YiS Team: Carolina Morelli

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022


In Sardinia, it is not uncommon to find rocks shaped by the weather and the passage of time, taking on the appearance of living beings or forms from nature. Indeed, one of the most famous is found to the extreme north, in Gallura.

According to Victor Bérard, a writer and scholar of Homer, Capo d’Orso is the only place in the Mediterranean identifiable as being the ‘land of the Laestrygonians’, the giant cannibals who were the protagonists of the 10th book of the Odyssey and who inflicted serious defeats and forced Ulysses’ desperate escape. The hero of the tale disembarked here, near the spring of Arcacia (‘of the bear’), in search of food and water for the crew, which went onto become the local population’s “feast”. An aura of legend surrounds the cape before the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, taking its name from a spectacular natural sculpture that extraordinarily resembles the shape of a bear seemingly nodding towards the sea. 

Read More: Roccia dell’orso | SardegnaTurismo – Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione Sardegna

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