The Italian island of Sardinia, situated in the western Mediterranean, is a paradise for adventurous travelers. With its wild forests, rolling hills, and craggy mountains (as well as its shimmering coastline), Sardinia offers endless possibilities for adventure tours. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or someone who likes 4×4 off-roading, the amazing team at Orosei Adventours has an experience or two that you will absolutely love.
One of the best things about exploring Sardinia with Orosei Adventours is the diversity in landscapes that you can discover. From the blue waters of Cala Luna, to the limestone walls of the Gorropu Canyon, to the panoramic views of Mount Tiscali – there is no shortage of breathtaking scenery to soak up. These natural gems pair perfectly with visits to the towns and villages of Sardinia, where authentic local culture and cuisine abounds.
Orosei Adventours is based in Orosei and Dorgali, which are two of the most charming little regions in Sardinia. There you can immerse yourself in the ‘real Sardinia’ and enjoy wandering through the picturesque old towns, stumble upon secluded beaches and coves in the Gulf of Orosei, and trek around the coastal nature reserve and hinterland nearby. Orosei may be small in size (home to a mere 7,000 people) but it definitely packs a punch.
Of course, Orosei Adventours offers experiences in Sardinia beyond this one area. They also cover Baronia, Supramonte, Barbagia and Costa Smeralda. The company boasts a 5-star rating on Google (from 40 happy customers) and an even more impressive rating on Tripadvisor (200 5-stars). This led them to earning the Travelers’ Choice Award for 2021 with Tripadvisor. So with that in mind, here are the best adventure tours in Sardinia they offer.
Best Adventure Tours in Sardinia
1. Trekking to Monte Irveri
This trek takes you across some of the most spellbinding landscapes on the eastern coast of Sardinia. The trip begins on the shores of Osalla Beach and follows a short path along the sea, which is defined by black lava rocks. The next main beach you see is Cala di Cartoe. It features fine sand and crystal-clear waters set against the backdrop of dense Mediterranean scrub. Then it’s time to incline up Monte Irveri for 400 meters or so.
The trekking on this section is tough but not long – making it a challenge for casuals and a nice exercise for experts. As you walk past a series of olive trees, and juniper and maqui plants, the incredible Monte Tuttavista slowly comes into frame. Once at the height of 350 meters, you visit Su Cuile de Sa Tintura which is an old sheepfold that is super photogenic. From here you return back to the start, and stop for lunch and a swim at Cala di Cartoe.
2. Trekking in the Gorropu Canyon
Sardinia is home to one of the deepest canyons in Europe. It’s called the Gorropu Canyon and the rock walls here rise up to a staggering height of 500 meters. With Orosei Adventours you will be trekking directly in the canyon and in other jaw-dropping spots either side of it. The adventure kicks off on the promontory of Su Cungiadeddu on board a 4×4 vehicle, and then crosses the Flumineddu River, before the walk commences.
The initial stage of the trek takes you through a serene forest bursting with strawberry trees and Mediterranean scrubs. Afterwards the Gorrpu Canyon appears, and runs for one and a half kilometers. This trek is stunning because you get to marvel at the sky-high limestone walls the entire way. Other highlights of the trek include climbing over large boulders, getting the opportunity to spot eagles and pausing for breaks at unique rock walls.
3. Trekking Oasis of Biderosa
The Biderosa Oasis is characterized by white sand beaches, ancient green junipers, emerald sea views and uniquely shaped ponds – the combination of which creates quite the spectacle. And since there aren’t any major technical or steep uphill sections on the trekking in Biderosa, everyone can comfortably join in on the fun. No matter the season you go – be it summer, autumn, winter or spring – the sights of Biderosa will impress.
4. Trekking to Mount Tiscali
Those who love history and a good mystery will be enchanted by the Tiscali Village nestled inside a cave in Mount Tiscali. The archaeological sites within the cave date back to the first millennium BC. The best way to experience it is to join a trekking excursion with Orosei Adventours. They will guide you through the woods of the Lanaitho Valley, up to limestone cliffs, pass a sinkhole and to the Tiscali Village built by the Nuragic culture.
5. Trekking to Cala Luna
There is no denying the fact that Cala Luna is the most famous beach in Sardinia. Images of this gorgeous destination are plastered all over travel brochures and social media platforms like Instagram, and for good reason. The picture-postcard turquoise waters shimmer in the summer sun all day long and the caves located right on the shore offer magical photo-ops for visitors. Spending at least a day at Cala Luna on your Sardinia trip is a must.
What better way to experience this paradise than by reaching it on foot with Orosei Adventours. You can really build up a sweat and then enjoy your swim to the fullest. The trekking starts in the Buchi Arta area with a visit to ancient sheepfolds and then descends into a gorge called Su Molente. Next is the canyon La Codula di Luna, with a lovely stroll along an arid riverbed and granite boulders. After that, you reach Cala Luna.
And don’t be thinking that the adventure stops there. Following a dip in the sea and capturing photos in the karst grottos, lunch is served to fuel you for the next challenge: the ascent up S’Iscala ‘e S’Arga. This part of the tour is hard yet rewarding. If you don’t have the stamina to complete it or you would prefer to spend more time at Cala Luna (because it’s your only day for it), you can return by boat via a small tour of the Gulf of Orosei.
6. Off-Road 4×4 Tour Between Nuraghi & Cannonau Wine
An off-road adventure that mixes fascinating historical sites, untouched natural beauty, and world class wine – what’s not to like? Beginning in Orosei, the 4×4 traverses the countryside to reach the wetlands of Su Barone where pine forests and sandy beaches commingle beautifully. Then the tour continues to Nuraghe Gulunie di Osalla, with magnificent views on offer, and to a winery in the Orosei countryside with wine tastings a plenty.
7. Orgosolo Experience & Lunch with a Shepherd
Leaving Orosei in an off-road vehicle, the tour heads to Orgosolo – a town known for its history and traditions. The first stop on the way is the Madau Necropolis, which showcases ancient tombs connected to the Nuragic civilization, followed by the Montes Forest – situated a few kilometers from Orgosolo – where a short walk to the top of Monte Novo San Giovanni awaits. The perspective from 1,316 meters is nothing short of spectacular.
After building up an appetite from the walk, lunch is on the cards and Orosei Adventours have a special experience in store. You will get the once in a lifetime opportunity of having lunch with a shepherd and his family in a traditional sheepfold. This location is surrounded by an old oak forest, giving even more feeling to the occasion. Dishes consisting of cured meats, boiled sheep and roast pig are on the menu – accompanied by wine.
The final point of interest is Orgosolo itself, with its creative murals displayed on the town’s buildings. Many of the murals represent political protests and cultural criticism, and you will be able to learn all about why these were painted. Another option, available on request, is paying a visit to Casa Museo Tramas de Seda. This museum is dedicated to the processing of silkworms for their silk, which is used for weaving traditional dress.