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According to archeological studies, Lotzorai was inhabited in the Bronze Age and from the seventh century B.C, the village was first under the Punic rule and then under the control of the Romans. The town received its official name in 1117, the same period in which the town of Donigala was built. During the Spanish occupation in 1300, Lotzorai was part of the feudal organization and under the rule of the Spanish crown.

The legend says that the town's name came from its first inhabitant called "Lozoranus" who was a farmer resuscitated from a Saint. Other studies tell us that the first real village was "Ogliastro", today known as Donigala. People here decided to build new towns, as the highest part of Lotzorai, today "Cuccureddu" and in the mountains in order to escape from sea invasions and from all difficulties related to quagmires.

These are just few legends around the possible origin of the town, which can't be taken entirely for real. Along the road that takes you from Lotzorai's suburb to Tortoĺ, you can admire the ruins of the medieval castle of Medusa.

If you observe carefully, the castle can be easily mistaken for a military outpost raised on a hill in order to protect the near port probably sited in a pound close to Girasole. We recommend visiting the castle because the hill offers a great view of the entire town, the small Island in front and the calcareous block close to Baunei. Several legends on this castle continue to live and one of them in particular, tells that a queen lived and died here.

The "Domus De Janas" (Fairy house) is an archeological site that can't be missed and which represents collective graves, similar to real homes, which were excavated in the rock.

This site is at a short distance away from Lotzorai, along the street Lotzorai-Talana-Urzulei and at only 2300 meters from Sardegna Holiday apartments. In the last years, the town has adopted ameliorative measures and now there are well traced tracks that take you inside the graves.

The territory, as well as the one along the sea, is rich of archeological findings. The Nuraghe Age is evident but it's also possible to find flotsams belonging to different ages, which re-emerge close to the seashore. Lotzorai stands on the sea, in one of the most charming, uncontaminated and striking coasts of Baunei's territory as the ones of Cala Sisine, Cala Luna, Cala Mariolu, Grotta del bue Marino (the Sea Ox cave) and Grotta del Fico ( Fig's cave), respectively in Dorgali and Baunei. The town is built on the sea but we must not forget the importance of the Supramonte that rises on the back because, all the paths that take you to the coves, start from there. Lotzorai's main tourist attraction is represented by the long strip of white and fine sand.

The sea in front is crystal and rich of fish, with a sandy depth full of life. Behind the beach, there is a long and rare pinewood where you can enjoy fresh air during hot summer days. Lotzorai has several beaches which can be visited by a great number of tourists and that are never crowded even during high season. However, if you wish to move to a calmer area, you just have to move the bath towel and the beach umbrella where you prefer.

In front of Lotzorai's beaches and in between the port of Arbatax and the tourist port of Santa Maria Navarrese, there is the small island of Ogliastra. Maps identify it as just a rock but people of Lotzorai and all nature lovers consider it a real paradise surrounded by Crystal Sea and rich and colored paths.

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