Euro Hotel, Nuoro ***
Whether you're in town for business, to unwind, to experience the rugged charms and high culture of the province of Nuoro, or a mixture of the three, this three-star hotel serves as an excellent and convenient base on Sardinia. Euro Hotel is situated in the town of Nuoro itself. View hotel
Double rooms from €54
Hotel Anticos Palathos, near Nuoro ****
Something special for your holiday in Sardinia - the Hotel Anticos Palathos, Orosei. Sardinia luxury hotels from ahotelinitaly.com. View hotel
Double rooms from €80
Hotel Baia Marina,near Nuoro ***
Around 140km north-east of Cagliari and 30km east of Nuoro, the little Sardinian town of Orosei is a peaceful haven on the east coast. Beautiful sands, blue seas and cloudless skies - an idyllic spot on the Italian Mediterranean. View hotel
Double rooms from €35
There is 'nothing to see in Nuoro, which to tell the truth is always a relief ... sights are an irritating bore', wrote a rather self consciously blase DH Lawrence, visiting the Sardinian town as part of his Italian grand tour in 1921. We have to say Lawrence sold Nuoro, which sits on the slopes of Monte Ortobene in the centre of Sardinia, a little short. The position of the town, which the mountain soaring behind is spectacular enough, with the Supramonte soaring to the front. There are, too, a host of things to see thses days at least, with the Museo (museum) d'Arte Nuorese and the Museo Etnografico. There is a lovely old town, based around the pedestrianised Corso Garibaldi, and in late August the whole town takes to the streets to celebrate Sardinia's biggest festival, the Festa del Redentore (festival of the redeemer).
But most of all, Nuoro is the cultural heart of Sardinia. It was dubbed the 'Sardinian Athens' during the early 20th century, being home to an extraordinary flowering of artistic, poetic, literary and intellectual talent. From here came Grazia Deledda, 1926 winner of the Nobel literature prize. There is sculptor Francesco Ciusa Romagna, writer on law Salvattore Satta (who was similarly dismissive, calling Nuoro 'nothing but a perch for the crows'), and the best known Sard poet, Sebastiano Satta. Nuoro sits on the main Oristano to Olbia highway running across the island, and thus enjoys good access to both east and west coasts. The Gennargentu national park is just south of here.