Directly on the Water
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|Type of Property||Vacation Home
Sardinia - Italy
|Minimum Stay||7 Days|
|Arrival||Sa, Su, Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr|
Lotzorai, a small village with a long sandy beach, facing the Gulf of Arbatax. Situated between TortolÃ¬-Arbatax and Santa Maria Navarrese, along the mid-eastern coast, it enjoys a spectacular view of the Isle of Ogliastra, visible from the various beaches. The more well-known are Il Lido delle Rose, Tancau and Polu. Also worth visiting are the coves of Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and Cala Sisine, reachable on foot or by boat. Other interesting sights are the various archaeological centres in the area.
Distance, to be found along the SS125 motorway, around 2 hours' drive from Cagliari and Olbia. Around 10 minutes drive from the port of Arbatax
Services, to be found in Lotzorai, just a few hundred metres away, is the market, chemist, cash machine, post office, bars, restaurants, pizzerias, piano bar, disco, tourist office. There are also tourist services such as umbrella and deck chair hire, boat hire, sailing school, diving courses, horse rididng schools, sea or land excursions with or without guides, bicycle, scooter and car hire, campsite. The commercial centre of TortolÃ¬ is 5 minutes' drive away.
Lotzorai, a friendly Ogliastra village, is located between two rivers, (Pramaera and Girasole), 1000 metres from the seashore, a position that accounts for the pleasant unceasing breeze tempering its summertime heat.
The village is at the centre of a huge amphitheatre formed by Monte Oro that overlooks it from Baunei, and the distant Gennargentu tops standing out against a terse cerulean sky. The mountain semicircle protects this Ogliastra valley from the chilly winters fostering its spring-like climate. For Lotzorai the Roman saying does apply: "Hic Ver Assiduum" (here spring is eternal !).
Coming from Cagliari, Lotzorai is announced by the Castello della Medusa, the building that dominates the village like a sturdy medieval knight on guard. A rare view can be enjoyed from the castle: the sea below and the tiny isle of Ogliastra, a few hundred feet away from the coast, are so close, one could almost touch them.
Today in the village and in its hamlet Tancau, there are several hotels and restaurants, five camp sites and an area reserved for campers, a large open-air discotheque and many other places where one can spend a pleasant evening.
In the hinterland, just a few kilometres from the village, are interesting complexes of domus de janas and other archaeological remains. Su Padentino (4 km from Lotzorai, on the road to Talana) is a lush forest of century old ilexes, cork-oaks and carobs, with areas for safe barbecues, and a picnic area with stone tables and benches.
It's not easy to describe in just a few words, what this place, is able to convey to its visitors. In fact, the majority of tourists is familiar with and visits the coasts, for the most part, during the hot summer months when organising something different from a day at the beach is almost impossible.
A mountain bike excursion in fall or spring, thanks to its favourable climatic conditions, represents an interesting opportunity especially for those who have never visited Sardinia's interior regions.
The paths, often on gravel roads, present various levels of difficulty; even beginners can enjoy taking on the challenge. Obviously, as always in these cases, safety requires the use of appropriate clothing and gear, fitting for both the type of course and the season. For those who decide to put themselves to the test mountain biking, a good supply of water (especially in the summer) and a helmet are certainly necessary...but not enough!
The colors of the sea and the rock-formations are breathtaking. If that's still not enough, special group itineraries can be organized including deep-sea diving, special menus, photographic shoots, videos, on board parties and night-time sailing.
Sardinia's wind is renowned among expert surfers but it's also interesting for those who want to try this exciting sport for the first time. The wind and sea provide the perfect conditions in which to experience this sport at all levels. Qualified schools and rental facilities can be found on all compatible beaches; Sardinia's surfing potential is very high. In addition to its many spots and the high quality of its water, the frequency of "surfable' waves makes surfing actually possible 200 days of the year on average! The spots are often not crowded and you can even surf alone on dream-like waves with the sea swelling in from all directions. Once again it is the mistral wind (from north west) that makes the difference. It's not uncommon for the waves to reach 3 meters and in particularly good conditions, even 4 meters! The best seasons for surfing in Sardinia are fall, winter and spring.
Before your departure, it's important to check your breaks, make sure to have a local map, a compass and a small tire repair kit in case you blow a wheel. Follow these few basic but important rules and you'll be ready to begin your excursion on one of many routes found in the 10.000 square m of Sardinian forest.
In Sardinia, mountain biking has become increasingly popular for two reasons; the need to exert outdoor sporting activities and the possibility to access otherwise inaccessible areas, if not on foot. Different facilities on the Island have therefor organised and offer both guided tours or simply the chance to rent the necessary equipment, allowing do-it-yourself hikers with the desire for adventure to follow inaccessible but enjoyable paths. Even those who haven't gone bike-riding since they were kids will have fun.
Why is it that he who finds a friend, finds a treasure? Sardinia is a land of people who have had hospitality in their hearts for thousands of years. Its guests are always spoiled, as if they were good friends. The Hospitality Section lists the best local accommodations and facilities, always efficient and modern, available to tourists in search of holidays and new experiences. Among their distinct characteristics is the staff's exquisite professionalism which allows you to establish friendly relationships with them, putting you at your ease while letting you make use of the numerous facilities and entertainment available. The possible choices include Residence Hotels, farm holidays, Bed & Breakfasts, camping and much more
A quick glance at the climatic characteristics of Sardinia highlight the fact that the coastal regions enjoy a particularly mild climate and limited cloud-coverage. With an average temperature of +16º C and normal lows somewhere in the neighbourhood of +11º C to +13º C, it's especially possible in the southern part of the Island to go for a swim even in late spring and early fall.
One comes to the conclusion that in Sardinia, true winter resorts don't exist. In fact, it's possible to go skiing during the winter in only in a few areas of the Gennargentu, including Mount La Marmora (elevation 1834 m), highest mountain-top on the entire Island.
Moreover, the entire central region is home to mountain ranges of particular environmental interest including Fonni (1000 m), Sorgono (700 m), Tonara (910 m), Dèsulo (886 m) and Aritzo (796 m).
Geo-natural interest is also sparked by the mountains in Goceano (Mount Rasu 1259 m), in Gallura (Mount Limbara 1359 m), Sarrabus (Mount Sette Fratelli 1023 m) and Barbagia di SeÃ¹lo (Mount Arbu 1031 m). We strongly recommend hiking and horseback-riding in these areas. Horseback-riding is easy to do all over the Island thanks to the vast, razed and uncultivated forests scattered here and there, characterised by secondary roads and beaten paths used mostly by sheepherders. Varied scenery and unquestionable charm definitely dominate the Island.
Historically, Sardinians have had an ambivalent relationship with the sea, especially in ancient times when numerous invasions of Arab and Barbaric origin, arose from it. Sardinia was plundered by unscrupulous pirates for centuries.
Unsurprisingly, locals often considered the sea an enemy from which to escape and to stay away.
However in more recent times, this relationship has undergone great change. The love for the sea has come alive with the development of tourism. It's no surprise that tourism and sailing have grown simultaneously, making the Island sailing capital, thanks to its enviable weather conditions and beautiful scenery. Another important element that particularly characterizes Sardinia and this love affair is the wind.
Technically wind is a horizontal movement caused by a void at the equator; air tends to rise meeting with other air masses which have formed at different latitudes. The pressure differences on various points of the earth's surface, caused by thermal, atmospheric variations, create wind.
Due to its geographical position and its particular shape, Sardinia is often hit by strong mistral winds blowing almost constantly from north-west and characterized by gusting winds of up to 100 km/hour but lasting no more than 20 seconds.
Another feature of the Island is the presence of breezes, due to constantly moving air and caused by a difference in temperature between the sea and the earth. This occurs because the thermal capacity of the sea is different than that of the earth. In fact, the earth warms up faster but cools off more slowly and the sea takes longer to warm up but it retains this heat for greater periods of time. During daytime therefore , the earth absorbs the sun's radiation resulting in it being warmer than the sea. At nighttime, the sea "returns' the heat accumulated during the day, causing a change of pressure. This change causes breezes. One deduces therefore that breezes are small-scaled winds typically present along coastlines.
Keeping this distinctiveness in mind, Sardinia becomes a paradise for aquatic sports lovers, above all for sailing and surfing.
Sailing has awakened the dream of freedom in us all and includes safe snorkeling, fishing where allowed, boat-to-land excursions, sun-tanning, sailing and local cuisine on board; discovering charming coastlines and crystal-clear waters of a million colors, all while on board comfortable sailboats that can be rented for a day or for mini week-long cruises. Embarkation usually takes place at the porti turistici (tourist harbors) and the porticcioli principali (main harbors).
In territorial terms, Ogliastra is divided into six zones of differing morphology:
The volcanic mountain of Monte Ferru in Tertenia: situated in the south of Ogliastra is in part of one of the many protected zones of Sardinia for its unparalleled beauty. It is a wide mountain range dotted with valleys which witnessed massive volcanic activity towards the end of the Palaeozoic era.
The scission-metamorphic valley of Pardu-Pelau (Cardedu) is characterised by the various types of erosion, in particular the undermining caused by water in the lower parts of the slopes and in the areas of high inclination.
The heels of Jerzu and Osini are highland plains of chalkstone that are found in the north-occidental area. Their origins are of a complex process that began in the Mesozoic era from the accumulation of arenaceous, chalk and dolomite debris that were present in shallow waters and sequentially emerged from the waters.
Trekking, along with other activities, allows you to visit the uncontaminated zones of our island, where civilisation has not yet arrived. The routes range from those for experts to families and novices. The objective is to experience nature, with its scents, panoramas and tranquillity.
To remember:never go into the mountains alone: the environment is wild, the routes are not signposted, there are no shelters, and an updated map of the pathways does not exist. Professional guides are to be found all over the island. They don't take the fun out of the excursion, but enrich it with information.
* Selvaggio Blu *
The Selvaggio Blu pathway is demanding, considered to be the most demanding in the whole of Italy.
The daily outings last between 5 and 10 hours through dry and rocky terrain, in some parts, it is necessary to use climbing ropes. For seven long days, we miss the comforts of home; it is necessary to renounce certain things, to have tolerance, a sense of humour, and group work.
In a world of stones and rocks you can lose a sense of time. We are at the mercy of the sun, and the sea immersed in a dry, and sometimes brusque and deserted habitat. We seem to become a part of this wild land, surrounded for seven days by imposing mountains, deep chasms, blue seas, and sometimes an absolute silence.
The jar of Teccu in Barisardo, an area created by the volcanic activity of Monte Ferru during the Tertiary or Cainozoic era. The jars were formed following a continuous out flowing of lava from the fissures of the crust rather than from one particular font. Covering the surrounding terrain, it gave birth to fairly thick basaltic plateaus. The basalt present in this area is of a dark grey with intervals of red-black.
The coastal plains, Cea, Barisardo and Cardedu complete the countryside of Ogliastra. These plains are fertile and cultivated marked with streams and rivers. There are dark alluvial deposits dating back to the late Plesiozoic era, and deposits of red pebbles from the earlier part of this same era.
The plains of Barisardo are dominated by rare hilly formations similar to inselbergs that never reach over the height of 100m, while towards the centre of the village, there are deposits of granite pebbles.
Upon arrival at the cove, to the right you can see one of the highest cliffs in Europe; 'Punta Caroddi', frequented by rock-climbers and for alpine sports. It is better to embark on the return journey in the late afternoon during high season due to the heat, and remember that there is a steep climb awaiting you!!!
* Excursion to Cala Mariolu *
Difficulty: easy, at least sturdy trainers are recommended
Points of interest: nature and landscape
Duration: 3 hours approximately of easy trekking
Departing from the plain of Golgo (Baunei), you follow the signposts for Cala Goloritzè for a good part of the way, although, with the help of a guide, at a certain point, there is a deviation to follow. Along the way, you can admire the lush Mediterranean vegetation, old olive groves, and wild animals. For a certain distance, the pathway follows the Salvaggio Blu route through mountains and past the seas of the Gulf of Orosei. The path crosses the 'Serra e Lattone', where you can see a particularly eroded rock formation. From here begins the descent towards the Gulf and the cove Cala Mariolu also known as 'Ispuligi de Nie'. The colour of the sand is breathtaking; we recommend the excursion be undertaken during the spring to avoid the heat of summer. The return journey can be carried out by land or by boat, organised beforehand.
* Excursions also departing from the plains of Golgo for*:
Pedra Longa: cliffs at a height of 123m can also be seen via boat. You can reach the small beach nearby.
Punta Giradili: an excursion of medium difficulty that takes you to see a peak of 732m overlooking the Gulf.
Punta Salinas: a panoramic point overlooking the Cala Goloritzè cove from a height of 400m
Cala Biriola: a beautiful little tropical cove surrounded by one of the largest ilex forests on the coast. A medium - difficult excursion of around 2 hours with return by boat, if pre-organised.
The seas around the island are well adapted to this kind of activity, both for beginners with snorkelling, and for experts with full courses of scuba diving, offering diplomas at various levels. Along the coast of Ogliastra and the Gulf of Orosei, you can admire the various species of marine life, underwater caves, and wrecks.
From the beach of Cala Luna, it is possible to participate in an interesting dive: at a depth of 30mt, there is the wreck of an Italian merchant ship; Il Nasello, sunk during the Second World War. Or at Portu Cuau, resting on the bed is the wreck of the merchant ship; Levante, sunk during the 60's.
The diving points start from the Scoglie Rossi at Arbatax, through the Isle of Ogliastra, Perda Longa, Capo Monte Santo, Cala Scirocco, Cala Tramontana and others.
There are also various kinds of dives; underwater caves, siphons, quick dives, barrier dives, and wrecks. The depths of the dives varies from 8m to 35m according to dive type.
The scuba diving courses can be attended by all at the 'Centro Sub' centre at the tourist port of Santa Maria Navarrese. It is also possible to hire equipment and book guided night dives to see the wrecks and caves along the coastline.
The most evident fact when you study a map of Sardinia, is the approximate parallelism of the occidental and oriental coasts. They are predominantly rocky and of different nature (granite and scission, porphyry and chalk, tracyte and basalt.
The beaches, generally small, are found between the high, rocky coastlines, the major examples can be seen in the gulfs of Oristano, Asinara and Cagliari, in some of these there are high sand dunes (Arbus, TortolÃ¬).
In the north-east part of the island there are high chalk cliffs at Alghero, scissions and granite toward the island of Asinara, while towards the oriental coast we find the 'rias' of Stintino, the wide beaches of Valledoria and Badesi and the granite coasts and the 'rias' of Gallura.
Duration of excursion: 1 day
Distance on foot: 1 hour
Points of interest: nature, botany, geology
It is the deepest canyon in Europe, at 494m with a length of over 5km. Transfer in off-road vehicle to the canyon of Gorropu with tour of the internal, where you can admire the sheer cliff walls and the various species of plant life. An important archaeological site in the area is the Mereu di Gorropu nuragic ruin, situated among the lush woodlands.
*Itinerary: Villaggio Tiscali*
Duration of excursion: 1 day
Distance on foot: 3 hours (both ways)
Points of interest: nature, botany, geology, archaeology
The excursion via off-road vehicle departs for the various villages in the area of Barbagia such as Orgosolo, Fonni, Mamoiada and Gavoi. The area was given this name long ago for the aggression shown to invaders by its inhabitants. The objective of this trip is not only to discover the many ancient traditions but also to make the acquaintance of a very kind and hospitable people
Orgosolo: : a village of many colours, thanks to its Murales and the infinite mystery of Sardinian bandits, of which there are many tales and legends, and have inspired many writers. These legends show the visitor the mystery of times gone by when the stranger 'S'istranzu' was interrogated by the villagers who, upon discovering that his intentions were not of a danger to them, was then welcomed into their homes and treated with great respect
The Murales are murals painted on the walls of houses, village squares, etc. and describe the village's historic struggles against the State, Law, and Capitalism, amongst other injustices suffered by the inhabitants.
Mamoiada:p: a village located at about 10km from Orgosolo, and famous for its ancient carnival characters, for example: Sos Mamuthones: wearing costumes made from sheepskin, cattle bells and carved wooden masks with terrifying expressions.
Gavoi: is a small village in the heart of Barbagia, and is characterised by its old town centre with its buildings of pink granite, red roofs, and balconies of wood or wrought-iron with their cascades of flowers. This particular kind of construction was the inspiration for the writer Padre Angius. Apart from the tradition of construction, there is also a tradition of music. The most well-known instrument made in these parts is the 'Sos tamburinos', made from goat or donkey skin, the 'Sos pipiolos', pipes made from marsh reeds, and the 'Sos triangulos', triangles made from wrought-iron.
In all the villages that form part of the Villages of Barbagia itinerary, it is possible to buy seasonal produce direct from the manufacturers.
*Other off-road itineraries*
Il Supramonte di Urzulei - one of the most provocative corners of the zone, towards the heart of the National Park of Gennargentu. Secular forests, deep canyons, and nuragic towers of white limestone.
Il Supramonte di Orgosolo - realm of the mouflon and the royal eagle, it is also possible to observe one of the few remaining forests of ilex.
Altopiano di Baunei - Ia variable itinerary that allows you to admire the plains of Golgo, and subsequently the coves of Cala Luna and Cala Sisine. Visit the hamlet of Margine, near Baunei, or 'Belvedere' where there are breathtaking views of the entire region of Ogliastra.
Gennargentu - an itinerary departing from Arzana, towards Lake Flumendosa, Perda Liana and the peaks of Gennargentu. On foot you can reach the peak of Punta La Marmora, at a height of 1,834m.
I tacchi di Osini - departing from the village of Osini, a visit to the old district, the Stairs of San Giorgio (a natural monument), the nuragic village, and the Neolithic tombs.
|Living Room 1||22 , Dining Nook, Fireplace, Tiles, Ability to Cook|
|Bedroom 1||16 , 1 Double Beds, Reading Lamp/Light, Bedside Table , Dimmable|
|Bedroom 2||16 , 2 Single Beds, Reading Lamp/Light, Bedside Table , Dimmable|
|Kitchen 1||8 , Fitted Kitchen, 1 Hot Plates, Gas Stove, Oven, Range Ventilation Hood, Refrigerator, Freezer, Espresso Machine, Kitchenware and Tableware Available|
|Bath & WC 1||10 , Bath Tub, Shower Stall, Bidet, Only WC, Sunlight|
|Available Parking||Private Parking Lot on Property|
|Heating||Hot Water, Gas Heater|
|Telecommunications||Mobile Communications Possible|
|Miscellaneous||Washing Machine, Drying Room|
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|28. June||-||06. September||---||595 €||---|