Supramonte area is under the administrative district of the Provinces of Nuoro and Ogliastra. This mountainous system of limestone origin, found in central eastern Sardinia, extends from the slopes of the Gennargentu to the Gulf of Orosei.
The morphology of the region is somewhat complex and uneven; the landscape is in fact filled with deep gorges, long, wild channels which go as far as the sea, karstic sinkholes, charming caves and natural wells, broad plains and ploughed fields, high cliff walls and peaks over a thousand meters high.
The environment is characterized by splendid examples of juniper and yew and by huge holm oak forests, survivors of the uncontrolled cutting down by coalmen in the 19th century.
The typical species of Mediterranean shrubs are also very widespread, namely oleander trees within the gorges, wild pear trees, Etna broom. This is the ideal habitat for several species of wildlife, in particular the mouflon, the wild boar, the fox, the dormouse, the wildcat, the marten, the golden eagle, the sparrow hawk and, on the coast, the Eleonora’s falcon.
Human presence, discreet and well integrated with the landscape, is evidenced by barraccos or pinnettos, typical traditional buildings that were the usual abode of shepherds, and by cortes, the pens which housed the livestock, generally goats.
Of great interest are the signs left in ancient times by prehistoric peoples: nuraghi and villages, giants tombs and remains of paths that use to connect them.
A region as harsh and wild as this has not had many stable settlements in its history.
Today it is being rediscovered, valuing and promoting a new way of being a tourist.
When tackling routes on foot you should consider the morphology of the land, characterized by uneven soil, lack of signposts, extremely difficult orientation, lack of rest points, difficulty in finding water sources and scarce GSM reception.
It is therefore absolutely recommended not to tackle such routes alone.
There are trekking organizations on site, which you’d better consult; furthermore we recommend to wear appropriate sporting equipment, particularly hiking boots.