Sardinia the second largest island in the Mediterranean, a name familiar to many but hitherto relatively unknown as a holiday destination, Sardinia has over 1,800km of coastline, much of it utterly unspoilt and fringed by white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear waters.
The Gulf of Orosei on the Sardinian east coast and just over an hours drive south from Olbia Airport covers an area of some 80 square kilometres from Cape Comino in the north to Cape Di Monte Santo further south. Noted for its craggy white cliffs and powder white coves backed by wild and uninhabited mountainous regions, its wonderful country for hikers and nature lovers.
Here too, the coastal waters of Sardinia are so clean and clear that colonies of beautiful coral grow on the seabed and the myriadas of fish and other marine fauna attract Scuba divers from around the world, as well as the local fisherman of course.
The medieval market town of Orosei, from which the area takes its name, stands on the banks of the River Cedrino and boasts a number of lovely old churches and a warren of narrow cobbled streets leading to numerous small piazzas. The town is surrounded by lush green farmland bursting with orange and olive plantations and edged with a spectacular stretch of coastline and many, many kilometres of powder white sand beaches fringed by fragrant pinewoods.
Matching the beauty of its coastline, the hinterland of Sardinia is a magnificent and uncompromising landscape of high rugged mountains, deep gorges and rolling wooded countryside, still in some places inhabited by wild boar, a Sardinian delicacy and quite commonly featured on the menus of restaurants throughout the island.
Although wild boar might not be to everyones taste, the local seafood, cheeses and various pasta dishes are extremely good. Olbia, in the north of Sardinia is particularly renowned for its mussel beds and cozze alla marinara (aka moules marine ) is a favourite starter. However for something unique, try the local seafood risotto, flamboyantly flavoured by hard little crustaceans and absolutely delicious!
Finally, its worth mentioning that the East Coast of Sardinia including the area of Orosei and many parts of Sardinia for that matter remain refreshingly Non-Anglicised and a phrase book can be useful for interpreting menus and general communication.
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South of Orosei lies the village of Cala Gonone. Until recent times, this independent community of seafaring folk was only accessible by boat or on foot by a perilous path hewn out of the cliff-side. However, Cala Gonone can now be reached via a road tunnel that cuts straight through the mountainside to reveal a splendid panoramic view of the Golf of Orosei.
From the tunnels leads down through wooded hillsides, until you reach the village centre with its tree-lined promenade, restaurants, shops, fine sandy beaches and colourful fishing harbour....More about Cala Gonone >>
15 minutes drive from Orosei and 5 minutes from Fuile Mare is the small laid-back resort of Cala Liberotto with a few modest hotels, amazing beach front Villas plus a number of restaurants and pizzerias as well as two rustic beach side cantinas serving ice creams, cold drinks and simple meals. Fragrant pinewoods fringe the beautiful, white sand beaches with villas nestling in their shade.
There are a few simple shops as well as bicycles for hire, plus tennis courts available at one of the hotels. 1km inland and adjoining Cala Liberotto, the village of Sos Alinos...More about Cala Liberotto >>
As the saying goes, less is often more and this can truly be said of the little village of Monte Pedrosu. A convenient 25 kms from Olbia, its supermarket, butcher, choice of 2 restaurants, cafe and a hairdresser more than adequately meet the immediate needs of the population in its vicinity, supplemented by the occasional traveling shop selling artisan products. Back on the coast, there is a seemingly infinite choice of beaches and coves, some accessible by car and others only by foot, continuing around the promontory to the 3km stretch of white sand at San Teodoro.
The "local beach" Cala Girgolu is an arc of sand framed by junipers and rose-coloured granite and any lack of facilities is made up for by a visiting boat selling gelato, cool drinks and heady espresso coffee from its deck. The seascape here is haphazardly scattered with uninhabited small islands and dominated by the Isola Tavolara, once a kingdom in its own right....More about Monte Pedrosu >>