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Gola di Gorropu

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Gola di Gorropu

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Much of Cagliari’s fascinating history is hidden beneath the modern city, and with this tour you can explore the warren of caves, tunnels, and crypts that date back centuries. Head underground with a guide to visit the crypts of Santa Restituta and Sant'Efisio, as well as the Salesian School Tunnel used to shelter students during WWII bombing raids and today lit only by candles.
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Noel wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom246 contributions892 helpful votes
Breath-taking scenery, get an early start and enjoy the morning. Lovely little cafe back at the start also, helpful and friendly girls running the place
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Liyhc5 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom105 contributions15 helpful votes
Really just echoing the many other highly regarded reviews on this page. We drove and parked at ghenna silana (free parking) and walked down the trail to the gorge. This in itself is quite challenging in parts but very doable. For context, we are a young couple and found it fine, but for people with bad knees and ankles it might be trickier - lots of loose stones etc. That being said we saw many people in their 60’s+ who made it to the bottom but just took it slower. This part of the hike took us 1 hour 20 with a couple of water breaks, but otherwise at a relatively brisk pace. Once you get to the kiosk you pay €5 entrance (from memory) and then after a brief intro from the guide you make your way through the gorge, of which there are 3 sections: green, yellow and red. The green path is the easiest and is mostly quite easy, but there are parts that are slightly more tricky; this section takes about 30 minutes. You can then either turn back or proceed to the yellow path. This section is much more difficult - lots of climbing and grappling with slippery limestone. Older people or those that aren’t very fit / have joint problems may struggle here. This section takes about 15 mins. The red section is obviously even harder and the guide advised we don’t even bother trying as it’s more for professional rock climbers who have appropriate tools. Overall a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Ps. Good shoes are a must! Hiking boots or sturdy trainers.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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roelgrol wrote a review Aug 2020
Arnhem, The Netherlands614 contributions422 helpful votes
The walk from the parking area to the entrance was as amazing as the gola itself. I would recommend to take plenty of water, sneakers, and some sunscreen with you in summer. This is not a place for wheelchairs or high heels unfortunately.
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Date of experience: August 2020
3 Helpful votes
Londonmum35 wrote a review Feb 2020
London327 contributions16 helpful votes
Within the first minute of stepping onto this route it is breathtaking, and you pass so many lovely sights on the way, for me it was even better then the gorge itself. I am not particularly fit and went slowly with lots of photo and snack stops and it was fine. We took two and a half hours because of all the stopping (my family are used to stopping and waiting for me but could have done it much quicker - I hear the normal time is 1.5-2 hours) and everyone overtook us along the way, but it meant I did not get overtired and really enjoyed all the incredible views along the way. To arrive here, we had put Passo Ghenna Silana into Google maps, and this brought us to the right place to park the car. Before arriving we found we were passing the base camp, so we stopped here very briefly and looked from the scenic viewpoint. Lovely to have this view of the gorge and take in the incredible scenery we were heading towards. There is an opportunity to buy sandwiches/pasties for lunch here too to carry with you. Then at the pass, there was a parking sign opposite the big pink building (it's very obvious when you are in the right place and there's an information kiosk at the pink building next to the beginning the route) and began the hike, taking the shepherds' route rather than the cobbled path (I believe they join up further down). In no time at all we were passing goats and a pretty, small shepherds' hut. The route takes you in and out through open views and then shaded areas. There is gravel that is a bit slippery in places, but at no point did I feel I might slip off an edge (as I had feared beforehand), as the paths are relatively wide and there is a slope off from the edge of the path rather than a drop (as you can see in the photos). People with young kids were zooming past us. There are some steep sections, more so towards the end, but manageable with stones serving as 'steps' to help. In the last section there's a cave to the left that can be explored too. Finally, when you see the 100m sign, don't miss the nearby beautifully intact large shepherd's hut. So pretty! So many people were missing this as you see it from behind from the path so they may not have noticed it, and also I guess they wanted to reach the gorge itself. Do walk around to the front of it as it's lovely (see photo - I've put a note to say it's the one near the end). On arriving at the gorge we stopped at the rocks and water pools for lunch, then headed over to the entrance. We forgot to book our jeep ride back on the way in and did it on exit. Not sure when the right time would have been to have done it, but we did then have to wait a long time for it, so do ask on the way in. The first section of the gorge, the green section, is as the guide says, easier but not easy. But it's doable and fun clambering and doesn't take too long. There's a bit along the route where you have to squeeze through a gap between rocks which was fun but I did ask my kids to be pull me through it as it was just easier at the time than pushing myself through. It's fine though and fun and not claustrophobic or too hard or anything (see photo). After we reached the narrowest part, my husband and I decided to wait here and rest and let our kids (older teens) do the yellow section. Afterwards, at about 4pm, on booking the jeep, we were told there were a lot of people ahead of us in the queue, and so they advised us to wait on the rocks by the pools and come back at a particular time as it would be more pleasant than waiting at the end of the jeep walk. This wait took just over an hour. Be aware that they only man the entrance desk for booking the jeep tours till 6pm (when we were there at the end of July). We then began the jeep walk with a brief steep upwards section, then a flat shaded 45min-1 hour walk to the jeep (I was tired and took an hour). It's true there's nowhere to sit here when waiting for the jeep apart from a few low stones. Bumpy ride back to base camp, where we paid for the jeep (can pay by card) and then we had time to get an ice cream treat before transfer back to the pass car park at about 6.30pm. We took a very full day to do this, despite heading off from Cala Gonone at 9.30am, but we did take many rest and photo breaks and then did have the long wait for the jeep. Really incredible day, and having seen that the jeep walk is not a scenic one, would definitely recommend starting from the Silana Pass if you can.
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Date of experience: June 2019
3 Helpful votes
René Peters wrote a review Jan 2020
Arnhem, The Netherlands669 contributions71 helpful votes
This was a fantastic experience !! I can only confirm what others have already posted here. We chose to do it the hard way, so we went down and up by foot. It was amazing, but the route up hill was extremely hard as you have to climb 700 meters up in one line. However, it was worth it every drop of sweat. A must do, but don't forget good shoes!!
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Date of experience: September 2019