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Balascia, our open-air museum in Gallura

Ideal for walking, foraging, yoga, meditation, writing, making art and much more!

In the Gallura region, Between Oschiri and Tempio (Norh-Sardinia), at 700 meters above sea level there is a small village called Balascia. Next to the village, in a large plot of land, an open-air museum will mesmerize you with its unspoiled nature and inspiring pieces of land art.

As you will walk through the park, you will come across 10 basalt hand-carved statues, which lie in perfect harmony with the woods, the ancient sheepfolds and the remains of the Nuraghe Ruju.

Balascia is very rich from a naturalistic, historical and archaelogical point of view but still quite unexplored and off the beaten tourist track.

This plot of land is part of a larger area, owned by the Demuru family since hundreds years. It is now open to visitors thanks to Idea Balascia, a cultural organization started by Barbara Demuru, co-founder of Sardinia Escapes, together with her father Paolo, to promote this secluded corner of Gallura.

First devoted to farming and breeding, the area was reforested in the 90’s and has now been converted in a natural park. Paolo is also the author of the sculptures that have been disseminated along the walking paths and together with her wife Francesca, the owner of the land, and her daughter Barbara they are working hard to transform it into a place where people can meet, find peace of mind and inspiration, in communality with the trees, plants, flowers and wildlife which inhabit the place.

 

A visit to the museum is an ideal occasion to reconnect with Nature, breathing the essential oils released by the plants of the Mediterranean bush (Lavender,  Helichrysum italicum, Cistus incanum L., Erica scoparia etc.) and pine trees.

Balascia is a unique place in Sardinia where you can truly enjoy “forest bathing“, a healing therapy known as Shinrin-yoku 森林浴 in Japan (where it is officially recognised and practiced since the 80’s) which facilitates the enhancement of the immune system and helps to reduce stress level.

There is a wide variety of plants: over 700 species, which 70 are natives Many wild plants and herbs are excellent for cooking such as asparagus, chards, chicory, cardoons, thyme (Timo-Alba Barona), mint (Calamintha Nepeta) garlic (Allium Triquetrum) and wild onion.

There are also wild pear, plum and strawberry trees and delicious blackberries. In autumn and winter it is also possible to find ovoli and porcino mushrooms, and many other species of edible mushrooms.

The place is an ideal for spot where to practice walking, yoga, meditation and immerse yourself in creative activities such as drawing, painting, writing, singing and playing music.

We organize visits and day trips to Balascia on request as well as activities in the park, please get in touch with Barbara at barbara@sardiniaescapes.com if you are interested in learning more.

All pictures in this page are by Lorena Mameli photographer. All rights reserved.