Asinara is the third by size of the islands that surround Sardinia and its wildlife, that includes the famous albino-donkeys and rare endemisms, such as the Audouin’s Gull or the Corsican Heath butterfly, has been protected by a National Park since 1997.
I visited the island in June, leading a Naturetrek group focused on the dragonflies, and I was rapt by the beauty of its wild nature, with really few signs of man presence, because virtually nobody lives there permanently, despite the visit is allowed to tourists during the daylight, usually during organized excursions by land Rover.
Like other Sardinian islands, Asinara served as prison for more than a century since 1885 and only in 1999 was opened to the public.
The island is hilly and covered by a rich garigue with just a patch of Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) maquis at Elighe Mannu.
The transfer by boat from Stintino takes a dozen of minutes, but you can reach the island also from Porto Torres and other Sardinian coastal localities.
The vegetation on the meadows was particularly rich and colored, probably because of the abundant spring rains: amazing numbers of flowers were still blooming, despite the rather late season.
During my exploration, I mainly visited the few brackish and freshwater ponds on the island, looking for damselflies and dragonflies, but I couldn’t avoid to notice the number of amazing birds, butterflies, flowers and other wildlife there were around.