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Trekking and hiking in Sardinia, your ultimate 100% Local Guide to 5 unmissable off-the-beaten track itineraries

Welcome to an extraordinary journey through the rugged beauty of Sardinia’s most captivating hiking trails. This guide (definetly not complete) start from the ancient legend of Gorropu Canyon, where nature’s wonders unfold amidst towering rock walls, to the mythical village of Tiscali, shrouded in secrets and history, each trek promises an unforgettable adventure in the nature of one of the wildest island of the Mediterranean sea.

Traverse through pristine wilderness, witness panoramic vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, and immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of Ogliastra’s coast. We definetly suggest to be led by expert local guides because it’s not easy to find the right paths and some of them should be done with proper equipment and the right attention to weather conditions and the surrounding environment. Only a professional local guide can guarantee safe and enjoyable adventure like the 5 that you can discover in this article.

These treks off the beaten tracks offer an enchanting blend of nature, culture and stories that will leave you with cherished memories of Sardinia’s untamed splendor. 

Trekking to Gorropu Canyon, between Dorgali and Urzulei

Trekking in Urzulei

The ancient legend tells the story of how one day, the God decided to save the shepherds of Urzulei from the frequent raids of the Orgosolo bandits. With a lightning bolt, he split the Supramonte mountain range in two, creating Barbagia on one side and Ogliastra on the other. In the midst of this division, a terrifying rock fissure appeared, a place where neither humans nor animals could pass, only the spirits of outlaws and malicious souls, those who fate did not allow to die in their beds. (cit. Leggende Sarde, Grazia Deledda).

Embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure in Gorropu Valley, Sardinia’s natural wonder. As you venture through the canyon – described by the Nobel Prize Grazia Deledda -, surrounded by towering rock walls, be prepared to be awestruck by its breathtaking beauty. Traverse the riverbed, immersing yourself in the pristine wilderness and marveling at the rare flora and fauna that call this place home. The trail gradually increases in difficulty, adding excitement to your journey. Finally, reach the climax as you conquer the challenging sections and witness the awe-inspiring views from the heart of the canyon. This hiking experience will leave you with lasting memories of Sardinia’s untamed splendor and lots of pictures to share on your social networks.

Night Trek to Sella del Diavolo (The Devil’s saddle) in Cagliari

devil's saddle shore excursions
Devil’s saddle hike

There are not so many cities with such iconic trail in the center. The Sella del Diavolo (or Devil’s saddle) offers panoramic vistas of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, while leading you through rugged terrain and ancient rock formations. As you ascend to the summit, feel the thrill of conquering the devil’s saddle, a geological marvel steeped in local legend. The rewarding views of Cagliari‘s picturesque Poetto coastline and the surrounding natural beauty will leave you in awe. 

For a truly unique experience, don’t miss the chance to embark on a nighttime hike, where the illuminated cityscape and starlit sky create an enchanting atmosphere. Discover the magic of the Sella del Diavolo under the cloak of darkness, a truly unforgettable adventure.

Trust your local tourist guide, Cagliari is not only the city of the sun (did you see our tour on it?), it shines in the night too and an hike over the Devil’s saddle is an no-to-miss experience even if you have just a one-day stay in Cagliari.

Trek&Swim experience to Cala Goloritzè and Punta Salinas, in the Ogliastra region

Hike in Cala Goloritze

This journey promises to be a feast for the senses, immersing you in the untamed beauty of the region, in the coast of Ogliastra.

As you set foot on the trail, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the rugged and pristine landscapes that make Sardinia so unique. The path winds through Mediterranean maquis, an enchanting blend of aromatic herbs, wildflowers, and ancient junipers overhanging the sea. With each step, the views of the turquoise sea become more mesmerizing, beckoning you forward.

One of the main highlight of this adventure is Cala Goloritzè, a hidden gem renowned for its crystal-clear waters and a towering pinnacle of limestone, known as aguglia. This awe-inspiring natural monument creates a backdrop that seems straight out of a postcard. Take a moment to soak in the beauty, dip your toes in the pristine waters, and marvel at the wonders of nature.

Continuing along the coastal cliffs, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. The trail leads to Punta Solinas, where you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of the glittering sea below and dramatic rock formations that have been shaped by the forces of nature over centuries.

While the trek may present some challenges, including steep sections and rocky terrain, the sense of accomplishment and the rewards of this adventure are immeasurable. The untouched beauty, the feeling of being connected with nature, and the solitude of the surroundings create a truly transformative experience. This trek to Cala Goloritzè and Punta Solinas is not just a physical journey, but a spiritual one that will leave a lasting impression and create memories that will be cherished forever.

Mines in the Blue

This trail in the area of Masua is a unique and emotionally captivating experience that seamlessly combines history, nature, and adventure. As a professional sardinian tourist guide, I can assure you that this trail offers a journey like no other.

This trail explores the abandoned mines along the southwestern coast of Sardinia, known for their striking turquoise waters. The first emotion you’ll feel is awe as you stand before the dazzling blue hues of these former mining pits, which have been transformed into enchanting, almost surreal, natural pools.

Throughout the hike, you’ll discover the industrial heritage of this region, with well-preserved mining structures and machinery, and gain a deep appreciation for the island’s mining history.

But it’s not just about the past; the Miniere nel Blu trail offers breathtaking coastal views and a chance to swim in crystal-clear waters. The contrast between the rugged landscapes and the vibrant blue pools is truly remarkable.

This trail is a testament to the resilience of nature and the ability to transform an industrial past into a source of natural wonder. For anyone seeking a mix of history, adventure, and stunning scenery, the Miniere nel Blu trail is an absolute must-walk route in Sardinia.

Santa Barbara Mining Trail

The Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara, or Santa Barbara Mining Trail, is a remarkable trekking experience that takes you on a journey through Sardinia’s rich mining history. This trail, with a moderate level of difficulty suitable for hikers of various skill levels, is divided into several stages, allowing you to explore the fascinating mining heritage of the region at your own pace.

Starting from the historic mining town of Iglesias, the trail winds through diverse landscapes, including lush forests and rugged terrains. Along the way, you’ll encounter well-preserved mining structures, such as old mineshafts and machinery, providing insight into the island’s once-thriving mining industry.

The Cammino Minerario also offers stunning natural beauty, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding hills of the west coast of Sardinia. Each stage of the trek unveils unique points of interest, including the evocative abandoned mines of Monteponi, the picturesque village of Buggerru, and the striking coastline of Nebida and Masua.

This trail is not only a journey through time but also a chance to connect with Sardinia’s diverse landscapes and its industrial past. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a memorable hiking experience, the Cammino Minerario di Santa Barbara has something to offer every traveler.

Trekking to the Mythical Village of Tiscali

Embark on an extraordinary hiking tour to the ancient village of Tiscali in Sardinia, where nature and history intertwine in a truly captivating experience. As you venture into the lush Supramonte mountains in Oliena, your sardinian tourist guide will lead the way, unveiling the secrets and stories of this mystical place.

The trail winds through forests, revealing stunning rock formations, vibrant flora and the soothing sounds of nature. Your knowledgeable guide will share the ecological significance of the area, highlighting its diverse ecosystems and the unique species that call it home.

As you approach the village of Tiscali, a sense of awe will wash over you. Nestled within a vast limestone cave, this ancient settlement holds centuries of history and mystery. Your guide will transport you back in time, recounting tales of the inhabitants of the most authentic part of the island and their way of life. Explore the ruins of stone houses and pathways, connecting with the nuragic culture and gaining insights into Sardinian culture and traditions.

As you conclude the hike, the memories of Tiscali’s natural wonders and captivating history, combined with the insights provided by your local guide, will leave an indelible impression.

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