Ogliastra - The Coast

The coast of Ogliastra stretches for over 87 kilometres, from the northern borders of the province of Cagliari right up to the beach of Cala Luna which, to the north, marks the borders of Baunei and Dorgali. It is a unique stretch of coastline, still wild in places with rocky crags overhanging crystal-clear waters, alternating with wide, white sandy beaches with services of all kinds for tourists.

The areas where nature is the wildest and most spectacular are to be found at Baunei and from Santa Maria Navarrese up to Cala Luna. For tens of kilometres, the coastline is characterised by high, rocky cliffs which occasionally leave space for bewitching coves only reached by sea. Only two of these, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine, are fairly large while all the others, rather small and absolutely unique, appear to be wedged between high, vertical walls and the emerald sea, such as Cala Biriola, Cala Mariolu (or Ispuligidenie) and Cala GoloritzŤ. During the summer months the coves are visited by numerous bathers who flock to them via boats, either tour boats or hired. The terrain behind the coves is still unspoilt but there are specific trekking itineraries to follow so as to reach the coves on foot as well.

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Just a little to the south you will find the village of Santa Maria Navarrese, with its characteristic tourist port and Spanish tower. At just over a kilometre from the coastline, out from the wide Lotzorai beach, the Isle of Ogliastra emerges from the waters which, with a surface area of over ten hectares, characterises the Gulf of Arbatax, where you can also see the famous "Red Rocks", formations of red porphyry which contrast with the grey, granite rocks.

Further south you can see the Lido of Orrž, with its beaches of fine, white sand lined with granite rocks which stretch as far as the splendid beach at Cea, characterised by its stacked red porphyry. Even further to the south, a long, sandy shoreline is marked by the Spanish tower at Barisardo and the area of Perda Pera at Cardedu. The coast continues with the Bay of Gairo, characterised by a succession of porphyric rocks and charming little coves. The coastline terminates with the beach of Coccorrocci, formed by unusual porphyric pebbles of various shades. Looking east you will find Monte Cartucceddu which overlooks the sea and the peak of Capo Sferracavallo.

Worthy of special mention are the two beaches of Sarrala (Tertenia), also of fine, white sand. Finally, closing the Ogliastrine coast are the ten kilometres of cliffs in the wild, uninhabited area of Serra 'e mari (Quirra), bordered on the south by the Tower de Murtas, close to the borders with the province of Cagliari.