The network of trails

The Trail Network Project

The identification and infrastructure of the trail network is part of the initiatives used to promote the area.

The project makes the following set of strategic choices:

1. The high environmental sensitivity of the area has guided the choice to minimize the invasiveness of the physical infrastructure on the site, especially with regard to the location of the signs;

2. The action plan was designed to increase the attractiveness of the territory through the involvement of target groups;

3. The organizational and infrastructural choices respond to a larger-scale project for the development of this area;

4. The definition of the network ensures efficiency in terms of the overall scale of the SCI, ensuring impartiality regarding the administrative organization of the site;

5. The design of the network components meets the requirements of coherence and synergy of the models that are currently being developed at national and regional levels.

Given these reference principles, the specifics of the project are as follows:

- The space identified for the location of the network is constituted by the area between the towns placed around the Giara and the surface of the plateau;

- The elements of the paths are limited to the minimum number necessary to ensure the achievement of the defined goals, providing a careful selection of trails calibrated to specific user needs. In this respect, the level of the identified user was intermediate (families), which can be placed between independent users (such as hiking experts) and users who need some support (such as big groups and guided tours);

- The starting points of the trails are located in areas that are accessible by private vehicles;

The network infrastructure meets the following requirements:

1. the organization of the sign system and information maximizes the opportunity for implementing information technology in communication strategies, specifically pursuing maximum integration with the representation models accessible across the Internet and, in particular, the website of the project;

2. the starting points of the network are indicated by appropriate signs and illustrative posters that clearly represent the trail specifics in terms of track detection and localization, destinations to be reached, degree of difficulty, track conditions, ways of use, and correlation with other trails in the network.

3. besides the starting points, there are several signs located along the trails,  usually on rocks or tree trunks;

The colors adopted for the signs are red and white (as established by the CAI).

Trails

An integrated network of trails allows access to the Giara and the discovery of many of the most evocative and rare landscapes that distinguish the plateau and its slopes. It consists of interconnected paths starting at specific points that have been used since antiquity to reach the top of the plateau. Hikers may well decide to follow a single path or a more extended and articulated route by combining multiple paths.

You can find different guides and tools, including the GPS tracks of the paths and the link to the app "GiaraSardegna" for smartphones Iphone and Android, which is specifically dedicated to the hiking trail network.

Warnings

La Giara is a wild environment, so hiking may be difficult in certain seasons and conditions. The physical characteristics and vegetation of this environment can easily cause you to lose your orientation, increasing the possibility of getting lost when straying from the marked trails or without an experienced guide.

Recommendations

- In the event of poor recognition or feasibility of the path, do not keep going. Return back in the direction from which you came;

- Evaluate travel times, which are indicative and refer to average conditions, in order to guarantee the completion of the hike within the hours of full daylight.

 It is prohibited to:

- go inside the paulis

- frighten or disturb either the horses or any other animals

- pick or damage flowers or plants

- litter

- light fires

- remove or damage rocks, fossils or artifacts of any kind

- ride any horses within the Giara without having the required authorizations from the town council

 

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Modalità di percorrenza:
Walking
Tempo:
2 h 45 min
Lunghezza:
Length: 9,500 meters - Elevation change: 110 meters
Difficoltà:
E

From the square, which is the entrance to the Giara in the town of Gesturi, located near the ancient path of Scala Corte Brocci, the trail makes a large loop that allows you to visit a great portion of the plateau. From the square, follow a cobblestone road, with a scenic route, to the important archaeological site of Bruncu Maduli. It keeps going along a road, which is bumpy at times, in the middle of an open cork forest used for the extraction of cork. By crossing the forest, you can reach Sa Zepparedda, one of the ancient volcanic emission centers that led to the formation of the plateau and the highest point of the Giara.

After seeing the view from Sa Zepparedda, the path continues on to a multipurpose structure called Pardu Longu and then to the pastoral structure of Serra Argiolas. Continuing along the trails created by the transit of animals, which is surrounded by cork trees, you will come across a dirt road. The route passes a paùli (temporary pond), in Perda Canalloro, and turns to the south until it reaches Paui Oromeo. Moving past it, you can go along an old track that leads to the edge of the plateau, near Nuraghe Taro, from where it is possible to reach the...

Modalità di percorrenza:
Walking
Tempo:
2 h 30 min
Lunghezza:
Length: 9,100 meters - Elevation change: 30 meters
Difficoltà:
E

Santa Luisa is the best access point to the Giara from Tuili. The trail starts at a multi-purpose structure located in a large parking lot. Then it follows a road that ultimately leads to the Morisia Botanical Garden, which hosts an interesting exhibition of the typical flora in the area. Keep going straight on the same road until Nuraghe Tutturuddu, which is surrounded by oak trees and located at the end of a well-defined path bounded by stone walls. Heading west-northwest, the road becomes a trail, and then, after about 700 meters, head north at a large, circular enclosure made of stone. Take the dirt road to reach Paùli Maiori, the largest temporary pond of the Giara.

Modalità di percorrenza:
Walking
Tempo:
2 h 15 min
Lunghezza:
Length: 7,900 meters - Elevation change: 30 meters
Difficoltà:
E

The trail begins in a clear area near the municipal service center, located at the end of the road that leads from the center of Setzu to the top of the Giara. The area coincides with the edge of the plateau, on an internal slope, where the ancient settlement of Santa Vittoria is located. The trail heads north-west along a dirt road that flanks the wide surface of Su Paùli (a temporary pond). After reaching an ancient pastoral area, which features several livestock structures made of stone, it heads north to the important wetland of Pauli S'Ala de Mengianu, which is usually frequented by numerous species of birds. After reaching the homonymous Funtana, a short segment of dirt road (encoded G11b) reaches Path G11 from the town of Genoni. On the other hand, if you prefer to continue along Path G04, it is necessary to head east and then south, on a road that soon becomes a narrow path that finally reaches Pauli Maiori, the largest temporary pond in the Giara.

Flanking the east side of the Paùli Maiori, the path follows the channel runoff that, from the perennial spring of Mitza Salamessi, reaches Paùli Maiori. Continuing along the edge of the paùli, you will find a narrow dirt road that leads to a large, circular enclosure made of stones. From there,...

Modalità di percorrenza:
Walking
Tempo:
2 h
Lunghezza:
Length: 7,600 meters - Elevation change: 10 meters
Difficoltà:
E

The trail begins in a clearing located at the end of the paved road that goes from Scala Ecca in Genurito the plateau. A dirt road then heads north, leading you directly to the top of the plateau. Turning to the east, the route becomes less clear, crossing wetlands and finally arriving at Pauli s’Ala Mardi (a temporary pond). From here, following the signs, it is necessary to take a path through an oak tree forest, which leads to the main dirt road, located just before Pauli S'Ala de Mengianu. Continuing along this unpaved road towards the south, you will reach an ancient pastoral area, with sheepfolds made of stone. It then passes by Su Pauli and, immediately after it, veers towards the northwest, taking a route that reaches another pastoral area with a recently renovated pinnettos (a shepherd house made of stone and straw). It continues along a well-defined dirt road until it arrives at an open field. Keep going straight in the same direction (northwest) to reach the dirt road that goes back to the starting point of the route.

 

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Modalità di percorrenza:
Walking
Tempo:
1 h 15 min
Lunghezza:
Distance: 4,900 meters - Distance: 4,900 meters
Difficoltà:
E