When the spring comes, the island of Sardinia reveals the best of its shape, colors and mild breeze. This is what makes the island an ideal destination for all those passionate about climbing, and the months between March and June one of the best periods to practice this amazing activity. Accordingly, climbing is Sardinia has affirmed itself as a main attraction for people from all over Europe. One of the best-loved locations to practice climbing in Sardinia is definitely Cala Gonone, in the province of Nuoro.
Immersed in a bittersweet landscape with cliffs, caves, bays with crystal water, Cala Gonone is an ancient piece of land where rocks peak up before immersing in the sea as stunning and challenging natural monuments. Among the various itineraries, the one toward the Aguglia di Goloritzè is one of the most suggestive according to many. Being one of the most spectacular rocks in Italy, overwhelmed by a wild nature, the enchanting cliff dominates the transparent sea of one of the most beautiful bays in the whole Mediterranean region.
The fascinating aguglia, nearly 150 meter high, was unexplored until 1981, when Alessandro Gogna and Maurizio Zanolla “Manolo” were the first to take the challenge: even though a violent wind-storm was beating the cliff that day, they managed to reach the peak, naming their route after the experience: “Symphony of Windmills”, from the Italian version of “Sinfonia dei Mulini a Vento”.
Every year, climbers from all Europe gather in Cala Gonone to face the Aguglia, that today offers a wide range of climbing routes. Once arrived at the tiny summit, where one can hardly straighten up, all the efforts are re-paid by a breath-talking view over the coastline: without interruption between sky and sea, people find themselves immersed into an authentic and charming nature.
HOW TO GET THERE: From the Airport of Olbia, follow the Motorway SS131 towards Nuoro and Siniscola, exit Lula. Then take the road SP 38 head towards Dorgali and reach the panoramic SS125, so called ”Orientale Sarda”, leading to the little town of Baunei. Instead of entering the village, turn left toward the picturesque Church of San Pietro in Golgo – signpost: Ristorante del Golgo - and keep going for about 10 km. Before the church, follow a gravel road – signpost: Goloritzé - toward the Golgo Abyss, which ends nearby the camping of “Su Porteddu”: leave your car in the parking area inside the camping and enjoy your adventure!
[Photocredit: Mario Carboni]