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4X4 off-road excursion to the Asinara National Park

  • 9:15 AM – Meeting point is the tourist dock in Tanca Manna.
  • 9:30 AM – The tour starts aboard our boat Ausonia.
  • 9:50 AM – Arrival in Fornelli, located in the southern corner of the island. Our professional nature and geomarine guides will pick you up (off-road 4×4, with the maximum of 8 seats per vehicle) and take you to discover the island. You will ride about 16 miles (25 km) on paved road to Cala d’Oliva and back, and about 4 miles (6 km) on dirt road along the Sentiero dell’Acqua (Water Path), to spot water birds and mouflon. You will enjoy some breaks along the itinerary to visit the most important historical and natural places on the island.
  • 10:00 AM – Dirt road path (about one hour) in Punta Salippi, on the West coast of the southern part of the island.
    Fornelli’s maximum security prison interior tour (if open to the public).
  • 11:30 AM – Cala Sant’Andrea panoramic viewpoint: marine protected area closed to the public because of its importance for wildlife, flora, and fauna.
  • 12:00 PM – Punta Sa Nave: on the west coast, important because of the presence of the paleoendemic Centaurea horrida (cornflower).
  • 12:20 PM – Ossuary: view of the building from the outside.
  • 12:30 PM – Campu Perdu: equestrian centre, stop for a closer view of the typical white donkeys, and horses.
  • 12:45 PM – Cala Reale: view of the former Marine Health Station ruins from the outside.
  • 1:15 PM – Lunch break.
  • 1:45 PM – Departure from Cala Reale.
  • 2:00 PM – Cala d’Oliva: visit of the uninhabited town.
  • 2:15 PM – Cala Sabina: dirt road itinerary to reach Cala Sabina, the most beautiful bathing beach within the Park.
  • About 3:50 PM – Departure from Cala Sabina to Fornelli, where the boat will leave at 4:50 PM.


Tetailed information about the asinara park tour

di Alberto Musu @lonelyplanetitalia
di Alberto Musu @lonelyplanetitalia

Fornelli: at the time of its establishment (1885) it was an agricultural penal colony which held prisoners who were granted regime of semi-freedom. After the 1970s it became a maximum-security prison, where the main exponents of Red Brigades and Sardinian Anonymous Kidnappers were imprisoned.
Closed during the 1980s, it was reopened in 1992 to hold the main mob bosses, in accordance with the Italian Law. Following the establishment of the Park, the jail was permanently closed in 1997.

escursioni asinara
Cala Sant’Andrea

Cala Sant’Andrea: the beach is surrounded by sandy dunes on which phoenicean junipers and sea daffodils grow. A brackish pond stands right behind a sandy stripe, where a creek which carries water to Sant’Andrea flows. Here we find a luxuriant vegetation composed by tamarisks and vines which shadow wetland plants. Flora and fauna thriving in this peculiar ecosystem require the utmost protection. The primary purposes of National Parks is both to protect natural wonders and the wildlife located within these environments and to offer breathtaking views to all the visitors, so Cala Sant’Andrea is perfectly enjoyable although being a restricted area.

Cala di Sgombro di Dentro: this inlet, which is another conservation area, is characterised by small granitic rock islands chosen by royal seagulls and European shags as their nesting site during their mating season.

Punta Sa Nave: naturalistic areas of great interest characterised by high and steep coasts. There you can find the peculiar paleoendemic Centaurea horrida (cornflower), that is a sort of living fossil; the plant, thanks to its cinder grey pulvini, contributes to the uniqueness of the Asinara coastal landscapes.

Cala Reale: in the Summer of 1885 an Act allowed the expropriation of land in Asinara to build an agricultural colony and a lazaretto. The structures in this area were employed as sanitisation centres, as blocks of buildings hosting patients at different stages of quarantine, as service personnel accommodation, and as warehouses.Buildings were expanded during the years 1915-1916 to hold Austro-Hungarian prisoners, transferred from Albania because of a serious epidemic of leprosy. Lots of them recovered thanks to the efforts of the Italian Army.


Cala d’Oliva: old Ligurian fishermen’s village erected by the end of 1700. It looks like a tiny coastal small town, characterised by the white colour of its houses. The old part of the village, close to the sea, is composed by low structures while the taller buildings are primarily related to the prison life, having previously been the House of the Senior Manager, the Agents’ Barracks, a Bunker, and a Prison Branch, the latter being now employed as Environmental Education Centre. You can also find a Park Guest House, mechanic’s workshops, the former cheese factory, etc.


How much does the 4x4 tour to Asinara cost?

Adults € 55
Children €45 (from 4 to 9 years)
  • Max number of passengers aboard: 8
  • The ticket price DOESN’T INCLUDE the additional Municipality fee, equal to €2,50 per pax
Adults € 60
Children €50 (from 4 to 9 years)
  • Max number of passengers aboard: 8
  • The ticket price DOESN’T INCLUDE the additional Municipality fee, equal to €2,50 per pax
Adults € 65
Children €55 (from 4 to 9 years)
  • Max number of passengers aboard: 8
  • The ticket price DOESN’T INCLUDE the additional Municipality fee, equal to €2,50 per pax


Everything you need to know before leaving

Meeting point at the tourist dock in Tanca Manna.
It is recommended to show up at least 20/25 minutes before departure

  • Departure* –  9:15 AM
  • Return* – 4.50/5.00 PM
  • Max number of passengers aboard: 8
  • Booking is required

*The stops, timetables and itinerary may be subject to change.
*The departure of the boat and the timetables, may be subject to variation due to the weather conditions and at the captain’s decision.


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Wear multiple layers of clothing.
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses
  • Cap
  • Packed lunch

Be comfortable,
We will think about the rest! ????

Click below to get directions

Indicazioni stradali escursioni in 4x4

If you’d like to book a boat trip to Asinara fill in the form or phone us: we will be at your disposal for every information.

*Reservations by email or by phone must be confirmed by the staff.


4X4 off-road excursion
Tel: +39 347 402 9297

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07040 Stintino (SS)

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