A large sandy expanse of about four kilometres plunges into the glistening sea, with a pine forest running alongside its entire length, close to the sand dunes, separating it from a lagoon area, which is inhabited by rare water birds. The oasis of su Barone, which has recently become the ‘place of the heart’ of FAI - Fondo per l’ambiente italiano (Italian National Trust), extends south of the Marina di Orosei and is one of the longest stretches of the Orosei coastal territory. The beach is part of a large and fascinating territorial compendium, with plant and animal life biodiversity protected as a Site of Community Importance (SCI), which includes the su Petrosu pond behind the sand dunes, and passes through the mouth of the river Cedrino, reaching the neighbouring beach of Osalla. In the large unspoiled oasis, you can book excursions on horseback or you can walk or ride a mountain bike along the marked trails. You can explore the other coves of the gulf on a charter or by renting a rubber dinghy.
The beach has golden, granitic but soft sand with medium grains mixed with shells. The shining sea is transparent, with shimmering shades of blue and emerald green, while the seabed is sandy and the water is deep close to the shore, ideal for wakeboard, windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts, who favour this beach because it is very exposed to the winds. It is also easy to reach, just a few minutes from the town, along ‘Via del mare’ in the direction of the Marina. Two and a half kilometres along the road, you will come to the car park, which is located inside a dense pine forest, perfect for picnics and for some solace in the hottest hours of the day. After walking past a pier, you will come to the long, wide beach that offers ample space to anyone and is a true paradise for those who love relaxing, even in August.
Su Barone is suitable for people who want to enjoy the free beach, although there is no lack of services, along with a beach establishment where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, as well as bar-kiosks. It is also popular with families, thanks to an adventure park in the pine forest, which blends harmoniously with the surrounding environment and where children and teenagers can play safely. Behind the pine forest, there is a lake area generated by the Cedrino, including the pond of su Petrosu - Avalè. Grey herons are at home here, along with cormorants, coots, seagulls, moorhens and egrets, as well as others that are here periodically, such as ducks, black-winged stilts and pink flamingos. The salt waters are a nursery for various species of fish (eels, sand steenbras, flathead mullet, gilthead bream, sole, sea bass) and mussels and molluscs are farmed there.