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Trekking Experience on the Tonnare Trail to Gonnesa from Portoscuso

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Trekking on the Tonnare trail from Portoscuso to Gonnesa is an exciting and rewarding experience that offers a unique perspective on the natural and cultural heritage of the Sulcis region in southern Sardinia.

Highlights

  • Hike the Tonnare route from Portoscuso to Gonnesa in southern Sardinia, and have a chance to see the region's rich cultural and natural history in a way that's hard to replicate.

  • Follow the Tonnare route to explore abandoned tuna processing facilities (tonnare) and learn about the history and culture of the significant tuna fishing business.

  • Snack on some traditional Sardinian fare like sausage and cheese and wash it down with a glass of wine that changes with the seasons while you relax.

  • Fun Fact: To catch the vast schools of bluefin tuna that passed through the Strait of Sicily each year, fishermen constructed elaborate nets, canals, and gates known as tonnare.

Inclusions

  • Trekking excursion

  • Guide

  • Insurance

  • Aperitif

Exclusions

  • Tickets to the archaeological site of the Seruci Nuraghe

  • Transfers

  • Packed lunch

  • Water

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

With great historical significance, the Tonnare trail follows the coastline that was once home to ancient tuna fishing practices. Along the way, see abandoned tuna processing facilities, known as "tonnare," and learn about the history and culture of this important industry.

The trail takes you through some of the most beautiful and rugged coastal landscapes in Sardinia. Get to see pristine beaches, hidden coves, and stunning sea cliffs, as well as diverse flora and fauna. It’s a moderate to difficult trek that requires a good level of fitness and endurance. The trail is well-marked but can be rocky and steep in some sections, so it's important to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Trekking on the Tonnare trail offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of southern Sardinia. You'll meet friendly locals, learn about their way of life, and discover the secrets of the region's rich history and heritage.

Starting at Tonnara di Portoscuso, you and your guide will travel on volcanic soil surrounded by verdant vegetation and the ruins of former military outposts. Fishing for tuna is still a thriving industry at this tonnara in Porto Paglia, a town with a rich maritime history. The island's rich history is reflected in the scenery in the form of picturesque coves and Spanish structures. Flora enthusiasts have the chance to witness both common Mediterranean scrubs and some unusual species, such as the mortar mushroom and the Carpobrotus, also known as Fico degli Ottentotti. The itinerary is equipped with some emergency exit points too which guests can use at their convenience.

Important Information

  • Wear sporty clothing which is comfortable, breathable and meant for moving, and suitable for the season.

  • Put on hiking or walking shoes for the experience.

  • It might get sunny, so bring along at least 2 liters of water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, a hat, and an easy-to-carry backpack.

  • Reduced prices are available for children between the age of 8 to 13 years.

  • Pets are allowed on the excursion.

  • It is a medium-difficulty experience.

Restrictions

  • The minimum age of the participants is 8 years.

Timings

  • Daily: 9am

Duration

  • 9 hours
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at the parking of the beach of Porto Paglia.

  • Address: Porto Paglia, parcheggio ex Tonnara,Strada Comunale Porto Paglia, Gonnesa SU,.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

By Car

  • Take the SS 126 route and from there take the diversion for Strada Comunale Plage mesu and you will reach your destination.

  • For safest alternative, keep the GPS navigation system on with the destination added.

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