Jerzu Travel Guide

Jerzu is set on a hill overlooking the sea and is surrounded by a frame of limestone peaks, an ideal spot for rock-climbing. The climbing area around the village of Jerzu is certainly one of the most interesting and suggestive of Sardinia. Despite the fact that the exploitation of the area started only in 1989 and only a small part has been discovered, the itineraries and the walls have been climbed by sportsmen coming from all over Europe. There are as many as 150 rock climbing routes on the splendid cliffs. Jerzu is surrounded by a natural frame of peaks, impressive calcareous towers with typical jagged edges, pikes and naturally embattled walls that drop perpendicularly.

The largest one is Punta Marongiu peak; 1009 m high, it can be easily climbed going along the old collapsed parts of the south-eastern side. From the top the views are impressive, embracing the whole area as far as the mountains of the Gennargentu.

These vertical walls, which are surrounded by a halo of myth for their beauty and difficulty levels, have been climbed by some of the most famous experts of the sport such as Marzio Nardi and Manolo.

The area is also well known for the production of one of the finest Sardinian DOC wines famous the world over: the Cannonau. The Jerzu cooperative wine store was founded in 1950 and includes over five hundred partners; there the grapes are gathered and turned into the prestigious wine that is the essence of the Jerzu wine fair.
Inhabited since the prehistoric age, the Jerzu territory has preserved many traces of the human presence in the area. The domus de janas of Su Senili, Uris, Perda Pertunda and Sa Ibba Illixi date back to third millennium BC, while the nuraghes of Su Scurius, Sa Domu ‘e s’Orku, Is Crresinus, S’Ollasteddu belong to the second millennium BC.

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