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Rock Climbing and Sport Climbing in Cala Gonone

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.

There is some multi-pitch rock climbing to be found in Cala Gonone, though this tends to be easier routes (up to French 6a), which are not bolted at all, and are therefore protected using traditional nuts and cams. However there are exceptions to this notably; Grotta dei Colombi crag that has fully bolted routes up to 210m long in the 6b-6c grade range; and La Poltrona crag where all the routes are fully bolted across a wide range of grades. There is also some sea cliff climbing to be found at Biddiriscottai, Grotta dei Colombi, Millennium and Cala Luna.

Map of the rock climbing and sport climbing areas around Cala Gonone

Map of the rock climbing and sports climbing areas around Cala Gonone in Sardinia

Rock Climbing and Sport Climbing areas around Cala Gonone

No Region Type of Climbing Max Height No of Routes Grade Range Single or Multi-pitch
1 Cala Cartoe Sport 15m 16 5a to 7a Single
2 Margheddie Sport/Trad 150m 115 4b to 8a Both
3 Grotta dei Colombi Sport/Trad 210m 18 VI to 8a+ Both
4 Millennium Sport 50m 25 6a to 8c+ Single
5 Biddiriscottai Sport 105m 57 5b to 8a+ Both
6 Arcadio (Monte Irveri) Sport 55m 58 5c to 8a+ Both
7 Alveare Sport 30m 13 6b+ to 7b Single
8 P. Serendippo (Budinetto) Sport/Trad 40m 31 3c to 6b Both
9 Placche Flintstones Sport 35m 24 4c to 6b+ Single
10 Budino Sport/Trad 220m 23 3 to 6a+ Both
11 La Poltrona Sport 175m 71 4b to 8a Both
12 S'atta Ruia (Dorgali) Sport 50m 91 5a to 8a Both
13 Falesia Scheel Sport 30m 7 6b to 7b+ Single
14 I Tornanti Sport 20m 37 5c to 7b+ Single
15 Monte Bonacoa Sport 30m 35 5a to 6b+ Single
16 Aguaplano Sport 35m 23 6a to 7c+ Both
17 Ziu Martine Sport 30m 7 6c+ to 8a Single
18 Codula Fuili Sport 30m 85 4a to 8b+ Single
19 Cala Fuili Sport 70m 141 5a to 8c Both
20 Noce Secca Sport 30m 22 6b to 8b+ Single
21 L'ottavo Nano Sport 25m 14 5b to 6c Single
22 Cuccuru 'e Su Carvu Sport 30m 9 7b to 8a Single
23 Buchi Arta Sport 30m 48 5b to 7a Single
24 Cala Luna Sport 75m 58 5c to 8b+ Both

Cala Gonone Rock Climbing Guidebooks

Rock climbing guidebook for Cala GononeThe Pietra di Luna guidebook describes more than 3600 single pitch sports routes in SardiniaThe above information has been extracted from the "Arrampicare a Cala Gonone" guidebook that is available to buy from our shop. This guidebook details over 1,100 routes in Cala Gonone and its surrounding area. There is another guidebook available that also covers the majority of the crags detailed above. This is the “5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna” guidebook (published in October 2011), which describes more than 3600 single pitch sports routes all over the island of Sardinia, including those in Cala Gonone.

Both of these guidebooks for Cala Gonone can be bought from our shop.


Cala Gonone Logistics

Daily peak temperature for Cala Gonone and NuoroFor the majority of the single pitch sport routes a single 60m rope and up to 16 quickdraws will be sufficient. For those looking to climb the long multi-pitch routes, then duel ropes and a full lead rock with nuts and friends is advisable.

The best time to go rock climbing in Cala Gonone is from the autumn through to the spring as it is just too hot in the summer months. Click here for further information on how to get to Cala Gonone. Looking for accommodation in Cala Gonone that is suitable for rock climbers?  Click here for more information.
Rock climbing photographs around Cala Gonone in Sardinia Rock climbing photographs around Cala Gonone in Sardinia Rock Climbing photographs of Supramonte in Sardinia Rock Climbing photographs of Supramonte in Sardinia

Click on the images to view a larger photograph. These photographs illustrate the fantastic rock climbing to be found in at Cala Gonone and Supramonte.

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The Pietra di Luna guidebook describes more than 3600 single pitch sports routes in Sardinia

The 5th Edition of the Pietra di Luna guidebook describes more than 3600 single pitch sports routes all over the island of Sardinia, including those in Cala Gonone.

Buy this guidebook from our shop.


Accommodation for rock climbers in Cala Gonone

Accommodation for rock climbers in
Cala Gonone.