OROSEI

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.

Church of Orosei
Orosei view
Sant'Antonio Abate church Orosei
Su Petrosu pond Orosei
Piazza Sant'Antonio Orosei
Church of Orosei
Orosei view
Sant'Antonio Abate church Orosei
Su Petrosu pond Orosei

BEACHES TO VISIT

The town of Orosei, with its 25 km coast, that extends from the beach of Osalla in the south to the five protected beaches of the natural oasis Biddeorsa in the north, , offers a diverse scenery where nature has created long bays, idyllic coves surrounded by rocks, trekking routes, waterfalls, granitic or limestone rocks covered with green and scented Mediterranean scrub.

The sea, with its bright and crystal clear colours nothing has to envy to other popular tropical seas, along with the flora and the fauna, covering a territory mostly wild, are the main attractions of the area.

The main beach of the town stretches for about 7 km with golden granitic sand and crystal-clear water. The main feature of Marina di Orosei is the steep slope of the beach and its deep water, making it the ideal place for scuba diving. The main attraction for scuba diving enthusiasts is the KT 12 wreck, a II WW German armed cargo ship that sank off the shore.
The four main entranceshave allowed to divide the coast into four main sections with the following names: Isporoddai, Su Barone, Su Petrosu and Osala.

All main services are available at the beach: lifeguard assistance, beach umbrella and sun chair rental and a bar.

The beach of Su Barone is part of the Marina di Orosei coast and the second access point in the south. It is characterized by golden sand and beautiful sea with crystal clear water and shimmering shades between green and light blue. The long and wide coast gives the opportunity to enjoy the calmness of the beach. The beautiful pine forest of Su Barone is a place of refreshment during the hottest hours of the day. Who loves walking or mountain biking can enjoy the paths that surround the beach and lead to the pond Su Petrosu. The beach, thanks to its extension, is not overcrowded during the summer, except for the areas closed to the parking spaces.

The beach of Su Petrosu is part of the Marina di Orosei coast. It can be reached from the 3rd entrance of the seashore in the south. The distinguishing features of this beach are the amber coloured sand and the crystal clear water with shimmering shades of green and light blue. Behind the beach of Su Petrosu a spectacular scenery is created by the pond of Su Petrosu, the ideal place for local and migratory birds, such as coots, flamingos and herons. The beach is delimited by dense pine forest and Mediterranean scrub with mastic trees and myrtle, whereas nearby the pond the typical reeds can be admired. The beach takes its name from the bottom of the pond, where, after the sea storm, it’s possible to see big basaltic rocks.

The beach Osalla is part of the long coast of Orosei, characterized by peace and silence, especially during the less chaotic months. With its golden thin sand, Osalla is a fascinating place. Its waters are crystal clear and show a polychromy of blue and emerald created by the effects of the sunlight reflection on the seabed. Another colour effect is offered by the green shades of the dense and fascinating Mediterranean scrub. The pine forest, that surrounds the beach, is the ideal place for some relax during the afternoon. Beyond the promontory that delimits the beach on its south side there is Cala Osalla (Osalla Bay), that belongs to the city of Dorgali. Behind Cala Osalla a little canal, used before as a fish farm, can be found and on its north side there is the beach Su Petrosu. Close to the beach there is a wide parking space as well as some restaurants and snack bars.

Cala Liberotto with its several small coves of sand, shallow water and promontories of pink granite is located about 11 km from Orosei city center. Not far away from the shore, three big rocks, that can be easily reached thanks to the low seabed, give the little bay an exotic look. Behind the beach there is the pond of Sos Alinos, surrounded by reeds and agaves, which make the ideal shelter for waterfowl. The cove is crossed by several footpaths, perfect for talking a walk. Before reaching the promontory, that divides Cala Liberotto from Cala Ginepro, the beach extends for hundreds of meters and it is surrounded by a dense pine forest. In order to reach the beach of Orosei, drive to the north along the Strada Statale 125 up to the small town of Sos Alinos. Turn to the right into the boulevard Cala Liberotto and drive straight for about one km to the beach.

Cala Ginepro has white thin sand, shallow water and a sloping seabed. The water is crystal clear and of a shimmering light blue. It’s the ideal place for families with children and for everyone who would like to spend some relaxing time taking walks or having a picnic in the shadow of the juniper forest. These old trees give the cove a beautiful shade of green, that creates a fascinating contrast with the wonderful sea colours.

The view becomes more and more breath-taking while we reach the north side of the coast, thanks to the beach of Sa Curcurica. This wonderful beach is 800 m long and surrounded by a beautiful forest with bbq equipment and tables for picnic, a restaurant and a public toilette. Behind the beach there is the pond of Sa Curcurica (common moorhen) that flows into the sea on the north side of the beach. The pond can be visited with kayaks and offers some rest to cormorants, seagulls, herons and sea hawks. The beach is made of white thin sand and some rocks emerge from the foreshore. The shallow water makes Sa Curcurica the ideal place for families with children. The sea water is crystal clear with colour shades between emerald and light blue. This site is very important from a botanical and faunal point of view and for this reason it is protected by the Sardinian Forest Service.

The most popular beach of the coast is certainly Bidderosa, a protected natural oasis, 13 Km from Orosei and just 2 km from the Hotel. The park is about 530 hectares long. Dunes and footpaths cross the Mediterranean scrub with its pines, eucalypti, cork oaks, Mediterranean dwarf palms and junipers. Inside the oasis the ponds of Sa Curcurica and Bidderosa along with five white sand beaches can be admired. The access to the natural park is limited to a certain number of people per day.

Berchida and the Oasis of Biddeorsa are part of an area that the Sardinian Region defines as Site of Community Importance and for this reason needs to be protected and preserved. Its conservation is responsibility of the towns of Orosei and Siniscola. The beach of Berchida, with its white sand, clear water and a low seabed for several meters, is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. It can be reached by car through a dirt road. It is one of the wildest and unpolluted beaches of Sardinia and during some periods of the year, when the sea blends into the mouth of the river, it looks like a Caribbean atoll. The closest restaurant is a farmhouse where it is possible to try typical Sardinian specialties.

The Gulf of Orosei is delimited on the north side by the town of Orosei and on the south by the cliff Capo Monte Santu. This part of the coast, more than 40 Km long, stands out for its wonderful limestone rocks covered by very old woods. The water of the sea found its way through the cliffs, shaped by the sun and the wind, creating idyllic bays. The Gulf of Orosei will give you the opportunity to live an authentic experience, surrounded by the wildest nature. You will admire the Bue Marino caves and the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean Sea: Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu, Cala Birìala, Cala Gabbiani e Cala Goloritzé. To take part to a daily trip you will have to reach the beach of Marina di Orosei, only 3 Km from Le Residenze del Maria Rosaria.

Cala Goloritzé - Excursions Le Residenze del Maria Rosaria
Spiagge Golfo Orosei - Le Residenze del Maria Rosaria
Sa Curcurica beach
Cala Liberotto beach
Cala Goloritzé - Excursions Le Residenze del Maria Rosaria
Spiagge Golfo Orosei - Le Residenze del Maria Rosaria
Sa Curcurica beach
Cala Liberotto beach
Sas Linnas Siccas beach