As many people know, Sardinia is one of the best climbing destinations in the entire Mediterranean basin. The large number of equipped crags, crystal clear sea waters and mild winter temperatures make it one of the most popular destinations for climbers in northern Europe.
Since climbing conquered the general public, the cumulative work of hundreds of Sardinian, Italian and international climbers has resulted in more than 7,000 climbing routes and nearly 1,000 long routes in Sardinia. From crags for beginners to big routes for off-roaders, climbing in Sardinia has something to offer everyone.
The most popular climbing areas in Sardinia are Cala Gonone, Baunei and more recently Ulassai. We could say in general that Cala Gonone is best suited for those who like to climb up to 6a, either at crags or on long routes, and then have a refreshing dive into the sea. Baunei is home to many long routes and crags of difficulty above 6a, and is especially more suitable for the winter months. Ulassai, on the other hand, is a mecca for performance on vertical walls, with a few easy grades and a great many above 7a.
For lovers of Trad, in the northern part of Sardinia, it is possible to climb huge granite structures with athletic passages over pillars and large cracks. See for example the Towers of San Pantaleo, and the many routes in Capo Testa and Istiozza.
Let's start by saying that Sardinia is much further south than it may seem! Consider that Olbia is at the latitude of Naples, while Cagliari is at the latitude of Valencia!
Summer temperatures rise well above 35°C, and climbing on sunny crags is impossible.
The best season is from October to April when temperatures drop below 20°.
Where can I climb during the summer?
If you can only go to Sardinia in the summer, it is best to plan well, considering what you prefer to climb. The crags of Ulassai, nearly 800 meters above sea level, are one of the most popular summer destinations.
Which multi-pitch routes can I climb in the summer?
In the Cala Gonone area, it is possible to find multi-pitch routes that are in the shade in the morning on the walls of Surtana and Bruncu Nieddu. Other routes enter the shade in the afternoon on the wall of Biddiriscottai.