The town of Orosei, which gives the name to the famous Gulf, is a touristic village close to the sea, located in the valley between the Cedrino river mouth and the granitic mount Tuttavista. It includes a very wide area, 80 km from the southern airport in Olbia, rich of wonderful white sand beaches.
The village was built as a colony of Pisan merchants around X century, and became later on part of the Sardinian district. Traces of this age are visible in the suggestive architecture and its palaces, buildings like the old jail, the numerous churches, the lanes and the little squares paved with volcanic stone.
Orosei has a well maintained city center, where several historic buildings can be admired, like the Church of S. Antonio Abate, the Church of S. Giacomo Maggiore and the Guiso Museum, that contains a collection of miniature theatres of XVIII century and one of traditional costumes dated from XIX to XX century. The Churches of Rosario and delle Anime, decorated during Holy Week, should not be forgotten.
Lastly, the Church “Chiesa campestre di Santa Maria ‘e Mare”, important for one of the most suggestive celebrations of the whole Sardinia. The simulacrum of the Holy Virgin is led from the village in boats, decorated with flowers, through the Cedrino river up to the little church of Santa Maria. Here the religious feast with typical food and local wine will be celebrated.