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Sardinia Italy, The Beautiful Beaches Of Orosei, Golfo di Orosei

Cala Birioloa Sardinia

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and has no less than 1850 kilometers of coastline! The beaches in Sardinia are among the most beautiful beaches in Italy, and perhaps the most beautiful beaches in Europe. It is, therefore, a true paradise for beach and sea lovers.

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Cala Goloritze Sardinia

Sardinia, the most beautiful beaches along the Orosei coast, a week of beach hopping along the beautiful coast of Sardinia Italy

At the beginning of August, we flew with Easyjet from Amsterdam in 2 hours to Olbia Sardinia. Normally we never travel through Europe in the high season but because my wife stopped her work during the holidays we booked a last-minute trip to sunny Sardinia. I expected that the planes and hotels would all be fully booked, but this was not so bad. We ended up in a nice little hotel on a hill overlooking the village of Cala Gonone and within walking distance of the harbor and beaches. We picked up our rental car and after we stopped by the supermarket we drove to our hotel in 1.5 hours to Cala Gonone.

Long evenings on the beach of Cala Gonone Sardinia

We checked in quickly and were given some explanation about the area, how we have to drive and walk around the hotel, and told we unpacked our bags and even popped out on the terrace. After the battery was charged again we walked to the village to explore the area and to see where we should go the next day for the boat rental. We rented a boat for 200 Euro for the entire day and could visit every beach at our own pace. After walking around the boulevard we looked for a nice restaurant by the sea where we enjoyed our first Italian meal this week. In the evening we sat outside for a long time enjoying the warm temperatures and the sea air. A perfect start to our mini vacation.

Cala Gonone Sardinia

The next morning we started with an early breakfast so we would be at the port early and could pick up our boat. We were at the port at 8:30 am the advantage of this is that you can easily park at the port around this time for 6 euros all day and you can discover the beaches before all the large groups of tourists will arrive during the high season. The best way to visit the beaches is by boat, some beaches you can reach on foot after a 1.5-hour walk. Cala Gonone itself also has 3 large beaches that are worth visiting.

Renting a boat costs between 100 and 200 euros depending on the season excluding gas oil.

rental boat with Cala Goloritze on the background

You can also do an excursion alongside the coast this costs 15 Euro in the high season plus 6 euros for the park these boats take you to 3 beaches, we experienced this as a very good choice because you have nothing to worry about, if you go by speedboat you have to anchor it 50 meters from the beach and swim back because the boats are only allowed on the beach to pick up and bring a guest and stuff. You can also visit the beach and buy a ticket for 1 beach, for example, the popular Cala Luna, which costs 5 euros for a return ticket.

this boat will drop you to 3 different beaches

Cala Gonone

The village of Cala Gonone is on the east side of Sardinia, near the village of Orosei. This beautiful coastal town is a popular destination during a holiday in Sardinia. The clear, light blue water and white sandy beaches make Cala Gonone the ideal base for a holiday in Sardinia. The area surrounding the seaside village also has a lot to offer: mountains, caves, and gorges are just stepped away.


Cala Gonone is known for its beautiful beaches and beautiful seaside resorts. The crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Orosei reach the coast here and invite you for a swim. The clear water makes it ideal for diving, snorkeling, and swimming enthusiasts. The many beaches are generally very quiet and will awaken you from a wonderful day of relaxation. Well-known beaches are Spiaggia di Sos Dorroles, Spiaggia di Palmasera, and Spiaggia Centrale.

breakfast at Villa Gustui Maris Hotel

The stay:

Our hotel was on top of the hills overlooking the sea and the village of Cala Gonone. Villa Gustui Maris has spacious rooms which most overlook the sea. The pool is perfect to chill out after a day of touring or on the beach. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and is very extensive with everything freshly prepared. The restaurant overlooks the swimming pool and the sea here allowing you to enjoy the amazing view for hours. The hotel is well looked after and the owner is a perfect hostess who makes you feel welcome from the first moment you step inside, also the staff is very friendly and they will help you wherever they can. Here they do everything their own way, on social media, you will not find much about the hotel except for the address and the many good reviews. A perfect stay for those who love peace but still want to be within walking distance of the restaurants and the sea. We dined one evening in the restaurant of the hotel itself and this was also very good but usually, we chose somewhere along the boulevard because we liked walking around there in the evening. We had one downside for this hotel there was no tea or coffee machine in the room, you can expect this from a 4-star hotel.

brekafast with a view at Villa Gustui Maris Hotel

The beaches

Whether you are Google for "beautiful beaches of Sardinia", "most beautiful beaches of Sardinia" or "where are the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia?", One thing is certain: many sites show you photos of the most beautiful dream beaches of the island of Sardinia. And not without a reason, because you can find countless white bays and an azure blue sea, making you feel like you are in the Caribbean! And that is only a 2-hour flight from Amsterdam. Experience the hidden bays floating on the sea, follow hiking trails through the rugged nature to secret beaches, and snorkel in crystal clear water ...The coastline from Cala Gonone to just north of Arbatax is unique. This coastal strip is characterized by high cliffs and an almost countless number of small bays, which often consist of a mix of pebbles and sand and crystal clear water. Water shoes will certainly come in handy here. From Cala Gonone, you can sail along the coast, via the caves of Bue Marino towards the well-known bay of Cala Luna. Other absolute "must-sees" are Cala Sisine, Cala Mariolu, and of course Cala Golorizè! For sporting adventurers, there are many walking routes to reach these bays. Often these hikes through the mountains are quite challenging due to a rapid change in height, but if you are a bit sporty, these routes are worth it!

Cala Goloritze Sardinia

We found the five most beautiful beaches along the coast of Cala Gonone:

1. Cala Goloritze

A 1.5-hour walk will take you to Cala Goloritze. The turquoise water shimmers under the sun and the white pebble beach invites you to spend an afternoon relaxing. This beautiful place shows once again that sandy beaches are not by definition more beautiful or better than pebble beaches. This beach is especially popular with hikers on a hike along the east coast who takes a break here.

Cala goloritze Sardina

2. Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu is also a worthy number two, also on the east coast of Sardinia in the popular holiday village of Baunei. This beach is a bit quieter than the rest of the east coast which is partly explained by its remote location on the Gulf of Orosei. Cala Mariolu is also popular because of the small white pebbles and its crystal clear water, which hides a colorful underwater world.

Cala Mariolu Sardinia

3. Cala Birioloa

Cala Biriola (or Biriala) is just like Cala Mariolu the best to reach by boat. This beautiful bay is surrounded by limestone cliffs, making the beach intimate. Water shoes are desirable on this pebble beach.

Cala Biriola Sardinia

4. Cala Sisine

A nice quiet pebble beach which is not visited a lot and is therefore definitely recommended

Cala Luna Sardinia

5. Cala Luna

The most popular beach in this region is Cala Luna, so-called because it is moon-shaped. In addition to this perfect shape, the limestone cliffs and caves that rise behind a large part of the beach provide a beautiful backdrop. To reach this beach you must take a boat from Cala Gonone or take a 4 km walk from Cala Fuili. If it is very busy in Gonone, try the nearby and also beautiful Cala Sinine

Cala Luna Sardinia

If you visit Sardinia it is best to concentrate on 1 part of the island because the island is quite large from top to bottom you are 5 hours driving. We, therefore, chose to stay around the area of ​​Cala Gonone where we could easily visit all the beaches of the Gulf of Orosei by boat. The village has a nice boulevard with many restaurants. We also did a walk to the beach of Cala Goloritze, about an hour's drive from Cala Gonone, where you can find the starting point of the walk, the starting point can be found on Google maps by the camping area where also the parking is.

Cala Mariolu

It is forbidden to walk this route on flip-flops and you must bring at least 1,5 liter of water. You are on the road for about 1.5 hours and the way back is really tough. The entrance fee is 6 euros for the park. You have to start the walk back before 6 pm so that you will be back upstairs before sunset. In the high season, it can be very busy so we only went down at 3 o'clock so that half of the day's people were already on their way back. Around five o'clock the beach was practically empty and we were able to shoot some pictures, after which we started our blood journey back up with a few drops of water in our bottle. When we arrived back at the parking place we first stopped at the campsite to buy a bottle of water and well-deserved ice cream. Back away we enjoyed a great sunset

Cala Goloritze


Rent a boat

Boat excursion and ferry to the beaches

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Tip: bring a snorkel set and water shoes!

Sardinië, de mooiste stranden langs de Orosei kust

Sardinië is het op één na grootste eiland in de Middellandse Zee en heeft maar liefst 1850 kilometer kust! De stranden op Sardinië behoren tot de mooiste stranden van Italië, en misschien wel tot de mooiste stranden van Europa. Het is dan ook een waar paradijs voor liefhebbers van strand en zee.

Cala Birioloa Sardinia Italy

Sardinië, de mooiste stranden langs de Orosei kust, een week lang strand hoppen lang de mooie kust van Sardinië Italie

Begin Augustus vlogen we met Easyjet vanaf Amsterdam in 2 uurtjes naar Olbia Sardinië. Normaal gesproken reizen we nooit in het hoogseizoen door Europa maar omdat mijn vrouw haar werk stillag tijdens de vakantie boekten we op het laatste moment nog een weekje richting het zonnige Sardinië. Eigenlijk had ik verwacht dat de vliegtuigen en hotels vast wel allemaal vol geboekt zouden zijn, maar dit viel reuze mee we kwamen terecht in een mooi klein hotel op een heuvel uitkijkend over het dorpje Cala Gonone en op loopafstand van de haven en strandjes.

We pikten onze huurauto op en reden nadat we wat boodschapjes in de supermarkt hadden gedaan voor de volgende dag naar ons hotel in 1,5 uur. We checkten snel in en kregen wat uitleg over de omgeving , hoe te rijden en lopen rond het hotel waarna we onze koffers uitpakten en even uitpuften op het terras. Nadat de batterij weer was opgeladen liepen we naar het dorp om de omgeving wat te verkennen en om te kijken waar we de volgende dag naar toe moesten voor de boothuur. We hadden voor 200 Euro een bootje voor de hele dag gehuurd zodat we elk strandje op ons eigen tempo konden bezoeken. Na wat rond gelopen te hebben langs de boulevard zochten we een leuk restaurantje op langs de zee waar we van onze eerste Italiaanse maaltijd deze week genoten. Avonds zaten we nog lang buiten te genieten van de warme tempreturen en de zeelucht. Een perfect begin van onze mini vakantie.

Cala Gonone

De volgende morgen gingen we al vroeg ontbijten zodat we vroeg op de haven zouden zijn en onze boot konden op pikken. We waren om 08:30 op de haven het voordeel hiervan is dat je makkelijk op de haven kan parkeren rond deze tijd voor 6 euro de hele dag en je voor alle grote groepen toeristen de strandjes kan ontdekken. De beste manier om de strandjes te bezoeken is per boot of sommige strandjes kan je per voet bereiken na een 1,5 uur lange wandeling. Overigens heeft Cala Gonone zelf ook 3 grote stranden welke het bezoeken waard zijn. Een boot huren kost tussen de 100 en 200 euro afhankelijk van het seizoen exclusief gasolie. Je kan ook een excursie doen dit kost 15 in het hoogseizoen plus 6 euro voor het park deze bootjes brengen je naar 3 stranden, wij ervaarden dit als een hele goede keuze omdat je je nergens zorgen over hoeft te maken, als je met speedboot gaat moet je deze 50 meter vanaf het strand voor anker leggen en terugzwemmen omdat de bootjes alleen het strand op mogen om te halen en te brengen. Je kan ook een ticket voor 1 strand bezoeken bijvoorbeeld het populaire Cala Luna dit kost 5 euro voor een retourtje.

rental boat alongside the Orosei coast

Cala Gonone