The Bear Rock and Fortifications

The promontory of Capo d’Orso is named after the great rock sculpted by the wind recalling the shape of a bear located on the tip of the promontory. From here you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view on the archipelago of La Maddalena. In the north of Sardinia, in particular the portion of coast facing the Archipelago of La Maddalena, there are various military fortifications dating back to the end of the nineteenth century, built as outposts to provide protection by the French. Heading toward Palau and Porto Rafael from the Bear Rock, you will reach the Mount Altura battery, still well preserved.

The Mount Altura Battery

GPS Coordinates
41.1849, 9.36336

The Mount Altura battery is one of the military bases in Palau, with the Capo d’Orso and Baragge battery. These structures were erected at the end of 1800 on the north coast of Sardinia and the islands of the Archipelago La Maddalena and played a key role to protect the French and an important role for the entire Mediterranean region. The fortress is only open with guided tours from April to October, for reasons of security too. In summer the structure is also used for events and concerts.

The bear rock

GPS Coordinates
41.1733, 9.41386

This is an authentic work of art carved by nature. The Rock was in fact shaped by the winds, removing the most fragile parts and forming the huge bear shape. The Bear Rock was popular among navigators since antiquity and used as a reference in navigation routes.