Cala Gonone

Dorgali – Nuoro

Overcoming Dorgali and crossed the tunnel on the SS 125 that runs through the valley that is between the mountain of Tului and the mountain of Bardia, Cala Gonone is silhouetted against the sea, located on the steep hill down towards the coast of the Gulf of Orosei. Cala Gonone is an Italian seaside town and a civil parish (frazione) of the municipality (comune) of Dorgali, Province of Nuoro, in the region of Sardinia. With its 225 km2 is one the largest territory of Sardinia and believe me they are 225 square km2 of pure beauty. The crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Orosei and the pristine mountains of Supramonte constitute its enviable natural heritage. The sea, beaches, virgin coastline and pristine nature are indeed the incredible offer of Cala Gonone that during the last years is become a very popular tourist venue(the territory is also included in the Gennargentu National Park). The elements of greatest tourist attraction here are definitely the beaches. Almost all are accessible only from the sea, and open on the coast between  stacks and cliffs, caves and rock arches in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. The beaches of the village are: the Spiaggia Centrale (central beach), S’Abba Durche, Cala Luna, Cartoe, Osalla, Cala Fuili, Sos Dorroles, S’Abba Meica, Ziu Martine and Cala Fuili. In addition, close to the village, and reachable by the sea, is the show cave of Bue Marino, which, starting from the coast enters the mountain for several miles. Here the Mediterranean monk seal(Monachus monachus) had her refuge(now it is presumed extinct in this area).

The southern part of the Gulf of Orosei (bordered on the north by Punta Nera and south from Capo di Monte Santo), to which belongs the village of Cala Gonone, is characterized by a high chain of limestone mountains, covered with forests and Mediterranean scrub. Behind Cala Gonone, Mount Irveri protects the village from the north, dipping on one side its vertical walls in the sea, and on the other joining the chain of Monte Bardia (882 m) and Mount Tului (916 m).
This large natural amphitheater has been isolated from the hinterland by the high ramparts of rock, which made it inaccessible for centuries.
The total lack of urban settlements and coastal roads makes this coast one of the most interesting from nature’s point of view. The elements of greatest tourist attraction in the Gulf, are definitely the beaches. Almost all are accessible only from the sea, and open on the coast between  stacks and cliffs, caves and rock arches in a landscape of extraordinary beauty.

If you also love to hike, not far from here, among others, the path to get to the Caves of Tiscali(with the nuragic village) or the aforementioned path to Goloritze(see post), will leave you literally breathless. We will talk soon about Caves of Tiscali . Follow us!

GPS Coordinates: 40.284012, 9.633347

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