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The east coast of Sardinia

The east coast has several seaside resorts concentrated around Arbatax and Villasimius. Except in some stretches, the road runs out to sea and many beaches to be reached on foot or on unpaved roads. Even more important towns, Orosei, Muravera or Dorgali are not located on the coast, but slightly towards the interior.

Overlooking the Gulf of Orosei, the wild Ogliastra region extends up the slopes of Gennargentu. The Ogliastra region is one of the most beautiful and most natural of Sardinia, where the flora and fauna are the mistress, in a dream.

To the south, the region of Sarrabus reserves big surprises: until a few years ago has remained isolated for scarcity of means of communication.

Golfo di Orosei

The Gulf of Orosei is one of the wildest coastlines of Sardinia, with its 40 kilometers of coastline to the sea. Can be reached by long walks among the rocks sculpted by the wind, or by sea.

The area that gets wet in these waters is called Ogliastra, perhaps the part of Sardinia more difficult to achieve because rugged land or poor connections.

Exceeded the sandy bottoms of Caletta Siniscola and quiet Marina di Orosei, the coast has limestone masses are difficult to access by land. The only town is to Cala Gonone, equipped with a small port always very crowded.

Throughout the area and 'full of settlements dating back to civilization and must nuragica is the visit to the Caves Ispinigoli, in whose entrails is a huge natural column formed from the union of a stalactite with a stalagmite, the height of 38 meters is the concretion of the highest column of Europe. The cave, which is also called the Grotta del Bue Marino because he has always hosted the monk seal, is located two kilometers from the port and the entrance to the sea level. The long tunnel that creeps into the limestone and 'open, and you will find a small lake, small beach and an underground stream.

The most famous beach of the Gulf of Orosei is Cala Luna, whose name derives from its shape a piece of the moon, a rare gem of nature consists of a beach is closed by a pond and a thick bush of oleanders, though a tourist destination among the most visitate has kept intact its natural beauty. It is located six kilometers south of the port of Cala Gonone, from which mini-cruises that include stops and dives in the most characteristic points of the Gulf of Orosei.

Going forward we find Cala Sisine, very impressive at sunset, and the subsequent Mariuolu Cala, whose small beaches are formed by smaller and smaller pebbles as we approaches the shore. A legend tells that the name "mariuolu" was given to this area for the presence of a seal that furbissima, secretly fishermen to Cala Gonone, could devour in seconds the total catch of the day.

The Gulf of Orosei is closed with the Chief of Monte Santu, who opened the Gulf of Arbatax.

Gulf of Arbatax

Santa Maria is located Novarrese the southern Gulf of Orosei. Surrounded by pine trees is dominated by an ancient tower where they were spied on by the arrival of pirates. The beach along the pond Lotzorai Tortolì, a beautiful nature reserve where we can find herons and pink flamingos, recommended to lovers of nature and animals and suitable for bird-watching for the presence of various migratory birds. Coccorocci is a long expanse of white pebbles, gray and orange-shaped egg.

Sailing at night you see the lights of different Baunei; built halfway up, the village lives mainly the 'rearing of livestock, even though, recently, as happened to Dorgali, has created a tourist center with Santa Maria Navarrese. Very interesting is the 'walk on' plateau of Baunei where, in addition to 'old church of San Pietro, you can see the abyss of Golgo: S 'Isterru, so it is called, sinking into the earth for about 280 meters making it among the longest in Europe.

Goloritzè set, dominated by an obelisk in natural stone from the force of nature, is famous for the special nuances that may admire until 15:00 pm, before the sun begins to hide behind the rocks. Named "Italian National Monument" in 1995, is surely the most photographed beach region. This stretch of coast can be reached only by boat or on foot from the inside of the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei and Gennargentu.

The gulf of Arbatax closes with Cape Bellavista, which is immediately after the port of Arbatax, whose paintings are large mole "murals" that depicting subjects related to the sea. Arbatax is also the point of arrival of the train that runs above the mountains and towards Lanusei Arzana. Capo Bellavista past the coast dell'Ogliastra seems suddenly soften and open in large bays with beaches of fine sand such as Orri and Tortolì, with its imposing tower Barì clearly Aragonese architecture.

Continuing to sail towards the south, along the Mount Ferru allows quiet day below to enjoy even the transparency of these waters. Deserves a break the white beach of Su Sirboni (ie wild boar) in Marina di Gairo closed by two cliffs of red rocks in which cracks can be found delicate sea urchins. This stretch of coast is not very accessible from the ground so its sea is little frequented by boats and fishermen.