The Lighthouse trail
(sentiero del faro)

The Lighthouse trail
(sentiero del faro)

Northern cliffs and beaches

Heading towards the upper part of the village of Cala d’Oliva and following the signs to Punta Sabina, you will find the unpaved road of the lighthouse trail. Punta Sabina, also known as Cala dei Ponzesi, is visible from above, about one kilometre before the alternative path that leads to the bay with beaches and picnic areas, such as the secluded Cala Giordano, particularly busy in the summer months.

The unpaved road to Punta dello Scorno follows the cliffs among large euphorbia shrubs, where you can easily observe the last drove of wild grey Sardinian donkeys.

Near Punta dei Corvi, the track descends to the most beautiful beach of the island, Cala d’Arena. Due to their fragile ecosystem, the magnificent turquoise bay, the dunes and the juniper grove are now out of bounds: access to the beach and bathing are strictly prohibited.

Beyond the coastal tower, you reach the impressive lighthouse, a solitary and spectacular landmark for all the routes of the Sardinian sea.

A small loop trail leads to the ruins of the former Semaphore, an old Air Force meteorological station, now a falcon roost.

This long yet easy trail winds along old military tracks.

Trailhead: Cala d’Oliva

Arrival: Cala d’Oliva

Length: 15,6 km

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Elevation gain: 113 m

Partial loop trail near Punta dello Scorno

The trail is not suitable for cycling.

Start from Cala d’Oliva, shortly after the central branch (diramazione centrale).

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Trail highlights:

The lighthouse of Punta dello Scorno

The lighthouse, located on the north-west of the gulf of Asinara, was built in 1854 and activated in 1859 by the Royal Office of Civil Engineers of the Kingdom of Sardinia. The circular tower is about 35 metres high and was built in the centre of a three-storey building. It was manned until it was completely automated in 1977.
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Cala d'Arena

Cala d'Arena is the northernmost beach of Asinara and probably the most beautiful. In winter, a small brook divides it in two. Due to their fragile ecosystem, the magnificent turquoise bay, the dunes and the juniper grove are now out of bounds: access to the beach and bathing are strictly prohibited.

Cala Sabina

Also known as Cala dei Ponzesi, it is framed by a granite promontory to the north-east of Asinara. The beach of fine white sand is studded with a few rocks and immersed in the lush Mediterranean scrub, whose colours and aromas characterise the entire coast of the national park.
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