Hike in the island of Tavolara

 

The Island of Tavolara is a huge calcareous mountain that dominates the Gulf of Olbia; its highest peak, Punta Cannone (564 meters), gives us an amazing panorama of the whole Gallura allowing us to sight the Monte Limbara, Monte Nieddu, Montalbo up to Caprera, Strait of Bonifacio and Corsica. There is the possibility to visit Tavolara with a medium difficult hike that does not require the use of harness, via ferrata kit and helmet; but the top of the island can be reached in two ways only: a first way characterized by a small and easy protected climbing route ideal also for beginners (EEA), the second way is to face a much more difficult mountaineering trail called 'Via degli Angeli'. Below we will explain in detail the hiking trail (EEA) which allows to reach the summit of Punta Cannone using the easier trail. This is suitable also for beginners that we’ll use for the first time technical equipment (harness, via ferrata kit, helmet).

Attention: Who want to reach Punta Cannone must not suffer from vertigo (fear of the heights/ acrophobia)

 

Hiking Trail in Tavolara – Protected Climbing Trail (Ideal for beginners)

 

The trail begins from the beach of  ‘Spalmatore di Terra’ placed in western part of island. Hike starts avoiding the military area by moving along the coastal line in south direction close to the old Lime furnace. Before reaching Punta La Mandria (southern part of the island) we’ll take a small trail that leads in the Mediterranean forest until we’ll reach under the first rocky ledge a small ladder created with a juniper tree. Walking between the two large rocky ledges we’ll begin to admire the panorama around us. In 30 minutes we’ll reach the  valley called 'the Mouth of the Cannon'.

 


 

This is the point where we'll wear harness, helmet and via ferrata kit; now we are ready to face a first small segment of equipped route (EEA) that allows us to pass in total safety an overhanging point. Now we’ll cross the beautiful valley of the Cannon, next step is ascend along a ridge apparently inaccessible that dominates the white limestone cliffs.

 


 

Once we’ll pass the last small segment of Via Ferrata (Klettersteig) we can finally reach the peak of Tavolara: Punta Cannone (564 meters). From the summit of the island we can admire an amazing panorama: looking south we admire Molara, Capo Coda Cavallo and San Teodoro; looking west the whole of the Gulf of Olbia until Monte Limbara; looking North: Capo Ceraso, Capo Figari, Caprera and Corsica; looking east: the crests of the Island and the blue sea. On the summit a little statue of a Madonna ‘La Madonnina di Tavolara’ watch on hikers and mariners; our next step we’ll be make a signature on the book where all the hikers commemorate the presence.

 


 

Technical details:

Total distance: 6,2 kms

Difference in altitude: 600 m

Time required: daily hike

What to bring: appropriate clothing for the season, hiking boots/shoes, swimsuit, sunglasses, sun cream, hat, wind jacket

Technical equipment: included in the price

Lunch: packet lunch not included in price

Water: 2 liters per person

 

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