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.