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Lake Coghinas

Lake Coghinas, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Italy

Lake Coghinas

Lake Coghinas, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Italy


Set between the valleys of Oschiri, it is located on Monteacuto, at the entrance to the Gallura area, but within the province of Sassari. Lake Coghinas is the largest basin in northern Sardinia. It collects the waters coming from the Rio Mannu rivulet and from the river of the same name. It originated in 1927 when, in the wild setting of the slopes of Monte Limbara, the barrage and the hydroelectricity power station were implemented on one of the greatest bodies of water of the Island, the Coghinas.

The dam, which is 185m long and 58m high, dominates the end part of the basin, which has a capacity for 254 million cubic metres of water. On the eastern bank of the gorge, an Art Nouveau style villa was the home of the director of the plant, which was later abandoned. From here, the lake opens up, following the route dictated by the mountains, bathing 18 square kilometres of territory. All around, valleys are dotted with Mediterranean scrub, holm oak forests and cork oak woods as far as the eye can see. The winds are channelled through the mountain inlets creating a climate that suits the life of many plant and animal species: Largemouth bass, European perch, catfish, carp and Louisiana crayfish.

Su Filigosu is a reforested area on the slopes of Mount Limbara, populated by deer, fallow deer and mouflons.

The lake in near Oschiri, a splendid example of rural architecture, with narrow roads, paved in stone. 5km from the village, in a territory dotted with Domus de Janas, tombs of Giants and nuraghi, the Church of Nostra Signora di Castro stands out: it was built at the end of the 12th century in Romanesque-Lombard style, and is striking testimony of Sardinia in the Middle Ages.

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Via Malta 63 — 09124 Cagliari
Phone: +39 070 2041961
Email: filmcommission@regione.sardegna.it

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