The following information will help rock climbers plan their rock climbing holiday to Sardinia.
The majority of climbers will arrive in Sardinia via one of the 3 airports on the island, which are Alghero (Fertilia), Olbia (Costa Smeralda) and Cagliari-Elmas international airports. Many major carriers and budget airlines fly into these airports.
The public transport system on the island is limited and difficult to use, and therefore it is advisable to hire a car. The island is a little over 250Km long by 135Km wide, and car travel is quick if you follow the main roads, such as the highway that runs from Cagliari to Porto Torres. Other good roads and highways run from Macomer to Olbia, from Nuoro to Tortoli in Ogliastra and from Cagliari to Tortoli in Ogliastra. The other mountain and coastal roads are often windy and slow. Sardinia is much bigger than the other classic destinations for a climbing holiday. So it is important to allow enough time to visit each area - at least a week per area.
Currently Climb Europe has information on various villas/apartments for rock climbers to rent in Cala Gonone, and near Iglesias, which is ideal for the rock climbing at Domusnovas. Click here for more information. It is also possible to rent apartments within the other major climbing areas such as Isili and Jerzu.
The best time to climb is in the spring and autumn, though it is possible to climb at many crags during the winter as well. Unfortunately during the winter many facilities can be closed. The only time of the year to avoid is the summer, especially August, when it gets extremely hot and very expensive.
The Pietra di Lune rock climbing guidebook describes more than 3,600 single pitch sport routes all over the island of Sardinia. The guidebook covers the popular areas of Cala Gonone, Domusnovas, Isili, Jerzu and Baunei.
The Sardinia Trad and multi-pitch rock climbing guidebook describes around 1,400 trad and multi-pitch rock climbing routes in Sardinia. It covers all the major areas including, Monte Oddeu in the Supramonte, Baunei in the Ogliastra region of Sardinia, plus the Alghero and Olbia areas in the north of Sardinia.
Though officially part of Italy, Sardinia is fiercely independent, with its own language and culture. Its capital is Cagliari and its currency is the Euro. All EU citizens can enter Sardinia and stay as long as they like on production of a valid passport. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also need only a valid passport, but can only stay for 3 months. All other nationals should consult their relevant embassies about specific visa requirements.
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