Area Description

Orosei Gulf


The Orosei gulf is located an the east coast of the island of Sardinia, between the Punta nera (north) and the Capo di Monte Santu (south). A very sharp geological division separates this gulf in two differents regions. Their landscapes are different as the origin of their territories.

The northern territory is characterized by a low altitude coast, sand beaches and pine woods behind the beaches, while the southern territory, where Cala Gonone is found , is characterized by a calcareous mountain chain, covered by typical Mediterranean maquis (macchia mediterranea).


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 cheeses, wines and handicrafts. The most renowned beaches along the coast includes Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Sisine and Cala Luna.




Cala Gonone belongs to the municipality of Dorgali. This area is one of the most fortunate ones of Sardinia because of the variety of  its landscapes: the Orosei gulf crystalline waters and the Supramonte  unpolluted mountains, which constitute it’s 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 it’s many confectioneries are the main sectors of this agriculture based economy. 

Santa Maria Navarrese


The small coastal town of Santa Maria Navarrese is situated on the dramatic east coast of Sardinia approximately 145km 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 Sopramonte Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the town. The larger town of Tortoli is about 8km away and the scenic 'Il Trenino Verde' (Little Green narrow gauge train) can be accessed from Arbatax which is a similar distance.



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 towns name is derived from the Arabic word meaning 14th tower that stands on the seafront. The dramatic scenery that surrounds the town ranges from the world famous ‘Rocce Rosso’ (red rocks) of Cala Moresca to the sheer cliffs of Capo Montesanto, making a brilliant contrast with the vivid emerald sea.




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