One of the most visited places in Sardinia, Su Gologone water spring lies in the breathtaking Supramonte mountainous region within the territory of Oliena in Nuoro province.
What is Su Gologone and how to visit
The main wellhead of the karst subterraneous system of the Supramonte mountain region, Su Gologone attracts thousands of visitors every year. Its waters spring from limestone rock and flow directly into the Cedrino River. This spring has a rate of flow of 300 litres per second and its low mineral content water is very pure.
Many speleologists have tried to explore it. Some of the most famous attempts have been by the Swiss diver and explorer Olivier Isler, who went down 108 mt but without getting to the bottom, and Albert Cavedon who, in 2010, dived as deep as 135 metres.
This region of Nuoro’s province is rich in natural wonders, from canyons to limestone caves, and Su Gologone is only one example of such natural heritage.
Located at the feet of Mount Uddè, the hues of its waters are wonderful, ranging from turquoise to emerald green to deep blue. Depending on the season, you will have different landscapes and activities such as kayaking along the gorge and the lake carved by the water or simply a relaxed picnic.
Alongside the natural wonder, visiting Su Gologone you will find yourself in an ancient historical area with the archaeological sites of Tiscali, Sedda ‘e sos Carros, the caves of Corbeddu and the gorgeous Ispinigoli grotto near Dorgali.
Enjoy your day of trekking and hiking places such as Corrasi mount, discovering the local vegetation and wildlife as well as visiting its important historical sites. All around Su Gologone is the natural park, perfect for a day spent in nature, visiting the church of Our Lady of Mercy and have a drink at the local bar.
The fee to access the natural spring is 2 € and includes the park and all services, including the free parking space at the entrance.
Strictly forbidden all throughout the protected area of the natural park is:
- swimming in the spring or throw any type of object;
- eradicating local plants or planting new ones;
- leaving your own waste/trash;
- camping and setting bonfires.
How to get to Su Gologone from the main Sardinia airports
If you are coming from Cagliari, follow the signs for Sassari and at the detour of Abbasanta follow the signs towards Nuoro and then Oliena.
If you are coming from Alghero, follow the sign for Sassari and at the crossroad with the SS 131 highway turn towards Cagliari and then follow the signs for Nuoro and Oliena.
Coming from Olbia, follow the SS 131 bis highway towards Nuoro and turn at the detour Nuoro/Oliena. Before reaching Oliena, you will find the signs for the spring.
Su Gologone Hotel, a dream accommodation in Sardinia
In Oliena is also Su Gologone Hotel, one of the most popular and favourite among Sardinia travellers. And for some good reasons.
Set in a dream white villa, this great Sardinia hotel features beautiful deluxe rooms and suites decorated in local style, including the bed linens covered with Sardinian embroidery. Many rooms feature a balcony or a terrace, while the suites have each their own theme, art or tradition-inspired. All rooms come with minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, Led TV, luxury courtesy set and safe.
The hotel features also a modern wellness centre with gym, pool, yoga and reiki sessions and a spa offering several facial and body treatments as well as massages.
In-house is a famous restaurant serving local delicacies of the Barbagia region, a stylish gazebo bar for a light lunch of a wide selection of snacks and salads, a lovely terrace for your evening aperitif, and two bars for aperitifs, warm starters of local ingredients and after-dinner drinks.