Discover the most intimate and unknown part of Sardinia. An uncontaminated oasis awaits you at the Tepilora Natural Park, in the luxury of silence!

Enchanting space around and distance to travel, nothing of ended, nothing definitive. It’s like freedom itself. (David Herbert Lawrence)

Tired of the usual destinations and crowded beaches? Are you looking for a place that only a few privileged people know about? You are in the right place!

Crystal clear water in Sardinia

The Tepilora Natural Park stands in 8000 hectares of uncontaminated forests, woods, clean air, springs and unbeaten paths. An oasis of peace where you can discover a part of Sardinia where the intimacy of silence has remained perfectly intact. Inside this paradise on earth, there are many activities to do, together with certified guides and in small groups. An experience to live at 360 degrees!

Wetland in the Tepilora Natural Park

The only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve on the island

In this historical moment of strong attention to the environment, winning the recognition of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is no longer so obvious. Compared to the classic natural areas of our country, the Tepilora Natural Park has strict requirements and boasts of being the only UNESCO Reserve in Sardinia! Not to mention the fact that it is a newly known territory, so until now it has remained completely untouched.

The naturalistic oasis of Usinavà, in the Tepilora Natural Park
The naturalistic oasis of Usinavà
River Posada, in the Tepilora Natural Park
River Posada

In this secret Sardinian corner, you can find:

  • The most beautiful sea in Italy according to Legambiente and Touring Club;
  • The Rio Posada, a river protected by the International Convention of Ramsar;
  • The Montalbo, European biogenetic reserve;
  • Lake Torpè and its dam, surrounded by hectares of fertile valleys;
  • The naturalistic oasis of Usinavà, with the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean area;
  • A millenary nuraghe, called “San Pietro”;
  • An incredible variety of fauna, such as turtles, foxes, fallow deer, wild boars, hares, mouflons…
Fava Castle, Judicial stronghold
Fava Castle, Judicial stronghold

Hiking excursions

To the delight of hikers, the Tepilora Natural Park offers the opportunity to explore numerous sites on foot, including Mount Nurres, Cuccuru ‘e Luna, Gorropu, Cala Luna, Cala Fuili, but also nature excursions in wetlands and waterways of the Park. Moreover, do not miss the opportunity to have romantic aperitifs and dinners on the beach. Alternatively, you can experience birdwatching with binoculars and camouflage tents, or taste Sardinian food and wine specialities. You can even prepare your own Sardinian dish with regional cooking lessons!

Romantic sea at sunset

Sardinian culture and history

The Natural Park of Tepilora is not only virgin nature, but also history, culture and local traditions to be experienced first hand. You can learn more about the Nuraghe San Pietro with guided tours. Otherwise, the “Domus de janas” route awaits you, to discover the prehistoric tombs dug into the rock, typical of pre-Nuragic Sardinia. In addition, there are regular meetings on customs and traditions, the fascinating history of the island, music, art and the environment. To say nothing of the splendid permanent exhibitions.

Nuraghe San Pietro from above
Nuraghe San Pietro from above

Activities and sports for all tastes

The Park is suitable for various sports activities, both land and water. If you are a beginner, you will have the exclusive opportunity to follow personalised lessons in various disciplines such as windsurfing, kayaking, stand up puddle, scuba diving, snorkelling… Without worrying about the equipment, because it will be rented for you.

Underwater activities in the Tepilora Natural Park

If you prefer the two wheels, the Park offers mountain biking at different levels, or road cycling with certified guides. For those who are less intrepid, on the other hand, there are e-bike tours (electrically assisted cycling) and cycling tourism within the Tepilora Natural Park.

There are activities for all tastes, to guarantee pleasant experiences for all ages. In fact, even your children will spend unforgettable moments thanks to the games and educational activities made especially for them!

Dreamlike beaches

Tree-lined area with sea in the distance at the Tepilora natural park


The Posada beach is ranked first in the Blue Guide of Legambiente and Touring Club, thanks to its particular attention to ecotourism. In this area, the favourite for water sports lovers, there is also the family-friendly beach of San Giovanni, the beach of Orvile and Su Tiriarzu. Here you can spend your days at sea in an award-winning place, to live always at the best!

River Posada and the beach
River Posada and the beach


Relive the scenes from a Francis Ford Coppola film at Capo Comino, a real scenic beach! This tourist attraction owes its great beauty to the crystal clear water from which you can see its splendid seabed and the white sand, which gives way to a rocky coast to the south, where you can admire half of the island from the lighthouse of the same name. The Berchida beach is one of the most beautiful in Italy, with its pond full of life. An enchanted place where you can enjoy well-deserved relaxation surrounded by junipers and the sea air.

Lighthouse of Capo Comino, in Sardinia
Lighthouse of Capo Comino. By Gianni Careddu – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


In the Bidderosa Oasis the emerald sea and the fine silvery sand fade to create a dreamlike environment. To protect the park where this piece of paradise is located, access by car is limited. In fact, only about a hundred cars can park a day. The Gulf of Orosei is famous for its fabulous caves, where you can admire splendid stalactites and stalagmites. The most appreciated are the Grotta del Fico and the Grotta del Bue Marino.

Grotta del Bue Marino, in Sardinia
Grotta del Bue Marino. By trolvag, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Eco-Glamping Essenza

Huts of the hotel Essenza Sardegna, inside the Tepilora Natural Park

The extraordinary structure of Essenza is the reconstruction of an ancient nuraghe, just like that of San Pietro. It is a location not far from the sea (it can be seen in the distance and is reachable in 15 minutes by car) and it is strongly linked to the historical and cultural heritage of Sardinia. In fact, you can take a dip in Prehistory thanks to antiques preserved here, including ancient braziers, ancient musical instruments and much more. Moreover, in Essenza you have a special focus on sustainable tourism, to live in harmony with the beauty that surrounds us.

Inside there are 4 rooms, each one recalls the ancient shepherds’ huts. More specifically, the circular stone base is parallel to a cone roof, while the roof is made of tree branch frame. The furnishings are in perfect original Sardinian style, as in ancient times.

Hotel Essenza, renovation of a nuraghe

Finally, the scent of an essential oil characterizes each room, extracted by the most skilled families of herbalists on the island. In particular, there are:

  • The White Room, with myrtle essential oil;
  • The Green Room, with essential oil of Juniper;
  • The Purple Room, with essential oil of Lavender;
  • The Yellow Room, with helichrysum essential oil.

Treat yourself to a unique experience in the most ancient and fascinating dimension of this millenary land. Book a trip through time in the Tepilora Natural Park and you will feel regenerated!

Author: Maria Cristina

I was born around the sunny Sicilian countryside and grown up between the majestic mountains of Trentino. From an early age, I've always been fascinated by the cultural diversity of our country, from the north to the south. I have a big passion for languages and I dream about being able to discover every inch of the earth, respecting the environment and enhancing the unicity of the human race.
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