The trekking and via ferrata to the summit of Tavolara is a beautiful and exciting journey that will blow your mind. It merges unspoiled nature with bold passages and immense panoramas, conjuring a truly unforgettable adventure. Our destination is Punta Cannone, the tip of the island, at 560 meters above sea level.
The island of Tavolara is an impressive mountain that rises from the sea near Olbia. Its vertical walls are adorned with luxurious Mediterranean vegetation and populated by wild goats, eagles and the tiny Etruscan shrew. The history of Tavolara is surprisingly long, starting from human paintings drawn during the copper age (2500 to 1700 BC). It was populated by Phoenicians (800 BC), Greeks (600 BC), Carthaginians (300 BC), and Romans (238 BC). From the X to the XVII century Tavolara was a popular dock used by pirates of the Mediterranean.
Tavolara is currently known as the kingdom of the family Bertoleoni, who lives here since 1807 managing the local restaurant. The Bertoleoni state that the king of Sardinia landed in Tavolara during a hunting trip in 1836. He met Giuseppe and quickly became friends, appointing him as the “king of Tavolara”. Tonino, the current king of Tavolara, can be met in the morning as he rakes his garden or helps to unload supplies from the boat. A large part of Tavolara is occupied by a NATO base, where access is forbidden.
Reaching Punta Cannone, the summit of Tavolara, isn’t a walk in the park…
Our meeting is at 6:45am in Porto San Paolo, where we take the ferry-boat to reach the island. From the beach, our journey starts with a very steep and panoramic path. This is probably the hardest part of the day but the view pays back. Closer to the top the path becomes easier and after two hours (approx) we will arrive at the base of the high and vertical walls on top of the island. Though, to reach Punta Cannone, the summit of Tavolara, we will have to commit to the exposed passages protected by the Via Ferrata di Tavolara. From here we will finally gain an immense panorama over the beautiful coastline. The view from the top can take your breath away, embracing the island of Tavolara, the shoreline of eastern Gallura, and all the little islands scattered all around.
From the top we will have to walk down, reaching the beach at about 2:30 pm.
From the docks by the beach, you will be free to take any of the turist boats that get back to Porto San Paolo. These run at 3:30 / 4:30 / 5:30 and 6:30 pm
Meeting time: 6:45 am
Meeting Location: Porto San Paolo
Reaching the summit at Punta Cannone: 10:30 am approx
End of the trekking: 2:00 pm approx
Back to Porto San Paolo: you can take any of the boats from Tavolara (15:30 / 16:30 / 17:30 / 18:30)
There are no roads to the top of Tavolara. The only way to reach the summit is by walking a steep path and engage with one of the via ferratas that lead to the top. Our tour runs on the classic and most panoramic via ferrata.
This trekking is fairly hard. Starting from sea level we will walk to the very top of the island at 567 meters above sea level. It includes walking on a very steep and uneven path and scrambling, where we will need the help of a fixed rope to progress.
The final part of the trek includes a short Via Ferrata, this is not hard but participants should be confident walking on narrow ledges and climbing up the rock.
Please wear trekking shoes and comfortable clothes. The trekking lasts almost 5 hours trek (including return). We recommend a soft-shell jacket as it is often windy on top.
Have 2 liters of water, some food to eat at the top, sunscreen lotion and a hat.
No, this is not the Via Ferrata degli Angeli. Our tour follows the easiest trekking to Punta Cannone. The Via Ferrata degli Angeli is very hard and it is unthinkable to lead groups, especially in the summer as it faces south and has no shade at all.