Top 10 Adventure Sports to do in Sardinia, Italy
December 26, 2016
TOP 10 ADVENTURE SPORTS TO DO IN SARDINIA, ITALY
By: Jennifer Avventura
Sardinia, Italy is an enchanting island and sanctuary for adventure and nature explorers and it’s the ideal place to test boundaries and defy gravity in a multitude of exciting ways. The island is blessed with a 1800km jagged coastline, pristine white sandy beaches and a commanding rugged interior that begs the visitor to climb, play, trek and push limits. There are diverse gravity-defying adventures that will suit any type of thrill-seeker from sunset paragliding in spiritual and ancient places, to free diving at one of Sardinia’s most magical islands. For those that want to slowly reconnect with nature and find balance within movement, there’s a variety of diverse yoga activities to rejuvenate awareness, physique and consciousness. Come and play with gravity to discover a hidden Sardinia witnessed by few.
A full list of the most exciting things to do in Sardinia
This lightweight, free-flying adventure requires a harness and a foot-launched glider that can carry the pilot high above Sardinia’s granite peaks for an astonishing journey of heart-pounding exhilaration. Defy gravity as you soar through Sardinia’s blue sky at several unforgettable spots like Alghero, Bosa and Cala Gonone for tandem flights or Littigheddu near Castlesardo for singular flights.
#2: Climbing (Via Ferrata)
A climbing route equipped with steel cables, ladders and other fixed anchors. Experience a high adrenalin adventure on the rim of a mountain, and then slowly walk around its circumference while attached to a cable. Via Ferrata is about reaching new heights, balance and a deep connection to the natural surroundings. There are several via Ferrata’s on the island, the most popular and fascinating being Cabirol at Capo Caccia near Alghero, on the island’s west coast. This gravity-defying trail traverses along a series of narrow and exposed ledges and every once in a while the ledge gives way to short stepped ascents. Another exhilarating trail is at the island of Tavolara, off the northwest coast. The highest point of Tavolara sits at 565 meters above sea level, and the trail that circumnavigates the small island is a stunning excursion that pushes boundaries, limits and inner balance.
#3: Rock Climbing
Climb up, down or across natural rock formations with two goals in mind: the summit and defying gravity. Sardinia is a climber’s paradise with its wild and spectacular craggy peaks and dramatic cliffs, to the tall limestone precipices on the coast, there is plenty of space to climb. There are multi-pitch climbs at Gennargentu, to single pitch climbs at Cala Gonone, Isili and Domusnovas. There are also fantastic bouldering opportunities all over the island. Sardinia is and has been a hotspot for climbers for many years, don’t miss the thrill of reaching the summit and finding freedom.
#4: Mountain Bike
Strap on a helmet and feel the rush of Sardinia’s mountainous terrain with off road trails and light to difficult downhills with the purpose to defy gravity and move the soul. Turn corners as fields of pale yellow wheat billows in the salty air, climb slight mountains and arrive in quaint small towns and relish in the quietness and serenity.
Encounter untamed natural beauty and rugged scenery as limestone massifs and lush greenery like juniper, cork and myrtle pass by. Discover intense coastlines with deep and rich colours on coastal hikes and windswept plains and sun-scorched plateaus, dense forests and waterfalls on interior hikes. There are a plethora of incredible, eccentric and unbelievable hikes within Sardinia:
Interior treks: Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu (Gennargentu is the tallest mountain in Sardinia at 1834m), discover prehistoric sites at Valle di Lanaittu, uncover the most challenging trek/climb on the island at Selvaggio Blu, between Baunei and Cala Gonone. Easier treks can be found in the northwest near Tempio Pausania at Monte Limbara, Li Canneddi and Costa Paradiso.
Coastal treks can be found all around the island: some favourites are at Capo Testa in the north where odd granite formations take over the land or around one of Sardinia’s islands at Asinara.
#6: Outdoor Yoga
Practise yoga beneath an old cork tree or on a white sandy beach, be one with nature and natural movement. Raise the consciousness to new levels as the focus becomes the need to control the mind and spirit. Reawaken the body, mind and soul with early morning routines that will leave the body refreshed and ready for the day’s adventures.
#7: Acro Yoga
A physical practise that combines yoga, acrobatics and a partner. It requires careful balance, core and breathe work, coupled with trust. An excellent indoor or outdoor activity that takes partners to new levels of exercise, trust and awareness. Begin the day with a partner and open minds to the natural free-flowing transfer of motion.
#8: FREE DIVING
Is a form of underwater diving that relies on the divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing. Drift effortlessly down and around Sardinia’s azure Mediterranean at Isola Asinara (Donkey Island) in the Northwest and discover an island, off an island, full of secrets that have been kept hidden centuries. Test boundaries as the dive releases freedom and a new-found glory within.
#9: Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)
Balance carefully on a paddle board and use a paddle to propel through the calm waters of Fiume Temo.
On the central west coast at Bosa, or across the island to the east at Golfo di Orosei and SUP the day away discovering hidden coves, beaches, inlets and grottos as movement takes over and the flow of breath becomes united with each stoke of the paddle.
#10: SUP Yoga
Practise yoga while balancing delicately on a paddleboard and floating through the tranquil waters of the Mediterranean. Cala Luna, one of Sardinia’s most beautiful spots; a place where the extraordinary mountains of the Gennargentu meet the crystalline sea.
Core balance and concentration are keys to defying gravity in this rejuvenating and tranquil sport. Find deep serenity within as the blue waters lap endlessly around the paddle board while the landscape begs to be seen.