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About Orosei

Orosei is a small seaside town known as a great place to enjoy the water and sunshine. The old town offers many cafes where busy travelers can stop for a bite to eat between admiring the area’s architectural sites. For the adventurous, there are several grottos to visit by hiking or renting a boat.

Orosei Weather: During the summer, Orosei enjoys average temperatures of 29 degrees C, or 85 degrees F. Winters are cooler with lows of 13 degrees C, or 56 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Orosei: Carta di musica, sardines, bottarga, octopus

Regional Wine of Orosei: Vermentino di Gallura, Carignano del Sulcis, Nasco di Cagliari, Vernaccia di Oristano

Things to Do in Orosei: Cala Luna, Nuraghe Mannu, Grotta di Ispinigoli, Acquario di Cala Gonone

Where is Orosei? Orosei lies along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The town is located in the northeast section of the island of Sardinia, which is part of the province of Nuoro and the Sardinia Region.

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If I’m in Orosei for a limited time, what should I see?

The Grotta di Ispinigoli offers a taste of adventure. This cave provides stunning views of the second tallest stalagmite in the world. Instead of entering this grotto from the side, you have to descend 60 meters down into it.

After a brief trek through the woods outside Orosei, you can visit the Nuraghe Mannu. This ruin of a tower dates back to 1600 B.C. and overlooks a gorge filled with olive trees.

The Grotta del Bue Marino is accessible by land or by sea. Water glistens off the cave so that the hieroglyphics from the Neolithic period have a magical quality. If you choose to go by land, the hike takes about 40 minutes, and you can get there quicker by renting a boat.

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Gasoline Road Bar

A favorite party spot for residents and travelers alike is the Gasoline Road Bar located just a short walk from Marina di Orosei. Not only does this unique and happening bar feature nightly music and drinks, but it is open during the day for beach-goers to stop in for a meal at lunch or dinner as well.

Address: Marina Di Orosei, 08028 Orosei, Nuoro

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Why I love Orosei

I adore the rugged eastern coastline of Sardinia, which hides the Mediterranean’s best kept secret - the Gulf of Orosei.

Orosei, pronounced ‘Oh-roh-Zeyi’, lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Orosei, which extends southwards to Santa Maria Navarresse. Just a short hop from the town you can find some of the region’s most breathtakingly beautiful beaches, which are only accessible by water or for daring rock-climbers. For a small fee I rented a hard-bottomed inflatable dinghy in Cala Gonone, a small village that serves as entry point to the gulf. It comes with a powerful outboard motor and welcome ice cooler (for the Sardinian wine, of course!). There are no licenses needed, so anyone can rent one. Once you are ready to go, you can access dozens of pristine white-sand and pebble beaches backed by lush and unspoilt mountains. The water here is so blue it has to be seen to be believed.

About the author

Gordon Strachan loves the beaches of the Mediterranean. He uses every opportunity to go about discovering new ones.

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What is there to see in the historic center of Orosei?

From the Piazza del Popolo, take the staircase down to the square. Once in the square, take a moment to enter the Church of the Rosary with its beautiful Baroque façade. After visiting this church, follow the narrow street that runs in front of it. This street leads to the Piazza Sas Sas Animas Animas.

In the Piazza Sas Animas, look for the Church of Souls with notable architecture dating from the early 1700s. Another interesting building in this square is the Sa Preione Vezza, which served as a judicial castle for years. The only surviving part of this castle is a stone tower. After visiting the tower, enjoy a walk around the old city walls.

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Cala Ginepro Beach

An exciting adventure awaits windsurfers, snorkelers and scuba divers on this pristine, sandy beach in the Gulf of Orosei. Family travelers with small children can let them play in the comfort of shallow, light blue waters. The beach can be accessed from State Road SS 125, or you can take a short walk on a paved road from Viale Cala Ginepro.

Address: Viale Cala Ginepro, 08028 Orosei, Italy

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Bidderosa Nature Park

A visitor limit ensures that a stop at the Oasis Bidderosa is free from the overflowing crowds, but it entails a small fee for entrance. The natural park features five sandy beaches with clear water, nature trails and a quiet experience with nature. Amenities such as towels and food should be brought in because there are no vendors on-site.

Address: km 236,50 on the Strada Statale 125, 08028 Orosei, Nuoro

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Things worth remembering in Orosei

Fun Fact: Proud local tour guides frequently claim that the Gulf of Orosei is so beautiful that tourist boards from other countries have falsely used images of its beaches in their own advertising campaigns.

Local Dish: Most restaurants in the area serve seafood delicacies with Pane Carasau, a very thin crispy bread also known as ’carta musica’.

Day Trip: Wine lovers should not miss the Sardinian Wine Museum in Berchidda. This hi-tech multimedia museum is one of the first of its kind in Italy and takes its vinification very seriously indeed.

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Spiaggia di Su Barone

Part of the Marina di Orosei resort is the beach of Su Barone. Shallow waters and soft sand make this beach perfect for enjoying a day with small children or scuba diving. The area is known for beautiful, fragrant plants that are sure to be appreciated by any traveling sightseer, and the shoreline boasts high winds that attract windsurfers.

Address: Via Del Mare, Orosei, Nuoro

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Osalla di Orosei Beach

Situated side-by-side with Cala Osalle di Dorgali Beach, Osalla di Orosei is a clean, 4-kilometer stretch of public beach. Families are welcome to participate in surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling or canoeing in the deep in the seabed. If there is a heavy crowd, the other beach can be accessed on foot with only a superficial separation of rocks.

Address: Strada Statale 125, Orosei, Nuoro

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Sardinia Divers Diving Center

You can easily enjoy certified dive training and tours of unique local and distant dive sites around the Gulf of Orosei. Adventuring into the underwater world full of exotic creatures and scenery is suitable for every level of expertise, including beginners. History lovers are sure to appreciate the exploration of some of sunken wreckage dating back to the 1940s.

Address: Loc. Su Catreattu, 08028 Orosei, Nuoro