Eranu

Solanas

The Seven Brother’s Park is a small mountain range of granitic nature covered with holm-oaks, cork-oaks, arbutus unedo, heather, myrtle and ferns. The richness of water sources and the rare human presence makes it today an ideal environment for wild boars, deer, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, buzzards, goshawks, Sardinian partridges, dormice, martens, wild cats, and many other wildlife species today endangered. It can be easily visited on guided tours, trekking routes and mountain bike, and is inserted, and well marked, in the route of the Italian Alpine Club. The presence of large granite boulders, in addition, makes it an ideal bouldering spot.

Following the Rio Solanas, a creek active especially in the winter time, we cross through Santa Barbara’s valley, between granite peaks, Mediterranean shrub and pasture lands towards the current tourist village and the beach. The town and the beach are reachable from the valley through a straight and fast paved road or through a local 3km unpaved road which runs along the creek. Being Solànas municipality of Sinnai on the coast, it’s by choice her seaside counterpart. The village consists mainly of second houses for local residents, barely invasive from an architectural point of view, taking us to the beach.

The beach, a thick sand strand stretching for 1.2 Km, Is characterized by crystal clear greenish blue water, unique in the Gulf of Angels. It’s set between two granite cliffs, and popular mainly in July and August. In those months it’s equipped with disabled access to the beach, a lifeguard tower, and three kiosks with their own private beach umbrellas and deckchairs. During the rest of the year, thanks to the temperate but pretty windy climate and the less amount of tourists, it’s the ideal destination for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers.

The two cliffs are rich with coves that can be reached by boat or by trails along the rocks. The presence of the neighbouring Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara, and the almost total absence of building or resorts, protects the uncontaminated environment and makes the rocks the ideal spot for snorkeling lovers. Under the water level it’s in fact possible to spot mussels, clams, sea urchins and anemones, but also gilthead sea bream, eels, octopuses, scorpion fishes and mullets in their natural habitat. On the top of the cliff an ancient Aragonese tower looks towards the horizon, as to remind to those who admire it from under the beach umbrella the adventurous times of pirates and the frequent Moorish raids in the Island.