Historical administrative centre of the southern Baronia
Orosei is the historical centre of the southern Baronia and is located at the basis of a hill originated by a volcano on the Cedrino river valley. The sea, the beaches and the coves that can be reached from Orosei are the characteristic elements of the landscape and make it one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sardinia. The seabord extends for 14 km of beaches: from Osala to the wildlife oasis of Bidderosa that, with its crystal-clear sea and fine sand, represents the main attraction of the area, natural oasis of peace protected by the environmental constraint that limits the daily accesses to the beach.
The beach of Orosei is divided in four areas: Marina di Orosei (the nearest to the centre to which it is connected by a cycle path), Su Barone (where there is a landing for small boats), Su Petrosu (the most populated by young people) and Osala (where there is a second small harbour). The sea bottoms of these localities are a real paradise for the scuba-diving and fishing lovers. This town still has a well-preserved historical centre where it is possible to admire the Church of S. Antonio Abate, the Church of S. Giacomo Maggiore and the Museo Guiso, that hosts a collection of miniaturized theatres of the eighteenth century and an exhibition of traditional costumes from the 1880 to the twentieth century. There are also the Church of the Rosario and the Church of the Anime, prepared during the Holy Week. The rural Church of Santa Maria 'e mare is important for one of the most suggestive events of the entire Sardinia: the simulacrum of the Saint is brought by embellished boats full of flowers along the Cedrino River until it reaches the little church of Santa Maria, where the religious ceremony is celebrated with a characteristic feast with typical dishes and local wine.