Living the nature is like breathing again. A hiking holiday can be a panacea to get away from the frenzy of everyday life. Sardinia is one of the Italian regions that offers many opportunities to venture into the open air.
Sardinia is a destination for Italian and foreign tourists not only interested in relaxing on its beaches but also in the nature that distinguishes this region. Let’s see together which are the most beautiful routes for trekking in Sardinia and recover your energy
Trekking in Sardinia: how to prepare
Preparation is also very important for trekking in Sardinia. Backpack, shoes, clothing and poles are the base of good organization. In case it has been a long time since your last trek, you should start by evaluating the condition of your equipment.
Trekking in Sardinia: 5 routes
The Walking of Santa Barbara
If you like history, the Walking of Santa Barbara (Cammino di Santa Barbara) is definitely your trekking route in Sardinia. This path develops in a circular direction, including Sulcis, Iglesiente and Guspinese.
The Camino di Santa Barbara is included in the Historical Environmental Geomining Park of Sardinia. The route develops along the mining paths and mule tracks which, since the beginning of the 19th century, have seen many miners at work. The path then includes cliffs, woods and once-active mines, as well as ghost villages.
The 500km (including variants of the standard route) of the path dedicated to the patron saint of miners has mule tracks, dirt roads and some steeper points which, with a little attention, can be overcome without too much effort.
The cliffs, i.e. the rocky escarpments that characterize the Sinis area, offer a path 20 meters above the sea, with quartz beaches and glimpses of incredible beauty. The Sinis cliffs are not only famous for the charm of the place but also for the falasco little houses.
These huts, once numerous in this area, were born as shelters for fishermen and as warehouses for tools. Characterized by the falasco, which is a marsh grass, they rise directly on the seashore.
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La Marmora Tip
Do you know which is the highest mountain in Sardinia? La Marmora tip! With its 1,834 meters above sea level, La Marmora tip is the perfect destination for those looking for a medium-demanding trek.
The path that leads to the summit lasts about 5 hours. Goats and wild horses could become your traveling companions. These places offer the ideal habitat for many animal species, including eagles and moufflons. Even the vegetation has put down strong roots, capable of giving various types of flowers a place to grow undisturbed.
Once you get to the top, you can admire the Armidda and Arci mountains, the Montiferru mountain and the Supramonte plateaus. You will find yourself in the middle of a panorama that you absolutely cannot miss.
In the southeastern area of Sardinia, there are the Septem Frates, i.e. the seven brothers. These are granite peaks of different heights and interspersed with very deep gorges. Known by this name although the “brothers” are more than seven, the mountain complex is located in the heart of the homonymous forest.
The area has rich vegetation and very varied fauna. In addition, there are many streams that flow between the peaks.
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The Gorropu Canyon
Like other Italian regions, Sardinia also has its Canyons! Among them, the Gorropu Canyon stands out. With a 1.5 km deep gorge, the Canyon was dug by the erosive action of the Rio Flumineddu.
Its walls reach 500 meters in height and are home to animal species such as wild cats, moufflons, foxes and golden eagles. Even the flora finds fertile ground. Here, in fact, herbaceous species grow that are not present anywhere else in the world. For example, the Nuragic Columbine, also called Gorropu, is present only in these places.
This trekking in Sardinia winds through large limestone rocks, through a path lasting about 2 hours.