The Province of Nuoro: blue itinerary

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Oliena

Oliena is an important agricultural and pastoral village, not far from Nuoro and dominated by Mount Corrasi, one of the most beautiful of the Sardinian mountains, whose dolomites take on the colors of the sky. Visit the old parts of the village with its houses, its characteristic sights and architectonic details (galleries, windows and chimneys). The numerous and ancient churches are of particular interest. The major ones are S. Ignazio e S. Maria and S.Croce where an antique wooden sculpted tabernacle is to be found. The people of Oliena generously continue to display the hospitality and traditions of their rich culture.

The territory of Oliena is rich with areas of rare beauty where a well preserved nature shows its unique phenomena. The powerful springs of the Gologone are often visited by tourists. The valley of Lanaitho, behind Mount Corrasi, contains a vast archaeological and speleological patrimony. Here we find the grottoes of Sa Oche, Su Bentu and Corbeddu; one can visit easily the village of Seddas Sos Carros, where there is an ancient cult area that has recently been brought to light; there is also the “ghost” village of Tiscali situated in the heart of the mountain. Endemisms of the flora still survive in the area.

Where to stay in Oliena

There are hotels, B&Bs, villas and apartments available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Dorgali

It is a large agricultural and pastoral village, with a strong interest in tourism. Through its hilly position at the foot of Mount Bardia, it emerges and dominates over the Cedrino and Flumineddu valleys. It still preserves typical antique prospects.

Among the numerous churches, there is that of Santa Caterina, where one can find precious ligneous statues of the 18th century. The production of wines and goat and sheep dairy products is widely renowned. The filigree jewelry of the local goldsmiths is also traditional, as are the wool rugs and leather products. The art of pottery has its traditional products as well as those of recognized artists.

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Dorgali The Archaeology

In the local territory there is a vast and important archaeological patrimony, attested by monuments and scientific finds, attributed to all prehistoric periods of the island: from the Neolithic to the Chalcolithic, from the Nuragic civilization to the protohistoric and historic stages. Visits that are a must are: the village of Serra Orrios, of late Nuragic times which covers a fairly large area whose many huts and two cult places are well-preserved; the giants’ tomb of S’Ena e Thomes, with its imposing and antique stele; the dolmen of Motorra, with its megalithic ceiling; several domus de janas (witches’ houses), just outside the village.

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Dorgali The Excursions

The scenery of the territory of Dorgali is splendid in all its variety. The limestone mountains of Bardia and Tului, rich in vegetation, overlook the village. Inside the mountain of Ispinigoli there is the homonymous grotto with the highest stalactite-stalagmite column of Europe and the Precipice of the Virgins.

At the foot of the mountain there is the thermal spring of San Giovanni.

The impressive Gorroppu Gorge is truly suggestive, with its high vertical rockfaces which wind through the mountains of the Supramonte between Orgosolo and Urzulei.

A coveted destination are the coastal areas of Codula Ilune, Cala Ilune, Fuile de Mare, Toddeittu and Cuccuru de Janas.

Where to stay in Dorgali

There are hotels, B&Bs, farm stays and country houses available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Gonone

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This picturesque settlement is Dorgali’s natural outlet to the sea. It offers a fair range of hotels, a campsite both well organized and shaded.

The small tourist harbor is a busy stopover for pleasure boating. An efficient ferry service carries tourists to the famous and unforgettable Grottoes of the Bue Marino (sea ox) and enables them to visit the wild, unpolluted coastline fringed by little beaches and inlets among rocky cliffs fashioned by the elements.

Hiring a boat offers the freedom of reserved visits to Cala Ilune, Cala Cartoe, Osalla and many other sites.

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Baunei

It is a large agricultural and pastoral village with strong and justified prospects for tourism. Situated on the slopes of Mount Santo, its territory extends over a vast, rugged, and still intact coastline, where one can gaze at inlets and marine sights that are truly unique. There are numerous itineraries available departing from the village or from the coast, all of environmental, archaeological and ethnological interest.

Of particular interest is the basalt plateau of Golgo where one discovers the abyss of the same name, the deepest on the island. In the vicinity of the nearby church of San Pietro, there is the famous anthropomorphous cippus and the complex nuraghe of Coa de Serra.

Where to stay in Baunei

There are hotels, B&Bs, apartments and villas available, check them out and make a reservation here.

Baunei The Falesia

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The coastline between Dorgali-Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese is one of the most fascinating and uncontaminated spectacles that nature can offer. It is the greatest falesia of the Mediterranean, where the coastal limestone cliffs plunge into a crystal clear sea of vivid, iridescent colors; virtually unreachable from land, it preserves a luxurious vegetation which alternates with the bare rock; pinnacles, crevasses and ravines alternate in sceneries that seem timeless.

Seven beaches of exceptional beauty, and therefore strictly controlled, bestrew the falesia; they are the coves of Fuile, Ilune, Biriola, Mariolu, Dei Gabbiani and Goloritzu’.

Where to stay in Nuoro

There are hotels, B&Bs, condo hotels and country houses available, check them out and make a reservation here.