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The Lemon House
The Lemon House is our Guesthouse in Ogliastra on the east coast of Sardinia from which we provide bed & breakfast accommodation and specialist support for climbing, road cycling, mountain biking, walking and kayaking. It takes 15 minutes to walk to the sea, and 10 minutes by car to the nearest climbing. We named the house after the lemon tree in front of the house with produces fruit all year round in our mild climate. If all this activity seems too tiring and you just fancy chilling out and going to the beach, you’re equally welcome!
Ogliastra on the east coast is Sardinia’s wildest and most unspoilt region. The mountains rise to over 1000m within just 20 km of The Lemon House within sight of the beautiful coastline. Our aim in this paradise for active outdoor holidays is to help our guests enjoy all the activities to the full, and enjoy a beach holiday as well! Our mild climate means you can climb, bike, walk and kayak all year round, including in the height of summer.
Enjoy year-round Sardinia climbing in spectacular settings, like Elena in the photo on the climb “Vez Slavi” F6a just up the coast from us. Ogliastra is one of Sardinia’s newer climbing areas, with 850 single-pitch climbs, 130 multipitch climbs, 50 trad lines, bouldering and DWS within an hour of The Lemon House. Many of the routes were bolted by Riky, Peter and his friends. Choose grades from 4 to 8c+, and altitudes, climbing style and crag orientation to satisfy everyone.
We’ll be fair: we don’t do so much mountain bike! The ex owner, Peter, is a passionate biker, and had helped found Mountainbike Ogliastra and had championed and co-authored the first mountain bike guide to Sardinia for 20 years, which includes 25 routes in Ogliastra. We did many of those, some only walking, but we sell the guidebook, we can advise on routes, give you route descriptions and help you in the logistic and rentals, that are very close to here (100 mt) and efficient.
Ogliastra is great for road cycling, with traffic-free roads, fabulous scenery, climbing from sea level to 1000m in just 20 km and technical descents on good surfaces. We just bought a road bike and started to “test” our territory to enjoy it and be able to give good tips!
From easy coastal walks to rugged terrain up to 1800m, with snow in winter, and Italy’s toughest trek, the Selvaggio Blu, Ogliastra offers some of the most varied walking in Sardinia. We have walked many of these routes, helped authors to document walks for their guidebooks to Sardinia (in the photo, Cicerone guide’s author Paddy Dillon looking over the Codula di Sisine) and have a wide range of guidebooks and maps for the use of our guests.
The beaches in Ogliastra are famous throughout Italy for their beauty and cleanliness, and the coastline is perfect for sea kayaking. Of all the activities, kayaking is the one that requires least experience and is suitable for complete beginners. In the photo left, we are kayaking around the Isolotto d’Ogliastra just 3 km from the Lemon House and enjoying the fantastic view up the east coast of the island. Anne goes kayaking every other day in summer and often when our guests are going. We can help you organise a kayak trip with an instructor including hire of the canoes.
The “giro d’Italia” cycling race is passing in our town! We are thinking at a possible fully organized week with special opportunities! Go to the “Peculiarity” page, under the accommodation menu to have an idea!
Choose from some of the most popular activities
Riky, outdoor professional photographer, can organize 1 to 3 days of outdoor sports photography. Groups of min 4 persons. Call or mail for details.
After moving to Ogliastra, I fell in love with fishing. I can organize angling from rubber boats or spear fishing activities.
There are places in the nearby with almost no light pollution. It is possible to spend a night checking the sky, taking star pictures, learning how to make a starlapse or a startrail! Once a year (usually in august) there is an organized night with astronomists an passionates who make a open air lecture at the Golgo about the stars. Really impressive!
Horse Riding with Elena
We can organize horse rides, but you have to book in advance!