- Walking tour
- Active and outdoor
- duration 7 days
- tour type Private
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Explore wild nature, ancient cultures and stunning beaches
- Hike the wild Supramonte region
- Discover Cala Gonone, Cala Luna and the Coast of Orosei
The island of Sardinia has long been known for its dazzling sandy beaches and clear crystalline sea, and is immensely popular as a summer retreat. Only recently, its many unspoilt natural and cultural treasures have gotten the right attention from nature lovers. Your trip will take you to the heartland of the wild Supramonte region along Sardinia’s east coast, without doubt the island’s most spectacular area for trekking. Here, sheer limestone cliffs coloured by wildflowers and the fruits of strawberry trees drop down vertically into the blue Mediterranean Sea, where little sandy beaches open up on vertiginous gorges. Small cultivated valleys carry the fruits of man’s labour: above all olive groves and vineyards yielding splendid local wines. Wild animals such as wild boar, Sardinian wild sheep or mouflons, and many species of birds of prey, including eagles, roam the barren karst plateaus of the mountain ranges occasionally descending into the verdant valleys where lucky encounters with hikers are not uncommon.
During the first days of your trip, you will explore the heartland of the Supramonte of Oliena. You can climb up to the high limestone plateau dominated by the area’s highest peak, Monte Corrasi, and walk through the fragrant Mediterranean maquis along the towering cliffs of Punta Sos Nidos enjoying wide panoramic views over the valley of Oliena and the Su Gologone Gorge. You’ll walk through the lush, garden-like scenery of the Oliena Valley with its many olive groves and vineyards producing the splendid local ‘Canonau’ wine.
You then set off from the Nuraghic village of Sa Oche, with its sacred spring, through the unspoilt Lanaittu Valley in the direction of the mysterious Nuraghic village of Mount Tiscali. From here you will walk down to the amazing Su Gorropu Canyon passing through the ‘Steps’ of the Scala Surtana to reach the little town of Dorgali. Should you choose to have an extra day at Dorgali, you may well hike to the entrance of the amazing canyon and explore its first and most spectacular part, where the vertical limestone cliffs reach up to 400 metres high.
The next day you will climb up the side of the imposing Flumineddu Valley to Monte Tuili and the fishing village of Cala Gonone. Walk down to the sea along the spectacular Codula Fuili Gorge with its bizarre rock formations. Then travel on to Baunei, where you on the Golgo High Plateau. Visit the Su Sterru sinkholes, some of Europe’s deepest, before walking down along the rocky path to Cala Goloritze, dominated by its 75m-high Punta Salinas obelisk. Make sure you take your time for a refreshing dive, before walking up again along the Salinas plateau to your pick-up point at Golgo again. An extra day might see you walk down to the romantic bay of Cala Luna along the path that follows the bottom of the Codula di Luna Gorge. Finally, you will walk from Santa Maria Navarrese on a wonderful path along the coast to the Pedra Longa rock and back again enjoying the most amazing views of the Coast of Orosei.
Your trip will take you on a discovery of the many natural and cultural treasures of one of the most impervious regions of the beautiful island of Sardinia, yet also offers the opportunity to enjoy some of the area’s nicest beaches and most crystalline seas.
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: The valley of Oliena
Day 3: The Su Gorropu Gorge
Day 4: Dorgali and Cala Gonone
Day 5: Cala Goloritzè
Day 6: Gulf of Orosei
Day 7: End of the tour
- 6 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Private transfers from day 1 to day 5
- Luggage transport throughout the tour
- Extensive route notes, with descriptions of the route and tourist information
- Maps at 1: 25.000 scale (or better)
- 24/7 assistance
- Private transfers as specified
- Single supplement
- Departure taxes & Visas
- Local tourist taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional additional tours or activities
- Earn US$ 31+ in travel credits.
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20% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 20% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.Travel Insurance
We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.Other Practical InformationLevel of difficulty: Moderate. In the standard programme there are some more difficult walks, which include some longer sections uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. Most of the trails are well maintained. Parts of the walks can be shortened, and some longer options are available. Fitness: A high standard of fitness is not necessary, but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day, even in hot and dry conditions. Some shorter and longer options are available. Waymarking: Few trails are clearly waymarked, but they can easily be found using your route notes and maps.
What is the easiest way to travel to and from Alghero for the start and finish of the tour?
The tour starts in Oliena, 130km from Alghero, and ends in Santa Maria Navarrese, 200km from Alghero. There are two options for travelling from and to Alghero at the start and finish of the tour: The first option is public transport. On arrival in Alghero, you can take the bus to Nuoro, but you will have to change at least 3 times to reach East Sardinia. There is no direct public transport from Santa Maria to Alghero either. Hence you will have to change several public transport to get back to Alghero once the trip ends. The second option is private transport. The tour operator can arrange private transfers for you at an additional cost. If you are interested in this option, then please let us know and we can provide you with the rates of a private transfer.