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Swimming in river pools – near Gola Gorruppu in Sardinia

To make a change from the local beach at Cala Gonone where I’m on holiday, we headed inland today, where the terrain quickly becomes rocky and mountainous. West of the town of Dorgali we followed signs for Gorroppu and were soon on an uneven dirt track which gave us a few nervous moments with the hire car. We were heading for Gola di Gorroppu, a deep gorge, where the walls rise steeply to 200m on both sides of the canyon. In spring you must choose your moment carefully to trek here, in case you get swept away by a flash flood.

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

On parking the car we crossed the river on a makeshift bridge made of metal pipes and old planks and walked along beside the river full of white boulders and pebbles. The children were all for swimming under the bridge but I urged them to walk a little further, following an Italian family with towels and picnic bags who looked as if they might be heading for a more idyllic spot. After 20 minutes we found the place beside a deep rocky pool with large flat boulders to make a jumping platform and a place to sunbathe and a few bushes of pink flowered Oleander providing shade.

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

The steep cliff faces towered above us and I could imagine how bandits in the past might lurk on the wooded slopes or keep watch from the cliff top.We swam and relaxed here for an hour or two but didn’t make it as far as the gorge itself which was at least an hour’s further walk along the track.

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

River near Gola di Gorroppu in Sardinia

I did venture a little further along the path on my own, overtaken by more serious walkers with boots, walking poles and sunhats. With the afternoon sun beating down on my head I concluded that the green river pool was more inviting than a long hot walk, but it would be fun to attempt the trek on a cooler day in Spring or Autumn.

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    Jillian
    July 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    You are right, it is similar except for I’m sure the water was much more pleasant to jump into.

    I love your thirst for exploration!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Rob Burns
    June 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Great article. We’re looking at Sardinia for our holiday this year and based on your article, we’re definitely going to make time for this. Great photos, it’s always nice to get a recommendation and see who else has been down the less beaten track!

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      Heather
      June 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      @Rob So pleased you’re feeling inspired about you holiday in Sardinia. I must admit that in August the beaches are incredibly crowded as all the Italians are on holiday so looking ofr places to swim inland such as these river pools was definitely a good decision.

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    Sardinia blog
    May 10, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Hi Heather, to be honest I did not know this river located close to Gola Gorruppu. I must go as soon as possible as it looks gorgeous! Thanks!

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      Heather Cowper
      May 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      @Sardinia Blog – It was welcome to find a swimming spot when the beaches were so crowded!

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    Sardinia blog
    May 10, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Yes I know, beaches in Sardinia during the summer and especially on weekends are so packed with people!

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      Heather Cowper
      May 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      @Sardinia Blog – we should have known better than to go in August!

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