ALONG THE GRIFFONS' ROUTE
from Alghero to Bosa
km: 50 | how long: 1 day
We exit from Alghero towards Bosa,
along the 105 provincial road, a coastal winding road
that rises up to 150 m of height, and is approx. 45 km long.
The Griffons' Coast, that stretches from Alghero to Capo Marrargiu, is high, and hard from the start; this is the reign of the griffon-vulture, a big bird of prey that lives in this area.
Griffons may be seen during the first hours of the day or at sunset, and they seem to fly without moving their wings, motionless and solitary.
The vegetation is rich in lentisks and Euphorbiaceae; the overhanging reefs, eroded and shaped like stairs, are windswept in every season and are perfect places for Griffons, buzzards and ravens.
Griffons are a protected species, and the WWF watches over them constantly.
After Capo Marrargiu,
the landscape is more accessible, and you can reach the sea along paths that lead to the beaches and wonderful inlets, through Mediterranean maquis and olive trees.
Several flocks and horses graze in these green clearings, among the bushes of Mediterranean maquis: take advantage of one of the many panoramic rest areas to peacefully enjoy this wonderful sight.
We arrive in Bosa, a beautiful small town that stretches along the river Temo as far as the sea (Bosa Marina).
Stop 1> BOSA
Pop. 8,602 - 2 metres a.s.l - 87 km from Nuoro, tourist port.
Bosa is the only town in the island placed along the banks of the river Temo, that is navigable as far as two km from the mouth.
An important Carthaginian trading centre, Bosa became a Roman municipium for the presence of a natural gat, then a feud of the Malaspina marquises: they built a castle in 1112, which is still today the town's distinguishing mark.
The Cathedral and the Church of San Pietro Extramuros are worth a visit: they are just outside the town, upstream, along the river. During your visit, don't miss the evocative walk along the Temo that leads to Bosa Marina, starting from the red trachyte Bridge in front of the Cathedral. Along the river there are the buildings of Sas Conzas , used for tanning skins in the nineteenth century, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza Costituzione, partly porticoed, with the Fontanone (big fountain) in the centre.
In Bosa: craftsmen specialised in manufacturing the gold filigree are famous, as well as the characteristic embroidery of the women from Bosa, called filet of Bosa.
The Bosa Carnival is renowned.
The festival of S.Maria of the Sea takes place on the first Sunday in August, for four days: a boat procession moves up the river Temo from Bosa Marina, passing through the city.