Orosei is historically the capital of the Baronia region in Sardinia. Located south of Budoni on the eastern side of the Italian island it is a town thought to date from the Middle Ages.
Finding Orosei beach
We approached this coastal town late on a Sunday after visiting the town of Dorgali. We had read about the acclaimed beautiful beach and marina which was to be a stopping point on our journey back to our villa. Indeed like the drive to Dorgali, the drive to Golfo Orosei was full of challenging windy roads and varying speed limits.
Arriving whilst there was still daylight we struggled to follow the signs to the marina area. The occasional sign existed but then became sparse as we ventured up some narrow roads.
Eventually we found our way in Orosei and located an entrance to the beach beside a popular drinking establishment calling itself the Gasoline Bar. It even claimed to be a Disco Bar but we couldn’t hear any music.
We noticed a couple of booths advertising boat excursions from Orosei. Sadly we’d arrived too late and both booths were shut for the night and no leaflets left out for us to find out exact details.
We ventured onto the Orosei beach (Orosei spiagge) and found it sparse in terms of people yet rich in natural beauty.
The beach at Orosei declined steeply into the water, a quality very distinct at Golfo Orosei. Out of the Sardinia beaches we’d seen this was not a shallow beach. Understandably warning signs by the car park indicated that swimming was not advised in undesignated areas due to the lack of life guard supervision.
Like many beaches, Orosei had an area with parasols and sunbeds laid out. There also appeared to be two life guard stands so we took this to be the designated swimming area.
Beyond here we could see the breakwater to which we assumed was the marina. Sadly time prevented us from venturing further as night was about to fall.
If we had more time we could have explored the town of Orosei more. I had read about a labyrinth of alleys leading to the Piazza del Popolo on which 3 churches stand. There is also a Pisan tower inside the Sant’ Antonio precinct where local handicrafts can be bought.
With time against us we were unable to enjoy these delights, particularly on a Sunday evening. For now we hold the memories of the beautiful and steep beach of Orosei.