Walking in Sardinia

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Day 1

Fly to Olbia; transfer to Dorgali.

Our week begins at the Hotel S’Adde in Dorgali. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions.

Day 2

Orientation walk through an old path around Monte Tului with beautiful views of the Gulf of Orosei

We start with an orientation walk, talking an old path that winds around Monte Tului (916m) and offers some of the best views of the Gulf of Orosei to one side, and the mountainous interior around Dorgali on the other. The walk should take around 5 hours.

Day 3

Walk along the Gorropu Gorge, Italy’s deepest natural canyon; free time to paddle on the Flumineddu River

On our drive above the Flumineddu Valley, we enjoy the sweeping views before our arrival at the Gorropu Gorge – also known as the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’. Its high, narrow, vertical walls reach 200 metres making it the deepest and roughest natural gorge in Europe. Over millions of years, the Flumineddu River has eroded the landscape to create the incomparable natural beauty of the gorge. We can appreciate it in all its glory during our walk, which takes around six hours. There is a chance to paddle on the river if conditions allow. This evening, there is the opportunity to enjoy dinner in a restaurant in Dorgali centre – payable locally.

Day 4

Explore Nuraghic village of Serra Orrios, with its complex circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age; relax on an idyllic sandy beach. Local wine tasting

We begin with a drive to the site of the Giants Tomb, the Sardinian megalithic gallery grave that was built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization. We then continue on to the site of the Serra Orrios, one of the most famous of the Nuraghe villages. The Nuraghes, cone tomb-like towers positioned around the island, are the symbols of Sardinia and of its unique ethnicity. The Nuragici people, who built these towers, are considered the most accomplished, yet mysterious civilisation in the Mediterranean. We explore the archaeological complex of Serra Orrios with its circular huts dating back to the Bronze Age. After this, we have time for a quick coffee stop before driving on to Cala Orsala. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, surrounded by rocks, pinewoods and lush Mediterranean scrub. Weather permitting, we will have lunch on the beach. Next up is a visit to the ‘Grotta degli Ispinigoli’ home to the longest stalactite-stalagmite column in Europe. We finish the day with a visit to a wine factory (cantina) for wine tasting and a short talk about the local wines.

Day 5

Free day; explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle

Today is free to explore the archaeological sites of the Dorgali region, take an optional self-guided walk or simply relax by the beach and enjoy the leisurely Sardinian lifestyle. Horse riding can also be arranged for you (price and all the details to be agreed locally with the hotel); alternatively, you can take an optional wonderful boat trip to Bue Marino Grotto (weather permitting).

Day 6

Walk around the prehistoric Tiscali Village, built inside a cave; visit the springs of Su Gologone

The Nuragic village of Tiscali is fascinating, and not much is known about its origins, nor the people that lived there. It does seem that is was populated even before the Nuragic era but archaeologists put its main period of activity as between the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.

The dwellings are virtually invisible until you are at the vast cavity in which they are built. This has led some to postulate that people moved back here to hide from the Romans.

We also visit Su Gologone, described as a ‘natural masterpiece’, the result of karst being sculpted by rushing water as it exits the gorge. The water is tinged green or blue, depending on the angle of the sun and an astonishing 500 litres of water per second come crashing out of the chasm into this mini oasis.

Day 7

Explore the caves and cliffs on walk from the beach of Cala Luna; free afternoon

We start the day with a boat trip to Cala Luna, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Here there will be time to explore the large caves and, as this is a popular spot for rock climbing, we may get to see some enthusiasts put their skills to the test. The walk back to Cala Gonone taks us through a vast forest and along deep gulleys, with occasional views of the coast. At the end of the walk at Cala Gonone we will have time for a very welcome drink and the opportunity for a swim before we return to Dorgali.

Day 8

End Dorgali

End Hotel S’Adde in Dorgali.


  • One of the wildest islands in the Mediterranean
  • Inviting sandy beaches
  • Fascinating ancient Nuraghic monuments
  • Family-run hotel with excellent restaurant


  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel S’Adde, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 4 days centre-based walking, 1 day sightseeing
  • Altitude maximum 910m, average 400m
  • Countries visited: Italy


  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches, 1 wine tasting and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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