Beaches in Cala Gonone and Dorgali

The beaches of the Cala Gonone and Dorgali, located in the famous and suggestive Gulf of Orosei, are listed among the most fascinating of Sardinia.
Narrow and wide stretches of sand alternate with cliffs overlooking the sea in a unique mixture of colors, scents and sensations: a breathtaking spectacle.

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Starting from the North, you will find the sandy beaches of Osalla and Cartoe, created by the delta of the river Osalla and the Littu creak. Boath reacheble by car from Dorgali and Cala Gonone driving on a suggestive road through a century-old oak forest. Cycling tracks and horse riding tour to these two beaches are available. Going south we find Cala Gonone alternating limestone and basalt cliffs with pebble and pink sand beaches. The last cove easily reachable by car and a short walk is Cala Fuili, located at the beginning of the Ogliastra, considerated the green lung of Sardinia. High cliffs runs along the southern section of the Gulf of Orosei until Capo Monte Santo, dotted with codule (torrential rivers typical of the Supramonte area) that form small bays and coves of rare beauty: Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Biriola, Mariolu, dei Gabbiani and Goloritzè. Each of them could by itself represent the reason of your holiday. .

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Osalla

Osalla

FEATURES:
White thin sand
Gently sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND PLUS:
Parking
Access walkway for the disabled
Parking
Bar
Lifeguards
Refreshment points
Kayak and pedal boat rental

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Families with children
Snorkeling
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The beach of Osalla is located in the northern part of the Gulf of Orosei. It is a sandy alluvial formed by the river Cedrino. Behind the beach is the Pond of Cedrino; as the nearby Cala Cartoe too is characterized by shallow water and fine sand, making it ideal for families. The beach of Osalla has a long coastline of fine golden sand, bordered by the surrounding verdant hills and the dark rocks. The shallow waters and shoals makes it suitable for families. There is a bar open throughout the season.


Cartoe

Cartoe

FEATURES:
White thin sand
Gently sloping seabed  

SERVICES:
Parking
Walkway for disabled access
Pitches parking
Bar
Service lifeguards
Refreshment point
Kayak and pedal boat rental

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Families with children
Snorkeling
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The beach of Cala Cartoe, like all the beaches of the Gulf of Orosei is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia, a paradise nestled in a breathtaking landscape. This beach is characterized by a fine sandy surface and very shallow making it ideal for families.
Cala Cartoe is the first beach you find on the north of Cala Gonone. The long coastline of thin white sand and shallow waters makes it one of the more suitable beaches for families with small children. Behind the beach is the torrential river of Rio Littu which partially withdraws during the summer creating big sand dunes. During the summer season there is a small kiosk.


Spiaggia Centrale

Spiaggia Centrale

FEATURES:
Mixed sand and pebbles
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES and ADVANTAGES:
Accessible from multiple points
Walkway for disabled access
Large parking zone(free and paid)
Bar
Refreshment points

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Families with children
Snorkeling
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Spiaggia Centrale is located in Cala Gonone.The beach shows a large light-colored sand mixed with stones and bordered by cliffs. The sea is crystal clear and offers a strong contrast of colors with the surrounding mediterranean vegetation, where you can admire the famous Villa Ticca, one of the historic buildings of the small town.


Palmasera - North

Palmasera - North

FEATURES:
Mixed sand and pebbles
Quickly sloping seabed
Wide extension  

SERVICES and ADVANTAGES:
Accessible from multiple points
Kayak rental
Large parking zone(free and paid)
Bar
Refreshment point

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Families with children
Snorkeling
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The new beaches of Palmasera were recently made to support the increasing touristic presence in Cala Gonone. They are beach of sand and pebbles with crystal clear water.


Palmasera

Palmasera

FEATURES:
Mixed sand and pebbles
Gradually sloping seabed
Wide extension  

SERVICES and ADVANTAGES:
Boat rental, kayak, water games
Large parking zone(free and paid)
Bar
Refreshment points

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Families with children
Snorkeling
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The beach of Palmasera, always a meeting place for young people, is characterized by red and white mixed sand. It has shallow waters that make it safe for children to play. Rocks emerge from the sea, from which you can admire the green vegetation surrounding the beach. It is chosen by many people, especially the touristic village guests.


Sos Dorroles

Sos Dorroles

FEATURES:
Mixed sand and pebbles
Gradually sloping seabed

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Uncrowded
Secluded beach

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Family with children
Tranquility seekers
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The beach of Sos Dorroles, onto the Golfo di Orosei, shows a bottom of sand and gravel. Its waters are crystal clear, making a particular contrast of colors with the green vegetation that surrounds and the orange cliff overlooking the beach. Sos Dorroles does not offer services: it has a small car park and is characterized by shallow waters perfect for children and is a good choice for scuba fishing and snorkeling.


S'Abba Meica

S'Abba Meica

FEATURES:
Mixed pebbles and rocks
Quickly sloping seabed
 

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Dogs access allowed

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Dog owners
Snorkeling
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The beach of "Abba Meica" is reachable from the beach of Sos Dorroles (at the end of Palmasera), on the road to Cala Fuili. The beach shows a background of pebbles mixed with limestone rocks polished by the sea. Its waters are crystal clear thanks to the presence of the sulfur source of "Abba Meica" to which have always been attributed curative properties (liver, skin etc.). The beach is suitable for dog owners: the municipal legislation allows the access of dogs along this stretch of coast.


Ziu Martine

Ziu Martine

FEATURES:
Medium size pebbles and sand
Quickly sloping seabed
Sea caves  

SERVICES and ADVANTAGES:
Secluded beach
Wide free parking along the roadway
Refreshments

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Snorkeling

The beach of Ziu Martine is located in the town of Calagonone. It alternate thin sand, white pebbles and volcanic rock, the water is particularly clean and transparent. The beach is reachable by the panoramic Viale Bue Marino, where you can admire the gulf of Orosei in all its extension.


Fuili

Fuili

FEATURES:
Medium size pebbles and sand
Quickly sloping seabed Land caves and sea caves  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Secluded beach
Free parking along the roadway
Viewpoint from above the beach

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Snorkeling
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Cala Fuili is the last beach that can be reached by car from the town of Cala Gonone, the crystal clear and limpid waters are visible from the road where you take the a hundred steps stairway leading to the beach. The beach of Cala Fuili mixes sand and stones with rocks. Its waters are transparent and crystal clear, green vegetation offers a contrast of colors with particular reflections on the turquoise sea.


Ziu Santoru

Ziu Santoru

FEATURES:
Sand
Gently sloping seabed
Land and sea caves  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by land via trekking
Reachable by small boat
No services

The beach of "Ziu Santoru" accessible only by foot or by sea is a cyclical beach where the sand is not present every year. Is one of the most beautiful corners of the coast of the Gulf of Orosei, with sheltered and shallow waters. In the northern side there is a deep cave inhabited since the Nuraghic period and closely linked to the settlement located inland. The vegetation is lush and the colour ogf the cliffs behind the beach change according to the daylight.


Oddoana

Oddoana

FEATURES:
Sand
Gently sloping seabed
Land and sea caves  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by land via trekking
Reachable by small boat
No services

Oddoana beach, next to Ziu Santoru, is reacheble only walking or by the sea. It 'a cyclical beach where the sand is not always present. There are some very suggestive caves. The vegetation is lush and the colour of the cliff behind the beach changes according to the daylight.


Cala Luna

Cala Luna

FEATURES:
Sand
Gently sloping seabed
Land and sea caves  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by land via trekking
Reachable by boat
Bar
Eating place
Pedal boat rental, kayak, sea equipment, beach chairs and umbrellas

Cala Luna is the most famous beach in the Gulf of Orosei. It was made famous as the location for several films shot here in the 80's (Swept by an Unusual Destiny, Mr. Robinson etc ..) The long codula where the torrential river Ilune runs, comes to an end just behind Cala Luna, creating a unique landscape behind the shoreline. The canyon allows the sun to illuminate the beach until late afternoon while the caves offer a pleasant shade during the hottest hours of the day. You can find a restaurant and bar surrounded by the forest. The beach istwo hours walking distance along the path that starts from Cala Fuili or a few minutes by boat from the port of Cala Gonone.


Cala Sisine

Cala Sisine

FEATURES:
Mixed Grit and pebbles
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by sea or by land via trekking
Bar
Eating place

Cala Sisine is located south after Cala Luna and grows on the slopes of Mount Plumare, whose cliffs is over 400 meters high. Cala Sisine is created by the namesake Rio, retiring in the summer, leaving a stunning beach in its dry bed. The shoreline consists mainly of pebbles and extends for two hundred meters inland. There's a small bar restaurant and the beach can be reached in three hours by foot from Cala Luna or in an hour through the canyon behind the beach.


Cala Biriola (Billaricoro)

Cala Biriola (Billaricoro)

FEATURES:
Grit and sand
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by land with rappelling or boat
No Services

Biriola or Billaricoro beach grows on the slopes of the eponymous forest of oaks and junipers whose green hues are mixed with the water. The mountain behind the beach is over 600 meters high. The cove is very sunny all day until mid-August. In September the cove is shaded around 2.30 pm. There are no services on the beach except for environmental surveillance run by the town of Baunei. Biriola is specially popular for diving, snorkeling and the rich fish fauna.


Piscine di Venere (Su Feilau)

Piscine di Venere (Su Feilau)

CARATTERISTICHE:
Calcareous grit and pebbles
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by sea
No services

The piscine di Venere (pools of Venus) are located in the area of "Su Feilau". They are a mirror of turquoise water surrounded by the white walls of the cliff. There can also be a small beach, which sometimes is formed by the sea activity, where it is best not to stop because pebbles can fall from the sheer wall . The piscine di Venere are a classic stopping point for charter trips. If you rent a boat, remember to stop here for a good swim!


Cala Mariolu (Ispuligidenie)

Cala Mariolu (Ispuligidenie)

FEATURES:
Mixed Grit and sand
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by boat or by land via trekking
Refreshment point
Diving Service

Cala Mariolu is considered by many the pearl of the Gulf of Orosei. The tradition says that the cove takes its name from the tale of a fisherman, Ponzese, that hided his freshly caught fish in a small cave near the beach. The fisherman did'nt know that in the Gulf of Orosei lived the famous monk seal, that came out of the water and ate the fish hidden in the cave. The fisherman, who couldn't find his fishes anymore, said "Acca basket Mariolu" ("here there is some thief"), and this exclamation gave the name to this cove. The original name was Ispuligedenie that means 'is like fleas made of snow'. This refers to the many small stones that form the white beach. Cala Mariolu is reachable by boat or along a difficult path to the southern part of the beach. One of the most suggestive part of Cala Mariolu is behind the large rocks that divide in half the beach: here you can dive into a natural aquarium. There is a kiosk in July and August and a diving service with instructors, for skilled and first experience divers.


Cala Gabbiani (Ispuligidenie)

Cala Gabbiani (Ispuligidenie)

FEATURES:
Grit mixed with sand
Average sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Possibilità to access by sea
No services

Cala Gabbiani, is divided from the symmetrical Cala Mariolu by the promontory of Punta Ispuligi. The sand is shimmering white and the water is an intense turquoise. At the center the beach you can find the access to a cave in which, under the sea level, is a karst spring of fresh water that gives this particular colout and cooler temperatures to the sea water.


Le Sorgenti

Le Sorgenti

FEATURES:
Mixed Grit and sand
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by sea
No services

Le sorgenti beaches are so called 'for the karst springs of fresh water leaking in some parts of the seabed. After a day of heavy rain, you can admire the show created on the surface of the sea by the springs. The two small bays are separated by a white cliff in which there is a cave where, if the sea is calm, you can go into swimming. Even here there are large shoals of fishes. Cast a piece of bread into the water and... and enjoy the show!


Cala Goloritzè

Cala Goloritzè

FEATURES:
Mixed Grit and sand
Gradually sloping seabed  

SERVICES AND ADVANTAGES:
Reachable by sea until the bow or by trekking
Forbidden to go further by sea
No Services

Goloritzè is the last beach before the Capo di Monte Santo, that closes the Gulf of Orosei. Golortizè is one of the best destinations for sport lovers, thanks to the presence of Punta Caroddi, a high limestone pinnacle 140 meters high. Spiers and heels stand imperious around the beach creating a unique setting. The access to the beach is allowed only by feet, to protect this little corner of paradise. The arc of Goloritzè marks the southern side of the beach and gives a suggestive frame for swimming and diving.

The Cala Gonone weather, mitigated by the seaproximity, is characterized by mild winters and warm dry summers.

As a result, also because of the shape of the area, it lends itself to various activities related to the sport, the main attraction that captures thousands of tourists each year, followed by crafts and local cuisine.

The characteristic wind of the area is the Mistral, which is manifested by irregular and variable winds gusts, conditioned by the gorges of the mountains in which is channeled and then reflected from the south-east.

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