Dry-stone fences are a significant monument of the hard life and the huge effort of the island’s inhabitants; they were built from skilfully stacked stone on land difficult to cultivate. The dry-stone fence with its shapes, surface, appearance and purpose, is one of the most representative examples of native folk architecture.
The dry-stone fences serve as natural borders between patches; they are high enough to prevent sheep from jumping over, and strong enough to stand against the bora winds. They are an important habitat for reptiles, birds and small mammals. You will be delighted by the view of an entire flock of sheep resting in shade beneath a stone fence on a hot summer afternoon.