It’s al­ways sunny in Sar­dinia

Gripped - - AREA PROFILE - Story and pho­tos by John Price

With amaz­ing mod­er­ate sport climbs, warm coastal sun­light, pris­tine beaches and a laid­back at­mos­phere, Sar­dinia is where you want to go to es­cape the win­ter blues. At any park­ing area near the sea­side, you’re bound to see um­brel­las be­ing un­loaded and cool­ers be­ing filled with bev­er­ages. Above the sea are lime­stone walls and but­tresses that go on into the hori­zon.

Sar­dinia was one of the first places in the Mediter­ranean where climbers would travel. Some of the first routes were opened over 70 years ago. More pop­u­lar ar­eas in the area are Ka­lym­nos in Greece, Si­cily in Italy and Mal­lorca in Spain, but ev­ery­one should make a trip to Sar­dinia at least once to ex­plore the clas­sics.

The most talked-about Sar­dinian climbs in­clude the 150- me­tre Aguglia di Goloritzé tower, the steep caves at Isili and the five-pitch sea­side climbs at Cala Gonone’s Mil­len­nium Cave. One of the coun­tries hard­est routes is called Ho­tel Supra­monte, a 10- pitch 5.13d, and it’s found near Cala Gonone. Sar­dinia is a laid-back place where you can go with a group of friends, eat good food, go boat­ing on rest days and

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