Santa Maria Navarrese

a picture of a sunrise in Santa Maria Navarrese in ogliastra east sardinia
A warm sunrise in Santa Maria Navarrese, province of Ogliastra, east Sardinia.

About Santa Maria Navarrese

You will feel rejuvenated after visiting this charming village along the east coast of Sardinia. Whether you take a boat tour along its crystal clear blue waters, hike the Supramonte, or enjoy a walk along the many nearby beaches, you’re sure to feel refreshed. Immerse yourself in the area’s bounty of rich cultural and natural wonders.

History: the Legend of Principessa de Navarra

The story about how this charming Mediterranean village got its name is as fascinating as the area itself. In 1052, Princess Navarra was kidnapped. She prayed to the Virgin Mary for safety, and found refuge in this seaside village. In a gesture of gratitude, she made a vow to build the famous church in honor of Saint Mary. The town square is also named after the princess.

Sights to See

Besides the famous church, there are no shortage of activities in Santa Maria Navarrese.

Town Park of Santa Maria Navarrese

Your senses will relish your stroll through this park as you take in its many sights. You’ll marvel at the bright green, thousands of years old olive trees. One of them is over 10 meters (32 feet) high! You’ll also see a Mediterranean hackberry tree that’s almost 16 meters (52 feet) tall, and an 11 meter (36 feet) high Carob tree. You’ll also see a big boulder with a row of cup and ring marks engraved in the side.

Tourist Port

This port will allow you to partake in several boat excursions over a span of 40 kilometers. The marina staff is friendly and helpful, and offer a variety of services to meet visitors’ needs. In 2005, this port received the Blue Flag award. This is given to ports that maintain high quality, security and service standards.

Boat Tours

There’s no better way to experience the caves and beaches of the area than by boat.

Fuorirotta Charter

Go on a mesmerizing voyage through the caves and beaches of the Gulf of Orosei. The trip begins in the port of Santa Maria Navarrese at 8:30. You won’t regret spending a day on this spectacular tour. You can choose between a 20 and 30 seat boat. Regardless of which option you pick, the boat’s friendly crew will make you feel right at home. You’ll enjoy a morning and afternoon snack, along with lunch.

Mare Ogliastra

This tour company gives you 3 different options. These excursions are available every day.

Red Line

This is the classic tour around the coast of Baunei. You can tour Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine, Cala Luna and the Grotta del Bue Marino Cave.

Green Line

This tour will take you through Discover Cala Mariolou, Cala Biriola, Cala Sisine and the Grotta del Fico Cave.

Blue Line

If you’re just visiting the area for a day trip, or want the experience of a calmer excursion, check out the Blue Line. Tour Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna and the Grotta del Fico and Grotta del Bue Marino Caves.

Fishing

This fishing trip along the Baunei coast is sure to be unforgettable with Pescare Ogliastra. You’ll delight in the crystal clear blue waters of the Gulf of Orosei. You can choose between a Half Day trip, 4 to 5 hours in duration, or a Full Day trip, which would last for 8 hours. In addition, you can opt for a morning or evening trip. Your guide, Gino’s, love of fishing is infectious, and his knowledge of the area will prove to be useful.

There are 3 different types of excursions available:

Tuna

This trip is available from July through April. 2 anglers maximum allowed.

Amberjack, Barracuda, Glance, Red Snapper, Lampugha

You will be catching these fish with live or artificial bait. You can take this trip from March through December.

Big Game

This trip is available all year round. You can catch bream, tracina, capone and vacchette.

Beaches

You’ll find some of the most breathtaking beaches throughout the Mediterranean when you visit Santa Maria Navarrese. You’ll delight in finding stunning hidden treasures like Cala Luna and Cala Goloritze.

Santa Maria Navarrese Beach

From the Spanish Tower to the first bar, this beach is easy to find. Just follow the stairs in front of the church. It’s surrounded by red rocks and pine trees. You’ll love the gorgeous view of the bay. The waters are shallow enough to make this beach child friendly.

Cala Biriola

Your feet will sink into this often uncrowded beach’s white limestone sand. It’s a great place for mountain climbing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The sights of wild juniper growing on the rocks, and the water’s reflection of the stones off the light of the sun, are nothing short of impressive. You can get here by boat. There is a trail that will lead to the beach, but this steep hike is recommended only for experts.

Cala Goloritzé

You’re not going to want to skip a visit to this white sand beach. Known as one of the most exquisite beaches in the Mediterranean, your jaw will drop when you see the turquoise waters and marble rocks. Rock climbers will want to check out Punta Goloritzé. This beach is shallow enough for children to enjoy. This picturesque cove, with its lush vegetation over the sloves of the cliffs, can be reached by land or sea.

Cala Luna

You won’t want to miss this “Moon Cove”, with its majestic limestone cliffs and sparkling waters. It’s an ideal location for a boat tour through the incredible rock carvings in the Bue Marino Caves, which are only about 3 kilometers away. You can get to this white crescent beach by a hike through Cala Fiuli. If you’re visiting in the summer, you could also take a boat from Cala Gonone Marina to get here.

Pedra Longa

This beach’s name means “tall stone”, and it certainly delivers on this promise. It was named after the huge calcareous limestone and dolomite pyramid that stretches over 130 meters high (426 feet). If you’re looking to hike, scuba dive, or snorkel, you’ll want to pay a visit to this beach. You can get here from the scenic SS 125. After Baunei, as you head toward Tortoli, you’ll see an asphalt road on the left, with signs that will direct you toward the beach.

Spiaggia dei Gabbiani

This beach was named “Seagull Beach” because you’ll never see a shortage of these birds here. After you take in this beach’s calm, tranquil waters, you’ll see why the seagulls flock here. This serene oasis is only accessible by boat. When the wind is calm, you can take a paddle boat, canoe or moscone (small rowboat) to get here. Don’t forget sunscreen or your scuba diving boots when you visit.

How to Get to Santa Maria Navarrese

Airplane

This is the most comfortable way to get to Santa Maria Navarrese. The closest airport is Tortoli-Arbatax, which is about 15 kilometers away. In the summer, there are scheduled and charter flights from Bolzano, Innsbruck, Milan, Rome and Verona.

The main airlines with routes through Sardinia are:

  • Alitalia
  • Easy Jet
  • Evolavia
  • Merdiana
  • Ryanair
  • Tuyfly

Ship

You’ll find the most connections when traveling in the summer. This is the least expensive option. The closest port is in Arbatax.

Ships with routes through Sardinia include:

  • Grimaldi
  • Linea dei Golfi
  • Mobi Lines
  • Sardinia Ferries
  • Tirrenia

Best Times to Visit Santa Maria Navarrese

Peak season is in July and August, which is also when the temperatures are at their highest. If you want a quieter and more intimate getaway, visit in June or September.

Sardinian Beaches Near Santa Maria Navarrese

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Santa Maria Navarrese. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Isula Manna Beach

  • Length: 1200 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of isula manna beach near lotzorai in east sardinia

Isula Manna Beach (Spiaggia Isula Manna) is located just a few kilometers south of Iscrixedda Beach, and is approximately 1200 meters long.

Learn more about Isula Manna Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.

Iscrixedda Beach

  • Length: 1700 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of iscrixedda beach taken from the pine forests

Iscrixedda beach, backed by cooling pine forests, is located in the popular area of Lotzorai, and is located 2 kilometers south of Santa Maria Navarrese.

Learn more about Iscrixedda Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.

Santa Maria Navarrese Beach

  • Length: 500 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of Santa Maria Navarrese Beach

Santa Maria Navarrese beach is located 5 kilometers south of Pedra Longa. It has a beautiful bay that’s being sheltered from mistral winds from the north.

Learn more about Santa Maria Navarrese Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.