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Hiker on the Cala Gonone Cartoe coastal path

Sardinia's East Coast

Breathtaking & wild: Hiking in the Orosei nature park

8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Hiker on the Cala Gonone Cartoe coastal path

What do you associate with Sardinia? Certainly dreamy sandy beaches, the turquoise blue sea and balmy summer evenings eating fresh pasta. But there’s more to Sardinia – it has become a popular destination for hiking holidays. The hiking tour through Sardinia’s east is both wild and relaxing at the same time. Wild, because the landscape is characterised by rugged rocks. And relaxing, because Sardinians have perfected "la dolce far niente", the sweet idleness. Let yourself be infected by the Italians and have your hiking holiday in Sardinia the relaxed way!

Finding peace and quiet on a hiking holiday? There’s nothing easier in Sardinia! With every day in your hiking boots you take in the breath-taking landscape more and more – and with it the Italian way of life. The multifaceted nature makes for absolute hiking enjoyment, whether that be the flowering macchia, the Gulf of Orosei or the bays of Ogliastra. From Santa Maria Navarrese, the route leads to the high plateau of Golgo and the bay of Cala Goloritze. This is followed by a circular hike to the bay of Cala Mariolu. By boat you come to the holiday resort of Cala Gonone. The hiking tour is completed with circular hikes to the rocky bays of Cala Fuili and Cala Luna as well as a hike around the rocky massif of Monte Irveri. Daily hikes of up to six hours leave you with enough time to take a refreshing dip in the sea.

  • Impressive coastal walks: Sardinia's east is wild and has an extremely impressive landscape - the routes mainly run along the coast, granting magnificent views of the sea.
  • Orosei Nature Park: Sardinia's largest nature park, the Golfo di Orosei, is a scenic jewel on the Italian island. The mighty limestone rises almost vertically out of the sea and forms striking landmarks in the turquoise waters.
  • Enchanting macchia: A fragrant, flowering splendour awaits you in the spring months in the macchia of Sardinia. Between the spring and autumn blossoms, the machia forests exude the aroma of rosemary, laurel and other Mediterranean herbs.
  • Grotta del Bue Marino: This stalactite cave is located at the foot of the Supramonte in the Golfo di Orosei. It owes its name to the monk seal that sought shelter at altitude and was christened Bue Marino. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere!

On the day of your own arrival in Santa Maria Navarrese, be sure to take a dip in the nearby bays of the Ogliastra. Sunny days follow, peppered with hiking tours of between nine and 18 kilometres. Three circular hikes also lead into the highlands of Sardinia. The hiking trails often lead over rocky and stony terrain and therefore require surefootedness.

Itinerary at a glance

Hiking in Sardinia is a mix of dining and nature - beautiful views of the coast included. Marvel at the limestone tablets in the Golfo di Orosei and explore the Grotta del Bue Marino at the foot of the Supramonte.

The small coastal town is located in a picturesque location between the steep cliffs of the Gulf of Orosei and the long Ogliastra sandy beaches. To get in the mood for your tour, go for a leisurely stroll along the beach or why not go for a swim in the sea. 

Hotel example: Hotel Nicoletta

 

A path with great views way up above the coast brings 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.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

Today a walk to the spectacular bay of Cala Goloritzé is waiting for you. It is a very special highlight! You will walk through a gorge with a view of the impressive cliffs and to a 120m tall rock crag, which reflects in the crystal-clear, sparkling water. After a swimming break in a wonderful bay, you make your way back to Golgo where the comfortable “Rifguio” is.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

Today you walk across the wild and romantic Golgo plateau until you get to the Arcobaleno natural rock arch, which is today’s destination. From here, you will get wonderful panorama views over the deep-blue sea, which is far beneath you. After this, adventurous and sure-footed walkers can continue by climbing up steep tracks via the Wacholderholz-Leitern and then down to the Cala Mariolu bay.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

After a short transfer from Cala Sisine beach, you will 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. This is one of the nicest beaches in Sardinia. Then take the boat to the holiday destination, Cala Gonone where you can spend the next days right by the sea.

Hotel example: Bue Marino

A magnificent walk takes you via the small and well-hidden rocky bay Cala Fuili to Cala Luna. You will go 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 in a beach bar, you take a ship pack to Cala Gonone with the option to take a stop at the fascinating stalactite caves in Bue Marino.

Hotel example: Bue Marino

Walk from the coast down to the top of the pass from where you get expansive views of Sardinia’s inland. You walk around the Monte Irveri and then get to the idyllic sandy beach Cala Cartoe. By walking along the cliffs you will get fantastic views of the Gulf of Orosei.  Up high on the cliffs is a great place to reflect on your week’s walking. 

Hotel example: Bue Marino

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Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

Hiking in Sardinia is a mix of dining and nature - beautiful views of the coast included. Marvel at the limestone tablets in the Golfo di Orosei and explore the Grotta del Bue Marino at the foot of the Supramonte.

The small coastal town is located in a picturesque location between the steep cliffs of the Gulf of Orosei and the long Ogliastra sandy beaches. To get in the mood for your tour, go for a leisurely stroll along the beach or why not go for a swim in the sea. 

Hotel example: Hotel Nicoletta

 

A path with great views way up above the coast brings 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.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

Today a walk to the spectacular bay of Cala Goloritzé is waiting for you. It is a very special highlight! You will walk through a gorge with a view of the impressive cliffs and to a 120m tall rock crag, which reflects in the crystal-clear, sparkling water. After a swimming break in a wonderful bay, you make your way back to Golgo where the comfortable “Rifguio” is.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

Today you walk across the wild and romantic Golgo plateau until you get to the Arcobaleno natural rock arch, which is today’s destination. From here, you will get wonderful panorama views over the deep-blue sea, which is far beneath you. After this, adventurous and sure-footed walkers can continue by climbing up steep tracks via the Wacholderholz-Leitern and then down to the Cala Mariolu bay.

Hotel example: Cooperativa Goloritzé

After a short transfer from Cala Sisine beach, you will 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. This is one of the nicest beaches in Sardinia. Then take the boat to the holiday destination, Cala Gonone where you can spend the next days right by the sea.

Hotel example: Bue Marino

A magnificent walk takes you via the small and well-hidden rocky bay Cala Fuili to Cala Luna. You will go 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 in a beach bar, you take a ship pack to Cala Gonone with the option to take a stop at the fascinating stalactite caves in Bue Marino.

Hotel example: Bue Marino

Walk from the coast down to the top of the pass from where you get expansive views of Sardinia’s inland. You walk around the Monte Irveri and then get to the idyllic sandy beach Cala Cartoe. By walking along the cliffs you will get fantastic views of the Gulf of Orosei.  Up high on the cliffs is a great place to reflect on your week’s walking. 

Hotel example: Bue Marino

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

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 surefooted 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.

Prices & Dates

Category: 4x 3*** hotels and 3x lovely shelters/farm refuges „Rifugio“ (Golgo)

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Transfer on day 5
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfers to Santa Maria Navarrese:
    Cagliari airport EUR 265 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 285 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 2 hours.
    Olbia airport EUR 279 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 309 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 2.5 hours.
  • Return transfers from Cala Gonone:
    Cagliari airport EUR 335 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 359 (upn to 8 people), duration approx. 3 hours.
    Olbia airport EUR 185 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 279 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • Return transfers from Cala Gonone to Santa Maria Navarrese: EUR 159 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 239 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • For all transfers reservation is necessary, to be paid per person and journey.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Cagliari or Olbia airport.
  • Parking: free hotel car parking spaces or spaces close to the hotel, no reservation in advance possible.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Due to staying in the refuges, there are not many single room places available on this tour.
  • 2x boat rides to Cala Gonone, approx. EUR 10 per person/per journey
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Transfer on day 5
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfers to Santa Maria Navarrese:
    Cagliari airport EUR 289 per journey (up to 2 people), EUR 345 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 2 hours.
    Olbia airport EUR 289 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 395 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 2.5 hours.
  • Return transfers from Cala Gonone:
    Cagliari airport EUR 289 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 355 (upn to 8 people), duration approx. 3 hours.
    Olbia airport EUR 169 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 235 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • Return transfers from Cala Gonone to Santa Maria Navarrese: EUR 169 per journey (up to 3 people), EUR 235 (up to 8 people), duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • For all transfers reservation is necessary, to be paid per person and journey.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Cagliari or Olbia airport.
  • Parking: free hotel car parking spaces or spaces close to the hotel, no reservation in advance possible.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Due to staying in the refuges, there are not many single room places available on this tour.
  • 2x boat rides to Cala Gonone, approx. EUR 15 per person/per journey
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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