Why Sardinia is a Perfect Walking Destination

We rarely run guest posts here at The Barefoot Nomad, but wandering around the Italian island of Sardinia sounds so appealing that we had to pass this on. Hope you enjoy!

Picking the perfect walking destination is all about finding somewhere that matches your interests and ability level. With its variety of hiking opportunities, balmy climate and historical attractions, Sardinia is somewhere that really does have a wide appeal.

Beautiful Mediterranean climate

One of the first things that makes Sardinia ideal for walking holidays is its beautiful Mediterranean climate. Typically, the weather is warm and mild in March, April and May, becoming hot throughout June, July and August and then beginning to cool again.

Torre-del-Porticciolo Sardinia Walking Tour of Sardinia

Torre-del-Porticciolo in Sardinia by Dave Haygarth

What this means for keen ramblers is that they can pick a time of year when the temperature best suits them. For instance, if you dislike walking in strong sunshine and heat, the springtime is probably a little better for you – and the scenery will be just as beautiful.

Varied walks and scenery

One of the most appealing things about walking in Sardinia is simply the variety of trails on offer, which you can read more about below. If you love nothing more than a picturesque walk along the coast, you will find paths aplenty to delight you, while you will also have the chance to tackle mountain peaks and hike through gorges. Some of the highlights of a trip here include:

Enjoying coastal walks

Sardinia has a stunning coastline and there is no better way to make the most of it than to take a walk along it. One of the most scenic areas is the Golfo di Orosei, which you can start to explore from Cala Fuili Bay in the coastal town of Cala Gonone.

A fairly gentle trail, this path will lead you along some of the island’s most beautiful and rugged coastal landscapes, as well as through a section of Gennargentu National Park. By ending your walk at the beach at Cala di Luna, you can round off your day with a leisurely dip in the sea, or simply by spending some time relaxing on the sand.

Sardinia's scenic mountains Walking Tour

Sardinia’s scenic mountains by Mikey Bean

Hiking to the summit of scenic mountains

As a contrast to this relatively flat coastal walk, you will also have the opportunity to hike to the summit of several mountains – something that shows you just how varied the walks here are. The perfect chance for keen photographers to get some great snaps of the Orosei Valley and out to sea, hiking to the summit of Mount Corrasi is a real highlight of walking breaks on the island.

The tallest peak in the Supramonte Mountain range, Mount Corrasi reaches a huge 1,463 m above sea level. On the way up, it is worth looking out for local wildlife (such as wild boar and eagles), as well as keeping your eyes peeled for interesting landscapes, which here include underground caves, striking valleys and limestone ridges.

Walking along deep gorges

As well as ascending mountain peaks, you can have yet another very different experience by hiking through one or two of Sardinia’s gorges. The Gola di Gorropu Gorge is famous for being one of Europe’s deepest canyons, and with its impressive white walls towering some 350 m high, walking here really is an unforgettable experience.

Sardinia's beautiful gorges

Sardinia’s beautiful gorges by Dave Haygarth

Visiting ancient ruins

A bonus of walking in Sardinia is that the scenery is not the only attraction – although it is certainly a strong one! – as the island is dotted with some absolutely fascinating historical sites. You can see one of the best of these by hiking in Mount Tiscali, where you’ll find the ruins of a Nuragic village that dates back to the 6th century BC.

If Sardinia’s wonderful mix of breathtaking landscapes and historical sites appeals to you, it is well worth looking for walking tours that feature the above attractions. For example, these can be seen on itineraries, such as the Sardinia Walking Tour, from Explore Worldwide from £638 without flights.

Cala Goloritzé in Ogliastra Baunei Sardinia

Cala Goloritzé in Ogliastra Baunei by delaere

Thanks to our friends at Explore for guest writing this post.

4 Responses

  1. pizzo76

    I’ve never been to sardinia even tough I live in Italy… Hope next summer will be the right moment, maybe in May when it is low season and prices are still affordable. Great photos, congrats!

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    • Micki Kosman

      Living in Italy sounds absolutely lovely. May should be a perfect time to visit Sardinia – temperatures should be warm, but prices should be lower, and there should be fewer people about.

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