From Arzachena, head in the direction of Capo Testa. On reaching the Lighthouse area, about 150 metres before the car park, there is a wooden gate just after the Beach of the Two Seas bridge. It marks the entrance to Moon Valley. A short walk will lead you to an amazing and unusual place. A fairy-tale land. Tiny hidden coves and crystal-clear water in perfect contrast with the green nature, dotted with heathers, strawberry trees and immensely fragrant myrtles, that will suddenly sprout between the rocky, white granite walls with their anthropomorphic shapes. The way these rocks shine in the moonlight has given the little valley its name. The headland is also famous for hosting a group of hippies and naturists in the Seventies who built shelters there out of wood, straw and recycled materials.Leaving this wonder of nature behind, there are numerous small inlets, unspoilt beaches and hamlets to be found along the coast where life beats a slower and more relaxed rhythm. Places, like the area around Vignola, made up of tiny local businesses, farmhouse tourism and farmsteads. And some extremely interesting cheese companies, all small-scale producers, at which to buy delicious cheeses, like the fresh ricotta in Badesi, as well as wineries in which to taste red or rosé Cannonau, and other specialities. Not forgetting, of course, the bunches of local vegetables and Sardinia’s aromatic herbs.
A deviation inland will lead towards Aggius, in the direction of Tempio Pausania, to discover another Moon Valley, similar in some aspects to the one on the coast, but different in others. Here it is like being inside a science fiction story. Or in ancient sagas. There are the same granite shapes but, while the previous ones were just a small collection, here we are on a vast and silent plain, with a lookout that offers an incredible view and where, over the centuries, the rain and wind have wantonly and wildly shaped the rocks and transformed them into works of art by rounding them or creating cavities and fissures. There are some interesting farmhouse businesses here too. Going as far as Aggius, not to be missed are the Banditry Museum and the Olivia Carta Cannas Ethnographic Museum dedicated to Gallura traditions, including Aggius rug weaving.