Budoni and its surroundings
Budoni is located in north-east of Sardinia, situated between the two municipalities of San Teodoro and Posada north to south, along the SS 125, the long thoroughfare that runs along the eastern part of Sardinia from Cagliari to Olbia. This territory belongs to the province of Olbia-Tempio.
The municipality of Budoni borders to the north with the municipality of San Teodoro, to the west with the municipality of Torpè and to the south with the municipality of Posada. Originally composed of 22 fractions some are now gone. The current ones are Tanaunella, the most populous, S’Iscala, Muriscuvò, Limpiddu, Solità, San Gavino, San Lorenzo, Tamarispa, San Pietro, Lutturai, Strugas, Maiorca, Berruiles, San Silvestro, Malamurì, Birgalavò, Luttuni, Agrustos, Ottiolu, Stazzu Bruiatu, Lu Linnalvu, and Ludduì – some of which are listed below.
Budoni territory includes 18 km of coastline along the Tyrrhenian Sea, allow Budoni marvelous landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches and surrounded by walls of rock. The closest is that of the country, only 300 meters. It ‘a characteristic rocky cove with a beautiful surrounding pine forest and transparent sea bed alternating between sand and rocks, small rocks, stones near the shore.
To get there from the south take the Eastern Sardinian is discouraged, unless you want to venture arm of patience and a long journey full of steps and long distances between inhabited places where there are no urban settlement, including landscapes or less diverse and certainly suggestive.
Other very frequented beaches are those on the coast of Puerto Ottiolu from parking areas, bars, services, rental of surfing and pedal boats. Ottiolu is a port-equipped, well-equipped with 445 berths.
The beauty of its landscape and its transparent, turquoise-colored sea bottom in 1998, beat the world record for free diving. The special attention paid to the needs of tourists have made this town of only 4000 inhabitants one of the most sought after vacation sports.
- San Lorenzo
The toponym is of medieval origin and refers to the period of the Cistercian monks, this hamlet, located on the hill, enjoys the vision of valleys to the east and to the west it has fertile land for cereal production and for grazing herds.
The origin and meaning of its name reminds us of the Sun, in fact the morphology of its territory is in full sun exposure. This becomes fascinating to believe that in ancient times this area was dedicated to the celestial star and that the primitive remains on the opposite hill were of the temple dedicated to the sun.
- San Gavino
The inhabited area of San Gavino, less than a kilometer from Solità, is located east of the latter agglomeration. Situated on the hill in an excellent position, the site is dedicated to San Gavino in the medieval period.
This toponym has a Semitic origin. The hamlet, also located on a hill, has incorporated the traces of an ancient settlement. Limpiddu in Gallura language means autumn pastures.
- Tanaunella (S’iscala – Muriscuvò)
Of all the hamlets Tanaunella is the one that enjoys the widest sea view. In ancient times, perhaps in the Nuragic period, its inhabited area descended to the beach, maintaining a good relationship with foreigners and between peoples for the exchanges that came from the sea.Its historic center has been almost completely renovated, however the old urban plan remains which has all the characteristics of the nuragic village due to its winding alleys that climbed upwards, and always in the upper part the church has perhaps taken the place of a nuraghe. In fact, from its highest point you can see the nuraghe above Porto Ottiolu to the east and that of S’Iscala – Muriscuvò to the west.
Small hamlet on the border of the territory between the municipalities of San Tedodoro and Budoni assumes a strategic importance for the access routes from the sea to the land. One way of access, with a safe and secure landing place is the one between the islet and Porto Ottiolu, the other, between the islet and the pine forest, with a more difficult landing, but directed towards the town. Porto Ottiolu has only been so since 1988 because it was built inside a dry pond in summer and with salt water in winter. However, despite the fact that a tourist port has been created, the territory has not undergone particular changes, as traces of a glorious past from the Nuragic to the Punic-Roman are still evident. In Porto Ottiolu several houses have been built which in the summer months fill up reaching the presence of about three thousand inhabitants.Agrustos, just 500 meters from the beach, preserves prehistoric and historical vestiges. Of extreme interest is the underwater path that can be done between Punta li Tulchi and Baia S. Anna where traces of the Punic-Roman period but also medieval can be recognized in a depth of a few meters.
Toponym of Semitic origin lends itself to different interpretations which could all be reliable. The hamlet has a prerogative and is that of being in a high and panoramic place under the Punta Ultia giving a certain security to those who wanted to stay overnight.The name of Ludduì could also arise from the assembly of different words being a healthy, ventilated, panoramic site , protected. The abundance of fresh water throughout the surrounding area suggests that there could be a coming and going of water supplies for passing ships
Berruiles, hidden to the west of the Punta Ultia hill, together with the micro hamlets of San Silvestro, Nuditta and Maiorca form an agglomeration of medieval origin.
These small sites form the halo of the Municipality of Budoni which is the center of gravity of all 24 hamlets.The toponym of Berruiles could mean a hidden or protected place, where herds could be raised.The presence of Roman millstones certifies that the place was inhabited since ancient times.
San Silvesto is located about three hundred meters south of Berruiles and bears the name of a great Pope. The hamlet of Nuditta bears a toponym which means bare, which could suit him as the site was completely stripped of trees to make coal. Finally, Majorca is of Spanish origin and means the largest.
The root could mean hidden from view, but also rich in drinking water. In any case, the hamlet is physically located on the sides of two hills dominated by woods Strugas at over 200 m a.s.l. is a place well sheltered from the mistral and other winds and enjoys a vast panorama.
- San Pietro
The hamlet is the typical village that developed in the medieval period. It was born and grew around a place of worship, perhaps nuragic, the enclosures built around the church, rebuilt, bear evident traces of an ancient past. San Pietro is located about 4 km from the sea is in a protected place and the road that crosses it leads to the highest hills. Its original nucleus must have risen around the church and its oldest houses are built with recycled material from ancient trachyte and basalt ashlars. The site is full of woods and vegetation, centuries-old olive trees and holm oaks grow there, at the bottom of the valley there flows a stream always full of water, comforting the large amount of cattle that graze there
The hamlet to the north-west of the residential area of San Lorenzo is made up of a group of houses built on the sides of the San Pietro – Brunella – San Lorenzo state road; it was entirely recovered and restored between the eighties and nineties of the last century, the traces of its ancient history can be read in its anthropology and in the faces of its inhabitants.The inhabitants have chosen to settle in a passage lose sight of the Posada sea; these people have a mild character and are always well disposed to exchange and commerce.