Cala Gonone is a picturesque seaside town on the central east coast of Sardinia, offering an ideal blend of sunny beaches, scenic landscapes and excellent attractions for your Italy holiday in 2021. Located 56 kilometres to the east of the famous Costa Esmeralda, Cala Gonone is a useful base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. The closest town is Dorgali, located slightly further inland and nestled amidst spectacular mountains, offering trekking trails with wonderful views. Nearby, you’ll find the landmark of Tiscali and the stunning gorge of Su Gorropu, as well as a number of lovely tranquil little beaches lining the coast. In Cala Gonone you’re also within easy reach of Ispinigoli Caves and the picturesque Cala Cartoe Beach, Osalla Beach at Dorgali, Cala Sisine Beach at Baunei, and Su Petrosu Beach at Orosei. The town is well-equipped to welcome tourists, with a selection of restaurants and bars, while at the harbour boats take holidaymakers along the coast to the bays and beaches in the nearby area.
Why book Cala Gonone holidays
Discover the best beaches
We love the gorgeous beach of Cala Luna
Lush natural wonders
See the limestone cliffs of the Supramonte mountains & explore the Bue Marino Grottoes
The region is too beautiful to miss out on it – grab your hiking boots and get exploring!
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Visit the village of Serra Orrios, the Nuraghe Mannu & Nuraghe Arvu
Try the local wine
Get to know the region’s many wine cellars for a taste of Sardinian culture
Sample the local food
Grapes, olives & cheese…All the best things in life can be found in Cala Gonone
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Your guide to Cala Gonone holidays
Cala Gonone is famous for its marine grottoes, the best-known of which is the Grotta del Bue Marino, a radiant attraction with spectacular sculptures of natural origin. The town itself is focssed on the lengthy promenade, with a variety of laid-back restaurants and bars, and a thin stretch of sand. At either end of the sand you’ll find a wide beach, with an easy 10-minute stroll between them. The beaches are one of the major draws of Cala Gonone, giving you ample opportunity to stroll on the sand, lounge in the sun or paddle in the warm waters. The shore here has a gentle descent into the sea, making it ideal for those with young children, more mature holidaymakers and those with limited mobility. Further afield, you’ll find a number of picturesque sandy coves that are well worth exploring, including the Cala Fuili, just three kilometres south of Cala Gonone. Here you’ll find a set of steps cut into the rock leading down to a pebbled beach and a patch of rough sand, with crystal clear waters that are popular with snorkelers and scuba divers.
The best beach in the Cala Gonone area is Cala Luna beach, a crescent of bright white sand that’s popular with the locals and tourists alike. Backed by tall limestone cliffs, Cala Luna is a relatively secluded beach with crystal clear waters and is very popular with free climbers thanks to its soaring backdrop. With a restaurant to the back of the beach and a lifeguard on duty, Cala Luna is a good choice of beach for holidaying families with young children, more mature holidaymakers and those with limited mobility. Another excellent local beach is the Cala Sisine, a fantastic tranquil beach with large pebbles that’s excellent for sitting and watching the sea, sunbathing or taking a stroll along the shore. Cala Biriola is something of a hidden gem in Cala Gonone and is situated around the corner of the coastline from Cala Sisine. The warm-toned sand has a smattering of white pebbles and the waters here are some of the clearest in the area, making them ideal for snorkelling and paddling about in the shallows. Cala Mariolu is a small strip of sand and pebbles nestled amidst huge rocks. The terrain here is dramatic, making it ideal for beach photography or sketching.
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