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From Galennora to Pontesu and return

Baronia Barbagia di Bitti e Tepilora
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Informationen zur Tour From Galennora to Pontesu and return

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    6:00 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    540 m
  • Altitude
    670 m
  • Max. height
    781 m
In the heart of the mountains of Irgoli.


From the car park you cross the road, opening and closing a gate that is never locked and you start to climb along the dirt road, surrounded by Mediterranean scrub. The road climbs gradually, with a view that slowly opens towards the sea, dominated by the long rocky crest of Pontesu that you will reach. You make a first bend to the left, then a second bend to the right: at the third bend (altitude) you leave the dirt road on the right to go and visit the nuraghe of Norgoe: this detour deserves both for the beauty of the place, both for the grandeur of the monument. You start right from the bend elbow, finding a narrow tunnel under the strawberry trees and crossing a small rivulet, active only in the rainiest months. You leave the strawberry tree area following a not very evident path, passing next to an archaic type of wooden hive (beware: still active!) and continuing the slight ascent on stony ground. The track follows a line between the rocks and the broom, unmarked and sometimes not very intuitive. You arrive at some dominant rocks, overlooked by a fence: on the right, an impluvium beyond which stands out the mountainous area on which is the Nuraghe Norgoe. Descend towards the impluvium basin between large olive trees, until you reach the river bed, crossing it and proceeding uphill for a few steps to turn right, still uphill, reaching a beautiful path that runs between large mastic trees next to a fence. Follow it to the left, until the point where it begins to descend, identifying on the left the first signs of the nuraghe. Going back up the hill that houses it, you can see the majesty and complexity of the monument, now difficult to read because of the abundance of vegetation: a large remnant of wall surrounds the entire mountainous area, except on the west side, and falls on the river previously crossed, where on the cliff stands a hundred-year-old olive tree. You return to the dirt road by the same route (it takes about 45 minutes to visit the site): in fact, it would be possible to continue directly from Norgoe for a thin path, but it is very difficult to find it. From the dirt road you start climbing again, arriving in a short time at a wide open space dominated by the beautiful sheepfold of Galennora: the whole area bears countless testimonies of the past, from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, often hidden under the large mastic trees and the scrub that is reoccupying the environment. On the right of the gate of the Galennora sheepfold there is a small path that pierces the scrub with strawberry trees and mastic trees: take it, on level ground, passing next to an old spring still active and slowly starting to climb. The path just taken is actually what remains of a dirt road that climbed to the above Funtana Abba Vritta: the road was built to harness and use the water of the excellent spring. Initially wide and marked, the path gradually becomes slightly cluttered with cistus and rises more decisively, first keeping the north direction and then bending decisively to the west, after having crossed a few impluvi edged by alders. As you climb the landscape becomes wider, embracing much of the Gulf of Orosei and the entire plain of Cedrino. The climb is long, but never excessively steep and the view amply repays the effort. We finally reach the large drinking trough at Funtana Abba Vritta (drinking water only in the pipe). From here it is only a few steps to the crest: you come to a dirt road and turn left, in an always magnificent environment with a view that also opens onto Supramonte and Gennargentu, as well as Mont'Albo on the right. Continue uphill, on a dirt road that gets worse and worse until you reach a hill near Punta su Grabellu, recognizable on the right by an isolated tree near the rocky peak. You will find a small path just below the point, keeping to the south, keeping the Tanarghé drinking trough on the right and, after crossing a marshy area, heading in the direction of the ruins of Cuile Pontesu, made up of a few fences and the base of a hut. The environment is splendid, marked by rocky reliefs entirely occupied by blocks of granite of all sizes, and the view is magnificent. You reach Cuile Pontesu, keeping to the right in the west-southwest direction and starting to descend after having identified a small path that is held on the edge of the clearing and then, past a fence, becomes a beautiful dirt road downhill at a reforestation unfortunately devastated by a recent fire. The dirt road, in poor condition, descends rapidly, keeping to the centre of the ridge and reaches another carriageable, this in better condition, in the pass of Ianna Neulotha, which marks the border between Irgoli and Loculi. We turn left, along a white road, gradually descending. At the second hairpin bend, going downhill, there is a small path on the left: from here it is possible to reach the Nuraghe Sa Ena 'e Luisone, which is on the right of the small path taken at about 10' walk. Returning to the dirt road, continue downhill for a long stretch, keeping the main road at the next junctions that lead to various sheepfolds in the area. After a few kilometres you reach the asphalt road at San Michele: turn left and drive back to the car for just under 3 kilometres. If you want to avoid the last stretch of asphalt, you can have another car at the source in front of the church of San Michele.

Starting point

Municipal road to Norghio.

Target point

Abba Vritta - Pontesu.


Dirt-covered clearing at the side of the road.

Public transportation


From the centre of Irgoli follow the signs for the site of Ianna 'e Pruna, there are also signs indicating Sa Conca Isteddata. Along the asphalt road you pass the church of San Michele and then, before the road starts to climb decisively, you will find a gate on the left that starts a dirt road (about 5.1 km from the village). You will find a parking space in a dirt road on the right side of the road.


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