Tavolara Island immediately comes into sight as a large mountain in the middle of the sea. With its 565 mostly vertical meters (Punta Cannone) it rises predominantly in front of the Gulf of Olbia.
The ascent to its summit is a rather hard hike (EEA). There are two different climbing routes: the Classic Via Ferrata (less technical, and more suitable for those with no previous experience in via ferrata, described here) and the Via Ferrata degli Angeli (more demanding [go to the page]).
In both cases it must be taken into account that the elevation gain is everything but negligible (+ 565m) due to two main factors: the trail follows faint traces and there are numerous passages on sheer rock.
In the last section along the classic route, there is a number of fixed ropes that allow you to climb to the summit using via ferrata techniques.
The best season for climbing is spring whereas in summer the climb must be scheduled early in the morning.
In order to reach the island you can get on a ferry from Porto San Paolo or rent a private boat.
Groups can be composed of a minimum of 6 people and the individual participation fee is 45 €.
The excursion lasts about 6 hours. The participation fee includes the guide and the loan of the necessary technical gear but it doesn’t include the cost of the sea transfer (the ferry return ticket costs 16 euros).
N.B. Please keep in mind that Tavolara Island is a private property, therefore the organization of the excursion is subject to obtaining a permission of the owners.