An open-air gym for free climbers
Some church spires are famous, like those of Milan Cathedral or the Sagrada Familia in Barcellona. And then there are other spires designed not by an architect of the Veneranda Fabbrica in Milan or by Gaudí, but by nature.
You have to travel to Ogliastra to admire a real pinnacle of Dolomite granite that looks as though it has been taken from a stone cathedral: the Pedra Longa. This majestic limestone pyramid, which fell from the coast of Baunei , can be seen both from the sea and from the beautiful trail that starts in Santa Maria Navarrese. You can also reach the Pedra Longa by car, from a turnoff on the Western Sardinia state road 125.
The original place name of Aguglia or Agugliastra includes the toponym Ogliastra, giving the idea of a shape enlarged at the bottom that tapers as it rises. This is the name given to the spire in the past by sailors and reported in the navigation charts, as it can be seen from many miles away.
If you want to take a photo from an altitude of 128 m, you have to climb all the way to the top. Unsurprisingly, this picturesque cliff face overlooking the sea is popular with expert free climbers.