Hike Sardinia From Mountain to Sea

Guided

Luxury

from €1.490 on request

Discover Sardinia’s mountain trails, coastal tracks, and incredible beaches on this moderate to challenging hiking itinerary. Hike in the Supramonte Mountains, where narrow gorges and hidden canyons climb to ancient relics, and descend to the incredible white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Orosei Gulf.

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Sardinia
  • Activity Level Moderate to Challenging
  • Start / Finish Costa Smeralda / Cagliari
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from April to mid June and mid September to November

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Sardinia’s famous beaches along the Orosei Gulf, characterized by transparent water and intense turquoise colors
  • Visit one of Europe's deepest gorges – the Gola di Gorropu, and a hidden ancient Nurghe village, Tiscali, set deep within the mountains
  • Explore the grotta – caves – hidden deep beneath the towering karst cliffs
  • Hike on Sardinia’s rugged terrain that winds through mountains and along the Mediterranean Sea
  • Enjoy the Sardinian food, wine, and hospitality of the local people

 

OVERVIEW

Discover Sardinia – a land with mountains are as tall as the surrounding seas are deep, and everything from ancient cultures to beautiful beaches can be explored from the comfort of modern accommodations. 

On this moderate to challenging hiking itinerary, you’ll explore southeastern Sardinia from bases in two different villages – Oliena, set slightly inland, at the foot of the Supramonte Massif, and Santa Maria Navarrese, a coastal village set right on the sea. You’ll hike into the heart of the Supramonte, a rugged and rough mountain area, where still many secrets are concealed. Walk through narrow and spectacular valleys and gorges, and high atop mountains, where you will find the ancient hidden city of the Nuraghe people. And you’ll walk along Sardinia’s tall sea cliffs that rise 800 meters (2,625') from the sea, and explore the incredible white sand and pebble beaches and clear blue green waters that lie beneath.

The Orosei coastline is one of the most dramatic coastlines of the Mediterranean, 40 kilometers (25 miles) long, spreading north from Santa Maria Navarese to Cala Luna. The Royal eagle, the Queen hawk, the Corsican sea-gull, and the Bonelli eagle all live here, considering it the perfect home. Oak and Juniper trees, Syrian pines, and broom brush and gorse cover the hillsides, providing a rich green Mediterranean contrast to the bright limestone plunging into the blue sea.

The landscape of the wonderful Supramonte Mountains are home to one of the deepest gorges in all of Europe. Thousands of mysterious Nuraghe villages and towers, scattered over this island, tell us of ancient times and ancient cultures that once ruled Sardinia. Sardinia’s east coast and interior are one of the last wilderness sanctuaries on the entire Mediterranean Sea. Southeastern Sardinia offers a wonderful harmony between mountain and sea, just waiting for you to come experience it!

Join us hiking mountain trails and coastal tracks, and exploring incredible beaches, discovering the incredible relationship between the mountains and surrounding sea of Sardinia.

Day by Day

Day 1  ~ Arrive in Sardinia
Arrive at the Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB), and take a private transfer to your hotel in Oliena. Oliena is a quaint, old town filled with cobbled streets and ancient houses that seem to rest atop one another. The historic center is very characteristic of the region, with narrow winding streets where white houses with little courtyards, external stairways, pergolas, and small balconies. The area is one of the most renowned producers of extra virgin olive oil in Sardinia, as well red Cannonau wine.  Artistic craftsmanship is still alive and well here, and includes fine jewelery in filigree and silk embroidered shawls. In fact, elderly women of the town still wear su hustumene, the traditional costume of the region.
D… Hotel in Oliena (4-Star)


Day 2 ~ Gola di Gorropu (Gorropu Canyon)
After breakfast, meet your guide for a trip briefing. You’ll take a private Jeep transfer and begin your first hiking day in Sardinia!

In the mountains of the Supramonte, surrounded by thick forests and wonderful oleander, lies not only Italy’s, but one of Europe’s most imposing natural abysses – the Gorges of Su Gorropu. Also referred to as Europe’s Grand Canyon, Gola di Gorropu is one of Europe's deepest gorges, with magnificent white walls over 350m (984') high. The bottom of the gorge is covered in white boulders, between which are crystal-clear pools. This immense cleft separates the mountain crest of the Silana Coast, from the cliffs of the Oddeo Mountain. Today’s challenging hike on the Gorroppu Trail leads over steep slate slopes and across wide holm oak forests with thick, green underbrush, and an extraordinary specimen of lilac that protrudes from the brush. This is the undisputed kingdom of the wild boar, which finds these areas its ideal habitat –ferns, blackberry bushes, mastic trees, huge strawberry trees, and several types of heather – which would make it difficult for you to proceed if there was not a trail! (6 hours hiking, 610m / 2,000' descent for 1.5 hours.)
B,D … Hotel in Oliena (4-Star) 


Day 3 ~ Tiscali (Nuragic Village) – Santa Maria Navarrese
In the morning take a private Jeep transfer to Tiscali. Tiscali is a Nuragic village, nestled in a valley atop Mount Tiscali (518m / 1,699'), and is considered one of the wonders of Sardinian archaeology. This village is unusual in both it’s location and it’s structure: set on the top of Mount Tiscali, in a huge hollow that was created by the collapse of a cave. The village was entirely built along the walls of the hollow, so that it is impossible to see it if you do not venture inside, which you do through a wide fence in the rock. (3-4 hours hiking, 4km / 2.5 miles, 100m / 328' elevation change.)

In the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel. From the hotel, take a private transfer (~1.5 hours) to Santa Maria Navarrese.  Check into your hotel, and enjoy an aperitif.

The hamlet of Santa Maria Navarrese is at the foot of a hill covered with olive trees, fig trees, locust trees and lotus trees, and dense brush. This coastal village is named after a small church erected in 1052 by the Navarre Princess, daughter of King Garcia Sanchez V.  She had likely fled her country because of a “love sin,” and is said to have wanted to thank the Madonna for saving her life during a shipwreck near the frightening "Monti Insani," now called Monte Santu. Today, Santa Maria has become a renowned seaside location.
B… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese (3-Star)


Day 4 ~ Santa Maria – Pedra Longa – Forrola – Punta Giradili
After breakfast, take a private Jeep transfer to Ginnirco. Begin your exploration of the area with an incredible hike along the island’s coastline. Enjoy splendid views of the huge walls and peaks of Giradili, Ar Gennas, and Pedra Longa, plus walk along Forrola, a stony beach. Punta Giradili is considered by many as one of Sardinia’s finest sea cliffs, and is certainly the most breathtaking along Sardinia’s eastern coast. Pedra Longa is the most impressive spur on the isle, surrounded by an azure sea, which makes the cliff walls appear to fall more vertically into the water. The monolith appears in front of you as an imposing calcareous massif, measuring approximately 120 meters (394') in height, composed predominantly of karst.  It has come to be known as the symbol of Baunei and all of Sardinia. Finally hike back to your hotel. (5-7 hours hiking, 12km / 7.5 miles, no elevation change.)
B… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ Portu Quau – Cala Goloritzè
In the morning, transfer by boat to Portu Quau, where you’ll discover beautiful small fjords surrounded by grey limestone. Enjoy a spectacular hike to the astonishing 128-meter (420') high Aguglia Goloritzè, also referred to as Monte Caroddi or Punta Caroddi, and on to the stunning white and blue cove of Cala Goloritzè itself.

Cala Goloritzè is a small white sandy stretch of beach overlooked by the Aguglia. Not only is this the most photographed beach in the Ogliastra area of Sardinia, in 1995 it was declared an Italian National Monument based on its beauty.  As soon as you lay eyes on it, you will surely understand why! The beach is covered in tiny, white pebbles, and has incredible clear water, visible to a depth of 30 meters (98') – don’t forget your swim goggles!  And, if you still need more reasons to visit, the beach remains relatively secluded despite its incredible beauty, as it is accessible only by foot (boats can’t reach the shore). Enjoy the afternoon exploring the area and swimming! 

When you’re done with your beach time, hike to the Golgo area (~2 hours uphill), and transfer back to Santa Maria Navarrese by Jeep. (6 hours hiking, 11,82km/ 6,835 miles, 653m / 2142,3' ascent, 643m / 2109,5’ descent.)
B… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese (3-Star) 


Day 6 ~ Cala Mariolu & Grotta del Fico
After breakfast, take a private Jeep transfer to the Piredda/Golgo area.  From here, hike to the beautiful cove of Cala Mariolu, also known as Ispuligidenie beach, a beautiful pebbled beach in the magnificent Gulf of Orosei, and one of the most beautiful beaches in all the Mediterranean. This is an incredible hike from land to sea, where you will see shepherd’s dwellings and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean throughout. A steep descent brings you to the cove of Cala Mariolu, where you can enjoy lunch and take a swim in a gorgeous pool of clear blue water at the base of tall vertical cliffs.

In the afternoon, visit the Grotta del Fico (Cave of the Fig). Grotta del Fico is probably the most beautiful cave in Sardinia. You are sure to be amazed by the spectacular formations, lights and shadows that dance along the walls and in the water, and fresh water falls inside the cave. Beneath its beauty, it is important in both the history of Sardinian speleology (the scientific study of caves and other karst features) and wildlife research. At one time, the coast was populated by monk seals. Padre Furreddu, one of the first local speleologists, studied the monk seal (Monachus monachus) in the early 1970s, by living in the cave with the mammals for many days. Unfortunately, the last seals in this area were seen in the early 1980s.  Why they left is not known, however, it is hypothesized that they were threatened by hunting, fishing, and pollution, and as their numbers decreased, they now only live in a few areas.

Return to Santa Maria Navarrese by boat.
B… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Departure
Breakfast and departure. Private transfer to Cagliari Elmas International Airport (CAG).
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Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide. 

Cost

Guided Trip:
From €1490 (per person, minimum 4 members)

Cost includes:

  • In / out airport transfers (Olbia and Cagliari)
  • Trip briefings with your guides
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Oliena
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese
  • All breakfasts
  • Dinners at hotel in Oliena
  • English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Private transfer from Oliena to Santa Maria Navarrese
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary
  • Entrance ticket for Grotta del Fico
  • Tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

 

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Accommodation

At Dolomite Mountains, we hand pick accommodations that best reflect the style of each region, to provide you with the most authentic experience of the unique cultures found in the different cities and towns where we travel. We work directly with the owners of each property, forging strong relationships to ensure you receive the best service and care during your stay. Regardless of whether it is a five-star luxury hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast you desire, we choose the best-in-class accommodations within each category, providing you stays at the most sought after hotels in each region. And, we always make sure you have access to inspired, regional cuisine!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
4-14 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1520
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890