Pedra Longa, or Agugliastra, is a spire that rises from the sea for 128 meters and falls steeply into a sea of deep blue. Defined by many as a huge rock, it is actually a “mountain piece” that collapsed from the surrounding cliff in ancient times. Pedra Longa was declared a natural monument in 1993. It has always been the gateway to a world of sea and mountains subject to different rules from those we are used to: it marks the beginning of the spectacular Baunei coast.
Pedra Longa, rises just before the bay of Forrola, and is the only point of interest in the Gulf of Orosei that can be reached by car. It is also the starting point of the “wild blue” trek, a journey of over a week that leads to Cala Luna by foot. It is not only the spectacle of the encounter between the sea and the mountains, however, that leads us to argue that Pedra Longa is the gateway to a world beyond compare: its waters, blue and sometimes turquoise, that fade to emerald green, are typical of the Gulf of Orosei. The underwater life is intense, and the net encounter of the sea with the mountain allows us to admire numerous species already a few meters towards the open sea.
Behind Pedra Longa, to the north, the majestic Punta Giradili stands, it is the “roof of the Gulf”, which with its 700 and over meters of height wins the podium among the highest cliffs of the whole Mediterranean. At its feet there are the Baus Waterfalls, a source of fresh water during the winter and spring season. According to some sources, even the Saracens refueled there with fresh water after a failed raid in Santa Maria Navarrese, during the second half of the nineteenth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, from 1909 to 1914, a lithographic quarry, called “su stabilimentu“, was opened not far from Pedra Longa. The extracted slabs of limestone were transported by cable car to a dock, built at sea level
According to several historians the name Ogliastra derives from the historical toponym of Pedra Longa, “Agugliastra” or “Aguglia“. The signaling of Pedra Longa in portolani (polit books) as Aguglia or Agugliastra confirms its considerable importance in the past along the Ogliastra coast, as an excellent reference point for sailors.
How to reach it
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With the fleet of Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra we will take you with our motor ships to explore 40 km of the wild coast of Baunei, leaving from the port of Arbatax or from the touristic port of Santa Maria Navarrese.
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The environmental contribution
An environmental contribution of € 1.00 is asked by the Association "Costa di Baunei"; its destination is to improve quality of services the association intend to offer, such as assistance on the beaches, more and more safe moorings for tourists, the cleaning of sandy shores and their protection and conservation over time.
Travel with Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra
Why choose us to discover the incredible cost of Baunei
There are many ways to visit the coast of Baunei by sea. Here the reasons why choosing to travel with the Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra represents a guarantee for your day trip in the Gulf of Orosei.
Our motor ships, as well as safe, are comfortable. On board there are seats in the shade and in the sun, in semi-enclosed and outdoor areas. Also tables where you can consume a snack or your packed lunch. The boats are equipped with toilets. It’s our habit to try to make you feel more comfortable while traveling around the Gulf.
It is our job to offer transport service to passengers. We comply with the standards required by current regulations, our motor ships are well equipped to carry passengers. Furthermore, we provide customer assistance from before purchasing the ticket until the end of the day spent with us (and even after). We are always on time with arrival and departure from the coves.
We comply with the required safety standards and we only operates with approved motor ships for passenger transportation. Our crews are well trained and have experience in navigation. Our boats are large enough to guarantee more stability and safety than other types of boats, even in case of windy days.
♦ For everyone
Everyone can take a trip to the coves with us. We work with schools and kindergartens, with groups of seniors and high schools in occasion of sports initiatives and educational trips.
Our boats are suitable for families with small children, who are welcome on board along with their inseparable strollers. We are able to transport people with motor disability. There’s the possibility, under request, to carry passengers in a wheelchair.
We have been traveling along the coast of Baunei since the 1980s. We have behind a wide knowledge that allow us to get the best out of the Gulf every day and face every situation in the best way. We know the coast of Baunei and its history: we try to share with you as much as possible on our website and during navigation.
The Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra offers a stable service. Every summer, from May 1st to October 15th, our boats take you to the discovery of an incomparable Mediterranean stretch. For over 40 years!
Our confortable and safe motor ships will carry you through the discovery of one of the most suggestive slice of heaven in the whole Mediterranean. Boats capacity from 120 to 300 seats.
How to buy on-line
It is possible to buy tickets from this site, either via computer or smartphone. Our system is a simple and safe way for you to purchase your ticket.
How does the trip work?
Leaving in the morning, return in the evening. During the day an alternation of visit at the beach and boating until the next one, as planned by the line you choose. You should get your ticket at least the day before!