Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 40.26026°N / 9.43057°E
Additional Information Elevation: 4333 ft / 1321 m
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Punta Carabidda belongs to the mountain range of the Supramonte Range in Sardinia / Sardegna. It is part of the impressive western wall of the range and towers almost 1000m over the town of Oliena in the centre of the island. Despite of its vertical western face it can be climbed rather easily. A forest roads winds to Scala 'e Pradu a saddle between Punta Carabidda and Supramonte's highest summit, Monte Corrasi (1463m).

Supramonte is a karst high plateau composed of white limestone which drops vertically on its northern and western sides. To the north there are Bruncu Nieddu, Punta Cusidore, Punta sos Nidos and Punta Ortu Camminu, to the west Punta Carabidda and Monte Corrasi. A little further south Punta sa Pruna and Punta de sos Curoz form a smaller side ridge with less impressive faces.

The climb onto Punta Carabidda follows the forest road to Scala 'e Pradu and from there on along the southwestern ridge directly above the west face. You are awarde great views down onto the provincial capital of Nuoro and the towns of Oliena and Mamoiarda. Another very interesting aspect of Sardinia's karst mountains are their flowers: orchids, lilies and cyclamen fill all habitable spaces between the white limestone rocks.

Gola su GorropuMonte CorrasiPunta CarabiddaPunta Ortu CamminuPunta sos NidosPunta CusidoreBruncu Nieddu

Interactive overview Map of Supramonte. The summits (and gorges) which have been submitted to SP are marked in red.

Scala 'e Pradu

The ascent trail to Punta Carabidda follows the forest road to Scala 'e Pradu, which in principle is a saddle to the south of Carabidda. West of the saddle there are quite a number of bizzarre rock formations: towers, spires - in short campanili. They are a good resting place - climbing them does not seem to be feasable. In contrast to all other sections of Supramonte these campanili are formed by very fragile limestone.

Getting There

Sardinia can be reached either by plane or by ferry. The main ports are Porto Torres and Olbia in the north and Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. Airports are at Alghero and Olbia in the north as well as (again) Arbatax and Cagliari in the south. For exploring the north eastern part of the island where most of the mountains are the best entry point is Olbia, which is where most flights go anyway.

Approaching the mountain from Olbia airport
Get on motorway SS 131 south in the direction of Siniscola / Nuoro. At the exit Lula / Dorgali get off and turn on SP38 south (again direction Dorgali). Shortly before you reach the town turn right on SP46, direction Oliena. In Oliena follow the signs to Monte Maccione, which - if I understand correctly - is the larger mountain of which Punta Carabidda is a part of. The road leads to a restaurant at which you can park your car.

Capo d'OrsaPunta CugnanaMonte LimbaraPunta MaggioreCala LunaPunta GiradiliMonte AlboSupramonteGennargentuCodula della LunaBaccu Maore

Interactive map of Sardinia and its mountain regions. Click on the regions, red triangles (mountains) or stars (gorges).

Red Tape

Punta Carabidda - like all other Supramonte summits - is part of the natural park Gennargentu / Golfo di Orisei. The usual restrictions concerning wildlife apply here and camping is strictly forbidden. The proprietor of the Monte Maccione Restaurant will let you camp in the restaurant garden however.


I have posted these pictures also to the Punta Catirina page. These orchids can be found anywhere on the karst of the high plateaus, mainly in the Supramonte and Monte Albo Ranges.
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When To Climb

There are also no restrictions as when to climb the mountain. Weather in winter is obviously worse and summer can get really hot. I can recommend springtime - just because of the flowers.


Accommodation... rather easy to find. Since all the interesting mountainous regions are on the north and east coast - which is where the largest beaches are - you can book hotel rooms and apartments from any tourist office. The region around the towns of Siniscola, Dorgali and Orisei should be the best staying places since they are rather central to most of the interesting locations. If you prefer climbing on the coast, head for Cala Golone.

... is also easy to find in the vicinity of the beaches. Look for locations, using Free camping in the natural park is not allowed. At the base of Monte Maccione above Oliena there is the restaurant "Monte Maccione" in the garden of which you can place your tents after asking the proprietor.

Mountain Conditions

Go for the following link, which is in Italian but with ALL the information you might want to have on weather on the island:

Head for the "meteo" button and then on the "Bollettino dettagliato" link in the left frame.

Maps 'n' Books

As for Maps I used only a road map scale 1:200000 since the guidebook I used has maps and is really quite good. Don't be fooled by the durations they state, you'll be much faster but the "getting there's" and "route description's" are very good.

The book is:
Sardinia (Sardegna / Sardinien)
M. Omidvar
Rother Verlag
ISBN: 3-7633-4800-X (English)
ISBN: 3-7633-4143-9 (Italian)
ISBN: 3-7633-4023-8 (German)



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