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3. GAIRO SCALO - TACCU ISARA

Locality: Gairo Scalo - Taccu Isàra
Municipality: Gairo
Category: A to A
Difficulty: medium-expert
Total distance: 13,0 km
Time: 3 hours
Surface: tarmac, dirt road, footpath
Starting point: Gairo Scalo station
PRICE € 35,00

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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This ride starts at the railway station (Stazione Ferroviaria) at Gairo Scalo. The SS 198 and the narrow-gauge railway of the famous Trenino Verde cross this mountain pass. Accompanied by the splendid view from the “Taccu isara” whose famous limestone “tacchi” overlook Gairo Scalo, we ride along the tarmaced road to reach the pass of Genna Orruali at 950 m amsl on the left.
 
                 
 
We now go around the small lake on the dirt road to descend to the locality called “Antepadente” and then to “Is Tostoinus” which is a nice place to stop and where we can look at the so-called "Pinnettos" or “cuiles” the traditional wood and stone dwellings where in centuries past the Sardinian shepherds lived.
 
                 
 
We continue over the bare landscape with its low vegetation and natural cavities in the limestone rock, which gave the area its name “montagna della luna”, “mountain of the Moon” with great views over the natural monument "Perda ‘e Liana", an isolated limestone taco which is one of Sardinia’s most important and evocative rock formations. Going towards "Cabu de Abba", the lovely valley with its mysterious caves which overlooks Gairo Scalo, the path has some more technical sections.



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