By boat, canoe or SUP, moving along one of the Island’s promontories, you might get a glimpse of a ‘surveillance’ nuraghe or an anti-aircraft battery, the legacy of last century’s wars, camouflaged by the scrub, or a medieval castle at the top of its village. You are even more likely to come across a coastal tower: about a hundred of them, built five centuries ago by the Spanish monarchy, dominate the Sardinian coastline. They are still there today, in places that were strategically ‘hand-picked’ to guarantee more control over a sea infested by Saracen pirates at that time. They climb to the edges of high rocky peninsulas that jut out over the water, covered with Mediterranean greenery and wild flowers. At their feet, a lively and colourful underwater world, a very popular place for diving and snorkelling, begins to reveal itself.
If you see a tower from the beach and can’t resist the temptation to share a good story on Instagram, you can easily get to it on foot, choosing the shortest route from your beach umbrella. It would be even more fun to reach them by mountain bike or on horseback, following the paths behind the beaches that wind through unusual landscapes, parks and lagoons, up to the top of the promontories. The views from up there are the unforgettable image of a holiday that you will take home with you.