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How best to enjoy Sardinia's mountains.

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Best known for its stunning coastline, the Italian island of Sardinia also has a lot to offer those who step ashore during a luxury yacht charter to explore its mountains and verdant interior. Spend a few days cruising around the coastline of the Costa Smeralda, enjoying the exclusive restaurants and beaches that are often compared to those of the Caribbean, interspersed with jaunts inland to discover the staggering variety of landscapes. Further south, the interior is home to forested mountains, citrus groves, medieval villages and emerald seas. Combined, the island makes for the perfect cruising ground for those looking for a dose of glamour, a spot of culture, and a chance to discover the stunning mountainous scenery.

 

Hike along the Gola Su Gorropu

You can why it's called Italy's Grand Canyon!
You can why it's called Italy's Grand Canyon!

Sardinia’s most spectacular gorge, the Gola Su Gorropu on the Supramonte mountain is often referred to as Italy’s Grand Canyon. Measuring just over 450 metres deep and over a mile wide, the vast chasm offers numerous hiking trails, rivers for rafting and swimming, and some interesting wildlife. There are two main routes through the gorge, the most dramatic being a five-mile trail that weaves through oak woods, by boulder-strewn slopes and cliffside caves. The easier route is a scenic two hour hike that leads to the mouth of the gorge. Whichever route you take, you will be rewarded with some amazing views and adventurous stories to take home.

Enjoy the volcanic landscape of Mount Arcuentu

Trekkers will love the many paths and trails that criss-cross Mount Arcuentu – the highest peak of the volcanic chain that runs through the central part of Sardinia, and parallel to the Green Coast (also known as Costa Verde). The unique landscape comprises vertical walls and jagged ridges made up of basalt and rhyolite volcanic rock. From the highest point, hikers are rewarded with views over the Sinis peninsula, the Gulf of Oristano, the Campidano plain and the Arci Mountain.

This rugged landscape offers exciting hikes and stunning views
This rugged landscape offers exciting hikes and stunning views

Cool off in the waterfalls of Piscina Irgas

Whether you are looking for a refreshing dip after a long hike, or simply want to jump in to experience the gushing spray, Sardinia’s waterfalls really are legendary, and none more so than the Piscina Irgas. Located outside the village of Villacidro amongst forests and granite canyons, the water cascades in a perfect waterfall shape for more than 45 metres, into a jade-coloured natural pool that is both inviting and exciting at the same time.

This waterfall cascades into a deep pool - dive in to cool off
This waterfall cascades into a deep pool - dive in to cool off

Experience the breath-taking beauty of Golfo Di Orosei

Sail past the cliffs and caves that edge this National Park
Sail past the cliffs and caves that edge this National Park

The National Park of the Golfo Di Orosei is the place to head for mountain biking and trekking. Spread over more than 200,000 acres between the northeast coast and Gennargentu mountain range, the protected area includes more than 27 towns and villages. The more adventurous can hike up 1800 metres to the Punta Lamarmora and Bruncu Spina peaks for 360-degree views over the entire island. Accompanied by wild boar and deer, with eagles and falcons soaring above, the vegetation changes from oaks to scrub and strawberry trees. Back on board, cruise alongside the parks spectacular sheer rock faces and discover caves like Blue Marino, and charming coves including Luna, Sisin and Goloritzè.

Visit the Nuragic Village of Monte Tiscali

People had lived in these caves from 15th Century BC
People had lived in these caves from 15th Century BC

Located at the centre of the island, the Nuragic Village of Tiscali is an archaeological site enclosed in the cavity of a sinkhole. The preserved remains of prehistoric huts and buildings, excavated only 20 years ago, are wedged inside limestone walls that remain hidden in the cavity wall. During the excavation artifacts and materials were found, identifying the settlements that have inhabited the area over the centuries, including remains from the Buragic era and Roman era. The site is reached by a demanding two-hour hike that leads through steep climbs and descents - it is not a trek for the fainthearted.

Get the most from your visit to Sardinia's mountains

One of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe, Sardinia’s interior boasts mountain ranges and valleys to make any visitor gasp with wonder. You will discover ancient structures, hiking trails and colourful mountain towns as you step ashore and head inland for an alternative charter experience. Talk to your Burgess charter expert for more ideas and tips to taking a hike into this exciting landscape.

You will find hilltop views stretch all the way down to the sea
You will find hilltop views stretch all the way down to the sea

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