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Sardinia East Coast

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Self Guided Walking Holidays and Cycling Holidays

Sardinia East Coast

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Sardinia East Coast
Rating
Average rating:   5,  1 reviews
Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
March - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Santa Maria
Day 2: Golgo
Day 3: Cala Goloritzé
Day 4: Cala Mariolu
Day 5: Cala Gonone
Day 6: Cala Fuili
Day 7: Monte Irveri
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Sardinia East Coast

The island of Sardinia has long been known for its nice sandy beaches and clear sea, and is immensely popular as a summer retreat. Only recently its many unspoilt natural and cultural treasures have gotten the right attention from nature lovers and walkers. It is still possible to walk on its spectacular trails, enjoying the peace and quiet of a true hiker’s paradise.

Your trip will take you to the heartland of the wild Supramonte region along Sardinia’s east coast, the island’s most spectacular area for trekking. Here sheer limestone cliffs coloured by wildflowers and the fruits of strawberry trees drop down vertically into the blue Mediterranean Sea, where little sandy beaches open up. Wild animals such as wild boar, Sardinian wild sheep or mouflons, and many species of birds of prey, including eagles, roam the barren karst plateaus of the mountain ranges occasionally descending into the verdant valleys where lucky encounters with hikers are not uncommon.

Highlights

  • Breathtaking coastal views
  • Turquoise-blue seashores
  • Unspoiled nature in the nature park Orosei
  • Remote bays and secluded beaches

Itinerary for Sardinia East Coast

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Day 1: Arrival in Santa Maria Navarrese

The small coastal town is located in a picturesque location between the steep cliffs of the Gulf of Orosei and the Ogliastra sandy beaches. You can warm up for the tour going for a leisurely stroll along the beach or swimming in the sea.

Day 2: Santa Maria Navarrese – Golgo

A path with great views up above the coast tаkes you to the impressive Pedra Longa limestone peaks. Soon you turn inland and climb up small tracks below some impressive rock faces and up to the first mountain top. You will keep on getting breath-taking views over the turquoise blue surface of the sea. You will walk past flocks of sheep and through the aromatic Macchia down to the Golgo alpine plateau.

Walking for the day: approx. 6 to 7 hours, 19 km, ­ ↑920 m ↓590 m

Day 3: Circular walk to Cala Goloritzé

Today you walk to the spectacular bay of Cala Goloritzé. The path takes you through a gorge with a view of the impressive cliffs and to a 120m tall rock crag reflected in the crystal-clear, sparkling water. After a swim break in a wonderful bay, you make your way back to Golgo where the comfortable “Rifguio” is waiting for you.

Walking for the day: approx. 4,5 to 5 hours, 12 km, ­ ↑560 m ↓560 m

Day 4: Circular walk to Cala Mariolu

Today you walk across the wild and romantic Golgo plateau until you get to your destination for the day: the Arcobaleno natural rock arch from where you will get wonderful panorama views over the deep-blue sea, which is far beneath you. After this, if you are a bit more adventurous and have good walking shoes you can continue by climbing up the steep tracks via the “Wacholderholz-Leitern” and then gо down to the Cala Mariolu bay.

Walking for the day: approx. 4,5 hours, 12 km, ­ ↑300 m ↓300 m

Day 5: Golgo – Cala Gonone

After a short transfer to the Cala Sisine beach, you walk uphill between the carob trees and the holm oaks. At the same time, you can marvel at the rugged coast and the glistening sea. Your path takes you via an endless karst plateau to the wonderful swimming bay, Cala Luna, known for one of the nicest beaches in Sardinia. You then take the boat to your destination Cala Gonone, where you will spend the next days right by the sea.

Walking for the day: approx. 5 hours, 12 km, ­ ↑620 m ↓600 m

Day 6: Circular walk Cala Fuili and Cala Luna

The walk today takes you via the small and well-hidden rocky bay Cala Fuili to Cala Luna. The path goes along a shady hiking trail through forest and coastal terrain past hidden caves and gorges. After a refreshing swim in the sea and a stop at a beach bar, you take a ship back to Cala Gonone with the option to take a stop at the fascinating stalactite caves in Bue Marino.

Walking for the day: approx. 3 to 4 hours, 9 km, ­ ↑210m ↓220m

Day 7: Circular Walk Monte Irveri

Today you walk walk to the top of the pass from where you will get great views of Sardinia’s inland. You walk around the Monte Irveri and then get to the idyllic sandy beach Cala Cartoe. Walking along the cliffs you will get fantastic views of the Gulf of Orosei.

Walking for the day: approx. 3,5 to 6 hours (depending on chose route), 17 km, ­ ↑630m ↓630m

Day 8: Departure

Departure or extension upon request.

Hotels for Sardinia East Coast

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Accommodation is in 3-star hotels and equivalent mid-range agriturismos and refuges. All rooms have en-suite facilities. The places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

Sample hotels: Enis, Rifugio Goroppu, Albergo Sant’ElenePlammas

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight..

Travel for Sardinia East Coast

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Our recommended arrival airports for this holiday are Cagliari and Olbia.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

The tour starts in Santa Maria Navarrese and ends in Cala Gonone, as both towns are connected to the major cities and airports of Sardinia by public transport. Private airport transfers are also available upon request.


 

Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfers are included on all walking days.

Country Info

Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.

Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.

Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.

Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.

Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Sardinia East Coast

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

You will walk along lovely footpaths along the coastline and in the highlands. Sardinia is mainly made out of limestone cliffs, which means that you will need to be sure-footed because you will often be walking on rocky and stony paths. Good fitness is needed for the walks as you will be hiking for about 6.5 hours each day (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths. Few parts of the trails are waymarked and you will have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps and GPS tracks. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from March until October departing every Thursday and Saturday. Other departure dates are available upon request.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful in Sardinia. It may become too hot for walking in July and August.

Without a doubt the best time to see Sardinia is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season. The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the region, while the temperatures are still mild.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee. As this is a rail & hike holiday, you will transfer all your luggage between hotels by train by yourself. However, the trip is organised in such a way, that you will not have to carry your main luggage while walking. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Sardinia East Coast

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  • 4 overnights in 3-star hotels
  • 3 overnights in comfortable refuges (Colbo)
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers on walking days
  • Transfer on day 5
  • Detailed route descriptions and tour documents (1x per room)
  • GPS-data to use via our smartphone app
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Options and Extras

  • Single room supplement (note that in refuges there are limited single room places available and single rooms cannot be guaranteed)
  • Private airport transfers can be arranged upon request
  • Extra nights in Santa Maria Navarrese and Cala Gonone

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums
  • 2x boat rides to Cala Gonone, approx. € 10 per person per journey

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

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Sardinia East Coast
Average rating:  
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by Janice M on Sardinia East Coast

We had a very enjoyable week in Sardinia. Responded to everything quickly and decisively. Comprehensive route notes and good accommodations, given the supply limitations in some areas. Bags were moved and at our next destination before we finished the walks.


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