Wild Blue Trek: Selvaggio Blu Deluxe

Guided

Luxury

from €2.420 on request

Hike the Selvaggio Blu – the Wild Blue – the wildest, most beautiful trek in all of Italy! This legendary, challenging trip will take you high above limestone cliffs and down to secluded beaches on rugged terrain winding along Sardinia’s beautiful Orosei Gulf!

  • Length 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Type Sardinia
  • Activity Level Challenging
  • Start / Finish Santa Maria Navarrese
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from Spring and Autumn

Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Challenge yourself on what many consider “the most difficult trek in Italy” as you hike on rugged terrain winding along Sardinia’s breathtaking Orosei Gulf!
  • Explore the Orosei coastline, one of the most beautiful areas of Sardinia, where narrow gorges, imposing chalk rocks, wide plateaus, and hidden canyons run in an uninterrupted stretch of natural beauty toward the sea
  • Discover Sardinia’s famous beaches, characterized by transparent water and intense turquoise colors
  • Enjoy the Sardinian food, wine, and hospitality of the local people

 

OVERVIEW

Sardinia’s east coast and interior comprise one of the last wilderness sanctuaries on the entire Mediterranean Sea. And the Selvaggio Blu is one of the best ways – if not the only way – to truly explore its entire coastline. Few visitors know about the route, making it one of Sardinia's last undeveloped pockets. Unexplored beaches, hidden between vast cliffs of limestone in fantastic shades of purple, grey, and black lie waiting to be discovered.

This territory offers a wonderful harmony between mountain and sea – the Orosei coastline is 40 kilometers (25 miles) long, spreading north from Santa Maria Navarese to Cala Luna.  White, calcareous cliffs rise 800 meters (2,625') high out of the crystal clear blue waters of the Golfo di Orosei, appearing to drop sharply into the sea. 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.

On this incredible, challenging trek, you’ll hike north along the coastline of one of the most beautiful gulfs of the Mediterranean Sea: the Orosei. The panoramas and sceneries offered cannot be found in other places in Sardinia. And the food! You are sure to enjoy the Sardinian food and wine and hospitality of the local people.

But this is not a trek for the feint of heart – or with a fear of heights! Narrow footpaths, sometimes almost indecipherable, lead you over undulating trails along the sea cliffs. The terrain is rocky and uneven and in some places where rocks close the way, easy climbs and rappels are necessary. While defined as the wildest trek in Italy, Selvaggio Blu is probably also the most original and beautiful one. The valleys from the inland open their way to the sea shaping beautiful coves where you will be able to refresh yourself with a swim almost every day.

While Italy – and the world – offers many great treks, this itinerary always surpasses expectations in beauty, regardless of the experience level of the trekker, or how many other extraordinary places he or she has visited!

Day by Day

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Sardinia
Arrive in Cagliari Elmas International Airport (CAG) and have a private transfer to your hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese (2.5 hour transfer, 150km / 93 miles) where you will meet your local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide. After you’ve settled in, you’ll have a trip briefing and equipment check.

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.
D… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia (3-Star) 


Day 2 ~ Santa Maria – Pedra Longa – Rifugio di Ginnirco  Santa Maria
Begin your trek today with an incredible hike along the islands coastline! From Santa Maria, hike to Pedra Longa – a rocky spire that is accessible via an easy and panoramic trail along the 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, composed predominantly of karst. Measuring approximately 120 meters (394') in height, the soaring shape has a large base and a rounded top; it has come to be known as the symbol of Baunei and all of Sardinia.

From here, you’ll hike up the dolomitic ledge of Punta Giradili – its huge 750-meter (2,461') walls and peaks considered by many as one of Sardinia’s finest sea cliffs.  Continue to Cuile Duspiggius, a fascinating sheepfold perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea and hike to the Riugio Ginnircu where you are going to have a delicious dinner (5 hours hiking, 14.7km / 8.7 miles, 934m / 3,064' ascent, 287m / 942’ descent.)

Transfer back to your hotel.
B,L,D… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia (3-Star) 


Day 3 ~ Rifugio di Ginnirco – Portu Pedrosu  Quau
Transfer to Ginnurcu in the morning and start your hike to Capo Monte Santu, a rocky elbow teetering a thousand feet over the deep blue sea and continue walking along the edge of 200-meter (656') cliffs, high above the sea. From Capo Monte Santu, it is approximately four hours to Portu Pedrosu and Portu Quau, two beautiful small fjords surrounded by grey limestone. 

Return by boat to Santa Maria Navarrese.
(6-7 hours hiking, 7.53 km/ 4.35 miles, 123m / 403.5' ascent, 870m / 2,854’ descent.)
B,L,D… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia (3-Star)


Day 4 ~ Portu Quau – Cala Goloritzè  Altopiano di Golgo
Transfer to Portu Quau by boat and hike to Punta Salinas for a fantastic view of the Mediterranean sea  and the vertical limestone cliffs that fall into the Orosei gulf. A fast descent brings you to the astonishing Aguglia di Goloritze and on to the stunning white and blue cove of Goloritzè.

Cala Goloritzè is a small white sandy stretch of beach overlooked by the 128-meter (420') high Punta Caroddi, also known as Aguglia. It is the most photographed beach in the Ogliastra area of Sardinia – as soon as you lay eyes on it, you will surely understand why! The beach is covered in white pebbles, with clear water, visible to a depth of 30 meters (98'). Not surprisingly, it dedicated as an "Italian National Monument" in 1995. (6-7 hours hiking, 11.82km/ 6.84 miles, 653m / 2,142' ascent, 643m / 2,109.5’ descent.)

Hike up to the Altopiano di Golgo and enjoy a typical Sardinian dinner.
B,L,D… Rifugio in Golgo


Day 5 ~ Golgo Serra ‘e Lattone – Grotta del Fico
Transfer to Altopiano di Golgo and hike to the Grotta del Fico passing by Bacu Mudaloru. First part is on a very rocky terrain  and then you’ll hike in a beautiful forest along the ridge (530m / 1,739'). Ascend a steep gravel slope and enter the forest, following the ridge. When you reach a high plateau, continue along a vertical ridge hiking and doing a couple of rappels. Descend with ropes 45 meters (148') down to the grotta del Fico.   

The Grotta del Fico (Cave of the Fig), 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. (6 hours hiking, 13.06km/ 8.08 miles, 751m / 2,463.9' ascent, 736m /2414,7’ descent.)

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


Day 6 ~ Grotta del Fico – Cala Sisine
Transfer by boat to the Grotta del Fico. Today’s playground is a thin stretch of land squeezed between high rock walls and the sea, interrupted by a short vertical step. Continue as yesterday, looking for the best passages between rock, caves and water, until you reach Cala Sisine. For those who would like to take one final swim, now is your chance! (8 hours hiking, 16.18km/ 9.94 miles, 596m / 1,955.3' ascent, 551m/ 1,807.7’ descent.)

At Cala Sisine, you will be met by the boat and transfer to Santa Maria Navarrese for farewell dinner.  
B,L,D… Hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese, Sardinia (3-Star)


Day 7 ~ Depart
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.

This itinerary can be arranged as a custom trip with overnights in boat.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 3.840 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 2.420 per person (minimum 6 participants)


 Cost Includes

  • In/Out airport group transfer from Cagliari Airport (CAG)
  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Santa Maria Navarrese
  • 1 night accomodation in Rifugio 
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • 1 English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Most climbing equipment (clients are expected to bring their own climbing harness and locking carabiner)
  • Private ground and boat transfers
  • Tourist tax
  • Italian VAT tax

Single room accommodations available on request.

Packed lunch: two sandwiches with salami or ham, cheese, mozzarella, fruits, vegetables and water.
Typical dinner: Sardinian roast meat (pork, veal, goat, fish), antipasti, cold fish main courses, fruits, bread, vegetables, dessert, water, wine, digestive.

 

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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!

 

More info

Guides:
Our guides are passionate, experienced mountain enthusiasts who work year round in the outdoor industry and are dedicated to providing our guests an exceptional experience.

 

Challenging Trip:
This trip includes four nights of bivouacking (sleeping under the stars, using only natural shelters – when available). The first two nights you will sleep “under the stars,” as there are no natural shelters. Hikers will carry a large overnight backpack with your personal belongings for the entire trip. You will be expected to provide your own backpack, sleeping bag and pad, and climbing harness and locking carabiner, which you will carry with on trek, along with your personal belongings and food provided for the day.  Each day, a boat will transport fresh food to your camping location.

 

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 950
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1610
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2790
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 950
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2790
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1610
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2790
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1560
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 950
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2290
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1990
26-31 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 1270
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1600
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1350
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1990
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2290
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
17-22 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 950
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1610
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
15-22 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1560
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2790
1-8 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 1770
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890
16-21 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 950