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Punta Zapparottu

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Informationen zur Tour Punta Zapparottu

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    2:00 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    370 m
  • Altitude
    370 m
  • Max. height
    418 m
A wild mountain near the entrance of the city


This exhausting hike is well suited for those with a good sense of orientation and not recommended on warm summer days. It starts at the church of Cabu Abbas, where you can visit an annual festival on the third Sunday in May. Behind the church on the side of the mountain you can see the remains of the small cemetery. You start on the forest road that starts between the church and a small building, used as a stage. You start downhill following the path below the trees and soon after over an open field and between some houses. The road curves slightly to the right and you can now see the massive mountain Punta Zapparottu, the highest peak of the Cabu Abbas and your goal for today. You continue to follow this main path and cross a gate in the fence that is always open (you can also park around here if you decided to drive this far). You will then encounter a steep incline, partly over a cobbled path, leading through this wild zone to the last residences in this area. Usually, you would ask for permission to continue onwards. The road ends at this point but you can simply continue by following the path that enters the valley. You will come across the rest of a gravelled road that follows an old path of the coal workers. The cistuses are more and more and the paths are more and more covered; a constant phenomenon that will not change for the rest of this hike. It is therefore better to face this hike in late spring because the inconvenience of the constant contact with the flowers will be diminished by the beautiful blossom. You pass a barrier and follow the path steeply downhill, passing the almost non-existent rests of an old quarry to the right. The path crosses some clearings of the coal workers and you will cross a rock range while continuously walking through the dense cistus-bushes along the path that gets almost covered near a large granite rock. The formations of the mountain to your right give this area a wild and impressive look. A common companion around here is the common raven but moreover it is the home for eagles, who can find ideal conditions for the thermic winds necessary for their flights. Other common animals are the mouflons and large colonies of tortoises (Testudo marginata). Continuously walking through the cistus you continue uphill. The centre of the wide valley to the north-east can be used as a reference point. You reach it near a dry wall that follows the entire line of the ridge. You turn right at the wall and go in the direction of a wild rocky basin in the middle of the rocks, formed by erosion. The incline is steady but it pays off because you will come across many views and ideal motifs for pictures to the north as you follow the path around the mountain. On approx. 375 m you leave the notch in the direction of a rocky canal on the right side. By following it you will reach a small plain with great views over Olbia. Both the descents as well as the plain are hardly visible because of the bushes but some small stone-man will help finding them. Now you continue east, following the edge of the plain. That way you leave the Punta Zapparottu behind you, reaching another dry wall in the vicinity of an open space with the rest of antique housings of shepherds. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city Tavolara and you can also see the Nuraghe Riu Mulinu, located some hundred metres below. You turn left (north) and follow the stone-man through the dense bushes. That way you will reach a rocky platform, just right of the highest peaks. Only some steps over the rocks will bring you there. On the peak you can now enjoy the simply beautiful panorama: the golf of Marinella and Cugnana, the Costa Smeralda, the sea to the right and Tavolara, the inner golf of Olbia and the rugged granite towers of San Pantaleo to the east. Even further out you can see the serrate and indistinguishable silhouette of the Limbara. On very clear days you can see the profile of the island Corsica. A long pause pays here for the exhausting fight with the vegetation on your way to this point. It is also recommended to gather new strength for the way back via the same paths. Alternatively, you can go back to the plain by following some ugly blue signs. Thereby you lose height very quickly and over the rocks you reach the lower-situated platform. Here you follow the already walked paths to the starting point.

Starting point

Cabu Abbas

Target point

Punta Zapparottu


Next to the church of Cabu Abbas

Public transportation

Busses to the industrial area of Olbia


Via the bypass-road you exit the roundabout Panama in the direction of Sassari. Then you follow the via Rughitta and the via Riu Mulinu to the left, then the via Cabu Abbas to the church of the same name.


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