Guide to the most beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Orosei
Opening out like a crescent moon on eastern Sardinia, the Gulf of Orosei is certainly one of the most unspoiled and rugged areas of the island. Imposing cliffs, caves that open onto the sea, rocks with bizarre shapes and rugged nature, all elements which fortunately have contributed to preserving this paradise.
Bordered to the north by the town of Orosei and to the south by Capo Monte Santu, the Gulf of Orosei also comprises some beaches which we can safely say are among the most beautiful in the world. The beaches of the Gulf of Orosei are numerous: those from Bidderosa to Cala Fuili are all easily accessible by car.
While the areas from Cala Luna onwards, can be reached byone of the many ferries that depart from La Caletta di Siniscola, Orosei, Cala Gonone or from Santa Maria Navarrese.
For the more adventurous, these beaches can also be reached by land via walking routes that can vary from 2 to 5 hours of walking.
Here they are, the most beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Orosei:
Beaches reachable by car from the Gulf of Orosei
Bidderosa beach is a protected oasis of 800 hectares with five beautiful coves.
The park is managed by the Ente Foreste della Sardegna (Sardinian Forestry Agency) which focuses on preserving this part of Sardinia, adopting a policy controlled use.
Access is permitted for a maximum of 140 cars and 30 motorbikes (unlimited for pedestrians and bikes) and involves buying a ticket.
Su Barone beach
Su Barone beach is over 3 km long, is one of the largest in Sardinia and is found
south of the Marina of Orosei The clean, crystalline sea and seabed are perfect for those who love nature and tranquillity with amenities attached. The beach in fact, has a car park and services.
Osalla beach is located just south of Su Barone. Soft, clear sand characterises this corner of the eastern coast of Sardinia.
Cala Osalla, which is part of the municipality of Dorgali, is almost 5 km long and is characterised by its crystal-clear sea. Here, you can also avail of the car park, services and a beautiful pine wood.
Sa Curcurica beach
Sa Curcurica beach also deserves a place in the rankings of the most beautiful beaches of Orosei. Thanks to its shallow and sloping seabed, it is perhaps the most suitable for small children.
Behind the beach, there is a thick pine wood and a lagoon of the same name that can be visited with canoes rented on site.
This is the last beach reachable by car from Cala Gonone, the road stops where the descent begins on foot towards the beach. Very small, but worth visiting: set between two headlands, it is characterised by a seabed of course, light gravel mixed with white sand. Going down the steps leading to the beach, you are immediately struck by its turquoise waters. Cala Fuili is also popular with climbing enthusiasts for its cliffs overlooking the sea.
Gulf of Orosei beaches reachable by sea or trekking route
Cala Luna is the most famous beach in the area and it is also one of the most spectacular.
Immortalised in several films including “Travolti da un insolito destino nell’azzurro mare d’agosto” by Lina Wertmuller, Cala Luna, in addition to a sea that has no equal, is a triumph of nature for its wide beach which is surrounded by a lagoon and even further back, by an oleander wood. For its famous scenic caves that open onto the sea.
Cala Biriola is located just after the Grotta del Fico. It is a mix of blue, cobalt and turquoise reflections and rocks, including the evocative arch over the water which completes this unforgettable picture. To the north is a promontory upon which stands the forest of Biriala.
Recognised several times as the most beautiful beach in Italy, Cala Mariolu, also known by the name of Ispuligidenie which in the local dialect means “fleas of snow”, for the small white pebbles which characterise this enchanting bay. Turquoise waters, huge white boulders that emerge from the sea, and a seabed always rich in fish, Cala Mariolu is certainly one of the last terrestrial paradises.
Cala Goloritzè is a small inlet that sits in the limestone coast of the Gulf of Orosei. It is characterised by its rock arch and the imposing limestone spire of Punta Caroddi, which, at 147 metres high, is much loved by free climbers.