The Via Ferrata del Cabirol was created recently above the high sea cliffs at Capo Caccia on the west coast of Sardinia. The itinerary is never particularly difficult as it almost always traverses along a series of narrow exposed ledges which, every now and then, are interrupted by short stepped vertical ascents. The environment and panorama out onto the sea and dramatic coastline render this ferrate - the southernmost outing in Italy - quite simply unique.

GETTING THERE
From Alghero or Sassari drive along the SS55bis and follow signs for "Capo Caccia". Reach the promontory at at kilometer 10.5 bear off right down a "panoramic" variant for circa 200m to reach the carpark for the viewpoint onto the island of Foradada.


ACCESS
From the car-park head south along a small path which coasts along the high sea-cliffs. There are no marking along this path but, in doubt, follow the most obvious tracks to coast along the cliff and head towards a little cave which can be seen from the car-park (see picture). Walk past this cave and continue for a further 50m circa to reach, on the right, the possibility to climb over the top of the cliff down onto a comfortable ledge (20 minutes). A wooden board marks the start of the "Cengia bassa", the lower ledge, which is also the easiest section of the itinerary.

Access

ROUTE
A first steel cable leads down to the large ledge which is characterised first by a large landslide and then thriving sea-cliff vegetation (juniper bushes and Mediterranean scrub). Continue for circa 20 minutes without particular difficulties to reach another cable which traverses beneath the large roof which
overhangs for more than 15m. After a few minutes the path leads to the only true vertical section. 22m high, this leads to the upper ledge which is decidedly less comfortable and where one really begins to feel the exposure. Follow the cable to cross a brief series of traverses and small steps to reach the "upper ledge" where the begins its return.

Traverses, often across exposed terrain, are alternated by vertical sections (max 6m) in descent lead to the exit on the plateau, where a second wooden board makes the end of the ferrata (Waypoint UTM 04.28.805 44.91.520).

DESCENT
As soon as you reach the crag again you can see the car once more. To reach this return along the path used earlier in the day (10 minutes, -120m descent).

GEAR
Normal via ferrata kit. A third 30 cm sling may be found useful.

NOTES
Length: 1000m
The via ferrata can be accessed free of charge.

MAPS/BIBLIOGRAPHY
IGM F.478 - Sez.IV - "Capo Caccia"

 

Period: All year. In summer the ferrate remains in the shade until 14.00

Time: Walk-in 20 minutes, via ferrata 2,5 hours, return 10 minutes

Difficult: PD/AD

Face: West

Ferrata height difference: 140 m