Italy, Sardinia – Su Gorropu Canyon
More than two thirds of Sardinia are covered by mountains. They do not reach dizzying heights, but you will find beautiful and unspoiled nature. It is therefore not surprising that this island is a popular outdoor Mediterranean destination with interesting treks. If there is a place in Sardinia where it will feel completely small, it is the Su Gorropu canyon. The rock sides of the gorge rise to a height of 500 meters, making it the deepest gorge in Europe.
There are several ways to hike the canyon. We chose a lighter variant, which is 11.5 km. Unfortunately, the road to the entrance center could not be found on the very pages of the canyon, but in the end it was successful. It is important to go to the canyon in dry weather. In winter, the canyon is usually flooded with water.
From Cala Gonone and Dorgali it is a short distance along the mountains, the road leads along a winding road. First you have to pay the entrance fee, the first payment is for a jeep ride, which costs 25 euros per person, then the entrance fee is 5 euros per person directly at the entrance to the canyon. We will listen to the instructions and have the jeep transported down the trail. From here we set out under the treetops directly to the entrance to the gorge. Here the guide welcomes us and explains what is allowed in the canyon, what is forbidden, where to go and where not. It is forbidden to be noisy in some parts, as the bald eagle nests here. It is explained to us that the canyon route has three levels.
The first part of the trail is green and suitable for everyone, the second is more difficult yellow and red is not allowed to enter. This is only for very experienced climbers who have to use climbing equipment. The canyon excavated by the Fluminedda River is only 10 meters wide in places. We also get to the narrowest place. Climbing rock blocks and huge limestone stones awaits us. It is really important to have sturdy shoes, plenty of water and a small snack. It is not possible to buy any snacks here. The last chance to refresh yourself is upstairs, where there are jeeps. When we return to the entrance, we can reward ourselves in the adjacent lake and relax under the shade of trees. Before we leave the canyon, it is necessary to report and order a jeep that will take us upstairs.
If you have the opportunity, come here. Wild nature awaits you, a landscape covered with junipers, millennial yews, oaks and other Mediterranean species. And if you're lucky, you might even see a mouflon.
GPS: 40°11'08.3"N 9°30'06.4"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
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