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Gennargentu Mountains, Sardinia

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Gennargentu is a large massif in central-southern Sardinia, Italy, encompassing the provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra. It includes the highest peaks on the island, such as Punta La Marmora (1,834 m), Monte Spada (1,595 m), Punta Erba Irdes (1,676 m), Bruncu Spina (1,829 m) and Punta Paulinu (1,792 m).The range forms part of the Gennargentu National Park. Geologically, its rocks are amongst the oldest in Europe, and are therefore smooth shaped: rock types include schist, limestone and granite.ToponymyThe etymology of the name Gennargentu isn't attested, it could mean Door of Silver, Door of the Winds or Door of absinthium.Ski ResortsThe mountains are home to the only ski resorts on the island: on Monte Spada, Bruncu Spina, Separadorgiu and S'Arena.
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  • The Gennargentu National Park occupies a large swathe of central Sardinia close to the East coast. There are many spectacular walking tracks up mountains, through forests and down gorges, to follow. T...  more »
  • One of our goals in Sardinia was also to climb up to Punta la Marmora, the highest mountain of the island. When we watched the weather forecast one evening before it was not good. Despite that the nex...  more »
  • Wild, untamed territory that keaves you in awe, even when only riding through it on the main road. Unparalleled views.  more »