e coast

from Orosei Gulf to Capo Carbonara

Area Description



OROSEI GULF

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The Gulf of Orosei is located on the Eastern coast of Sardinia, between Punta nera (North) and Capo di Monte Santu (South). A very sharp geological division separates this gulf in two different regions. Their landscapes are different as well as the origin of their territories. The Northern territory is characterised by low-lying coastal zones, sandy beaches and pine woods behind them, while the Southern area, where Cala Gonone is located, is marked by a calcareous mountain chain, covered by typical Mediterranean maquis.

 



CALA GONONE 

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Cala Gonone is strategically positioned between the mountains and the rocky coastline with electric blue sea on the dramatic East coast of the island. It is a growing holiday resort offering boat trips to the coves, grottos and rock pools along the picturesque coastline with secluded beaches only accessible by boat. The town is also an ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of the inland mountains, lakes and waterfalls as well as the traditional villages known for cheese, wines and handicrafts. The most renowned beaches along the coast includes Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna.

 


DORGALI

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Cala Gonone belongs to the municipality of Dorgali. This area is one of the luckiest ones of Sardinia because of the variety of its landscapes: the Orosei gulf crystalline waters and the Supramonte unpolluted mountains, which constitute its precious natural patrimony. Arts and crafts, agriculture, cattle breeding and tourism are some of its economic strengths.  The wine-grower cooperative, the cheese producer association, the olive-grower cooperative, the carasau bread bakeries, as well as its many confectioneries are the main attractions of this agricultural based economy. 





SANTA MARIA NAVARRESE

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The small coastal town of Santa Maria Navarrese is situated on the dramatic East coast of Sardinia approximately 145 km from both Cagliari in the South and Olbia in the North east. The town has a lovely bay with town beach and marina, and a selection of shops, café bars, restaurants and pizzerias. The Mountains of Sopramonte provide a dramatic backdrop to the town. The larger town of Tortoli is about 8 km away and the scenic 'Il Trenino Verde' (Little Green narrow gauge train) can be accessed from Arbatax.




ARBATAX

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Arbatax is a scenic town and harbour with far reaching views of the picturesque East coast of Sardinia from the lighthouse, on the headland of Capo Bellavista. Originally a fishing village, the town's name comes from the Arabic word meaning 14th tower that stands on the seafront. The dramatic scenery surrounding the town ranges from the world famous ‘Rocce Rosse’ (red rocks) of Cala Moresca to the sheer cliffs of Capo Montesanto, making a brilliant contrast with the vivid emerald sea.

 

A breath taking view named after the extraordinary particularity of the porphyry cliffs that rise from the sea. The Red Rocks Bay (39°56'21.5"N 9°42'34.3"E), opens to the east of the Arbatax port, a tourist neighbourhood of Tortolì, with a background of white rocks and tall red granite boulders that give this place a unique and fascinating look. Their reflection gives the water an ever changing colour around emerald green. Soft, white, weightless sand, shallow waters, smooth rocks and the sunlight highlighting the emerald green nuances of the sea. The beach of Cea (39°53′59.1″N 09°41′12.3″E). is more than a kilometre long. Three quarters of it belong to the territory of Tortolì, and the other quarter is on the Barisardo coast, which is about seven kilometres away. To the south, it is delimited by a row of rocks, Punta Niedda, while a little further on there is the volcanic rock of the Plateau of Teccu. Walking here is a sensory experience: the sand is silky to the touch, the scent of the junipers and Mediterranean scrub, the sounds of the sea and its colours all make it a memorable part of your holiday. Heading north, in the territory of Tortolì, you will find another picture-postcard location, Lido di Orrì (39°54'01.9"N 9°41'06.2"E), 16 kilometres of coastline consisting of little coves and small deserted beaches, among which the splendid Cala Ginepro (40°26'32.8"N 9°47'27.9"E). Then, in the territory of Barisardo, you can visit the beach of Torre di Barì (39°49'56.5"N 9°40'55.2"E), symbol of the municipality located in the Ogliastra area.

 



SPIAGGIA DI MURTAS

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A long and beautiful beach in the territory of Quirra, on the south-eastern coast of Sardinia, an area partly closed for military reasons, but open for use in summer.

The once-forbidden 'pearl' on the coast of Villaputzu: within the shared military shooting range of the Salto di Quirra there is a six-kilometre stretch of light sand with medium and large grains, mixed with some smooth pebbles, edged by large dunes, which plunges into crystal clear waters in shades of intense blue. The long and wide beach of Murtas, also known as Quirra beach and s'Acqua Durci (in the stretch of beach where the Quirra river flows), perhaps one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, has been partly closed for twenty years. Since 2016, the free and accessible area has been extended, although only in the summer (from June to September). The small, northern of the beach is reserved for the staff of the base, while the rest is open for you to enjoy.

Being inside the military settlement, it is always uncrowded. The shallow water allows children to play on the shore. It is also an ideal destination for surfers, and is popular with those who like underwater fishing and diving. Opposite to the beach stands the islet of Quirra, just behind small sand dunes, overlooked by the tower of the same name. The surrounding landscape is wild and evocative, characterized by Mediterranean scrub and lakes, in a setting that combines sun and sea with birdwatching, biking and trekking. Not far from the coast, the waters of the Quirra pond and other minor swamps are placid, and routinely populated by many rare water birds, including mallards, swamphens and pink flamingos. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the remains of the medieval castle of Quirra, the nearby and characteristic church of San Nicola di Quirra, the Spanish towers, various nuraghes scattered in the area, the remains of industrial sites such as the Baccu Locci mine, and caves with intricate tunnels, stalactites and stalagmites.

Cala Murtas is the northernmost beach on the coast of Villaputzu, stretching 14 kilometres from the town along the 'old' state road 125 (panoramic eastern Sardinian). The rest of the Sarrabus coastline is characterized by sandy expanses alternating with extensive rocky promontories and charming inlets. The closest beach to the village is that of the Flumendosa estuary, with white sands and gleaming waters, shared with Muravera and immersed in a scenario of great environmental value. Four kilometres to the north you will find two more coastal "jewels", Porto Corallo, in front of the tourist village of the same name and next to the modern port, dominated by a Spanish watchtower, and the enchanting Porto Tramatzu, with the same name as the port in Teulada, with its fine sand with golden reflections immersed in the green of the Mediterranean scrub.

 



COSTA REI

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Piscina Rei (39°16'16.7"N 9°35'19.6"E) is part of the coast to the south of Muravera that extends for dozens of kilometres. The 'pure white' beach of Iba de ziu Franciscu leads to Costa Rei, the longest low and sandy stretch of coastline along the eastern coast: nearly eight kilometres that stretch as far as the Scoglio di Peppino and another two in the territory of Castiadas.

A small cove that opens its beauties beyond a thick eucalypt grove, protected by a promontory that offers a spectacular view of the turquoise horizon. The Cala Sinzias beach (39°11'46"N   9°33'49"E), 15 kilometres from Villasimius and 7 from Costa Rei, is part of the territory of Castiadas. The cove is a 2-km strip of fine, soft sand, deep and very white, The beach is dotted with a few rocks, providing the landscape with a variety typical of the eastern coast. Behind it, thick vegetation: junipers, mastics, olive trees, pine trees and eucalyptuses.

Cala Sa Calazziga 39°09'22.5"N 9°34'01.6"E (reachable by boat only, usually deserted if you are looking for some exclusivity).

Halfway between Capo Carbonara and Costa Rei, in the territory of Castiadas, you will find a little corner of paradise: the beach of Cala Pira (39°10'20.2"N 9°34'16.6"E), protected by a promontory, on which a tower of the same name stands, and surrounded by granite rocks and centuries-old junipers.