Walking tours and interesting sights
Cala Luna (Moon beach)
There are three ways of getting there:
- By boat from Cala Gonone. During the holiday season boats depart approximately every half hour. The journey usually includes a stopover at the ‘Grotta del Bue Marino’, an intriguing and magnificent limestone cave that is only accessible by sea.
- On foot from Cala Fuili. Drive to Cala Fuili from Cala Gonone heading south on the coastal road. There you go down some steps and walk across the valley. On this side a signpost points to a footpath which takes you back up to the top. Follow this footpath for about 1½ hours until you reach the Cala Luna.
- From Teletottes through the Codula Luna to the Cala Luna. This route is very challenging and should only be considered by very fit and experienced trekkers.
The nearby Monte Tuttavista, 805 m above sea level, is well worth an excursion. The easiest route is by car via Galtelli because it is well signposted. It is of course possible to climb part of the way up the mountain through the beautiful and shady pine forest. From the top one has a spectacular panoramic view of the island’s interior, the sea, the coastline and the Gulf of Orosei.
The natural spring ‘su Gologone’ near Oliena, situated in a beautiful park, is also worth a visit. Moreover you can treat yourself to an excellent meal at the same named restaurant.
For enthusiastic mountain climbers or bikers we recommend a trip along the country road SS125 (direction Sarda) over the mountain pass Genna-Silena (1017m) which is situated between the scenic villages of Dorgali and Baunei. This very bendy road was once hewn out of the rocks by Piemontese coal merchants and later improved so that today visitors can enjoy breathtaking views from numerous viewing points.
From the top of the Silana-Pass the panoramic view of the mountains of Sardinia is awe-inspiring. Not far from here is the well known Gorropu Gorge. It is the deepest gorge in Europe due to its high, narrow and vertical walls that reach 200 metres in height. This area is also ideal for exploring the cliffs around Cala Gonone, on foot or by boat. Here you will also find the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, i.e. Cala Coloritze and Cala Luna.
Boat trips in the vicinity
Licensed boats from the Marina Orosei will take you southwards to the beaches Cala Gonone, Cala Luna and Cala Coloritze – the Caribbean of Europe! – for approx. 20 euros per person.
Motor dinghies in the harbour of Orosei can be rented for day and half-day trips. It takes an hour to reach the above mentioned beaches with the dinghies. On the way you can stop at any other beaches. This is not possible with the licensed boats.
Motor dinghies from Cala Gonone: Arrive at this pretty harbour village by car. We recommend a trip to the impressive Grotta di Ispinigoli. Opening times: 9 am – 12 noon and 3 pm – 5 pm. Hourly guided tours. From here, too, the above mentioned beaches can be reached by boat and it is possible to visit the Grotto del Bue Marino along the way.
In the evenings there are opportunities for deep-sea fishing with a local fisherman.
For archaeologists Sardinia is an extremely interesting island. Its history goes back thousands of years and there are many superb pieces of evidence that reveal the wealth of the past. There are still about 7000 Nuraghi Towers on the island. (The Nuraghi were the first native inhabitants of Sardinia). Phoenicians and Romans and thousands of people from other civilisations have inhabited this island and left their marks. In the vicinity of Orosei the following are with certainty the most important sites:
- Tharros, an ancient Phoenician-Roman port near Oristano (on the west side of the coast)
- Monte Tiscali in the Supramonte mountains. Tiscali is a nuraghic village which is hidden deep in the mountain floor. It can also be reached from the ‘Su Gologone’ spring.
- Serra e Orrios is a well preserved nuraghic village near Dorgali.
- Various Giants’ Tombs, Nuraghi Stone Towers and Domus de Janas (houses of fairies) can be found in and around Orosei.
Scuba diving – Diving School
The Orosei Diving Centre provides opportunities for people to dive into the depth of the sea to enjoy the richness of the sea’s fauna and flora. Because of Sardinia’s agreeable climate (mild in the winter and warm in the summer with cool, light breezes) it is possible to dive all the year round.
With these all-wheel drive two-seaters one can go just about anywhere. 80 euros per vehicle (subject to change). A great trip over rough terrain mainly along the beach. Bookings with us: Nino Pica.
Orosei offers different shops where you can rent a bike for about € 50 a week.