Going wild in Sardinia

Going wild in Sardinia

Italy » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • A dip into the deepest canyon in Italy
  • Spectacular views of the Gulf of Orosei
  • Turquoise sea, wonderful for swimming
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From 765 €

Duration (days): 8

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Wondrous island landscapes and wild inland wilderness welcome you on your journey through Sardinia. Behold white cliffs over 800 meters high and the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, shimmering with deep shades of blue. Thousands of prehistoric Nuragic towers scatter the landscape which you zigzag past, heading up the Monte Tiscali to uncover a hidden Nuraghe village. Walk along the rough, ragged ridges of the Supramonte Mountains and follow narrow footpaths through the spectacular Gola di Gorropu gorge. Finally, you’re heading to the Gulf of Orosei, 40 km of captivating coastline. This invigorating walking adventure is sure to bring out your wild side.
N.B. Because of the difficult limestone terrain, you must be an experienced mountain walker, have a quality compass, a fully charged and working mobile phone and good map reading skills in order to undertake this Sardinian adventure.

N.B. If clients arrive or leave on Sundays they have to book private transfers to and from the airports or have an extra night in Alghero, Olbia or Cagliari (depending on where they flight in and out).

Day 1. Oliena
Arrive in Cagliari or Alghero. Transfer by local bus to Oliena, where you are then met and taken by car to your hotel located on the Monte Corrasi. Get your walking shoes out and your adventurous spirit ready for a discovery of the uncontaminated, idyllic bliss of Sardinia. Relax with a glass of Cannonau wine and local carasàu bread.
Day 2. Monte Corrasi round walk
(8,2-12km; uphill/downhill walking: 500-800/500-800m; 4-6hrs)
As you climb out of bed and up to the mountaintop, you’ll feel you’re still dreaming for how
beautiful your natural surroundings are. Gaze out at the calcareous Supramonte Mountains and the stunning valleys which await your upcoming visit.
Day 3. Walk to Su Gologone via Pedra Mugrones and Punta Cusidore
(13km; uphill/downhill walking: 50-550/600-1100m; 5-7hrs)
Today’s walk leads you through the beautiful Holm oak woods that cover the lower slopes of the impressive limestone rocks of the Supramonte, which are more than 800 meters high. During the walk you will have numerous great views on the valleys of Oliena and Guthiddai. If you wish you can climb the steep, stony slope of the Scala di Sovana to the Punta Cusidore halfway along today’s walk; on the plateau of the Supramonte you can look for the entrance of the Grotta Orgoi. At the end of the walk you can walk another 2 km to the limestone source of Su Gologone. This ‘Laghetto Sorgenti Carsiche Su Gologone’ is a narrow canyon, which is 108m deep, and the most important water supply of Sardinia.
Day 4. Walk from Sa Oche to Tiscali
(10,3km; uphill/downhill walking: 425/400m; 5-6hrs)
Today starts with a transfer to Grotta Sa Oche, which is worth visiting before you start the walk. The first part is a quiet walk through the similar named valley to the narrow gorge of Surtana. On the way you can make a trip to Monte Tiscali where near the top you can visit, hidden in cave, the remains of a prehistoric Nuraghe village. You can enter the enormous round hole, which is formed by the erosion of the limestone rocks (the entrance fee is €5.00). The spot itself is very remarkable, like an oasis in the mountain, inside you will only find some remnants of Nuraghe houses but it is really worth the climb. After passing through the wooded gorge of Surtana follow a descent to the River Flumineddu, where you will be picked up for a short ride to the hotel.
Day 5. Gola di Gorropu walk or alternative route to Silana
(15,1-13,9km; uphill/downhill walking: 300-450/275-800m; 5-7hrs)
Delve deep into Italy’s deepest gorge: the Gola di Gorropu, with its stunning, vertical white walls over 350m high. It’s a long but easy walk to get there, where you can peer into the belly of the earth and scramble over the huge boulders within. Short morning and afternoon transfer to/from the start of the walk.
>> Alternative walk to Silana
The transfer to the Silana Pass takes about 35 minutes. During this transfer, you will have a great view on Scala de Surtana and Gola di Gorropu down on your right. You start a beautiful walk over the slanting western slopes of the ‘Supramonte de Dorgali‘. At the end of the tour awaits you a tough descent through the screed of Scala d' Orvene.
Day 6. Walk from Dorgali to Cala Gonone via Punta Bardia and Monte Irveri
(9,8-14,4km; uphill/downhill walking: 500-800/950-1250m; 6-8hrs)
A car transfer takes you just outside Dorgali where you start the walk via an old tunnel that connects Dorgali with Cala Gonone. The track climbs to the top of Monte Bardia, from where there is a long gradual descent (via some other summits). You have several great views into both valleys during the walk. When you have reached the asphalt road, you can decide to walk straight to Cala Gonone or to add the ascent of Monte Irveri (616m). From the asphalt road to Mt. Irveri is about 2,3 km, and will take about 1,5 hrs (totally 2,5 hours extra).
Day 7. Walk to Cala Luna beach and back to Cala Gonone by boat
(9,1-16km; uphill/downhill walking: 300-350/300-650m; 4-7hrs)
Today you will experience a very nice end of your hike that started one week ago in the rugged Supramonte. After a few hours of effort via a nice walk along the unforgettable beautiful coast, you can relax on the white beach of Cala di Luna. This beach can be reached only on foot or by boat. At the end of the afternoon you are sailing back to Cala Gonone. You could also go diving, kayaking, fishing or just relax. In the harbour you will find all kinds of information kiosks.
Day 8 Arrivederci!!
The trip and our services end after breakfast.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Day 1 & 2 - Oliena; Day 3,4 & 5 - Dorgali; Day 6 & 7 - Cala Gonone; Breakfast and dinner included, except in Cala Gonone (where dinner is not included). 2-3* hotels with en-suite rooms. The hotels in Oliena and Dorgali are cozy, friendly and nestled in peaceful, remote locations with superb views of the mountains and easy access to the walks. Throughout the trip you will have plenty of opportunities to savor both the excellent local food as well as the renowned Cannonau wine, the deepest shade of red in Italy.

Price: 765 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room supplement: 120 Euro

Solo travellers (incl. sgl room supplement): 1070 Euro

Private transfers (optional; price for a group of up to 4 pax; should be pre-booked in advance):
- Alghero airport-Oliena: 270 Euro
- Cagliari airport-Oliena: 270 Euro
- Cala Gonone-Cagliari airport: 270 Euro
- Cala Gonone-Alghero airport: 270 Euro
- Cala Gonone-Olbia airport: 180 Euro
- Olbia airport-Oliena: 180 Euro

The price includes:
7 night accommodation on half board basis (drinks excluded) except in Cala Gonone, where dinner is not included; Luggage transfer from day 3 to day 6; People transfers: day 1 Oliena-hotel; day 3 end of walk-Dorgali; day 4 Dorgali-start and end of walk; day 5 start and end of walk; day 6 hotel-start of walk; 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away; Detailed maps and road book in English.

The price does not include:
Flights and public transportation; Travel insurance; Admissions and entrance fees of any kind; Tips and gratuities; Personal expenses such as lunches, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.; Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in this program.
Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category)

Tips:
N.B. If clients arrive or leave on Sundays they have to book private transfers to and from the airports or have an extra night in Alghero, Olbia or Cagliari (depending on where they flight in and out).
The trek is not available in August. The walks are poorly to moderately marked, often on uneven footpaths, small tracks amongst shrubs and, on a rare occasion, on small gravel roads. Some routes (such as Monte Tiscali) are a bit demanding, with some parts of (easy) climbing being a desolate limestone area, with no springs or villages along the way. Take plenty of water each day as there are no natural springs on the routes. You can fly in to Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero airport, served by several low cost carriers). Travel time from Cagliari and Alghero airports to the first hotel is approximately 3-4 hours and from Olbia approximately 2 hours. From Oliena bus stop, you are transferred by car to the hotel.
Notes:
On arrival
We suggest arriving in Sardinia before 13:00 hrs. in the afternoon because some time is needed to catch the bus to Oliena. However, if your flight lands in Sardinia after 16:00 hrs. or on a national holiday, you must either book a private transfer to the first accommodation in Oliena or spend your first night in your city of arrival. In this case, if you want to make the walks of Day 1, as mentioned in the programme, you must take a very early bus on the morning of Day 2 to Oliena. Otherwise, you may arrive the day before and book an extra night at the beginning of the trip
On departure
If you have a late morning/afternoon flight any day from Monday to Saturday and do not want to spend an extra night in Cala Gonone, you must book a private transfer with Gisellu. Minibus from Cala Gonone to Nuoro, the closest nearby city. From Nuoro, there are ample connections to get to your departure airport on time. If your return trip is on a Sunday or a national holiday, the private transfer must be from Cala Gonone all the way to Cagliari, as there are no buses that leave from Cala Gonone on Sundays or on holidays. If you fly out on a Sunday, you can sleep in Cagliari on Saturday night, instead of Cala Gonone. Otherwise, you must book a private transfer with Gisellu bus to the Cagliari airport.