Here comes the usual cliché of how small we are in comparison to nature’s wonders.. but when looking up at the immense limestone walls of the Su Gorroppu canyon, the overwhelming feeling of astonishment and subordination is undescribable! Nature is unfathomable…. How true.
The canyon of Su Gorroppu is in fact the deepest and most spectacular gorge in Sardinia, Italy and probably in Europe. Its mountain walls reach 450 metres in height, an impressive and majestic sight. The route to reach the canyon is set in an amazing Mediterranean vegetation, in the midst of a thick forest with juniper trees and fragrant rosemary bushes, though sometimes alternating with an extraterrestrial and lunar landscape characterized by rocks and an open sky.
The walk to Su Gorroppu lasts about 4 hours (2 hours to get there and back) and is for everyone, though make sure you are wearing a good pair of walking shoes as the path but can be a little challenging at times… no need to worry… there are lots of stopping points with tables and benches to sit, relax, relish the scenery and catch your breath, particularly on the way back which will be uphill.
HOW TO GET THERE
The canyon is situated near the village of Dorgali, to reach it follow a road to the south of the village in direction of “Rio Flumineddu” and after about roughly 12 km when you get to the “Sa Barva” bridge ruin (bridge was destroyed in 2005), stop and park. Cross the Flumineddu river on the nearby small emergency bridge and follow an obvious footpath on the left which will lead to a gate indicating the entrance to a protected area. The path proceeds along the river that will be on your left, whereas on the right you will be dominated by the imposing walls of Mount Oddeu. Leave the main path at least once and go towards the river as there is some very evocative scenery.
After about 6 km you will reach the Flumineddu riverbed, the walk finishes here but continue a little bit to the inner part, here you will find waterfalls falling into turquoise pools in a surreal setting of limestone rock. Simply spectacular.