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 are scattered across the landscape which you zigzag past, heading up the Monte Tiscali to discover 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 head to the Gulf of Orosei, 40 km of captivating coastline. This invigorating walking adventure is sure to bring out your wild side.
Because of the difficult limestone terrain, you must have a quality compass, good map reading skills and be an experienced mountain walker in order to undertake this Sardinian adventure. A fully charged mobile phone with you at all times during the walks and the use of a GPS can also be handy.
Arrive in Sardinia at Cagliari or Alghero airport and take a local public bus to Oliena, where you are met and taken by car to the hotel located near the Su Gologone spring. 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 "carasau" bread.
As you climb out of bed and up to the mountain top, you will feel you are 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.
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. At the end of the walk you can walk another 2 km to the limestone source of Su Gologone.
Morning transfer to Grotta di 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 the remains of a prehistoric Nuraghe village. 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 back to the hotel.
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.
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. 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).
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 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.
Our services end after breakfast.
7 night accommodation on half board basis (drinks excluded)
Hotel Monte Maccione is a simple hotel, located at the base of Monte Corrasi in a restored old farm abandoned. It has an amazing view of Gennargentu National Park by its terrace. Rooms are basic and functional, but clean and comfortable. Breakfast is good served on terrace. Cuisine is very recommended that offers traditional dishes.
Hotel Sant'Elene is located 3 kilometres from Dorgali, in the center of Barbagia area and gate for Gulf Of Orosei. Hotel is a family run, offers spacious and bright rooms with rustic style with air contioning, TV, private bathroom with shower. Wifi is free in the hall. Breakfast is various and natural.
Hotel Oasi*** overlooking Gulf Of Orosei with an amazing view and 5 minutes by walk from seafront. Hotel has a garden, a terrace and spacious and clean rooms, with a little bit dated furniture. The restaurant offers typical dishes.
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included
· 7 night accommodation on half board basis (drinks excluded)
· Luggage transfer from day 1 to day 6
· Car transfer: day 1 from Oliena to the hotel; day 4 from Oliena to Sa Oche; day 5 and 6 from Dorgali to start of the walks
· 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
· Detailed maps and road book in English
· Medical/luggage insurance
What is not included
· 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
These optional services can be added to the standard programme:
· single room supplement
· half board supplement
· additional nights
· additional transfers