Mountains, caves, villages, reefs and trails
For those who like to go trekking, but also for all those who want to relax by walking through nature, the area around Orosei is just waiting to be explored and admired. The only risk is that you will lose your way because of the heady aromas and sparkling colours where the green of the woodlands is overlaid on the white of the limestone rocks, mixing in with the infinite overtones of blue in the sea and the sky. Should this happen, fret not...wherever you are, we will find you!
We would like to flag up a number of specific places, but remember that the whole of Central Sardinia is very much worth seeing, and is easily reached from Orosei. Also bear in mind that the woodlands on the mount sides play host to animals that are at risk of extinction, such as the wild sheep known as the muflon and the griffon vulture. This is why the areas are often subject to protection and why it is, then, necessary to take a prudent, respectful and appropriate approach. If you want to explore these places from Supramonte to Gennargentu or to visit the pools of Su Petrosu and the banks of the River Cedrino, we will be delighted to give you the information you need and to organise for you an excursion that matches your abilities and your interests.
This mountain is more than 800 metres high and is delineated to the easy by the valley of the River Cedrino with its majestic white limestone, rich is caves and karst landscapes. Numerous fossil fauna and native species have been discovered here. Holly oaks, juniper, mastic and euphorbia dominate the thick Mediterranean maquis, embellished by various species of wild orchid. The mountain is populated b y boar, foxes, weasels and martens. On your excursions, it will be very easy to catch sight of ravens, kestrels, partridges and buzzards. Remember who you reach an altitude of 630 metres to stop and admire Sa Pedra Istampada – the perforated rock, so-called because of the large, 40-metre-wide central hole created by the wind and the salt deposits. It really is an extraordinary natural spectacle.
Grotta di Ispinigoli
Taking the road that leads from Orosei to Dorgali, you will come to the Grotta di Ispinigoli. This cave is only open in the summer, and has yet to be fully explored. The central chamber opens up to afford a view over the limestone column, a full 38 metres high. The walls are a sequence of limestone chambers and tunnels. Various studies confirm that in the distant past this cave was used for the celebration of ancient rituals.
Su Gorroppu and Tiscali
To visit Europe's very own Grand Canyon – Su Goroppu – you have to head further south. Once you reach the town of Dorgali, head towards the Oddoene and then follow the valley of the Rio Flumineddu. After around 12 km, near a fork in the road, you will come to a recitation on your marked, marked by a signpost for Tiscali. Continue on this road for around 1 km, until you reach the Sa Barva bridge. After the bridge, you will see the sign for Su Gorroppu. From this point, you have to continue on foot. You will see before you a sight that is sure to take your breath away.
The paths in the gorge were excavated by the flow of the Rio Flumineddu, resulting in towering walls where an otherwordly silence reigns.
From the sign indicating the direction for Tiscali, which we saw before, proceed towards Sant’Elene. At the first fork, turn right and continue until you reach the clearing for cars. Having left your car here, walk along the bed of the Rio Flumineddu. Once you have crossed the river, you will see the signs for Tiscali.
Arrows on the rock show which direction to take to reach the top of the mountain. On this peak, you can visit the remains of the famous Nuragic village that is a stop-off on our organised excursions.