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Gennargentu National Park

Gennargentu is a national park on the island of Sardinia in Italy, in the provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra. It includes both the mountains of Gennargentu and the Gulf of Orosei, a 40 km long coastal strip with remarkable rocks, inlets and caves such as the famous Grotta del Bue Marino. In the south of this gulf we find Cala Goloritzé, famous for the spectacular 143-metre-high rock point that towers over this beach.

The rock massif consists largely of schist and granite and is one of the oldest on the European continent, making it has relatively low mountains and a round shape. The highest mountain at 1,834 metres is the Punta La Marmora, also the highest point of the entire island.

In the mountains we find Perda 'e Liana, a very remarkable rock formation of one hundred meters altitude that can be seen on much of the island. It is, as it were, a natural monument formed by a vertical tower with walls of 50 meters height, taco or "tonneri" named in the Sardinian dialect, which points to the sky.

In the area, as on the entire island of Sardinia, there are also several nuraghes, towers built in the Bronze Age, some more than 20 meters high. They are now part of Sardinia's most important archaeological heritage. Of the estimated 30,000 built there, more than 8,000 can still be found on the island.

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