Sardegna East Coast: Part 3 Orosei to Olbia

Published on:  | Last updated: 12 March 2018

Beach at San Teodoro with the Isola Tavolara in the distance

Beach at San Teodoro with the Isola Tavolara in the distance

At a glance

Distance

94 kilometres

Difficulty/​terrain

Easy.

Traffic

The route is mainly on quiet roads, but the road into Olbia is relat­ively busy.

Surfaces

Entirely on surfaced roads in good condition.

Overview

After Orosei the route heads for Posada one of Sardegna's most attractive and historic towns with the Castello della Fava on the heights above. It continues following the coast via Budoni, and the attractive seaside resort of San Teodoro and then into Olbia.

Highlights

  • Posada and the Castello della Fava
  • beaches

Beaches

From Orosei onwards you are really spoilt for choice with miles of sandy beaches including:

  • a long strict of beaches near Orosei (including the Spiaggia su Barone and the Marina di Orosei)
  • Capo Comino
  • Siniscola - there's a highly-rated beach at Berchida but to get to it from the SS125 involves 3.8 kilometres of dirt road through a forestry reserve
  • the Spiaggia di La Caletta runs for nearly 4 kilometres between La Caletta and Santa Lucia
  • Posada
  • the Cala di Budoni - Budoni
  • the beaches between La Caletta and Santa Lucia
  • San Teodoro — the Spiaggia La Cinta beach is near to the town. There's also the Cala Brandinchi to the north, but this is some way off the route
  • Porto Taverna

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Distances
Orosei - Posada 42 kms
Posada - San Teodoro 23 kms
San Teodoro - Olbia 29 kms

Route description

Orosei to Posada

Coming out of Orosei, take the bridge over the the river Cedrino, following the signs for Siniscola. There is then a very short climb before the road turns and starts to follow the coast. Take a moment to enjoy the views over the lush coastal plain.

After Orosei the next stop is the small resort-village of Cala Liberotto about 10 km further on. The road then heads inland skirting round a coastal pineta before then heading through open countryside and returning to the coast at Capo Comino. Or almost to the coast, because this then another long stretch of coastal pineta.

I turned off the road to make a brief detour to the village of Santa Lucia, a pleasant little seaside village with a nice lungomare and a Spanish-era tower and church.

After Santa Lucia the SS125 comes to a junction with the SP3 which leads to another pleasant coastal resort at La Caletta and to Posada perhaps the most attractive historic village on the eastern coast.

La Caletta ('the cove') is connected to Santa Lucia by a 10-kilometre long white sandy beach. The road between them passes through a long stretch of sand dunes. The route takes you past the Torre Aragonese as well as what looks like a Spanish-era church and some fishermen's cottages on the shore before turning inland passing a stretch of wetland and rejoining the main road this time the SP24. Turn right following the signs for Posada.

Posada is one of five villages in Sardegna to be considered one of the presti­gious Borghi Più Belli d’Italia (the others are Atzara, Bosa, Carloforte and Castelsardo).

Posada with the Castello della Fava on the hilltop

Posada with the Castello della Fava on the hilltop. Photo by Roberto Ventre

Coming to Posada there's a cycleway that takes you into the village taking you past the little 17th-century church of Santa Lucia.

Above the village is the Castello della Fava built in the 13th century it once controlled the border between the giudicati of Gallura and Arborea. In summer it’s open from 9:00 until an hour before dusk. Check opening hours and prices: culturaitalia.it: Castello della Fava

From Posada you can head for the beach just two kilometres away at Su Tiriarzu.

Posada to San Teodoro

As you rejoin the SS125 in the modern part of Posada, look out for the gorgeous mural about the Parco Fluviale to your left . The road crosses over the Posada river and then runs alongside SS131 — which you defin­itely want to avoid. The fact that there's a fast road nearby means that the SS125 is pretty quiet.

The next town after Posada is Budoni where are loads of shops and restaurants. Coming out of Budoni turn off the SS125 following the signs for San Teodoro. There's a cycleway on the right-hand side of the road. The cycleway runs out as you rejoin the SP1 just outside Agrustos.

The SP1 has a short sharp climb along the way, but this is compensated for by the lovely views as you descend down into the pretty seaside resort of San Teodoro. On the way you'll get glimpses of the Isola Tavolara looms out of the sea. And 'looms' is no exagger­ation as the highest point on the island is at 558 metres altitude.

The Torre San Giovanni at La Caletta

The Torre San Giovanni at La Caletta

San Teodoro to Olbia

Coming out of San Teodoro take the Viale Olbia, and at the round­about pick up the Via Gramsci. At the junction with the strada statale, turn right following the signs for Olbia. The junction further on, be sure not to take the road indicated by the signs for "Olbia (4 carreg­giate)" —4 carreg­giate is means four-lane highway (the SS131).

If you are heading for the port, there's a nice stretch of cycleway which takes you to doors of the Stazione Marittima. The bad news is that before that you have to negotiate a stretch on basalt blocks along the lungomare.

As you come into Olbia you reach a round­about where you turn left for the airport. A little further on there’s a junction where you have the choice of bearing right to go to the centre of Olbia or continuing straight on. The turn off for the centre is probably the better option, but if like me you carry straight on , it’s not the end of the world. However, bear in mind that there’s a 400-metre tunnel further on as the road heads out of Olbia.

Olbia is a nice place to stop for a night or for a short break, or simply to while away a little time before your flight or ferry leaves. There's a pleasant centro storico in the streets around the Corso Umberto. If you have some time the town's Museo Archeologico is worth visit. The star sight is the remains of a roman ship that was sunk in the harbour when the town was attacked by the Vandals around the year 450. Admission is free. Check opening times: olbiaturismo.it.

Spaghetti with octopus (Ristorante Dolceacqua Olbia)

Spaghetti with octopus (Ristorante Dolceacqua Olbia)

More information

Places to stay

Hotels B&Bs and Agriturismi

The main towns along the route (Orosei, Budoni, Siniscola, San Teodoro and Olbia) offer plenty of choice in places to stay.

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Booking.com pages for places on this section of the route:

About these links

If you use these links to book accom­mod­ation Booking.com will pay me a small part of their commission. This helps support the costs of producing this site.

I use Booking.com to find and book places to stay when there are no campsites in the area. The large majority of hotels and many hostels are now on ‘Booking’. I like it because it means that I can get almost-instant confirm­ation. The rating system is also a reliable guide to the quality of the accom­mod­ation.

I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the oppor­tunity to let me know if there’s a problem.

Many properties offer free cancel­lation but it’s a good idea to check the condi­tions as these vary from property to property.

Hostels

There are no hostels on this section.

Campsites

I stayed at the Camping Porto Sosolinos at Cala Liberotto near Orosei and Camping Tavolara near Porto Taverna. I'd happily go back to them, but there were a number of other options along the way.

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Transport and services

Olbia is the main ferry terminal for the island with routes to Genova, Livorno and Civitavecchia. The terminal at Golfo degli Aranci is also nearby.

There's a train station at Olbia with services to Cagliari.

Resources

Tourist information websites

Articles in this series


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