A picture of a view of Tortoli and Arbatax in East Sardinia
Splendid views from Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu, in the foreground: Villagrande Strisaili, in the far distance: Tortoli and Arbatax.

About Tortoli

a picture of red rocks and turquoise waters near the coast of tortoli in east sardinia italy
Red Rocks and Turquoise Water near Tortoli, east Sardinia, italy.

Located on the east coast of Sardinia, Tortoli is a charming town in the midst of a stunning and very rugged coastal landscape. Consisting of beautiful beaches, ample shopping, and comfortable accommodation; Tortoli is also a popular destination for tourists wanting to escape the crowds and get lost in small town Sardinia. Although the nearby town of Arbatax is better known to tourists, Tortoli is an encounter with a smaller and slightly more authentic experience. There is still an excellent infrastructure within the town, and you will find many shopping options including an extensive variety of vegetables and fruit at the market. Furthermore, the village is situated right next to the mountains in Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu and a truly stunning pond – Stagno di Tortoli. Tortoli is very antiquated in appearance, and this is best evidenced in the church of St. Andrew at the very center of town. Consisting of baroque styled facades, this ancient theme continues throughout the village with many beautiful pieces of art ensuring the exterior of these buildings is just as interesting. Featuring San Gemiliano Tower and a nuragic village in San Salvatore Park, there seems to be history and culture at every turn. As already mentioned, there is also a very enticing range of accommodation which includes the luxurious Orri Hotel and Hotel Antica Posada. In fact, while Tortoli is the kind of travel destination to which customers keep coming back year after year, the luxurious and comfortable nature of these hotels is often the main reason it happens. However, the east coast of Sardinia is renowned for having a rugged appearance and some of the most idyllic stretches in this regard are surrounding the town of Tortoli. Standing tall next to the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean, the mysterious red cliffs are quite the spectacle. In many instances, these cliffs are what attract tourists to the region, and they offer an unforgettable sight during sunset and sunrise. And then there are the many beaches dotted along the coastline next to Tortoli. From Cea, Basaura, and Lido di Orri; there are several of these white sandy beaches which never fail to delight tourists, and these are also rather isolated beaches where you can enjoy your small piece of Sardinia in private. Featuring a tiny airstrip, you can also expect a very secluded experience in the town itself but for a little bit more variety, the above-mentioned town, Arbatax, is just a short distance away. With this in mind, Arbatax is perfect for a day excursion as this will mean taking a ride on the train which travels through stunning scenery between each port. In spite of the small size, it must be noted how Tortoli is an essential hub for Ogliastra – a region in which the tourism and services economy is now even more important than agriculture. For this reason, the tiny airport and harbor still play a very important role.

Where to Stay in Tortoli

Orrì Hotel

  • A 4 star Hotel in Tortoli, 1 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.62 miles.)
The modern front desk at the Orri Hotel in Tortoli, east Sardinia, Italy.

With the location in mind, Orri Hotel is often regarded as one of the best hotels in Tortoli, but the range of facilities in this particular hotel is also staggering. Featuring a nicely sized outdoor pool and a beautiful sun terrace, the hotel is also the perfect place to relax in between activities. In fact, when it comes to things to do in the area, the hotel reception is also known to go out of its way to keep guests updated and entertained. In this regard, you will find a 24-hour front desk which offers a large number of excursions in the local area. In many ways, this is one of the genuine highlights of a stay in this Tortoli hotel as the friendly staff and accommodating nature of the hotel is worth nothing. If you do not avail of these excursions, it should not matter, for white powdered sands are within easy reach of the hotel. Furthermore, the center of Tortoli Village is just a short walking distance from the hotel where you can find ample bars, restaurants, and bars. That being said, the rooms in Orri Hotel are beautifully designed and rather spacious. As you might expect in this part of the world, cleanliness and comfort are always a priority while each room is equipped with minibar, TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Continental breakfast is served each morning at Orri Hotel, and when you see the relaxing sun terrace, you should also understand why guests love nothing more than to start their morning at this hotel in Tortoli.

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Hotel S'Abba e Sa Murta

  • A 3 star Hotel in Tortoli, 6.5 kilometers from the center of town (about 4.04 miles.)
Guests love to start their morning at Hotel S'Abba e Sa Murta in Tortoli, Sardinia, Italy.

Interestingly, the restaurant at this charming hotel in Tortoli is just as popular as the accommodation. After all, S'Abba e Sa Murta is renowned for serving some of the best traditional cuisines in Sardinia and is opened to the public for lunch and dinner. That being said, you can still expect ultimate privacy in this particular accommodation which is situated in a very secluded setting.
Located in the midst of woodlands and luscious vineyards, Hotel S'Abba e Sa Murta is entirely different to other hotels in a sense that it is located outside of Tortoli Village. At the same time, the hotel is still just one kilometer from a white sandy beach and the beautiful coastline for which this part of the world is best known. Consisting of a swimming pool and quaint terrace, the essence of this hotel is quite peaceful, even while particularly busy with guests. This isolated or personal experience is often the subject of 5-Star reviews with many guests also commenting on the friendly staff and homemade wine. As for the sleeping quarters, each room is modern yet antiquated. In some rooms, you can find exposed stonework which adds to a slightly antiquated theme, but then this décor is complemented with bright colors, luxurious furniture, and fabric.
Continental breakfast and wonderful solitude await guests on the patio each morning, and for active guests, there are many activities which can be organized with the hotel including sailing, kayaking, and even horse riding.

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Hotel Antica Posada

  • A 4 star Hotel in Tortoli, 13.7 kilometers from the center of town (about 8.51 miles.)
A sublime mix of old architecture and contemporary design at Hotel Antica Posada in Loceri, Sardinia, Italy.

Although located in Loceri which is nine kilometers south-west of Tortoli, Hotel Antica Posada is amidst some truly spectacular scenery and within easy reach of the picturesque town of Tortoli. Furthermore, you will also see that many activities are available in the area and the white powdered sands of Torre di Bari are less than ten kilometers away. That being said, the style and comfort of Hotel Antica Posada is most often the main highlight. Featuring a very spacious design and bright colors, the interior is a sublime mix of old architecture and contemporary design which compliments the overall character of the hotel. As with many other hotels in the direction of Tortoli, the staff is usually the recipients of excellent feedback while the very laid-back atmosphere ensure this is indeed a luxurious home away from home for guests. Consisting of a minibar, TV, and ample space, the rooms in Hotel Antica Posada are another reason why this is one of the most exclusive hotels in the area. With this in mind, it must be noted that Hotel Antica Posada is quite a small eco-friendly hotel with a big reputation and a place which many guests arrive in search of a peaceful stay. While the hotel is not best known for having a range of food options (lunch and dinner), there is also an excellent restaurant just down the road which never fails to delight visitors. For this reason, the isolated location of the hotel ensures this is a great place to enjoy a very authentic experience and explore the local surroundings which are nothing short of breath-taking.

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Tortoli Map

Sardinian Beaches Near Tortoli

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

Bari Sardo

  • Length: 10000 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of bari sardo beach

Bari Sardo beach lies 3 kilometers south of Cea beach. Its main attraction is its beautiful coastline that continuously stretches on for 10 kilometers.

Learn more about Bari Sardo, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cea Beach

  • Length: 1100 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Cea beach is located on the south of Capo Bellavista near Tortoli. It ‘s known for its characteristic red rocks. A good snorkelling and diving spot.

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