Climbing Sardinia, Italy

Laid-back Sports Climbing Paradise
Routes: 6000
Easy Routes : 30
Medium Routes: 45
Hard Routes: 25
Airport: Olbia, Cagliari
Other Highlights:
  • Close to Nice Beach
  • Excellent Hikings
  • Extraordinary Nature
  • Nice MTB Trails
  • Best time: Mar - May, Sept - Nov

    Sardinia makes Climbing Holiday dreams come true! But that’s a challenge as well. Should I go climbing today again? Should I hang out on the beach? Explore Mountainbike Trails or go hiking after the Canyoning Tour? If you do not worry to answer these questions every morning when you get up: Go visit Sardinia!

    More than 6000 sport climbing routes, lots of new Boulder areas as well as a few but truly worthwhile multi pitch routes, all close to beautiful beaches make Sardinia an island you’d like to visit again and again.

    Sardinia is not an island for Party Lions though. It is much more relaxed and authentic compared to Kalymnos for example. It is for the Climbers among us who value on an authentic environment and people, beautiful nature and good food and wine! Depending where you choose to stay, you will be either in a touristic city with good infrastructure or outside the cities in small, laid-back villages where WIFI is not a standard. 😉

    The Rock

    Climbing on Sardinia means being close to the sea, having a great variety of grades in one sector and climbing on great limestone, sandstone, Quartzite or Granite. All of them well equipped and usually well maintained.

    Climbing Areas on Sardinia

    For the Sinter-Addicted among us: Visit Domusnovas in the south-west. Rocks up to 900 meter high and interesting ruins which make this place kind of mystic.

    Never climbed Basalt? Try Monte Arci in the north. Both mentioned sectors are not crowded at all.

    Gala Gonone is the most well-known climbing area on Sardinia. And therefore a bit polished already. Two dozens of climbing sectors right at the beach. This makes climbing comfortable all day, as half of them are in the shadow in the morning and the others in the afternoon.

    Ever heard of Punta Plumare? If a great route starts with a great approach from your point of view, check out the adventurous multi pitch routes in the east of Sardinia. Pack your gear together (don’t forget your courage!), charter a boat and start climbing right from the sea.

    ClimbingSardinia.com shows all Climbing Sectors and Boulder areas on a map. Check it out.

    Rest Days

    Beaches Sardinia

    Sardinia, Cala Goloritzè (image by //Karri via Flickr)
    Sardinia, Cala Goloritzè (image by //Karri via Flickr)

    Even if you don’t come to Sardinia because of the beaches, you will find one the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea here. In Cala Luna, close to Cala Gonone, Cala Fighera (close to Cagliari) you can combine climbing and swimming perfectly. If you like snorkeling, visit the beautiful small beach Cala Goloritze in the west. It can be accessed via boat or an 1,5 hours trek.

    Hiking Sardinia

    The highest point of Sardinia is Punte la Marmora (1834). But you decide whether you do plan an exhausting trekking tour or just take a bit longer walk close to the sea. The signs characteristic is definitely more the italian style compared to an overflow of signs in Germany/Austria for example. So GPS tracks can be helpful if your Hiking Guidebook doesn’t include precise maps.

    Mountains Sardinia
    Sette Fratelli Mountains (image by Matteo Paolo Tauriello)

    A nice alternation is the walk through the canyon Gola di Gorropu. Ideal in early summer, when there is still some clear water in the puddles. Note: They charge you around 5 € for the visit.

    Mountainbiking Sardinia

    If you don’t visit Sardinia in midsummer, Mountainbiking is a great choice for rest days. The Nationalpark “Golfo di Orosei e di Gennargentu” (Lanusei, West) offers a good variety of tours. Steep ascents as well as flow trails. In the north of Sardinia around Galluna, where enchanted granite blocks catch your eyes, several Bike Guides are placed. They also offer bikes for rent.
    If you’d like to bring your own: Airlines like transavia offer bike transport for around 80 € one way.

    Getting there and around

    Either by using a ferry, departing from Marseille, Genua or Levorno in Northern Italy. Or fly to Ólbia (North) or Cagliari (South) and rent a car on Sardinia (from 100 € per week). It takes you 3 hours from the South to the North, so nothing on this island is really far away.

    If you’d like to extend your Climbing Holidays: You can reach Corsica by ferry in less than an hour.

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    Accomodation Sardinia offers lots of beautiful Camp Grounds. Find the best ones on Tripadvisor: Camping Sardinia Flats in the backcountry can be found on airbnb.