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The Giara Park

The Giara Park

The Giara Park: among the parks to visit absolutely in Sardinia

The Great Giara: among the parks to visit absolutely in Sardinia

The Giara plateau, sa “JARA” in the Sardinian language, is a vast area of land located in the centre of Sardinia, with an extension of about 45 square kilometres, and a height of about 600 metres above sea level.

Horses in the Giara Park

The name Giara probably derives from the Latin glarea (gravel), with reference to the widespread stoniness that characterizes the plateau.

The Giara began its formation in the Miocene 20-25 million years ago, when sedimentary rocks were formed in the area still submerged by the sea, but the real formation dates back to the Pliocene, 5-2 million years ago, therefore in more recent times.

The ridges are characterized by steep cliffs of lava rock, in some places shaped by rapid waterfalls. The central part is surprisingly flat and interrupted by two reliefs, Zepparedda and Zeppara Manna, remarkable panoramic points from which to observe the pools of water, is paulis, that dot the green Mediterranean scrub.

The Giara Park is best known as the place where the “Giara horses“, one of the few wild horses in Europe, find refuge. Of all the animals that live on the Giara, the Giara horse, “Equus caballus jarae”, is undoubtedly the most famous. Not having fossil traces, or at least not sufficient to prove the contrary, it is assumed that the animal is present in Sardinia from the Nuragic or Punic period.

All this together with the Giara’s biodiversity and geological peculiarities have led to its recognition as a Site of Community Importance and thanks to its remarkable landscape-naturalistic values, the Giara plateau has been included among the nine natural parks provided for by the Regional Law n° 31 of 1989.

The Giara can be visited either individually or with a guide.

VIDEO: Marmilla volcanism - Giara formation

VIDEO: Marmilla volcanism - Giara formation

How to reach Giara Park from Genoni

How to reach Giara Park from Genoni

Reviews

Reviews

5/5

It was fabulous to climb to the plateau of the Giara and see the unique landscape that characterises this are of Sardinia. 100s of wild horses are to be seen, with a wealth of other unique species. Michele was very knowledgeable and eager to share his knowledge with his clients. He knows the area very well and was able to tailor the tour to our requirements. An additional surprise was the fossil museum. Be sure to ask him about this incredible treasure.

5/5

Wonderful and characteristic places. Hidden areas of Sardinia rich in quiet. Wild animals in their natural habitat. Organizers and guides very competent and helpful!

5/5

We went to Genoni and met a guide who took us to visit the Giara, a plateau in the interior of Sardinia. It was a beautiful trip, in a place fascinating for unspoiled nature and dream landscapes. The guide took us to the heart of the plateau and we were able to see the famous Giara horses that live in these places in the wild. Thanks to the guide Roberta who made us spend an unforgettable afternoon.

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Places to see in Genoni

Museum of the Giara Horse

The Giara horses Museum

Ethnographic museum with a section dedicated to the Park and the Giara horse. The museum is illustrated thanks to the works of the artist Pia Valentinis.

Overview with the geosite and the hill of Santu Antine

Geosito
Duidduru Quarry

A rare geo-palaeontological site with a fossilised seabed dating back to the Miocene that shows us Sardinia as it was more than 20 million years ago.

Concium from the well of Santu Antine di Genoni

Park of the Giara

Archaeological, paleontological museum and educational laboratory perfect for school trips and family activities. During the summer it turns into a summer center.

Former Convent of the Friars Minor Observant

Former Convent of the Friars Minor

The former convent is a monastic structure dating back to 1600, extremely suggestive, where you can retrace the history of the Franciscan friars in Sardinia.