The chasm of Tiscali

Through a 70 meter long tunnel we reach a large spacious room, about a hundred meters above our heads there is a small opening where some daylight comes in. As the sun moves

Tiscali is not just a settlement

Tiscali is not just a name of the Nuragic Village as you might think, Monte Tiscali actually is the name of the mountain where the village is situated. In the same mountain there is also a chasm, in italian “Il Voragine di Tiscali”.

Ofcourse the loyal Land Rover Defender brings us close to the Canyon where the entrance is situated, and after about 30 minutes walking through a shady forest we reach the entrance.

In the right time of year, between may and september a ray of sunlight comes in through the ceiling and illumintes the wall in front of us.

This spectacular event lasts just over an hour, and as the sun moves, the beam moves over a natural bridge and eventually before the beam moves out of the cave it illuminates the stalagmites and stalagtites on the wall.

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About this experience:

The walk to the entrance of the cave is an easy walk and also the visit to the cave itself is all easy going. A perfect and exciting experience for the whole family. Inside the cave it’s nice and cool, and once outside there is an excellent place in the shade to enjoy lunch.[/mk_blockquote]

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The Gorropu Canyon and Sa Giuntura

Gorropu Canyon’s even more beautiful back side 🙂
Most people only visit the low part of the Gorropu Canyon. On this hiking excursion we went to the high part and most interesting part

Today we visited Gorropu Canyon’s even more beautiful back side 🙂

Most people only visit the low part of the Gorropu Canyon. On this hiking excursion we went to the high part and most interesting part of the Gorropu. You hardly meet any people here, in the most desolate part of the Supramonte, the Supramonte of Urzulei.

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In short

  • Scenic drive with the Land Rover Defender over a high plain
  • Visit a traditional shepherds hut
  • Visit an enormous monumental Yew tree
  • Visit a Giant’s Grave from the Bronze Age
  • Walk down to Sa Juntura and the water basins behind the Gorropu Canyon

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The drive to the start of our walk over good dirt roads takes us over a high plain and thick forests of holm oak. Only a handful of shepherds use this road everyday to get to their free roaming animals.

We start walking at a unique Yew tree that must be easily a thousand years old. From high above we have a great view over the canyons of the Flumineddu river and the forests on the other side. The Flumineddu is the river that formed the Gorropu Canyon and continues to shape it during the periods of heavy rain.

A very panoramic walk over the Donkey’s Back take us down through an amazing landscape of Canyons and possibly waterfalls after the rain. After an hour we end up at Sa Juntura, where the Orbisi river meets the Flumineddu, and further down still to the pools of water that are formed at the high entrance of the Gorropu canyon.

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Details

Duration: 09.00 – 17.00

Walking time:  4 hours

Altitude difference: 300 meters

Equipment: sufficient water, fairly good condition, good shoes and lunch

Starting point: Dorgali, Cala Gonone, Orosei or Su Gologone – Oliena[/mk_blockquote]

Su Sercone Supramonte

Hiking trails in the Supramonte
The project Su Sercone Supramonte is designed for the upgrade of the Supramonte area. The municipalities involved are Dorgali, Oliena, Orgosolo and Urzulei.

Hiking trails in the Supramonte

The project Su Sercone Supramonte is designed for the upgrade of the Supramonte area. The municipalities involved are Dorgali, Oliena, Orgosolo and Urzulei.
So far there are 10s of kilometers of paths cleaned and partly re-marked, in addition there are many old shepherds huts restored or even recreated from scratch. Trail maps are unfortunately not yet available.

After the official demise of the “Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu” end of 2005, from 2013 initiatifs are taking place to shape the newly created nature reserve. This nature reserve is part of the European Natura 2000 network and is both Site of Community Importance for the great biodiversity as a Special Protection Area for birds.

 

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Walking holiday in March

March is the perfect season
For those of you that like to enjoy a quiet walking holiday in the off-season March is just perfect. The last many years the weather in March has been excellent

March is the perfect season

For those of you that like to enjoy a quiet walking holiday in the off-season March is just perfect. The last many years the weather in March has been excellent for walking, there’s hardly anybody around, many herbs and shrubs are flowering and with a bit of luck you can even take a dip in the sea on one of the sunny days.

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These hikes were all in the Supramonte and Baronia areas. Cala Gonone on the coast of Dorgali is an excellent place to stay as there are some walks that you can start directly from the town itself and many other walks that you can reach within an hours drive.

Allthough in this time of year many hotels, restaurants and bars are still closed, there’s still a fair choice between Cala Gonone for places to stay and eat. Good to know that supermarkets are open even on a sunday morning.

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Tips

  • Stay in Cala Gonone or Orosei
  • Do some nice walks on the coast
  • Visit some Nuragic Sites
  • Take your bathing gear, good walking shoes, sunglasses

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Goloritze walk on your own

The walk to Cala Goloritze is easy to find.
The last couple of years Cala Goloritzè has been mentioned on Tripadvisor as one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. Probably they’re right, but

The walk to Cala Goloritze is easy to find.

The last couple of years Cala Goloritzè has been mentioned on Tripadvisor as one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. Probably they’re right, it surely is a gorgeous beach, with a white pebbly beach and cristal clear blue water.

In the summer it looses a bit of it’s charm because it literally gets covered with towels . Therefore I advise you to go outside of the summer months, or if you have to go in the summer go early.

However! Many people are uninformed

It’s quite funny to see people in thongs walking down, people with towels around their neck, thinking the beach is around the corner, I even once met a guy pushing a baby trolley over the rocks! A lot of people think they’re in for an easy stroll to the beach, but you could hardly be further from the truth.

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What you need to know about the walk to Goloritzè.

Equipment

  • Wear good shoes, the track is all stones and rock.
  • Bring enough water and lunch, there’s no bar anywhere before you get back to the top. This means that on warm days you need to bring at least 2 liters per person.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.

Costs

The beach belongs to Baunei and once you get to the beach you’ll have to pay one euro to get on. Besides that also parking your car at the guarded parking of Su Porteddu costs around €5,00 for the whole day.

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The track to Goloritzè in numbers

You need about 1,5 hours to get down and 2 hours to get back up. The altitude difference between the starting point at Su Porteddu and the beach is around 450 m. One way is just under 4 km.

About 60% of the track is in the shade, but because you’re in a valley there’s not much wind so it will be nice and warm!

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