The heart of Ogliastra
Santa Maria Navarrese is one of the most renowned and visited localities of Ogliastra. It consists of a village of roughly 1,400 inhabitants, in which it is possible to stroll along the small touristic harbour, sit in one of the numerous open-air locales to eat an ice cream or drink something refreshing.
Santa Maria Navarrese is an excellent destination for spending pleasant moments during your holiday in Ogliastra, but you can also visit several spots and monuments that are rich in history and traditions.
It is said that Santa Maria takes its name from the Princess of Navarra, in Spain, who, following a shipwreck, reached this sheltered cove where, in honour and as a sign of thanks to the Madonna, she decided to construct the first Church of the area. The little Church, from the medieval era, is the most ancient monument of the area and is well visible both from the town as well as the beach.
The Beach of Santa Maria Navarrese is characterised by a sea-bed of pure white sand, which renders the colours of the water especially crystalline. The sea is quite shallow and this makes it perfect for the games of little ones and the relaxation of adults.