Capo Testa

The waves in Capo Testa
The waves in Capo Testa
Waves splashing

Capo Testa is one of our not to miss places. An easy hike through the granite moulded in a thousand¬† different shapes. The Romans also, take advantage of the rocky coastline. It’s possible to see here the ancient roman quarries which supplied them with these tough rocks.

Holes in the granite
These holes were drilled by Romans to cut the rock
Granite columns
Among these boulders there are some broken columns

If you want to see a real Mediterranean storm, you could come here when the northwest wind blows and the waves crash on the rocky coastline.

Waves and sea spray
People watching the waves crashing on the coastline

Or if you prefer calm and colourful days, you could visit Capo Testa in a quiet spring one. The path winds its way around big granite boulders, with a beautiful Mediterranean shrub vegetation.

Spring time in Capo Testa
Flowers growing among the rocks in Capo Testa

Junipers are shaped by the strong winds and their grey trunks are usually twisted, reminding us that it’s not easy to grow so near to the sea.

Grey Juniper's trunk
Junipers grow with twisted trunks

The air is scented and you can smell this particular fragrance that we call “Sardinian scent”. It’s the yellow flower of Helichrysum sp. that produces it. It’s usually the first scent you can clearly recognize when you arrive in Sardinia, by ferry or by plane, in the spring or summer months.

Helichrysum flowers
The Helichrysum flowers are yellow and scented

We end the path at Cala Spinosa, where it’s possible to see the building of the lighthouse and some ancient beach rocks, old coastal lines that became rock as the sea level went down. Here in Cala Spinosa you can enjoy a spectacular view over Corsica and its mountains and take a sea bath in the clear water.

Lighthouse and panoramic view in Capo Testa
The view over Corsica and its mountains. In the foreground, the lighthouse


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