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Rock climbing areas around Cagliari and Domusnovas

To the east of Cagliari (known as Sarrabus) is Sardinia’s largest bouldering area.  This bouldering is on marvellous smooth granite rock and includes many good bouldering areas such as Geremeas and Rio Pilocca.  There are many 100’s of problems across a wide range of grades, though there is great potential for developing many new problems.  There are also a number of sport climbing areas in this area on both limestone and granite rock.

Map of the rock climbing and bouldering areas around Cagliari and Iglesias

Map of the rock climbing and bouldering areas around Cagliari and Iglesias
The 5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna guidebook details all of the single pitch sport routes around Cagliari and Iglesias, including DomusnovasConcentrated around the town of Iglesias is Sardinia's largest rock climbing area, with many hundreds of routes. This area is dominated by the rock climbing at Domusnovas, where there are over 500 routes alone! The rock climbing at Domusnovas is very varied with numerous slabs, walls and overhangs to choose from across all levels of difficulty. The rock climbing here is generally on excellent bolted limestone. The 5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna guidebook is the best guidebook for the Domusnovas and Iglesias area that can bought from our shop.

Rock Climbing and bouldering areas around Cagliari and Iglesias

No Region Type of Climbing Type of Rock Single or Multi-pitch
1 Capo Sandalo Sport Basalt Both
2 Sard Grit Pure Trad Basalt Single
3 Gonnesa Sport Limestone Single
4 Masua Trad/Sport Limestone Both
5 Buggerru Sport Limestone Both
6 Domusnovas Sport Limestone Single
7 Punta Pilocca Sport Limestone Single
8 Gutturu Pala Sport Limestone Single
9 Furtei Sport Limestone Single
10 Villagreca Sport Limestone Single
11 Cala Fighera Sport Limestone Single
12 Mari Pintau Bouldering Granite Not Applicable
13 Geremeas Bouldering Granite Not Applicable
14 Campus Bouldering Granite Not Applicable
15 Ti Mi Ama Sport Granite Single
16 Is Concias Bouldering Granite Not Applicable
17 Garibaldi Trad/Sport Granite Multi
18 Rio Cannas Bouldering Granite Not Applicable
19 Quirra Sport Limestone Single
20 Jurassic Park Sport Granite Both
21 Villamassargia Sport No Information available
22 Villacidro Trad/Sport No Information available
23 Arbus Bouldering No Information available
24 7 Fratelli Trad/Sport No Information available
25 P. Frate Trad/Sport No Information available

For the majority of the sport climbing routes a single 60m rope and up to 16 quickdraws will be sufficient. For those looking to climb the long multi-pitch routes, then dual ropes and full lead rack are advisable. Trad/Sport means the bolts on the routes are either very well-spaced or non-existent! It is advisable to bring friends and/or nuts for these routes.

The climate here makes it an excellent place to visit to go rock climbing from early autumn right through to late spring, and hence is a popular "winter sun" rock climbing holiday venue.

Rock climbing photographs of Domusnovas Rock climbing photographs of Domusnovas Rock climbing photographs of Domusnovas Rock climbing photographs around Iglesias Rock climbing photographs around Iglesias

Click on these images to view a larger photograph of the rock climbing to be found in the Iglesias and Domusnovas areas of Sardinia.

This southern part of Sardinia around Cagliari and Iglesias is also a great place to go mountain biking.  Discover more about mountain biking in Sardinia. There are many places to go walking and hiking in the Sarrabus Mountains and the Sulcis Mountains around Cagliari.  Find out more about walking in Sardinia.

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The 5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna guidebook details all of the single pitch sport routes around Cagliari and Iglesias, including Domusnovas

The 5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna guidebook describes more than 3600 single pitch sport routes all over the island of Sardinia, including those around Cagliari, Iglesias, and Domusnovas.

Buy this guidebook from our shop.