Safe & Responsible Trekking

Before embarking on a walking trip, consider the following points to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, and help preserve the ecology and beauty of Sardinia.

  • Pay any fees and acquire any permits required by local authorities.
  • Obtain reliable information about physical and environmental conditions along your intended route (eg from park authorities).
  • Be aware of local laws, regulations and etiquette about wildlife and the environment.
  • Walk only in regions, and on trails, within your realm of experience.
  • Hillsides and mountain slopes, especially at high altitudes, are prone to erosion. Stick to existing trails and avoid shortcuts.
  • Where there is no toilet, bury your waste. Dig a small hole 15cm (6in) deep and at least 100m (320ft) from any watercourse.
  • Carry out all your rubbish. You can reduce waste by taking minimal packaging.
  • Always seek permission from landowners to camp.
  • Be aware that weather conditions and terrain vary significantly from one region, or even from one trail, to another.

Eastern Sardinia's Top Climbs

Maurizio Oviglia's comprehensive Pietra di Luna (€50) climbing guide, available in local bookshops and online, is a useful resource.

  • Cala Fuili Easily accessible bay and good for beginners, with 190 routes from 5a to 8b+, including cliffs above the beach and scores of overhangs in the gorge for all tastes and exposures.
  • La Poltrona A massive limestone amphitheatre close to central Cala Gonone, with compact rock, 75 bolted routes from grades 4 to 8a and a maximum height of 175m. Mornings get too hot here in summer, so wait until late afternoon.
  • Cala Luna Fabulous climbing above a beautiful bay, accessed on a two-hour coastal walk from Cala Gonone or by boat. The 57 routes ranging from 5c and 8b+ include some tricky single-pitches in limestone caves with overhangs. Bonus: the rock faces are in the shade most of the day.
  • Hotel Supramonte Part of the fun is arriving at this breathtakingly sheer 400m cliff face, which is at the narrowest point of the Gola Su Gorropu canyon. A tough 8b multipitch climb, this is one best left to climbers with plenty of experience under their belts.
  • S’atta Ruia A Dorgali favourite, consisting of a long limestone cliff with vertical walls and overhangs. There are 81 routes from grades 5a to 7b. Climb in the morning for shade.
  • Biddiriscottai Just before the bay of Cartoe, Biddiriscottai has a stunning mountain setting with dramatic sea views. The sea cliffs and crags rise above a cave. Technical climbing on 50 well-bolted routes ranging from 5b to 8a+.
  • Ulassai Climbers have a high time of it in Ulassai. The sheer rock faces of the Bruncu Pranedda canyon and the Lecori cliffs provide some 80 routes, including a number of pretty tough ascents.
  • Aguglia This pinnacle towering above Cala Goloritzè is a superb introduction to multipitch climbing. The real challenge is the overhang – the toughest move is a 6b+.
  • Vascone (big pool) South of Cala ‘e Luas, this is ideal for deep-water soloing (DWS), with lots of gorgeous granite to play on.
  • Isili Famous for its crags and overhangs, Isili is also a magnet for serious rock climbers, with 250 single-pitch sports routes ranging from 5a to 8b.