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Let nature overpower you on a visit to eastern Sardinia. Here the Limestone Mountains plummet to the severe cliffs of the Golfo di Orosei and end in the inviting, embrace of the crystal-clear blue waters of the sea beneath them. This is a place to explore and see where the adventure will take you: there are valleys hiding prehistoric caves and settlements, villages steeped in legends of banditry and dense forests to lose yourself in. Get outdoors and get exploring!
Costa Esmeralda - For those who are looking to enjoy - or just gaze at - the beautiful life, this is the stretch of the Sardinian coast to head for. The brilliant green-blue waters create the perfect reflected light for the yacht-life of billionaires who frolic in its refreshing embrace. Spot a celebrity - maybe Bill Gates, Wayne Rooney or George Clooney - and enjoy the luxury bars, beaches, clubs and restaurants. Don’t forget your credit card, though.
Olibia - If you are looking for something more ‘authentic’ stop off at Olibia on your way to playboy paradise. It’s a charming city whose historic centre is packed with boutiques, wine bars and cafe-lined piazzas.
Nuoro - Once a byword for banditry Nuoro became a hub for artists in the 19th century. Today museums, festivals and events celebrate its criminal and aesthetic past to the stunning backdrop of Monte Ortobene and its bronze statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu - Sardinia’s largest National Park offers awe-inspiring beauty wherever you are within it. Encompassing the Supramonte plateau and the Golfo di Orosei it features mountains dramatically meeting the sea, hidden bays and coves and delightful beaches.
Things to See in Eastern Sardinia
For the chance to gaze at how the other half life the beautiful people on Costa Esmeralda provide it in gold-tipped buckets and spades. Natural beauty is on show in the vast territory occupied by the Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu, whether your preference is seascapes or mountainscapes, woodland or beach.
Outdoor activities come into their own here. Take a cruise along the coast and find strings of bays, mountain climb up in the cliffs over the lapping sea, follow an ancient mule trail on a mountain bike or hike to remote peaks and ravines. For the chance to explore the romance of Sardinian life in a historic square head to Olibia’s piazzas and enjoy your meal. Enjoy watersports in style on the Costa Esmerelda or learn more about Sardinian artistic styles on a visit to Nuoro.