Hiking, Canyoning and Excursions

For lovers of excursions and walks at the fresh air, Sardinia offers many trails of different length and difficulty level that are accessible all year round.

Among the itineraries that can be covered on foot, in the vicinity you can for example stroll along the lagoon of San Teodoro and the beach La Cinta, you can climb the island of Tavolara or there are hiking trails in the woods of the Monte Nieddu.

For young people and the sportier ones, Canyonings represent a sporting, adrenaline and amusing experience, allowing you to spend an exciting and unusual day, exploring the gorges hollowed out by watercourses and visiting places otherwise hard to reach.

If on the other hand you want to dedicate your entire day to particular tours, very interesting and fascinating are the excursions to Cala Luna and the beaches of the Golfo di Orosei, or the trails in the Supramonte, where sports can also be combined with the tasting of typical food and wine products.

Discover the climbing of Tavolara

Enological itineraries

Wine certainly represents one of the most well-known and appreciated food products of Sardinia, where the winemaking tradition has ancient origins and still today represents the main cultivation of the island. Thanks to its exposure to the sun, the wind and to its salty taste and the particular composition of the soil, the cultivation of many autochthon vines has been developed, that brought about red and white wines of great quality.
Among the white wines in the Gallura, the production that stands out the most is the one of the Vermentino of Gallura, DOCG wine that goes excellently with the great seafood cuisine, while as for the red wines, typical for the Sardinian territory are the Cannonau and the Carignano, that produce wines of great strength and often of high alcoholic content.

For enology enthusiasts and for all lovers of good wine, there are many wine cellars in the Gallura that can be visited and that offer tastings and direct sale of their products. In the vicinity of the Costa Corallina there are for example the wine cellars of Surrau (35 km), Masone Mannu (25 km), the wine cellar of the Vermentino Monti (35 km) and Unmaredivino (45 km). Packages with tours and tastings including transfer service are available on request at the Reception or by e-mail

Water sports

In the small towns of Porto S. Paolo and Marina Maria, just 1 km away from the Hotel, there are several activities for sea and sports lovers in the summer season.

Diving: guided diving to discover the wonders of the Protected Area, from sunken shipwrecks to the under water reefs of Tavolara, from archaeological sites to the fascinating sea bottom of the “secca del Papa”, one of the most beautiful dives of the Mediterranean.

Windsurf: at the beach of Marina Maria, located on the other side of Capo Ceraso, there is the nearest windsurfing school of the area. The particular conformation of the gulf of Olbia, that the beach overlooks, and its orientation in favour of the wind, make this location ideal both for beginners and the more experienced fans of this sport.

Biking

Very scenic and interesting are the itineraries recommended for mountain-bike fans that run along the coast and allow admiring many beaches and coastal landscapes along the way.

The Hotel Ollastu provides its Guests bicycles at no charge, in order to reach the nearby beaches, whereas, on request, the more athletic ones can rent professional bikes.

Boat trips

Without doubt the best way to discover the wonders of the Protected Area, visiting the main islands and sites of major naturalistic and panoramic interest.

The first destination of all is Tavolara, the dragon island that rises from the sea and stands out against the blue sky with its distinctive profile, dominating undisputedly the panorama of this area. Clearly different in shape and height from the other islands, it owes its particularity to the different calcareous composition of its rocks, which steeply fall into the sea. The complete circumnavigation of the island allows capturing its unique shape from all angles, admiring closely its steep cliffs on which you can also see some climbing goats. A stop ashore on the other hand allows visiting the beaches of the Spalmatore di Terra and of the Passetto.
Then proceeding towards the island of Molara, you can admire its famous “Piscine” – a particularly crystalline expanse of sea with turquoise shades – and not far from the wreck of the Chrisso, a cargo ship that ran aground on the rocks in the mid 70s and that still emerges from the sea. On particularly clear days and with little maritime traffic, if you are lucky, it can also happen to observe groups of dolphins passing through in this area.
Moving towards the coast and heading south there are the “Sassi Piatti” of Cala Girgolu, slabs of smooth granite that flow into the sea like a stream, and, a little further away, the long beaches of Cala Brandinchi and la Cinta of San Teodoro.

By reservation, the Hotel Ollastu organizes boat trips with personalized itineraries, skipper and the possibility to have lunch on the islands. For further information on itineraries and fares, contact the Reception or send a request by e-mail.

Coastal itineraries

Many are the seaside locations, and not only, which are not very far away from the Costa Corallina and are easily reached by a short drive, offering a variety of destinations for itineraries within a day’s time. From the more worldly beaches of the Costa Smeralda to the small inland towns, famous for the local production of handicraft and food, from the beauty of the islands of the archipelago of the Maddalena to the wonderful beaches of Cala Gonone and Orosei, to the Nuraghic villages and the many sites of archaeological interest.

Ask the Reception for information on the main available touristic itineraries and on the presence of local festivals and markets.

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