We left Olbia and looked forward to Nuoro. This region of wild mountains is an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts. You can enjoy beautiful white sand beaches on the coast, climb on cliffs high above the sea level, explore trails on bike, or climb to the peaks and gorges. This area impressed us the most. This is the real Sardinia.
We went to the highest point of Monte Ortobene (955 AMSL), where seven meters high bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer is. There is an amazing view to the surroundings and the limestone area around Oliena.
Nuoro used to be a town of bandits, but at the beginning of the 20th century slowly became a center of artists. The historic downtown is small, but worth a visit.
Our next stop was the Valle di Lanaittu, a wild karst area of Supramonte massif. It can be explored on foot, on bike, or car. This seven kilometers long and narrow valley is rich on limestone massifs, cliffs and caves. We explored the cave of Grotta Sa Oche, which is connected by the natural channel to the cave of Grotta Su Ventu. To get to the cave, you must go over massive stones. There is no guide with you, you can enjoy the cave as long as you want, but at your own risk.
Valle di Lanaittu
Grotta Sa Oche
A few kilometres from Oliena, on the right bank of the river Cedrino, the karstic spring of Su Cologone is located. The water is so clear, you have a problem to recognize its level. Over the millennia, the spring has carved its way through the rocks of the mountain. You can rent a canoe here and explore the river.
Our hotel was near Orosei, the largest town in the Gulf. Orosei is a beautiful place, where you can feel the atmosphere of Sardinia. Cobblestone streets lead to a traditional stone houses, medieval churches, natives are sitting in front of them and watching what is going on around. Stylish restaurants offer four dishes and their menu is in Italian only. That's how we dreamed about Sardinia and our dream came thru in Orosei.