Giara, is placed in a surface of 45sqKm at 500m high even if the highest
point reaches 609m. It is about 70km far from Cagliari and about 45
minutes from the beautiful beaches del Poetto, Isarenas and Torre Grande
Giara di Gesturi is well-known due to its typical wild little horses
with almond eyes. There are about 600, all of them wild and free, probably
imported from far East.
Adapted on the table-lands since long time ago, they live in small herds
constituted of a dominant male and from 4 to 10/12 females with their
respective colts. In February is not difficult to see powerful and vigorous
male horses fighting for the control of new females that will increase
their harems and give prestige for the male.
To enrich the fauna of Giara di Gesturi, many other kinds of animals:
martens, hares, wild boars, foxes, wild cats, pigs, cows and the delicate
colored dragon-fly. And also several species of birds either settled
or migratory such as: buzzards, kestrels, owls, big red woodpecker,
bee-eaters, woodcocks, thrushes, blackbirds, fieldfares, wood-pigeons
and jays in the woods while over the Steep Rocks, in the open spaces
and in the humid zones we can see moorhens, little grebes, mallards,
herons and sometimes pink flamingos.
di Gesturi with the rest of 23 nuraghi (stone towers), built around
the table-lands by old inhabitants from Sardinia in the second millennium
BC, turned into a impregnable fortress.
The place so suggestive, becomes more interesting and exciting due to
the presence of the famous and vast nuragic complex "su Nuraxi"
di Barumini that recently was added to UNESCO's World Heritage.