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Sardinia Going Wild

Sardinia Going Wild

Walking from Tiscali to Cala Gonone

  • Spectacular views of the Supramonte Mountains and the Gulf of Orosei
  • Wild open spaces to enjoy your wild side
  • A dip into the deepest canyon in Italy, crystal clear, turquoise sea, wonderful for swimming
  • Small, family-run hotels set in remarkably panoramic places
  • Tiscali Ancient Nuragic archaeological site, filled to the brim with local culture and folklore
  • Friendly people and great local food including cheese, ravioli, a wild assortment of desserts, honey and Cannonau wine
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Sardinia Walking from Tiscali to Cala Gonone-MAP
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Route

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.

Start: Oliena                    Finish: Cala Gonone

Day 1: Arrive in Sardinia and relax
Day 2: Monte Corrasi round walk (10 km)
Day 3: From Monte Maccione to Su Gologone spring (14 km, 15 km)
Day 4: From Rio Flumineddu to Tiscali via ovili huts and return via (11 km)
Day 5: Gola di Gorropu walk or alternative route to Silana
Day 6: Walk from Dorgali to Cala Gonone (10/14 km)
Day 7: Cala Luna beach and back to Cala Gonone by boat
Day 8: Arrivederci Cala Gonone!

Day 1:    Arrive in Sardinia and relax

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.

Day 2:    Monte Corrasi round walk (10 km)

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. The route is not particularly difficult; it is beaten for the most part and well marked as it gradually ascends to a plateau. You return on a different route

Challenge: 5 hours, 11 km, 825m ascent, 815m descent

Day 3:    From Monte Maccione to Su Gologone spring (14 km, 15 km)

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. This 'Laghetto Sorgenti Carsiche Su Gologone' is a narrow canyon, which is 108 m deep, and the most important water supply of Sardinia.

Challenge: 5 hours, 14/15 km, 395/641m ascent, 990/1249m descent

Day 4:    From Rio Flumineddu to Tiscali via ovili huts and return via (11 km)

You are transferred to Rio Flumineddu (15min). You then startwalking along the Scala de Surtana valley; a right turn leads you to a limestone plateau where 2 beautiful ovili huts have been recently restored: if you enter inside you can admire the fine technique that is needed to build them. You descend again to the valley and start climbing up Monte Tiscali. 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 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 follows a descent to the river Flumineddu, where you will be picked up for a short ride to the hotel.

Challenge: 5 hours, 11 km, 700m ascent, 700m descent

Day 5:    Gola di Gorropu walk or alternative route to Silana

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 Suttaterra to Dorgali walk. This route follows the mountain ridge, starting near the Silana Pass and going all the way to the town of Dorgali. Along the route there are spectacular coastal views of the Gulf of Orosei and inland on the Supramonte range. The route is quite easy with any remarkable level change; it is not marked but sufficiently beaten. 

Challenge: 3,5/5 hours, 11/15 km, 320/341m ascent, 689/177m descent

 

Day 6:    Walk from Dorgali to Cala Gonone (10/14 km)

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).

Challenge: 4/5 hours, 10/14 km, 486m ascent, 958m descent

Day 7:    Cala Luna beach and back to Cala Gonone by boat

Today you can choose among different activities and a couple of walks. From Cala Gonone you can choose between several boat trips (like the to the double sea cave Bue Marina, which you will also pass if you return from Cala Luna by boat) . Another option is to visit the Nuraghe Mannu site. You can also go diving, kayaking and fishing

Walk Cuccuru su Corvu to Cala Gonone: Optional transfer to the start of the walk from where you climb to ‘Sedda e s’Atta, that offers spanning view on the gulf. You then descending into a canyon full of large rounded boulders. You continue following the river bed until the famous Cala Luna beach  ( which can only be reached on foot or by boat) Take a refreshing swim and picnic lunch before continuing along the coastal trail to Cala Gonone.

Walk Cala Gonone to Cala Luna. Starting from the harbour of Cala Gonone you follow the coastal road until the end and at Cala Fuili you enter the winding coastal trail that in a  short while brings you to the beautiful beach of Cala Luna. You can return the same way you came or take a boat back. This beach can only be reaches on foot or by boat

Challenge: 6/4 hours, 16/9 km, 569/405m ascent, 946/402m descent

Day 8:    Arrivederci Cala Gonone!

 The trip and our services end after breakfast.

accommodation

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable hotels where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Monte Maccione - Oliena
Hotel Monte Maccione - Oliena

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. 

www.coopenis.it

Hotel Sant'Elene - Dorgali
Hotel Sant'Elene - Dorgali

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.

www.hotelsantelene.net

Hotel Oasi - Cala Gonone
Hotel Oasi - Cala Gonone

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. 

www.loasihotel.it

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and July 25th, and between September 1st and October 31st.

You can fly in to the Cagliari (CAG), Olbia (OLB) or Alghero (AHO) airport, served by several low cost carriers.

IMPORTAT: We recommend to book an early arrival flight and a late afternoon return flight, so you can arrive and leave with public transportation to avoid expensive optional transfer: in case you can’t get a good timetables, if you want to save money, it’s better to book extra nights in Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero.

Sunday is always the worst day to arrive and leave due to very few public means of transportation working

Arrival in Oliena

We suggest that you arrive before 4 p.m., so that you have the time to catch the bus to Oliena/Dorgali. You always have to change in Nuoro. When you arrive in Oliena or Dorgali you are picked up by the owner of the hotel but you have to call him in advance to be picked up as you arrive in. 

If you arrive AFTER 4 p.m. or on a Sunday or National Holiday, you can either book a private transfer to the first accommodation in Oliena or Dorgali OR book an extra night in the city where you are flying at and reach Oliena or Dorgali by bus on the next morning.

If you arrive in Nuoro AFTER 7 p.m., you will need to be picked up in Nuoro istead of Oliena or Dorgali. This service will have an additional cost.

Departure from Cala Gonone

On departure from Cala Gonone, you can reach Cagliari, Olbia or Alghero by public bus (with one change in Nuoro). If you are flying from Olbia, direct busses from Cala Gonone to Olbia airport run 4 times a day in Summer.

You can check bus timetables on

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • Luggage transfer from day 1 to day 6
  • Car transfer: day 1 from Oliena to the hotel; day 3 afternoon transfer back to the hotel; day 4 to Rio Flumineddu and back to the hotel in the afternoon ; day 5 and 6 from Dorgali to start of the walks and back to the hotel in the afternoon
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Monte Maccione/Oliena and from Cala Gonone
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • City taxes

Optional services 

  • Transfer to Cuccuru su Corvu
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Monte Maccione/Oliena
  • Transfer from Cala Gonone to airport

        (*) Prices of the optional transfers are up to 4 people. From 5 people on, price is on request

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