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Sa conca isteddata

Baronia Barbagia di Bitti e Tepilora
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Informationen zur Tour Sa conca isteddata

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    5:00 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    210 m
  • Altitude
    210 m
  • Max. height
    834 m
This route, absolutely extraordinary, brings together the highest ridges of the territory of Irgoli: although you only touch 900 meters above sea level, the view is so wide and rewarding that the excursion is one of the most scenic of the entire east coast.


You start from the source in Ianna 'e Pruna, along a short stretch of asphalt in an easterly direction towards a green gate (close it again if found closed) that leads into the area of Norghio through a large dirt road. Leave the inn on the left (you might want to book for a meal at the end of the excursion), always proceeding on dirt road and then right into a bumpy downhill track. You will soon arrive at a spring: unfortunately, the works for the improvement of the area have changed the water supply conditions of the area, dispersing the vein of water. You cross the spring, following a small path uphill in an easterly direction, with sporadic red and white signs and passing next to the ruins of a rectangular building, then bordering a fence and crossing it thanks to a small ladder, to then follow the path in a real tunnel under large bushes of heather and arbutus. You come out in a stony ridge, with a splendid view towards the sea, the plain of Orosei and the forest of Norghio behind you and you take the left, slightly uphill, and then find, always on your left, a detour that leads to walk a stretch under large strawberry trees. A final stretch, slightly uphill, leads to a wide grassy pass surrounded by woods. From here you take a detour to the right, uphill on the heather bushes, to reach the Puna Columbos (signposted). This is the first peak of the excursion and it allows a unique vie of the entire Baronia. Bein the easternmost of the peaks, the sea is much closer and you caa see well many of the most famous beaches of the area. Returning to the saddle, this time taking the opposite direction to that of Punta Columbos, after a few steps the path divides. Both tracks lead to another pass, known as Sa Sedda 'e Serghilis, but the one on the right allows you to visit the point of the same name, while the left deviation, which is lower, reaches the pass through a comfortable path in the middle of the strawberry trees. Here you choose the most panoramic route and then take the small path on the right, signposted sporadically with red and white markings. You climb steeply, passing the remains of some pastoral shelters in masonry. The ridge is extraordinarily panoramic, in particular over the village of Siniscola, the homonymous coast and the northern part of Montalbo. A few metres below the top there is a vast stony area, which can be reached through easy small rocks and is partly cluttered with vegetation. You descend in a southerly direction, passing through the vegetation with strawberry trees and heather, to reach then Sa Sedda 'e Serghilis. Here, too, the path divides: on the left, we proceed to Sa Conca Isteddata, but the path, even though spectacular, is dangerous, because it runs along a sharp ridge where it is necessary to literally jump from one granite rock to another. You take, instead the right, in the direction of Funtana Serghilis, a beautiful perennial spring that can be reached with an easy path downhill in the woods of holm oak. From the spring turn left and you will meet first a panoramic point over the valley and then, remaining at high altitude with slight ups and downs, continue under the holm oak woods following a track that goes around large granite rocks carved by the wind. This is only a preview of the imagination and richness with which the wind has worked on erosion in this area. After a short descent, about 10 mins walk from the spring, pay attention to a thin track that comes off to the left, uphill towards the ridge, signposted by little stone men. You take it, proceeding uphill and gradually coming out of the woods in the scrub composed mainly of heather tree. You proceed around large eroded rocks, reaching a ridge surrounded by large blocks of granite. Sa Conca isteddata (literally: the starry cave) is just a few steps away. Turn left, identifying a boulder that is about as big as a small car resting on another block and crawling inside you can observe how extraordinary it is that the erosion has perforated with unique skill the entire 'egg' of rock, transforming the walls and the vault into a continuous succession of holes and sculptures. It is certainly one of the unique natural monuments of Sardinia and one of the least known. Now comes the most difficult part of the excursion: from the basin you take south, passing the detour from which you came and continuing on the ridge line, following some sporadic red and white signals that force you to do a series of stunts on granite rocks. A few large holm oaks miraculously emerge from the few passages that the granite grants. You pass by another cavity, with a magnificent view over the entire Montalbo, known as Sa Conca de Su Banditu, and continue on the ridge, which is slowly flattening and softening. The extraordinary panorama always pays off the efforts made: at a small pass cluttered with the usual bushes of heather you turn right, aiming for a wide pass under the highest of the peaks: Monte 'e Senes. You reach it through a comfortable path, slightly closed by vegetation. From the pass you can recover a broken dirt road that you can easily reach at the top of the Monte 'e Senes: from here you can enjoy a 360 degrees panorama starting from Capo Figari, Tavolara to contemplate the whole eastern coast up to Capo Monte Santo and then the Supramonte, the Gennargentu, the whole Baronia and the Montalbo. Further away, the Ortobene of Nuoro, Monte Gonare and Muggianeddu above Tonara: you can dominate and observe almost half of the island. You return to the pass under Monte 'e Senes continuing on the dirt road, following it this time downhill until it bends decisively left: continuing on it, you would quickly reach Norghio after passing a fence through a small ladder. Instead, turn right following hints of paths covered by cows and goats, passing in rapid succession some water basins closed by walls during the fascist era. Descend now along a wide and bare water impluvium in a mountain environment, which has as its right margin the rocky ridge that falls from Monte 'e Senes towards the road below. This road can be quickly reached, right at the level of the spring where you left the car. Nearby, it is strongly recommended to visit the site of Ianna 'e Pruna.

Starting point

Ianna 'e Pruna.

Target point

Sa Conca Isteddata, Monte ‘e Senes.


Open space by the spring of Ianna 'e Pruna.

Public transportation

Bus for Irgoli.


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 asphalted road (12.3 km) you first reach the archaeological site and then, on the left, there is a first spring and then a second, with paved area, where you can park.


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