PWk: Prod, Tlk: GS2, Datacash: Live
Set at the foot of the breathtaking Mount Corrasi, Oliena is a pretty tangle of whitewashed streets and olive groves. Having recently been awarded the prestigious Orange Flag award, a title that recognises its historic and cultural importance, Oliena presents visitors with a tapestry of historical intrigue and traditional rural charm.
The Maddelana district of the town is the most appealing section, offering an intricate maze of twisting alleyways and tranquil courtyards, all painted in a cool white. Spending time getting lost in the picturesque streets is part of the fun, and you might just stumble upon one of the town’s local cafes or restaurants where you can stop for a welcome refreshment.
Oliena is also rich in folklore and traditional Italian culture, having originated from a Nuragic settlement. Today, wine is one of the town’s main exports, with the Nepente variety being praised by connoisseurs. Cuisine is generally rustic, with dishes often flavoured with the local Sardinian pecorino cheese.
If you want to explore further afield, you will find lots to see and do within just a short drive or hike. Cooling off is easy thanks to the Sorgenti Su Gologone spring – a beautiful, naturally fed spring with incredibly clear water and a parkland setting, plus there are also several caves close to the town that are open for exploration. The nearby city of Nuoro boasts plenty more attractions, including numerous museums.