Close your eyes.. A warm breeze surrounds you. It's summer. The days are longer and the warm sun on your skin makes you with to swim in a beautiful turquoise sea. You can see an unspoilt coastline with kilometers of limestone tunnels flow fresh water into the sea. The shades of color change constantly. You are in Ogliastra. You are in the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei, a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The kingdom of flacons, buzzards and eagles, that live in symbiosis with the terns and all the other bird species of the area.
f you plan a holiday in Sardinia you absolutely can't miss a boat trip across the wonders of Gulf of Orosei. Excursions departed daily on summer from the Cala Gonone harbour. You find charter trips with few passengers onboard and ferries with prefixed stops. You can also choose to hire a boat and choose your own schedule.
No matter what kind of trip you will choose, an excursion on the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei will always be a perfect way to spend your day.
The Supramonte is a vast mountain chain constituted by carbonatic highlands stretching to Dorgali and the territories of neighboring towns (Urzulei, Baunei, Orgosolo and Oliena).
It is characterized by towering limestone cliffs and by very deep gorges and ravines, created by the erosive action of rivers.
The Bue Marino Grottoes are the most famous of the caves made by the water in the area and they are reachable by boat from the port of Cala Gonone. The caves of Ispinigoli are located nearby the town and they are reachable by car.
Hiking lovers can take beautiful walks in the regenerating silence of the nature. We suggest you to try the track to Monte Tiscali, where you can combine naturalistic itinerary with a visit to the archaeological nuraghic huts located inside the sinkhole.
The walk to Gorroppu will take you to discover a deep canyon located on the border with the territory of Urzulei. The canyon, one of the deepest in Europe, is the chosen place for the eagles and peregrine falcon nests. In this unique habitat you will find some endemic plant species not founded anywhere else, such as the endangered "Aquilegia nuragica".
The excursions mentioned above require good physical conditions as they both requires at least a two hours walking on uneven ground. Easier trails in the supramonte are walks within the codula of "Ilune", the long canyon that ends on the popular beach of Cala Luna, the scenic route that starts from Cala Gonone and leads to the cave of Biddiriscottai, at the gates of the subregion of the "Baronia", or the many tracks along the Oddoene valley, near the rio Frumeneddu, where you can enjoy breathtaking sceneries.
Tradition, culture and crafts find their expression through the streets of the center of Dorgali, where you can admire the creations of the goldsmiths, potters, leather workers and artists of Dorgali.
Skills and secrets are passed on from generation to generation to elaborate creations with linked both to tradition and innovation. The countryside of Dorgali has always been renowned for the cultivation of grapes and olives and it is also deeply tied to pastoralism. There you will have chance to try food and wine itineraries with tastings of natural products and special flavors in wine cellars, cheese laboratories and shops scattered throughout the countryside. Whether you want to bring a gift home with you or simply enjoy a special moment, our advice is to take a chance to explore the authentic art and craft tradition of Dorgali.
A high percentage of the sardinian archaeological heritage is located in the Dorgali area.
There you can find megaliths like the "grave of the giants" (Tome dei giganti), surrounded by the beautiful nature and breathtaking views.
We suggest you to visit the nuragic village of Serra Orrios and the Nuraghe Mannu and Nuraghe Arvu near the town of Cala Gonone, with a beautiful view of the Gulf.if you wish to have a complete overview of the history of our country we recommend a visit of the Archaeological Museum located in Dorgali, where you can find , iexhibits and explanations from the prehistoric period up to the post-nuragic era.
If you are more interested in the marine life species, don't miss the chance to visit the Aquarium of Cala Gonone where you will walk through the tanks hosting species from all over the Mediterranean sea.