The majority of rock climbers who visit the Nuoro province of Sardinia head straight for Cala Gonone. While Cala Gonone is at the heart of Sardinian rock climbing and is known as one of the top European rock climbing areas, there are many other excellent areas to go rock climbing around Nuoro. These include the big wall, multi-pitch routes of Supramonte that are situated between Dorgali and Oliena, plus a number of granite bouldering areas to the west of Nuoro.
Rock Climbing and Bouldering around Nuoro & Cala Gonone
|No||Region||Type of climbing||Type of Rock||Single or Multi-pitch||Max Height|
|3||Gole di Gorroppu||Trad/Sport||Limestone||Multi||600m|
Cala Gonone has long been established as one of the main rock climbing areas in Sardinia and as such attracts many International visitors. Primarily the majority of the rock climbing here is single pitch sport routes, offering many different styles from slabs, steep walls and fierce overhangs on hard limestone rock. Find out more…
The area of Supramonte is situated between Dorgali and Oliena is an isolated limestone plateau that is indented with deep gorges and huge vertical walls. Therefore it is not surprising that Supramonte offers some of the best big wall, multi-pitch rock climbing on Sardinia. These routes are up to 600m long with many routes between 200m to 300m long on good quality limestone rock.
Though these routes tend to be bolted, they are often well spaced so it is advisable to bring some traditional protection such as nuts and cams, and due to the length of the routes to use duel ropes. By picking your crag appropriately it is possible to rock climb in Supramonte throughout the year. The comprehensive guidebook that covers these routes is called “Sardinia – Trad and Multi-Pitch Climbing Guidebook”, which is available to buy from our shop.
Click on these images to view these excellent photographs of rock climbing in the Cala Gonone and Supramonte areas of Sardinia.
Climb Europe has information about apartments and villas suitable for rock climbers in Cala Gonone. Find out more… For details and logistics on getting to Nuoro and Sardinia, then click here.
With Sardinia being a very mountainous country it is also a great place for a walking holiday. The Selvaggio Blu Trek in Sardinia is a tough long distance walking route. Parts of this Selvaggio Blu trek are extremely technical and demanding involving some short stretches of rock climbing and abseiling. It follows the wild eastern coastline from Santa Maria Navarrese (in Ogliastra) to Cala Gonone. Find out more...
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 Nuoro and in Cala Gonone.
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