From Lula take SP3 east (direction Passo Santa Anna). 6km after the town on the right hand side first a dirt road (route to Janna Nurai), a little later a marked trail (Sentiero Italia) turn off. Park the car at either of the trailheads they are only 500m from each other.
Altitude difference: 580m
Trailhead: At SP 3 between Lula and Passo Santa Anna
This is a beautiful hike along an ascent route between Punta Catirina and Punta sae Mussinu. It follows part of the Sentiero Italia
trecking trail but leaves it once the high plateau is reached.
Start out from the road SP3 along the marked Sentiero Italia. It quickly takes you up to a shoulder between Punta Catirina and Punta Sae Mussinu. The trail splits (there are signs) - turn left towards Punta Catirina. Some 15min afterwards you'll reach the Su Campu 'e Sussu high plateau and get a first impression of the karst landscape with its limestone rocks and boulders.
Turn right (west) and you'll see Punta Catirina directly in front of you. From this side rather unimpressive it can be distinguished from Punta Manna in the foreground by the improvised "cross" (rather a stick) on its top. You traverse the Campu 'E Sussu Meadow (which is where we encountered the orchids shown on the main page) - afterwards turn left into a shallow gully which runs along between Punta Manna and Punta Catirina. This takes you to a shoulder from which you'll be able to see Monte Turuddo and - behind it - the high Supramonte.
From the shoulder the trail vanished and you need a little bit of scrambling to get on the top. Once reached climb down a couple of meters on the western side to reach the massive west face drop.
Normal hiking gear - boots with thick soles are essential - is enough. Bring warm clothes - though the summit is not very high its proximity to the sea ensures high winds. And having started from sea level one sometimes forgets about temperatures in higher altitudes.