THE PELICAN GREEK SHIP
More than two thousand five hundred years ago in this sea the Greek ships of Focea
fought against that of the Etruscans and the phoenians.The Phocaeans won the war
but at a high price of abandoning their colony of Alalia in Corse and to take
refuge in southern Italy.
After the war, one of the Greek ships of survivors drew close to Sardinia in
search of safety before sailing again. In that moment the seamen saw a big white
bird. The big Egeo pelican. It was certainly a sign of the gods to them. The pelican
flew around the ship and then headed towards the coast while the sun set. In that
way it went in the direction of a beautiful creek and then landed on the most
beautiful of the little beaches that form a crown of the gulf. during sunset its
feathers have a bright golden color. After some days, both the men and the pelican
rested. Off the coast passed the enemy ship in search of revenge without seeing
them. One day at dawn the pelican spread its large wings and with a short run
into the water flew up towards the south.
It was a dream, once again: the Greeks sailed and since they knew they were not
going to return to that land again they decided to give it a name in order to
leave a trace. They called it Olbia, La Felice. While passing there, they baptized
the little beach where the big bird who guided them landed. To them that beach
will forever remain the Pelican Beach.