Punta Giradili

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Punta Giradili
Created On: Jun 15, 2004
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Punta GriadiliPunta Giradili seen from Padra Longa on the east coast of Sardinia

"but ... do you know that Sardegna is famous for its enchanted sea ?"

This is what gabriele.roth asked when he voted on Punta Catirina. I promised that I would work my way through Sardinia to the coast - et voilà - we have arrived.

Punta Giradili is one of the most beautiful cliffs on Sardinia's east coast - which is the reason why its picture shows up on quite many trip reports of the island. The guidebook I used for hiking on Sardinia shows Punta Giradili on its cover (see below and to the left). The mountain towers 730 vertical meters above the sea and is one of the most attractive climbing locations of the island. Even the normal ascent along the southwestern ridge is quite difficult due to its exposure above the 250 - 400m vertical drops.

Part of the attraction of the mountain is the sea below. Coloured in all shades of turquoise - bright over the white beaches - deep blue over the rocks farther out - sea and mountain seem to form a perfect synthesis between rock and water. Fill in some clouds - they rather often hover around the summit - and you'll get an image you'll probably never forget.

There are two hiking and four climbing routes onto Punta Giradili. The climbing routes are rated 6a through 7b+. The surrounding cliffs - Punta Argennas (710m), Cuccuru Maore (696m) to the south and Monte Ginnirco (811m) - also show impressive vertical though only for the latter climbing routes are known.

Finally: the answer to Gabriele's question?

Yes I do know - I have been there - and I fully agree. Still no beach cuties :-(

Climbing Punta Giradili

There are four routes:
  • Mediterraneo - 7a+ / 350m / 8 pitches
  • L'intelligenza emotiva - 8a / 350m / 9 pitches
  • Piola / Motto - 7a / 220m / 6 pitches
  • Wolfgang Güllich 7a / 400m / 12 pitches

Since I didn't climb any of the routes - never done anything like it - I prefer to direct you to a couple of web pages with much better information than I could provide. The topo is linked from www.planetmountain.com.

Pietra Longa

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The more popular of the two trailheads is at Pietra Longa on the east coast a little southeast of Punta Giradili. Pietra Longa is a tower - quite typical for the bays on the east coast that rises vertically out of the sea. Unfortunately the rock is rather fragile so that climbing won't be much fun. Nevertheless it's one of Sardinia's best known landmarks.

The Trecking Trail "Sentiero Selvaggio Blu"

There is a multiday trecking trail along the eastern coast of Sardinia - Sentiero Selvaggio Blu. It is - as trecking trails go - an extreme trail, since it contains passages of grade IV as well as some rappeling. The trail starts at Pietra Longa and runs through all the climbing areas of the east coast - Punta Giradili, Cala Goloritzé, Cala Luna - before it finally ends at Cala Gonone. The average trecking time for the whole trail is eight days. The trail is marked (by blue arrows) but much of it is overgrown so you need a quite good sense (and equipment) for orientation.

The ascent to Punta Giradili from Pietra Longa in its first part runs along Sentiero Selvaggio Blu before it turns up towards the mountain. Having skipped the intersection we spent the whole day on the sentiero taking pictures of Punta Giradili's surroundings.

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 northeastern part of the island where most of the mountains are the best entry point is Olbia, which is where most flights go anyway.

There are two trailheads for the mountain, one in the town of Baunei the other directly on the coast at Pietra Longa, a limestone spire which rises out of the sea.

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 onto SP38 south (again direction Dorgali). Shortly before you reach Dorgali, SP38 ends and you switch to SS125 direction Dorgali.

Get through the town (signs Cala Gonone, Baunei) and soon you'll drive along one of the most beautiful roads of the island above the Flumineddu valley. SS125 takes you to the mountain town of Baunei. Go through the town and at km153 a side road turns off to the left. It leads to Pietra Longa (see below), where you can find several parking lots.

Approaching the mountain from Arbatax airport
From the airport take SS125d towards Tortoli, where you switch to SS125 north, direction Baunei. At km 153 turn right onto the side road towards Pietra Longa or drive on a few km until you reach Baunei.

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Red Tape

The mountain and the surrounding area belong to the Natural Park Gennargentu - Golfo di Orisei. The usual restrictions concerning wildlife apply. Within park boundaries camping is allowed in designated areas only. You'll probably better take apartments at Baunei, Tortoli or Arbatax.

When To Climb

Punta Giradili, like any mountain of Sardinia can be climbed all year round. Spring and autumn are the best seasons - summer will be very hot. Remember that both the climbing and hiking routes are on the southwestern wace, thus fully exposed to the sun. Spring is great because of the gazillions of flowers you'll encounter, autumn has the advantage of warmer water (in case you like to take a bath).


...is rather easy to find. Since all the interesting mountaineous regions are on the north and east coast - which is where the largest beaches are - you can book hotel rooms and appartments from any tourist office. The region around the towns of Baunei and Tortoli should be the best staying places. Also Cala Golone could be an interesting location. Still quite near to Punta Giradili it also offers a variety of good and interesting climbs

... is also easy to find, especially in the vicinity of the beaches. Look for locations, using www.sardegna.com.

Free camping is not allowed in the natural park so you need to consider staying farther away.

Weather 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)

Pietra di Luna

For climbing in Sardinia there is a book, called Pietra di Luna by Maurizio Oviglia, which is available in Italian, English and German. Click on the image to be directed to a web page with more (also ordering) information.

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