Crystal-clear water and golden sand
Orosei faces out over one of the most spectacular gulfs in eastern Sardinia. You will have the opportunity to visit, on a daily basis, some of the most famous beaches of the entire Mediterranean, renowned for their extraordinarily crystal-clear water.
This beautiful beach is a nature reserve, to which access is controlled. From the town, travel along the road signposted as SS125, heading north. After the fork for Cala Ginepro, turn right and you will see the Forest Ranger (Guardia Forestale) building, from where you can make your way towards the entrance to the beach.
This beach offers several km of fine sand. It features a large car park accessed via a dirt road. The Nuragic complex of Conca Umosa is not far off. To get there, travel along the road signposted as SS125, heading north. The track that leads to the beach is located shortly before the roadman's house (Casa Cantoniera).
Sa Petra Bianca Beach
The beach shares its name with the local forestry reserve, Entry is limited in summer, and there is a charge for cars. From the Sa Petra Bianca forest ranger station, there is a road that leads you into the reserve.
Cala Ginepro, Cala Liberotto, Mattanosa, Fuile 'e Mare: these are just some of the other beaches that are easy to reach from the main road, all untainted in their natural beauty.
The pearls of the Gulf of Orosei
Marina di Orosei is the local beach, cut out of the mouth of the River Cedrino. Here the beach takes the name Isporoddai. Proceeding southwards, you reach Osalla Beach, at the edge of the town of Dorgali.
Reachable for the most part by sea, the wonderful beaches of Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriola and Cala Goloritzè have made the Gulf of Orosei rightly famous. Words struggle to describe the enchantment of the reefs and the magic of the light generated by the stones smoothed by the sea and the emerald-coloured water. It is said that Cala Luna takes its name from the sparkling of the white pebbles under the light of the moon. Also reachable by sea from the Gulf of Orosei are the Grotta del Bue Marino (Dugong Cave) in Dorgali and the Grotta del Fico (Fig Caver) in Baunei. The former takes its name from the sea cow that is said to have lived in the cave's tunnels. Composed of stalactites and stalagmites, it is sub-divided into several "rooms", including the remarkable visual effects of the "Room of Mirrors". The cave can be visited with organised excursions, along illuminated secured paths, and also plays host to various bays.
The Grotta del Fico is also known for its wealth of fauna. It was here that one of the founding fathers of Sardinian speleology spent several days in contact with a dugong, gathering a great deal of priceless information. A walkway along the fossilised bed of a river allows visitors to explore the cave safely.