Review of the ascent to the Pan di Zucchero (literally "Sugarloaf") with the homonymous ferrata. Wonderful itinerary starting from sea level and approach by boat. Abseiling down directly on the raft.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Masua beach in the province of Carbonia Iglesias, west coast of Sardinia. Arriving by car, go down a road next to a disused mining plant and reach a parking lot where the Pan di Zucchero, destination of the itinerary, stands out towards the sky.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the car park you go down towards the beach and with a rubber boat (for a fee € 10 - € 20 if you hire equipment for the double descent) you reach the Sugar Loaf, where we will start the via ferrata from the boat.
We move to the left on a beautiful ledge with a view of the nearby natural arch. We reach one open space where it is possible to enjoy the panorama before leaving again climbing the easy rocky jumps optimally assisted by new frames. The first meters rise inside a reddish rocky ravine for then come out in good exposure and continue to climb the huge rock. The route is easy from a technical point of view and alternates between sections of path equipped with some vertical jumps where the cambres present cancel the difficulties. You reach a nice dihedral to easily climb more now marked exposure in short you reach the book of away. We continue on trace of hear until you reach the summit plateau where Mediterranean shrubs cover the rock. Wonderful panorama from the summit.
For the return we will have two options:
The descent to the raft can be done by abseiling or by backward climbing.
This ferrata is one of a kind. Stick the aided climb from the surface of the water and descend directly onto the raft. If from a technical point of view the route does not present significant difficulties, from the landscape point of view it is magnificent and deserves a visit and a climb without delay.
Getting married inland, near Iglesias, we can go and walk the Via Ferrata Gutturu Xeu. Going north instead, the Sardinia offers many interesting aided routes: the recent one Ferrata Regina, the Ferrata del Giorrè, the Ferrata of Badde Pentumas, the Via Ferrata degli Angeli on the island of Tavolara and further north the Ferrata del Cabirol.
Approach: 0:30 h
Ferrata: 1:00 h
Itinerary: 2:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 133 m
Route difference: 133 m
Max altitude: 133 m
Length: 1.3 Km