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Cala Gonone, Sardinia

South of Orosei, beyond the enterprising and prosperous town of Dorgali famous for its leather, ceramics and filigree jewellery, lies the village of Cala Gonone. Until recent times, this independent community of seafaring folk was only accessible by boat or on foot by a perilous path hewn out of the cliff-side. However, thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, Cala Gonone can now be reached via a road tunnel that cuts straight through the mountainside to reveal a splendid panoramic view of the Golf of Orosei. From the tunnel's exit, a steep and winding road leads down through wooded hillsides, (still inhabited by wild boar!) until you reach the village centre with its tree-lined promenade, restaurants, shops, fine sandy beaches and fishing harbour.

From the harbour there are regular boat trips to the many fabulous beaches to the south of the village, which are virtually inaccessible by land. Cala Luna the nearest is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, with high cliffs protecting a glorious crescent of white sand and a lagoon fringed by pink Oleander. Further south are numerous smaller coves such as Cala Sisine and the evocatively named Ispuligidenie, and all have the remarkable crystal clear turquoise waters for which Sardinia is renowned.

Nearer to Cala Gonone the extraordinary cave of Bue Marino can also be visited by boat and has 900 metres of well-lit tunnels and underground streams to explore.

As well as incredible stalactites, the cave contains a number of prehistoric cave drawings and until the 1970's was the habitat of the rare and timid Monk seal.

The coastal waters here are some of the cleanest in the entire Mediterranean with a wealth of marine flora and fauna, as well as historical artefacts littering the ocean floor. If you are interested in scuba diving, our old friend, Fabio is a qualified diving instructor and runs a diving school in Cala Gonone. Being local born and bred, he knows all the best dive sites in the area! Fabio, naturally, is always delighted to organise a few dives ranging from half-day introductory taster sessions to a wide choice of full diving courses, so if you are interested, please contact us for further details.

Finally, if you really crave excitement, just north of Cala Gonone, the entrance of another huge cave is the awesome venue for bungee jumping, but check your insurance first


Sunday Times "The 20 hottest European beaches"

"12 Sardinia: Cala Luna

There’s an argument that you should hike to Cala Luna. True, it’s nearly four miles, in baking sun, and you might lose focus and fall off a 300ft cliff, especially if you go gaga over the died-and-gone-to-heaven views. But what’s the point of hearing about discovering a roadless cove like this, then hopping on a tourist boat to get there? The beach is in sleepy eastern Sardinia, and it’s a half-mile crescent of spotless sand strung with pink oleander and pitted with romantic grottoes. Cars conk out at Cala Fuili, four miles north — hence that panoramic (if mildly precarious) hike. The boat? Oh, all right, then: it glides down daily in summer from Cala Gonone, the nearest resort (from £12 return). "


The best beaches in Sardinia

Take your pick of gorgeous beaches lining the gloriously undeveloped 25 mile coastline. Grottos, secret coves and hidden, pearly-white sands are backed by limestone cliffs, sculpted rock formations and forests of holm oak, juniper and macchia in one of Europe's last coastal forests.

Cala Luna is a white half-moon crescent lapped by crystal-clear waters, overlooking the Gulf of Orosei. On one side of the beach there are six small caves and, nearby, is the Grotta del Bue Marino, the last Sardinian hiding place of the endangered monk seal and the largest, most dramatic of the many beautiful grottos.

Reach the beach

Cala Luna is 4miles (7 km) south of Cala Gonone, accessible by fairly rough walking down mule tracks. The last descent is very stony and a bit of a scramble. But you can always return or arrive on one of the regular boats from Cala Gonone.

Angie Lester -  May 2017
"This was our first trip to Sardinia & it has us hooked!! We went mainly for the climbing but its a place for all types. The accomadation was fab. It was really lovely and clean and the location is 2nd to none! I would really recommend booking this apartment and Freelance were great to book with."


Stuart Harvey - Aug 2017
" Cala Gonone is a secluded port with a number of excellent Pizzerias (San Francisco’s, Blue Banjou) sea food restaurants (Casa Anna) and bars (Blue Marino) that have views that stretch down the coast. Make sure you take a boat trip to the Blue Marion Grotto and one of the bay’s beaches that can only be accessed by hike or boat. Freelance provided an excellent service, it was reassuring that there was an agent on the island if anything went wrong but not obtrusive like a package holiday rep. I shall definitely be using Freelance again for a holiday either in Sardinia or one of the other islands on which they have properties. "
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