Halfway between the blue Ogliastra sea and the rugged mountains of the Gennargentu rises, at an altitude of almost 500 metres, the smallest village of Ogliastra. Elini, populated by almost 600 inhabitants, stretches out on a basin cloaked by centuries-old olive trees, protected from the prevailing mistral of these lands by high mountains. Its territory is criss-crossed by many springs, which make the area very fertile: olive trees, vineyards and orchards are cultivated and holm oaks and oaks grow. The most suggestive way to get there is by train: accompanied by the subdued sound of the railway wheels on the rails, you pass through enchanted landscapes, between limestone 'heels' surrounded by lush nature. Once in the centre of the village, you will descend into the old station, built in the 19th century with granite blocks. In the historical centre, you should visit the parish church of St Gavino Martyr, built in the 20th century on a 16th-century structure. In the upper part of the town you will enjoy spectacular views and walks among holm oaks and perennial fountains: here you will find the Carmine Park, an unmissable destination of your visit. Inside you will also find the ruins of two nuraghi and, above all, you will admire the beautiful sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte Carmelo, dating back to the 17th century. According to Canon Flavio Cocco, the origin of the small village would be linked to the park, where a Roman military garrison was established here in Antiquity.