All the Via Ferrata in Sardinia

As Via Ferrata have recently become “a thing per-se” and their number keep increasing, we thought about creating an article to list and briefly describe all the via ferrata in Sardinia. Separated from their original link to the Italian and Austrian Alps, Via Ferrata are cropping up either to overcome difficult passages or just to enjoy spectacular scenarios.

In Sardinia alone we can currently count 7 “panoramic” Via Ferratas and 3 more “overcoming” ones. The Via Ferrata in north Sardinia, such as the Via Ferrata di Badde Pentumas, Via Ferrata del Cabirol, the Via Ferrata di Giorre and the Via Ferrata della Regina are nice and relatively easy routes anyone can enjoy. Their location is always a striking crag with a picturesque vie either on the sea or a valley below.

BIG WARNING though. In order to go on any Via Ferrata you must possess all the necessary equipment (harness, helmet and a Via Ferrata Set) and know well how to use it. Please do not improvise. The slightest accident or inattention could lead to death.

Via Ferrata di Plumare

The Ferrata di Us Piggius di Plumare is in our opinion, the best via ferrata in Sardinia. It was equipped in 2001 by Sebastiano Cappai, a member of the association GEA from Nuoro. This was part of the project named Trek delle 7 Cale, which aimed to create a panoramic path to link Cala Sisine, Cala Biriala, Cala Mudaloru, Cala Mariolu, Cala dei Gabbiani and Cala Goloritze.

The path starts in Cala Sisine and runs north to south, in the opposite direction to the famous Selvaggio Blu. From the beach, it takes about 2 hours to walk towards the great wall of Plumare, where the alpinistic route starts.

The Via Ferrata di Plumare traverses the great wall on a narrow horizontal ledge, with incredible views and exposed passages protected with a steel cable. It takes about 90 minutes to complete the Via Ferrata, including time to breathe and enjoy the view. At the end of the ledge, there are 2 long abseils, the first one is 40 metres long, dropping you on an even narrower ledge. The next one is an awesome 55 metres hanging in the air between rocks and the sea. At this point, you’d be standing on the path of the famous trek Selvaggio Blu. It takes now two short sections of via ferrata to climb up a ridge, and then two more abseils (35 and 20 metres) to the thick woods below. At last, the path reaches the beach Cala Sisine, where the tour started. 

Remember the first boat to leave the port of Cala Gonone in the morning is at 9:00 am, while the last to go back from Cala Sisine is at 5 pm.

Via Ferrata degli Angeli (Tavolara)

Via Ferrata degli Angeli - Tavolara

The Via Ferrata degli Angeli is considered by many the best via ferrata in Sardinia, considering the scenic view and the adventurous itinerary.

The old starting point was dismantled years ago, and now the Via Ferrata degli Angeli starts on a lower point, closer to the sea. You must be prepared to get lost and find your direction, among rocks and vegetation.

The itinerary alternates exposed climbs, horizontal traverses and extremely panoramic views over the coast of Sardinia. The cable is not continuous but placed only where necessary, so do not get scared if it ends and you have to search for the next bit. In total, we are talking of about 300 meters of steel cable, for an itinerary of 600 meters. Once you reach the end of the Via Ferrata degli Angeli, you have to keep scrambling on the crest of the mountain for at least 40 minutes before reaching Punta Cannone, the highest peak in Tavolara.

PS: some people enjoy abseiling from the top. This requires 2 x 60-meter ropes.

Starting from the port below, it takes 3 hours to climb to the top. It is recommended for Experienced Excursionists with knowledge of Alpinistic techniques.

Via Ferrata Punta Cannone (Tavolara)

Via Ferrata degli Angeli - Tavolara

The Via Ferrata di Punta Cannone ( also known as “via normale di Tavolara”) is an easy alternative to the more difficult Ferrata degli Angeli. The itinerary starts from the beach Spalmatore di Terra, just where the boat drops you, and follows the old path to the plateau “Bocca del Cannone”.

It takes about 2 hours to walk from the beach to the starting point of the Via Ferrata Normale.

Once at the base of the crag, the Via Ferrata Normale di Tavolara alternates horizontal traverses to easy vertical climbs. Overall it is an easy Via Ferrata, just a bit exposed and so obviously not for the faint-hearted. The cable is a mix of stainless stees and fixed ropes, about 80 meters in total lenght.

Via Ferrata di Badde Pentumas

Close to the underground Via Ferrata in the cave Sa Oche, the Via Ferrata di Badde Pentumas is located on the enormous natural amphitheater at the end of the canyon Badde Pentumas.

From the parking to the Grotta Sa Oche (Oliena) it takes about 40 minutes to walk to get to the start of the Ferrata di Badde Pentumas. Once in the amphitheatre, a few zigzagging on the slanting ledges and a short scramble takes to the real start of the Via Ferrata, on an exposed and very high passage. This is a truly spectacular Via Ferrata, with no sight of the sea, much in the style of alpine originals.

Via Ferrata della Regina

Via Ferrata della Regina - Monteleone Rocca Doria

The Via Ferrata della Regina is situated on the north side of the crag below the town of Monteleone Rocca Doria. This crag is renowned for its panorama and the many climbing routes that were equipped on its west side. It is a purely independent Via Ferrata and it takes up to 3 hours max to complete its 600 meters. Only about half of its length is equipped with steel cables as the rest can be easily walked.

The Via Ferrata della Regina has a hard starting point on an overhanging section of the crag. It is all equipped but it takes some “balls” and arm strength to hold on to the steel ladder. The vegetation can be very annoying during some passages but the higher ledge offers some panoramas that will make up for all the sweat. Furthermore, it also has a Tibetan Bridge, probably the one and only in Sardinia. More info (Italian only) can be found on the website

Via Ferrata di Gutturu Xeu

via ferrata gutturu xeu sardegna

The Via Ferrata of Gutturu Xeu is a short and easy ferrata created fairly recently by the Associazione CISSA (Centro Iglesiente Studi Speleo Archeologici) on a small canyon close to Iglesias.

It takes only 15 minutes walking to reach the start from the parking lot and 2 hours to complete it. The main attraction of this Ferrata is definitely the exciting cable-way that connects one side of the canyon to the other. Although easy, it is not recommended to practice it without an experienced guide.

This via ferrata goes around and returns to the starting point. Some people enjoy abseiling to reach the base (40 meters) but that is not necessary.

Via Ferrata di Giorre

Via Ferrata di Giorre, Cargeghe, Sardinia, Italy

NB: The Local administration closed the Via Ferrata di Giorré in 2015, due to an unstable rock.

The Via Ferrata di Giorré is located on a crag about 4 miles south of Sassari, in the north of Sardinia. The nearest town is Cargeghe, but you can see the precise location on the map at the bottom of this article.

The via ferrata di Giorrè, just like many others in Sardinia was created by Corrado Conca and runs on a high ledge of the crags that limit the plateau of Cargeghe. This ledge is very large in some sections, but gets narrower and even disappears in other sections. It takes about 3 hours to complete and has medium difficulty, with a spectacular view of the rocks and land that characterize the internal side of north Sardinia.

Via Ferrata di Pan di Zucchero

via ferrata pan di zucchero, masua, italy masua

The Via Ferrata di Pan di Zucchero is located on the sea stack Pan di Zucchero, in Masua. It runs from the base, where dinghy can dock, up to the top at 133 m  a.s.l. From the top, it is possible to have a little stroll, abseil to climb the famous DIDI, or get back to the dinghy by a 45 meters abseil.

The Via Ferrata di Pan di Zucchero is among the easiest ones in Sardinia and is immersed in a very pleasant scenario. It takes a 1-minute ride on a boat to reach the starting point, which needs to be booked in advance with the guys at the Warung Beach Bar located just on the beach in Masua. They also rent out Via Ferrata sets (€20) for those who intend to do it without a guide.

It comes without saying, it is not possible to approach the Via Ferrata di Pan di Zucchero on a bad day with nasty waves

Via Ferrata della Medusa

Via Ferrata Masua, Porto Flavia, Sardegna
The Via Ferrata della Medusa goes around a crag near Samugheo, where the ruins of the Medusa Castle still dwell. This short and panoramic Via Ferrata overlooks the Araxixi River, gently meandering among the green vegetation far below. Starting close to the parking lot by the (abandoned) structure by the Castello della Medusa, the Via Ferrata della Medusa starts with a 3-meter climb and settles on a panoramic ledge. A vertical ladder determines the difficulty of this Via Ferrata, forcing the necessity for some arm strength.

Via Ferrata di Goloritze

The Via Ferrata di Goloritze (aka Ledere di Goloritze) is NOT a touristic Via Ferrata but a wild and even harder variant of the famous trekking Selvaggio Blu. In order to avoid the difficult passage of Boladina, a group of guides led by Marcello Cominetti has equipped in 2015 this short Via Ferrata to reach the Ledere di Goloritzé, continuing the trekking towards Ispulighedenie (aka Cala Mariolu). Reaching the Via Ferrata is not easy, it ends soon and to get out of there and reach the beach is truly hard. Only do this if you are tired of your life!

The shortest way to reach Cala Goloritze is from the plateau Il Golgo, above the town of Baunei. The beach is a 1-hour walk away, walking on a steep path recently rebuilt by the local administration. From here the path goes north, either on sea level or a higher path which connects at the northern end of the beach. Once terminated the Via Ferrata it is possible to abseil to Ispulighedenie or continue to the west-side return path.

You can read the full review of the works on this article by Alessandro Gogna

Via Ferrata di Masua

Via Ferrata Masua, Porto Flavia, Sardegna




The Via Ferrata di Masua is located on the 200m high wall above the mining site Porto Flavia. Do not confuse this one with the other Via Ferrata at the stack in Pan di Zucchero, they are 2, and very near to each other.

The Via Ferrata di Masua was mysteriously created around 2017 by an unknown group of usual locals… 😉 on a SIC protected site, with the obvious complaints from all administrations and nature associations.

There is no sign, no path and no clear indications about this Via Ferrata and we put it up in this article just for the sake of enlisting all the Via Ferrata in Sardinia. We currently don’t even know the actual conditions of the cables and the anchoring points, thus AVOID THIS VIA FERRATA!

Via Ferrata del Cabirol

Via Ferrata Cabirol, Alghero, Sardinia



The Via Ferrata del Cabirol was vandalised in 2019 (read the article). Cables were cut by unknown idiots. The local administration tried closing the Via Ferrata del Cabirol in March 2018 but only put up a sign with no further enforcement. . Please do not attempt

The Via Ferrata del Cabirol is (was?) probably the most beautiful and popular in Sardinia. It was created single-handed by Corrado Conca in 2002, who lately modified and added more equipment. The Via Ferrata del Cabirol is located on the west-facing crag in Capo Caccia and runs along some natural ledges overlooking the sea and the rocks below.

To access the Via Ferrata del Cabirol it takes 15 minutes to walk from the parking spot and it is easy enough to be enjoyed by anyone in a good physical and mental shape. The Ferrata runs on two parallel horizontal ledges for about 200 meters,  requiring a 25-meter protected climb to pass from one to the other. It can be started from either the lower or the higher ledge, making it probably easier for novices to climb -rather than downclimb-

All the via ferrata in Sardinia: profiles

NameTime: approachTime: ferrataTime: returnDifficultyTotal LengthVertical GainVote
Ferrata di Plumare2h2h2hD48 km0m*****
Ferrata degli Angeliboat + 40′3h 30′2hB34,5 km560m*****
Ferrata di Badde Pentumas45′2h40′C45 km150m****
Ferrata della Regina20′2h20′B3600m50m***
Ferrata di Giorrè10′2h 30′10′B22.5 km90m**
Ferrata di Gutturu Xeu15′2h15′B22 km30m**
Ferrata di Pan di Zucchero(boat) 10′1h(boat) 10′B2300m50m**
Ferrata della Medusa10′1h 30′10′B21 km20m



Ferrata di Goloritze1h 30′30′3hD49 km30m***
Ferrata del Cabirol10′3h10′B31 km50m*****


Via Ferrata Grading System

1 – Easy
2 – Straight forward
3 – Difficult and not for the novice
4 – Demanding, steep ascending, require a degree of mountaineering experience
5 – Highest technical standard, only for the experienced mountaineer
A – For foot sure mountain walkers, easy and without problems
B – For foot sure mountain walkers free of vertigo, easy
C – Sure footedness and freedom from vertigo necessary
D – Absolute sure-footedness and freedom from vertigo necessary
E – Additional mountain experience and climbing ability necessary
F – Good climbing technique on very steep rock required