Different Baedekers give contrasting counts of the steps making up the “Escala del Cabirol” in Sardinia: some say 632, some 654, some 656. Just to be safe, some round it to “approximately 650”, and finally some avoid the problem by declaring there are “more than six hundred steps” or “almost seven hundred”.
Perhaps only scrupulous travelers and professional proofreaders will notice, because the rest of us are simply overwhelmed by the beauty of this staircase, carved into the steep side of the Capo Caccia promontory, the calcareous rock massif northwest of the island, in the province of Alghero.
The “Escala del cabirol” – meaning “roe deer staircase” in Catalan (the local language spoken in Alghero is a variant of the Romance language originated in Catalonia) – is one of the two possible accesses to the beautiful karst landscape of the Caves of Neptune. The other way is, of course, by sea.
Climbing these stairs feels like no effort at all. But should you be slightly out of breath, just take a break and let your gaze turn to the horizon, out to the sea. You’ll immediately feel better.