Ogliastra is the wildest and most unspoilt area of Sardinia.
As the most sparsely populated municipality in Italy, it has chosen to turn its pristine natural environment to its advantage, transforming it into its main tourist attraction.
People who choose to visit Ogliastra are looking for serenity, nature, beautiful landscapes and close contact with nature. You can enjoy unique excursions at sea, discovering some of the 40 km coastline, considered one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, as well walking, hiking and horse-riding in a vast unspoilt natural environment barely touched by humans.
Gulf of Orosei bays
Several excursions depart from Santa Maria Navarrese and Arbatax to visit the beautiful Ogliastra coastline. Depending on your tastes and budget, you can choose between rubber dinghy excursions or the traditional boats or motorboats.
Various routes are on offer, but there are a few sites you cannot miss, including the Grotte del Bue Marino and Cala Goritzè, which is recognised as a Unesco Heritage Site. Other beaches, considered to be among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, include Cala Mariolu, voted for the second year running as the most beautiful beach in Italy, Cala Sisine, Cala Luna and the famous Grotta dei Colombi e Grotta del Fico caves.
This picturesque railway journey is a traditional excursion for anyone visiting Ogliastra.
Apart from being the busiest tourist line in Italy, it is also the longest, running for 159 km from Arbatax (on the sea) to Mandas.
The line passes through the forests of the Gennargentu, Sardinia’s biggest mountain range.
The Tacchi d’Ogliastra
The “tacchi”, so-called because they resemble the heel on a shoe (“tacco” is the Italian word for heel), are rocky outcrops scattered around the area, the most famous of which is Perda Liana, which extends for 28 square kilometers between the municipalities of Ulassai, Osini, Gairo and Ussassai.
It is easy to reach and you can climb to the top using alpine climbing techniques, or simply visit the surroundings on a peaceful walk that anyone can enjoy.
The “tacco” rises to 1300 meters and is a stunning sight, even viewed from afar. After visiting Perda Liana, you can continue for a few km to Jerzu, known for its Cannonau wine.