting fauna and flora. Marshes, rocks, holm-oak and cork woods, Mediterranean plants and the wild ponies that make their home on the Giara.
Located along the plateau limits there are the ruins of 23 nuraghi which were built by the inhabitants of Sardinia in the 2nd millennium BC.


THE WILD PONIES
small, fiery, with almond-shape eyes. The last survivors of an ancient species which inhabited the island 


NUMBERS AND GEOGRAPHY
geographical location, some numbers 



TERRITORY
two volcanic crateres, the steep slopes of the plateau, coloured swamps, the springs


FLORA
the woods, the Mediterranean plants, meadows, spring flowers, rare species



FAUNA
not only horses. Foxes, martens, wild cats. Many birds: herons and sometimes flamingoes.


GEOLOGICAL HISTORY
how the Giara came to life



THE NAME
an evocative and mysterious name

 

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