published by AWE365 August 26th 2015 Some climbing destinations offer once in a lifetime climbs. Others are known for their party scenes or stunning views. But we’ve decided to create an article of the 20 best rock climbing holiday destinations worldwide – for areas that tick all the climbin...Read more
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Sardinia, with its magnificent rocky interior and coastline, is the second largest island in the Mediterranean. The island's charms lie in its untamed natural beauty, a combination of rugged rural scenery and one of the most dramatic coastlines in the Mediterranean. Its landscapes are timeless, incorporating rough mountains, windswept plains, sun-scorched plateaus and thick forests, all fringed by the most extraordinary Caribbean-blue seas.
Rock Climbing in Sardinia
Sardinia's dramatic cliffs and gorges provide exhilarating and often challenging opportunities for rock climbers. There are many established sport climbing crags across the island, most of which are single pitch.
We base our holidays in the beautiful Cala Gonone area. Surrounded by the imposing grey peaks of Monte Tului (917m), Monte Bardia (882m) and Monte Irveri (616m), Cala Gonone enjoys an impressive setting. Since the 1930s it has developed from a tiny fishing port to an attractive tourist destination although development has been sensitive enough to ensure that Cala Gonone has retained its village atmosphere.
Cala Gonone has long been established as one of the main rock climbing areas in Sardinia and as such attracts many international visitors, yet most of the time you can find yourself at a very quiet crag. The single pitch sports routes in the Cala Gonone area, often with fantastic views on the Mediterranean Sea, offer many different styles from slabs, steep walls and fierce overhangs on hard limestone rock. Climbs are easily accessible - you never seem to be walking more than 5-10 minutes to find yourself at the crag.
In addition to this, there's a canyon that offers a great playground for the more experienced climber seeking a new challenge. Or take a boat to another climbing location a few kilometers further along the coast that is well worth visiting. Simply ask the Rock & Sun office or your Rock & Sun instructor for more information on how to organise this rock climbing experience.
Weather & Climate in Sardinia
Sardinia enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with damp winters and hot summers. The fact that July and August are considered too hot for climbing, and winters often see rain and mist, makes that the best times to go rock climbing in Sardinia are late spring and early autumn. In April and May the flowers are out in full force and the landscape retains a rich green flush. In September and October the sea temperature is higher so that's the perfect time for a swim in the sea after climbing.
With its abundance of quality routes, cheap flights, and great climbing conditions in spring and autumn, it is easy to understand why rock climbing holidays in Sardinia have always been popular.
Accommodation in Sardinia
We offer some well-equipped bungalows, conveniently located for the crags and within walking distance of Cala Gonone village with its small harbour and gorgeous beaches. Each bungalow can sleep a maximum of 4 people, and offers:
- Kitchen area with full cooking facilities
- Bedroom area
- Private porch to relax with a glass of wine at the end of a day's climbing
Rock Climbing Travel Insurance
If booking online with less than 2 weeks before the holiday dates, then please speak to a member of the team first to check flight details. Many thanks the Rock and Sun team.
Our customers say
- "Great trip and really good instruction. Sometimes there wasn't enough hot water to go around for showers at the Gite but that's the only minor thing that occurs to mind. (Sport Climbing Holiday - Orpierre)"Danny B.
30th September 2015
- "I had a fantastic holiday climbing in the south of France. The weather was perfect, the area is beautiful and I had a great group of people to climb with. The instructor, Jude, was patient, an excellent teacher and brimming with enthusiasm for her sport. "Maeve B.
28th September 2015
- "It was my first experience with rock climbing but I had an amazing time and fell in love with climbing. Thank you so much. (Sport Climbing Holiday - Costa Blanca)"Magdalena S.
27th September 2015
- "I learnt a lot on this course. Very thorough and detailed knowledge from an excellent instructor. (Learn to Lead Trad - Wye Valley)"Martin H.
16th September 2015
- "Thank you for an amazing couple of days - exhilarating, exhausting, exciting and sometimes terrifying (!) in equal parts but also ultimately satisfying and have not been able to get the thought of climbing again out of my mind. I learned so much in two da"Judy A.
12th September 2015
- "Thank you so much for such an amazing holiday. We learnt loads, felt safe and had lots of fun. The main thing for me was gaining more confidence when climbing heights. We are both looking forward to another holiday with Rock and Sun. (Sport Climbing Holid"Sarah R.
8th September 2015
- "We had some lovely sunshine on our first day learning to lead in the Wye Valley! Ali's first challenge for us was perhaps a little tricky, which didn't feel like the best start to the day. However, after that the instruction was great - Ali took us throug"Kate H.
4th September 2015
- "Justin was great. Me and the kids really enjoyed our day and are planning another one soon! (Private guiding - Portland)"Tom S.
3rd September 2015
- "Trevor and Dees provided the best instruction - I loved the whole trip and am looking forward to my next trip. (Sport Climbing Holiday - Costa Blanca)"Sarah C.
2nd September 2015
- "Thank you for our lovely week. We crushed and rocked our way up those rocks, learnt loads and had far more fun than two middle-aged women should! We are going to start saving for Thailand 2016, and hopefully something before that. A big THANK YOU from us "Sarah R.
29th August 2015