ESCURSIONI

TREKKING

Il territorio di Urzulei offre luoghi incontaminati, l’organizzazione del raduno ha organizzato una serie di escursioni da svolgersi durante l’evento.

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International Meeting of Speleology Urzulei 2019

FOOTPRINTS

All footprints, even the smallest ones, leave a trace in this world.
DURING THE MEETING IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO PERFORM A SERIES OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, WHICH ARE
DESCRIBED BELOW.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE ICNUSSA TEAM

(with guides; registration at the meeting and
for the excursion are required)

The excursion, organised by the Icnussa staff, will deal with the geological, geomorphological and environmental aspects of Supramonte, of course related to the central theme of Speleology. The itinerary will tackle the border of the Supramonte massif in a car, and with short walking trips, starting South and proceeding northwards. It includes several stops in which a local guide will explain some of the characteristics of this interesting limestone plateau. Participation requires a registration.

FREE OUTDOOR EXCURSIONS

There are many sites that should absolutely be visited when staying at Urzulei. First of all, the famous Gorropu canyon, accessible both from the southern mountain side and from the SS125 north. A visit of the Giant Tombs of s’Arena, or the nuragic village of Or Murales are also warmly recommended, and so is the hike to Cala Luna beach across the beautiful Rio Codula ‘e Lune valley. More information will be available on site during the meeting, and will be given by the organization upon registration.

Gorropu gorge

This is one of the most impressive and deepest canyons of Europe. From the North, visitors can descend along an easy walking trail reaching the narrowest part of the gorge, admiring the 400 m high limestone walls from below; from the South the vastness of Supramonte can be admired, across one of the wildest parts of this limestone plateau, allowing to get a better idea of where the Gorropu canyon is located.

Visit to the Giant Tombs of S’Arena.

In this excursion, the southernmost part of Supramonte is crossed, where dolostones and limestone come
in contact with the Paleozoic basement rocks. The tombs are located on a topographical high, dominating
the Flumineddu valley, and with exceptional views on the westerns outskirts of Supramonte.

The thousand-year-old wine grape

This excursion in the northernmost part of Ogliastra, on the western slope of Codula ‘e Lune, brings the visitor to encounter a spectacular wild wine grape, Vitis silvestris, discovered in Bacu Bidalesti. This plant is composed of an intertwining network of branches that has climbed more than ten metres onto an alder and some stone oaks to try and capture the sunlight. This extraordinary plant was well known to the shepherds that lived in this area for centuries. Close by, you can pay a visit to the sheepfolds of Urgai, Su Murtargiu, Olefani and Giorghi, together with the ruins of an ancient Benedictine Cassinian Monastry Sant’Aronau. Researchers of the Department of Arboricultural Sciences of Villasor of the Research Agency of Sardinia sustain that the wild wine grape of Bacu Bidalesti, with a girth of 1.35 metres, the largest wine
grape plant in the world, might have an age of around 1000 years.

If you are interested in being accompanied by local guides, these are the telephone contacts:
Soc. Chintula snc – info@gorropu.info Tel. +39 328 897 6563 +39 328 574 8917
Soc. Gorropu murru.franc@tiscali.it Tel. +39 347 423 3650 +39 333 850 7157
Sa Semida Tel. 380 527 9479

Icnussa