Time and location
13 May, 11:30 – 20 May, 09:00
Cannigione, 07021 Cannigione, Province of Sassari, Italy
About the experience
- Activities: climbing and sailing
- Base camp: 46-foot Bavaria sailing boat
- Where: Sardinia (Tavolara, Cala Gonone, Baunei)
- Level: a minimum level of climbing is recommended
- Participants: from 4 to 6
- Period: spring and autumn
- Days: 8
- Nights: 7
- Climbing days: 6
- Sailing days: 7
- Scheduled dates: 1-8 October, 8-15 October
- Point of departure and arrival: Port of Cannigione (Olbia)
Price: 1.500 € per person
Climbing and sailing: a chance to experience rock and water at the same time. What better place for this than Sardinia? In addition to emerald seas and pristine beaches, this island boasts towering cliffs and unique rock formations just waiting to be climbed! Limestone, granite or basalt, steep rooves or techy slabs - there's something for all styles of climber in Sardinia. After boarding the boat in Costa Smeralda, you'll set sail to Tavolara, making a few hops (and plenty of stops to climb) to reach the Gulf of Orosei and Baunei. Being on board a boat allows you to go from cliff to cliff exploring hidden bays and swimming in crystal clear waters, admiring the island from a new vantage point. But don't be fooled, this isn't a 5* holiday - you're part of a crew so expect to help out with sailing manoeuvres and basic navigation!
Sardinia is a place where rocks and sea find a new dimension and merge into one, creating a unique set of colors, sceneries and emotions. Climbing here is a recent discovery of the ‘80s, but has been continuously developed over the past 4 decades. Today the island boasts more than 4000 routes and a good number of boulders. Limestone is king, but you will also find some granite and basalt jewels with styles ranging from sketchy slabs to steep overhangs. The island has something for all rock climbers - you only need a local to help show you the best spots!
Day 1: Arrive in Cannigione and sailing Gallura's seas
The adventure starts in Cannigione, where you will check in during the afternoon. After a quick shopping trip to gather supplies we will set sail. Based on weather condition we'll stop at Tavolara or a port nearby. The sailing will allow us to have some spectacular views of Gallura's east side.
Day 2: Grottoni di Biddiriscottai
Today we will climb in a cave, the famous Grottoni di Biddiriscottai. Here we can choose from a variety of routes and we'll be able to assess the experience of the group. After climbing this area, we'll have the possibility to head to Millenium Cave which offers incredible limestone routes full of stalactites and concretions. But be aware that here the routes are all overhanging and the approach is a via ferrata. Then, finally, we'll set sail to Cala Gonone.
Day 3: Cala Fuili
We'll start the day by sailing to Cala Fuili, where you can climb on a cliff right over the sea. The rock here is well-bolted abrasive limestone, offering beautiful vertical routes full of pockets for all levels. If there's enough time, we'll also head to the Grotte del Bue Marino, which was once the habitat of the monk seal.
Day 4: Cala Luna
Day 4 is dedicated entirely to climbing! We'll be visiting Cala Luna, a stunning cove protected by 300m high cliffs - which we'll be climbing. Choose from 50 routes ranging from the 5th to 8th grades. Get ready for some pump!
Day 5: Pedra Longa
Another day, another iconic Sardinian crag! Pedra Longa is a spire that rises up 130m from the sea, offering amazing multi-pitch routes and sport climbing in nearby crags. In the evening we'll sail over to Aguglia Goloritzé, our climbing spot for the next day.
Day 6: Aguglia Goloritzé and night sailing
A 140m cliff overlooking Cala Goloritzé, Aguglia Goloritzé offers unparalleled climbing on technical limestone slabs with awesome views. Choose from 11 routes, 5c to 7b+. After climbing we'll have dinner in the stunning cove and right after we'll set sail for a sailing night, being guided by the stars. We'll stop in some bays in the north.
Day 7: Tavolara
Today we will climb on the beautiful island of Tavolara. Depending on the preferences of the group, we'll either climb a pleasant multi-pitch or the Ferrata degli Angeli. After climbing, we'll head to Spalmatore di Terra, one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia where you can cool off in the sea. Alternatively, we can sail north to reach the Maddalena archipelago and swim in some of the most turquoise waters of Sardinia. Then, finally, for the last time, destination Cannigione, arriving around 6pm.
The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group.
Our base camp (and means of transport) will be a 46-foot Bavaria sailboat. The boat boasts 4 double cabins and 2 beds in the dinet, a small kitchen, and an extensive deck perfect for sunbathing! Be prepared to help out with the sailing and certain onboard chores.
- 6 days of climbing
- 7 days of sailing
- 7 nights on board a boat
- Certified mountain guide and skipper
- Pre-departure online briefing
- Climbing safety equipment
- Lots of adventures!
What's not included
- Transport to/from port of Cannigione
- Food and drinks
- Marine fees (from €25 to €100 per night)
- Personal climbing kit (shoes, harness)
- Anything not specified in the "what's included" section
- Climbing skills
There is no minimum level required for this trip as you will be accompanied at all times by a certified guide. However, due to the nature of Sardinia's crags, you will get the most out of the trip if you already have a little climbing experience and good level of fitness!
- Life onboard
When on board, you're part of a crew and are therefore expected to chip in with certain tasks: navigating, cooking, preparing the equipment etc. Don't worry, though, the skipper will show you the ropes, and above all it's a lot of fun!