Walk 1: [Monte Tului, near Dorgali]
Just outside of Dorgali we walk through a hand made tunnel through a ridge to access the rear of the mountain we are going to climb. It is Monte Tului, which has a huge transmitter on its summit.
|(2) After the tunnel we get a view of Cala Gonone, a coastal town we will see a lot of during the week.|
|(3) At the summit we had lunch in a seating area near the manned fire watch station. There are spectacular views to the north. The town of Dorgali is down there at the centre right.|
|(4) Looking west to the hills and mountains we will be near on our second and third walks.|
|(5) Looking back down the tunnel we walked through earlier.|
|(6) Having returned to Dorgali, the transmission mast on Monte Tului is clearly visible.|
|(7) Looking north over the rooftops of Dorgali where we stayed at the Hotel S'Adde. It is a small town of about 9000 inhabitants, working mainly in wine production and tourism.|
(8) Walk 2: [Gorropu Gorge]
Monday's walk started at a cafe near the bridge on the Flumineddu river. After a while we approached the towering entrance to the gorge.
|(9) The first part of the canyon waymarked in green was quite wide with huge boulders scattered on the bottom.|
|(10) Some of us making our way towards the narrower part of the gorge.|
|(11) A nice view with the sunshine on the mountains above the shaded canyon.|
|(12) Another field of huge limestone boulders as we pass through the harder 'yellow' zone where it became harder to pass and more climbing and scrambling was needed.|
|(13) A few of us reached the 'red' zone where we stopped for lunch. Only experienced climbers would be expected to proceed beyond this point.|
|(14) On our way back down the chasm, the sheer scale of the pastel shaded cliffs can be seen with the group of people at the bottom.|
|(15) Away from the canyon and we headed back to the place we started from.|
|(16) The rocky valley of the Flumineddu river.|
|(17) I had a brief paddle before joining the others for we a cool beer or two at the cafe.|
|(18) The minibus took us first to the Giants Tomb, built during the bronze age by the Nuragic civilisation, around 4000 years ago.|
|(19) We next visited the site of Serra Orrios, a Nuragic village with circular stone huts, a temple and other monuments.|
|(20) We had a barbequed chicken lunch at the beach at Cala Orsala. Some of us had a swim afterwards.|
|(21) The beach was perfect, the weather - warm sunshine and a gentle breeze.|
|(22) On the Wednesday I went down on the local bus to Cala Gonone. I visited the Aquarium with the rude receptionist and then joined some of the others at a cafe near the sea front for beer and lunch.|
(23) Walk 3: [Tiscali, Monte Corrasi]
The third walking day took us back to the riverside cafe we were at before, but this time we took a different direction towards the famous village of Tiscali.
|(24) The group stops for a rest before we begin the climb to Monte corrasi.|
|(25) We reached Tiscali and explored around it. This was an ancient village built within a collapsed limestone gallery. In this photo the natural window gives a view outside.|
|(26) Little is left of the stone village but we explore where it used to be.|
|(27) After lunch we head out of the crater and onto some spectacular limestone country.|
|(28) One of the highlights of the walk was an ascent to a narrow slit between two limestone monoliths and the descent afterwards seen in this photo.|
|(29) We descend onto a broad flat valley as seen from this view.|
|(30) The last part of the day was a trip to see the karstic springs of Su Cologone. At this place, vast quantities of crystal clear water emerge from underground natural reservoirs.|
(31) Walk 4: [Cala Luna to Cala Gonone]
Today we're south down the coast on a boat to begin our last walk. We boarded at Cala Gonone harbour.
|(32) Power full on and we're doing a good few knots.|
|(33) There are a lot of these coastal caves gouged out of the limestone by the waves.|
|(34) We disembark on the sandy beach at Cala Luna.|
|(35) The first section of the walk across rugged headlands topped by trees takes us to Cala Fuili where there is a nice beach and rock climbers are on the cliffs.|
|(36) This goat hoovered up multiple apple cores, a banana skin and most of a pizza left over from yesterday's evening meal. Rich pickings for the well informed local fauna.|
|(37) A view down on the beach as we start the last leg along the road to Cala Gonone.|
|(38) After a second swim, this one at Cala Gonone, I joined up with some of the others at the same cafe we were in on Wednesday. The local beer, Ichnusa, is very drinkable. I will look out for it back in England.|
(39) Saturday [Departure day]
For geek consumption. A Meridiana MD-80 at Olbia Airport.
|(40) Homeward bound on an Airbus A319 Easyjet. I picked up the car at Gatwick and was home by about 6:10 pm.|
(41) Our group totalled just 13, including our leader, Albert.
Here we are al together at the Giants Tomb on the sightseeing day.