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There are places in Sardinia which are still wild. Here man seems not yet to have been and if so, he has passed in a gentle way without changing the charm of the shores, which are believed to be amongst the most striking of Europe.
In such a place, "the Old Convent" hides behind reeds, juniper trees, scrubs and daffodils in bloom. Actually of the original building there is only little left. An old thick wall and crumbling, damp plaster, corroded by salt for hundreds of years... All the other walls also are shabby and some doors, colored sky blue, so typical of Gallura, have come off their hinges.
An old bathtub is an odd sight in the silent garden, shaded by red bouganville, climbing up the old stone wall. White washed are also the old chestnut beams against the ceiling and here and there where the ceiling has come loose woven canes, traditionally used to create insulation.
On the first floor on the small terrace one catches a glimpse of the sea, the colors so vivid, they seem too good to be true. A clear emerald surface against the silver of the sand.
In low season from November to May no one comes to disturb this lost paradise, only rarely some footprints on the sand: a fisherman who ventures far adrift, a shepherd or a sailor pushed by the winds .... Silence reigns over these calm and beautiful shores.
Only the roof of the old house can be seen from the beach, the honeycomb design of the tiles dark against the blue of the sky.
Beyond, only indigenous plants, bushes of myrtle and bushes of mastic and helichrysum, their delicate smell entangled in the light breeze. Flowers never seen anywhere before, Sardinia's pink lilies and asphodel.
Walking between juniper trees on a narrow path, the beach and the sea stand out already from afar. The most secluded beach of Sardinia. Waiting for us. This lost heaven has not yet been sold.