Bouldering in the North
In 2013 a group of top climbers led by Pietro Dal Prá and sponsored by La Sportiva opened hundreds of granite boulders in Gallura, the north-east region of Sardinia. The best areas are located around the towns of Arzachena and Tempio Pausania, plus other boulders by the sea. The granite boulders have psychedelic wiggly shapes, sculpted and rounded by the winds, with difficulties from 5 to 8 grade.
In May 2015 a nice Bouldering area was inaugurated in a wood next to the town of Luogosanto. The area is very close to town and rests in the middle of a typical Sardinian oak forest, with low and scarce vegetation.
Where to Stay - Agriturismo La Cerra
If you intend to boulder in Gallura we highly recommend staying at the Agriturismo La Cerra, a gorgeous organic farm located below Monte Pulchiana, in the granitic heart of Sardinia. La Cerra is family-run and completely self-sufficient, relying on their gardens and livestock for food and on solar light for electricity and hot water.
Whether you take shelter in one of their double rooms, pitch your tent on their oak-tree forest or park your van on their land, you will be amazed by the magnitude of the panorama. From the farmhouse it is only a five minutes’ walk to the first bouldering areas and you can also access countless blocks that have been cleaned but never climbed before.
Oh, and we haven’t said about the quality of their food yet! The menu is made of 100% typical Sardinian specialties, conjured with perfect combinations of home grown vegetables, meat from their livestock and other locally sourced ingredients (yes, of course, they do vegetarian meals too!)
Hiring Crash Pads
The owners of La Cerra offer free Crash Pads to all their guests.
In case you have other accommodation but require Crash Pads please be in touch with Alberto at La Cerra
How to get there
If you use GPS coordinates, that’s easy: 40.995709, 9.126968. If you prefer classic directions, let’s talk! From Olbia take the SS127 towards Tempio Pausania. After a few kilometres take the SP10 to Luogosanto. Reach the SS133 and turn left to take it. After 1 km you will see the sign indicating the Agriturismo La Cerra, turn right and follow the street.
If you like trad climbing, there’s also a superb multi-pitch route opened on the spire of Monte Pulchiana by James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini while on honeymoon in Sardinia.
Other Bouldering sectors in north Sardinia
|Location||Area name||GPS coordinates||N. of Problems||Min Grade||Max Grade La Maddalena||Nido D'Aquila||41.216032 9.379669||38||6b||7c La Maddalena||Massineo||41.224547 9.378594||A Lot!||San Teodoro||Iene||40.802499 9.592048||24||4c||7c San Teodoro||Bussu||On Private Land||45||4c||8a Olbia||Olbia||15||4b||7a+ Olbia||Torre di Predes||40.876649 9.487212||31||4b||7a+ Onifai||Desertzone||40.451067 9.717305||20||6b||7c|