e coast

from Orosei Gulf to Capo Carbonara

Tours and Main Attractions

BUE MARIN0 CAVES

Grotte del Bue Marino | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della  Regione Sardegna

These large caves, owing their name to the Sardinian appellative of the monk seal, worth absolutely a visit. The splendid caves of Bue Marino are among the best known in Sardinia for their clear and crystalline water that reflect the beautiful concretions that have been raised throughout the years. In fact the place is highly suggestive and very rich of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave develops in 2 main branches, branch north and south branch. The north branch is to be explored with speleological helmets. The northern branch of the cave, by now fossil (water has naturally abandoned it and stalactites ceased to grow), that can be visited only with an authorization. Some local cooperatives organise speleologist excursions into the different branches of the cave. The tourist branch "southern branch" is the active branch where they are made visits, spread for about 7 km. Guests will visit only 1 km of it. The cave of Bue Marino known since Neolithic was frequented by people on their path that has left some carved on the walls.




JEEP TOUR IN BARBAGIA - ORGOSOLO, MAMOIADA AND OLIENA WINE CELLAR

Tour 4x4 Villasimius - Sardegna - regali 24

BOAT AT ANCHOR IN CALA GONONE BAY - PICK-UP POINT: port of Cala Gonone.
Jeeps with English-speaking guide who depart towards the hinterland and arrive in Orgosolo. Walking tour of the village famous for “murales”. It can be combined with a typical lunch with local shepherds or at Su Gologone restaurant.




ORGOSOLO

Orgosolo, il paese-museo della Sardegna celebre per i suoi murales |  SiViaggia

In the heart of Sardinia, in a region called Barbagia, there is a small town full of history, legends, art and traditions. We are taling about Orgosolo, known for the hundreds of wall paintings that decorate houses’ walls. Orgosolo’s rebel soul left its sign on the town’s walls. In fact, there are more than 350 painting walls all over the town, and they are one of the town. They are made by water paint, so they are very perishable. But this is a big part of the magic: only if a message told in painting needs to be noticed, the painting gets re-painted. Unless, it is destined to disappear and to live only in the memory of the people that saw it. The first wall painting was painted in 1969, the same year of the Pratobello Uprising, and is signed by Dioniso, the name of an anarchic group. Since then, the tradition never stopped, and today you can admire, just walking through the streets, real artworks that tell stories about shepherds, misery, struggles for the land, human rights, italian social changes with the most beautiful and terrible moments of italian history. Orgosolo’s paintings tell about Sardinia, tell about the world and tell about the world from the sardinian point of view.



MAMOIADA

Mamuthones e Issohadores: ecco il Carnevale di Mamoiada!

The Museum Of Mediterranean Masks was created with the intention of establishing a place of contact between the cultural universe of a small town in internal Sardinia, Mamoiada, known throughout the world for its traditional masks - the Mamuthones and the Issohadores - and the Mediterranean regions which, through the carnival representations and masks, they reveal a communion of history and culture. In particular, the Museum turns its interest towards the forms of masking in which, in a great variety of combinations, recurs the use of zoomorphic and grotesque wooden facial masks, of sheep and sheepskin skins, of cowbells and in general of devices acts to provoke a dull sound. These masks, typical of the communities of shepherds and peasants, recognized the power to influence the fate of the agrarian year.



OLIENA WINE CELLAR

Il Nepente di Oliena - Cantina di Oliena

The winery was founded in 1950 by a group of winemakers of Oliena in order to enhance the wine Cannonau. The culture of working and being together has dominated the decision to set up the cellar in the form of cooperatives, so as to give impetus to business but with profound social implications and especially to carry on the business philosophy based on quality rather than on profit, that distinguishes the Cantina since its establishment. The winery combines ancient methods handed down over time, the most advanced technologies of production.



TYPICAL LUNCH/DINNER WITH LOCAL SHEPHERDS

26 Cuile Toddeitto

Close to the village of Cala Gonone, up the hills the guests will taste a typical Sardinian menu offered in a very peculiar place, called “pinnettu”. Su Pinnettu, from the Sardinian tradition, is the ancient hut built with branches and stones, where even today shepherds find shelter from the scorching sun or from the rain, and where they gather around the fire, between a piece of cheese and a glass of good wine. The jeeps will drive the guests to the town called “Buchi Arta”, a plateau above Cala Gonone overlooking the Gulf of Orosei. An area with several sheepfolds of goats, of which several are still used by shepherds. In one of these we organize a dinner based on genuine products produced by the shepherd himself: local cold cuts (sausage, bacon, ham), cheese (goat cheese, goat ricotta), vegetables (tomatoes, wild herbs, olives), pork meat , goat meat both roasted and stewed, local “carasau” bread and “moddizzosu” bread, local honey, red wine, water and various spirits, Italian coffee. The location of the dinner is under a wooden roof on benches, fresh and impactful area.




NURAGIC VILLAGES: TISCALI

Tiscali nel nuorese - Sardegna Antica

At roughly 15 km from Cala Gonone lies the old Nauragic village of Tiscali which was actually built inside a large grotto. Forty of the original circular and rectangular huts can still be admired there today. The origins of the village to this day, though, remain mysterious because of the building technique and structure which were used at the time and which differ entirely from the those of the classic Nuraghe. The natural and environmental context of the village is appealing and stimulating and visits there are often combined with trekking tours.



NURAGIC VILLAGES: SERRA ORRIOS

Serra Orrios | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione  Sardegna

Just a few km from Cala Gonone stands the Nauragic village of Serra Orrios dating back to the Middle Bronze Age (1500 – 1300 B.C.). The first archaeological excavations were carried out in 1936. On a plateau overlooking the sea, a very complex and well-preserved 'urban' site tells you about the life of the Nuragic people. Made up of a hundred circular huts, built with a plinth in rows of stones and, originally, covered with branches. They are simple or divided into several environments - also for keeping animals, typical of a society dedicated to agriculture and livestock.



NURAGIC VILLAGES: NURAGHE MANNU

Nuraghe Mannu | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione  Sardegna


The Dorgali areas is rich in architectonic elements of the nuragic civilization (Bronze Era), as is shown by the strong concentration of Nuraghes (40), nuragic  villages (more than 60)and megalithic tombs (more than 30). The small one-tower nuraghe  gives a full view of the Orosei Gulf. It is surrounded by many huts excavated  during the 90’s by means of a special  program, which combined archeological research and vacations.



THOMES GIANT'S TOMB

S'Ena e Thomes | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione  Sardegna


The tradition of the Nuragic civilization was to build common burial buildings for mortal remains of the town inhabitants. A good example is the tomba dei giganti di thomes (thomes grave) which is found just 6 km away from the Serra Orrios village.



FICO CAVES

Grotta del Fico | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della  Regione Sardegna

The Fico grottos stand 10m above sea level and were opened to the public only in 2003. They can be accessed by a series of secured platforms which makes it easy to visit the major part of the grottos.



ISPINIGOLI CAVES

Ispinigoli - Hotel Il Querceto

This grotto can be found on the east coast of Sardinia not far from the city of Dorgali. It is one of the largest grottos in Italy and has an expansion of about 10 km. One of the most exciting habitats there is the natural entrance hall at the centre of which lies a stalagmite/stalactite column of 38 m.



SU MURMURI CAVES

Su Marmuri | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione  Sardegna

We can show you mysterious tunnels formed millions of years ago, and the openings hidden between the tacchi of Ulassai, to discover a unique and fascinating spectacle. The Grotta Su Marmuri, many kilometres long and 35m high, is considered one of Europe's most impressive caves.



SU MERACULU CAVES

Trip to the Cave su Meraculu Baunei- Hotel Mediterraneo

Located at the foot of the slopes of the rocky promontory of Baccu Erettili and the gully of Baccu Arala which leads to Cala Sisine's nice beach. The cave is, in plan view, the shape of an upside-down "Y", and in total is 200m long. Everywhere you see weird columns and cauliflower-shaped stalagmites. From the large chamber, various smaller chambers open with elegant columns, and other strangely-shaped stalactites and stalagmites which reflect marvellously the light.  From the cave's beauty comes its name Su Meraculu which means "the miracle" in Sardinian language.



GORROPU GORGE

Canyon Gorroppu Gorropu | Traversata Integrale Canyoning

Gorropu is an enormous gorge created by a tectonic movement. It was later eroded both by the water of the river “Flumineddu” and by atmospheric agents. It has cliff faces that are higher than 400 meters. Inside the gorge the excursion follows along a riverbed of the river that now flows underground and comes up every now and then, like for example at the spring at the entrance to the gorge. Coming back from the walk, in this place you will have a snack of packed lunch with typical local products. The path is difficult only in the final part of the gorge, but the most interesting part is at the entrance because it allows you to see the highest cliff faces in Europe.



CALA LUNA

Cala Luna e quelle sfumature di azzurro che ci hanno fatto innamorare |  SiViaggia


An alternative way to visit the beach of “Cala Luna” is the one that starts from the locality “Buchi Arta”, reached by Land Rover over a scenic route. Here you can admire the characteristic folds of the goatherds. From this point the beach can be reached by foot from “Scala s’arga”, an old path made by ancient charcoal burners, that walking from a while on the “Codula di lune” in continuous contact with a luxuriant vegetation. During a break on the beach you will have a snack with typical local products. Possibility of stop on the beach.



GOLORITZE'

Terza Tappa Selvaggio Blu - Da Portu Cuau a Cala Goloritzè, Escursioni

It is also possible to make an excursion to Goloritzè (the last beach of the gulf of Orosei) following the road SS 125 until Baunei, going towards the upland-plateau of the “Golgo” and finally going down to the beach by foot. This beach is without any doubt one of the most beautiful of the gulf. Afterwards you can return back to Cala Gonone by rubber dinghy visiting every one of the bays long the way, among them Mariolu, Biriola, Sisine, and Cala Luna.



CORRASI MOUNTAIN

Trekking a Monte Corrasi – Ivan Sgualdini


The tallest peak of the Supramonte, with its 1436 mt., allows a vision 360° of the whole territory and to glimpse the sea of the gulf of Orosei, in a “lunar” landscape that it hides botanical variety of extraordinary interest. With the off-roads it reaches the country of Oliena and subsequently crossed the place "Monte Maccione" toward “Scala Pradu”. From here it begins a circular run that will allow to reach again the off-roads after about 5 hours of excursion, through an uncontaminated area.



AS PISCINAS

Su Sterru – Il Golgo di Baunei | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del  turismo della Regione Sardegna

As Piscinas, are natural basaltic tanks which, according to scholars, were probably modified in shape by the Nuragic in order to be exploited during the metalworking procedure. Due to the presence of water all year round, it is thought to have also been home for a long time to particular cults of a magical - animistic type. The beauty of this place cannot be explained with a few simple photos.



SU STERRU

Nuova discesa nella voragine - La Nuova Sardegna Nuoro

In the collective imagination of the inhabitants of Baunei, the chasm of Golgo, “Su Sterru”, has always represented the unknown, and there are many legends around the mysterious chasm, the most important being the one of “San Pietro e Sa Serpente”. Nowadays, the chasm is a bona fide tourist attraction, a “Natural Monument” since 1993, which attracts thousands of visitors, to the point that “Golgo”, the name of the entire plateau, is now perceived by many as the name of the chasm. A mistake regarding the name of the sinkhole name was also present, up until the fifties, on the old maps of the Military Geographical Institute (IGM, the best topography in Italy) in which “Su Sterru” was marked with the name “Cratere Vecchio” (“Old Crater”). That was because up until then the chasm was unanimously considered the crater of a volcano that, millions of years earlier, had expelled the basalt flow that covers ample stretches of the limestone plateau. The mistake was only put right in 1957, when an expedition of Sardinian speleologists (belonging to the “Pius XI Group” and the “Nuorese Cave Group”) explored the chasm for the first time and found that after the first thirty metres, the layer of basaltic rock gave way to limestone. Early explorers of “Su Sterru” discovered a karst abyss karst formed by rainwater erosion. Upon collapsing, the basalt “cap” reopened a karst well tens of millions of years old.The first to descend into the chasm was the speleologist Bruno Piredda, but 150 metres of rope proved insufficient to reach the bottom. For the second attempt, a young architecture student with a passion for caving, a 22 year old from Nuoro belonging to the “Nuorese Cave Group” called Umberto Pintori volunteered and, at 10.30 am on 25 July 1957, was able to reach the bottom of “Su Sterru”. Subsequent measurements established that it was one of the deepest single span chasms in Europe: 280 metres down. Since then, descending down the sides of “Su Sterru” is a “must” for lovers of caving, and many caving groups have come specially from all over Italy to challenge the legendary chasm. One of these associations, the “Faenza Caving Group”, organised an expedition in 1978 and, on that occasion, also allowed the descent down the vertical shaft to be made by an avid caving enthusiast from Baunei: Paolo Muggianu, twenty-six at the time, the first Baunesis to have had the courage to face the mysterious “Su Sterru” sinkhole.



THE 'STONE' MASK

Golgo, presto l'esplorazione scientifica a Genna 'e Sarmentu, cavità  gemella di Su Sterru | Ogliastra - Vistanet

The “Stone Mask” of Golgo, also called the “Lithic Face”, is a basalt wall that reveals a surprising anthropomorphism when viewed from a certain point on the path below: it is a bizarre result of erosion on the rock caused by atmospheric agents. The rocky wall, about ten metres high, on which the rain and wind have traced human features, almost defining the eyes, nose and lips in detail, is located on the eastern side of “Baccu Dolcolce”, behind a basalt ridge a few metres from “Il Rifugio” agritourism (built in the early nineties as part of an expansion programme of the Golgo plateau’s accommodation facilities). The “Stone Mask” is easily accessible via a path that starts in the square of the “Shelter”, thanks to the fact that the operators of the facility have restored a spectacular juniper “staircase” that permits travellers to negotiate the escarpment flanking the unique rocky wall with ease. As well as taking a look at the strange basalt face, visiting the place is worthwhile because a few metres below the “Lithic Face” is a narrow chasm (“nurra”, in Sardinian) with an entrance no more than five metres across. The “nurra”, over 120 metres deep, known among caving enthusiasts as “il Golghetto”, is known to the herdsmen of Baunei as “Sa Nurra de Genna Sarmentu”. Not far from the “nurra” is the last part of “Baccu Dolcolce”, where the “Codula di Sisine” begins, the bed of a torrential river that stretches from Golgo to the sea, flowing out into the homonymous “Cala Sisine”.Where the Baccu Dolcolce flows into the codula has always been considered an important point of access to the Golgo plateau and is called “Genna 'e Sarmentu”, which means “Gate of Wild Grapes”; according to another interpretation, name means “Genna 'e S'Armentu” (“Gate of the cattle, the livestock”, in Sardinian). On the opposite side to that of the “Stone Mask”, a fifteen minute walk from the “nurra”, are the ruins of the “Nuraghe di Genna Sarmentu” (made of basalt stone), which still has a dozen shelves that constituted the terraced crown protruding from the ramparts. The nuraghe is usually referred to as the “Nuraghe Alvo” (“albu” means “white”, in Sardinian) in guidebooks, a name that in theory should refer to the ruins of another nuraghe, made of limestone, which is higher up on the ridge.



THE CHURCH OF SAN PIETRO

S. Pietro | Animals, Kangaroo, Goats

The country church dedicated to St. Peter, with that unmistakable, white angular facade that stands out against the backdrop of the mountains separating Golgo from the sea, is one of the most famous sites on the plateau, visited each year by thousands of tourists. According to tradition, the church, located about 8 km from Baunei, was built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries thanks to donations by Golgo herdsmen who did not want to miss the most important religious events. However, the earliest evidence of the festivities in honour of St. Peter goes back to the beginning of the seventeenth century (1606) and is mentioned in documents (kept in the State Archives in Cagliari) relating to disputes between Baunei and Urzulei on jurisdiction over land at the border of the two towns. The architectural structure of the church is very simple: the interior consists of a single room, which is accessed by a wooden archway. The building, renovated internally in the seventies, is surrounded by a stone wall, enclosing “us istaulus” (from the Latin “stabulum”, meaning “barn”), the quarters that were used in the past by pilgrims who came to Golgo from Ogliastra on public holidays. Not far from the entrance stands an interesting anthropomorphic bethel from the Nuragic era.The celebrations in honour of St. Peter, which take place on the last Sunday in June, are particularly evocative (up to the late nineteenth century there was also a horse race in which the best riders in the area competed against each other) especially because of the procession that takes place near the church, with the statue of the saint, glittering in its golden vestments, followed by the faithful in religious meditation. Such devotion, according to common opinion in the village, is due to a particular incident that apparently took place on the plateau and involved St. Peter himself. Legend has it that once upon a time the entire plateau was at the mercy of a vicious monster, “Sa Serpente”, a sort of evil dragon who would sometimes come out of the chasm of Golgo (“Su Sterru”) demanding human sacrifices. One day, however, St. Peter came to Baunei and, apprised of the situation, decided to solve the problem of “Sa Snake” once and for all. St. Peter he prevailed in the clash with the evil reptile and has been the most beloved saint of the Baunesis, eternally grateful for being freed from Golgo monster, ever since. According to another version of the legend, however, “Su Sterru” opened up the ground of Golgo, swallowing “Sa Serpente”, when St. Peter threw the evil monster to the ground.



BAUNEI

Baunei | SardegnaTurismo - Sito ufficiale del turismo della Regione Sardegna


A village “clinging to a sheer slope on the limestone ridge of Monte Santo - as the historian Vittorio Angius wrote - isolated in the isolated Ogliastra”. The panoramic position overlooking the valley below, makes the folk tale about its founding more credible: a goatherd created Baunei on the rocky elevation, at an altitude of almost 500 metres, to escape from the Arabs who were trying to invade in 1015. In the centre of the ‘steep’ village, which now has a population of three thousand 600 inhabitants, the Nicola di Bari parish church stands out, with its seventeenth century structure that was renovated in the 20th century. The Supramonte mountain range of Baunei, the home of hiking, extends around the village, with trekking trails that stretch from the mountains to the sea and its vertical rock faces are a rock climbing paradise. In particular, a gully leads to the natural monument, Pedra Longa, a pointed pinnacle 128 metres high, overlooking the sea. Eight kilometres of spectacular hairpin bends take you from the village to the heart of the big, silent Golgo plateau, covered with a dark, basaltic lava flow standing out against the whitish colour of the surrounding limestone rocks. From up there, at an altitude of 630 metres, you will enjoy a breathtaking view that stretches from Gennargentu to the Gulf of Orosei.



LUNCH AT OVILE BERTARELLI

OVILE BERTARELLI, Baunei - Ristorante Recensioni, Numero di Telefono & Foto  - Tripadvisor


You may well end up at this former sheepfold, situated in the middle of Supramonte region, after a hike along one of the amazing tiny beaches in the surrounding area. Ovile Bertarelli delivers the real Sardinian gastronomic experience without any fuss — don't expect an international chef, just pork and sheep meat, sheep cheese, culurgiones (ravioli filled with sheep cheese) and sebadas (dessert filled with sheep cheese) all cooked to perfection.Starters like olives and sautéed mushrooms, then ham and bacon (really excellent) with fried cheese. Followed by culurgiones ravioli and malloreddus pasta: very soft and seasoned with a delicious tomato sauce. Then roasted piglet  (they should see them cooking on a spit in one of the wonderful fireplaces in the renovated rooms of the sheepfold). Dessert with typical sweets, ricotta with honey and sabadas (fried sweet raviolo).They can also cook beef or goat if you prefer or would like to try the three.It will most likely open exclusively for you and your guides tomorrow for lunch.