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  • The Aymerich Park

    Laconi is a botanic paradise which holds endless surprises for whomever is willing to explore its terrain.

    For example, it includes a high number of species of orchids, some of which, such as Ophris laconensis and Orchis sarcidani, even bear its name. It is a land which, in the most unsuspecting of nooks, hosts rarities such as Pyracanta coccinea (its only home in Sardegna) but which also cherishes the entire gamma of Mediterranean flora, including the holm oak, the oleaster, the durmast oak, the cork oak, the hackberry and the carob tree. 
    The Aymerich Park is a true point of pride for all of Laconi. Bedded here are rare arboreal species from all over the world. Of extreme interest is the park’s collection of exotic plants, a work accomplished by the Marquis Don Ignazio Aymerich in the first half of the 19th century.

    It stretches across an area of 22 hectares and can be subdivided into two parts:

    • The first is the historical part where the castle’s architecture continues to persist, traces of which are observable in the woodsy structure that was already notable in the past. Here, a Lebanon cedar of exceptional dimensions stands out, as well as the weeping beech and the Colletia cruciata (a rare plant whose leaves are shaped like small fighter planes), the Magnolia grandiflora, the Thuia orientalis and the Taxus baccata
    • The second part is considered a recreational area. It consists of a rich network of trails through the woods of holm oaks where one may encounter springs and small lakes or marvel at evocative alcoves which, over time, have won this green oasis its fame. The water is one of the biggest attractions of the park: abundant all year round, it contributes to the parks incredibly charming atmosphere and remains an unusual spectacle for a chronically arid region like Sardinia. Cascata Maggiore, the largest waterfall, is especially lovely. 

    Since July 1990, the Park of Laconi has been the property of the Autonomous Region of Sardegna which acquired it from the Aymerich family. As a result, the managerial responsibilities were inherited first by the State Forestry Company and then by the FORESTAS Agency (ex Forest Authority of Sardinia). The area is supplied with food services and sanitary facilities.