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In Sardinia on the routes of transhumance with donkeys


An excursion on foot to experience an encounter with 30 Sardinian breed donkeys. (HANDLE)

(by Maria Grazia Marilotti) (ANSA) - CAGLIARI, MARCH 29 - An excursion on foot to live the experience of an encounter with 30 Sardinian breed donkeys.

   A walk, through woods and enchanting scenery, in the company of these sweet quadrupeds on their transhumance itinerary, along the paths of the Sette Fratelli Park, an immense natural oasis in the south-east of Sardinia where there are archaeological remains.

It begins on Tuesday 4 April and goes on for every Sunday starting from the one after Easter.

    The hiking project, conceived by two young Dutch designers who live in Burcei, Marije Graafsma and Ovan Abdullah, is called Amkina.

"It's a Kurdish name, my country of origin - says Ovan - means" Who are we? rushes to create baskets and many other artefacts or dishes", explain Marije and Ovan.

He collaborates on the project with Ignazio Concas, who runs a farm in Monte Cresia with his daughter Silvia.

An idea of ​​Sardinia not new for the two Dutch stylists, who in 2018 had accepted the invitation of the then mayor of Ollolai, to buy a house to renovate for one euro and move to Barbagia to work.

Thus was born a fashion and accessories brand that always bears the same name: Amkina.

The meeting point for the walk on the transhumance routes is at 10 in the Funtana Ona pine forest, at the entrance to Monte Cresia, in the municipality of Sinnai (metropolitan city of Cagliari).

   At the old sheepfold "Zeus", there will be a stop for a coffee and to water the donkeys.

Proceed for five kilometres, walking along the paths and also for a stretch along the historical commercial roads still unpaved which connected the Sarrabus with the Campidano and where once transit was guaranteed by carts.

An immersive experience to stay in contact with these animals in a scenario of great beauty and follow their slow and relaxing rhythm.

Along the way you also meet goats, wild horses, some deer.

From here it reaches the "Piana dei Cavalli" and the nuraghe "Sa Fraigada".

   From the plateau you can admire a wide panoramic view of the Gulf of Cagliari.

Ignazio welcomes the group with a snack based on homemade cheeses and cured meats, olives, typical bread, grilled vegetables with seasonal produce from the garden and red wine.

"It is an emotional, educational, sustainable experience. The donkeys approach people to receive caresses", explains Ignazio Concas who tells of Giulietta "who is about to give birth", of Emma, ​​the most famous, "who played an of the Cathedral of Quartu Sant'Elena, of the smallest ones, Terresoli and Terreluna, "the most pampered", as well as Belen, Rugiada, Ghianda and all the others.The animals are at ease and children are allowed to get on the back for a short ride and a souvenir photo Info: www.amkina.

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Source: ansa

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