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Top Choice Sardinian in Cala Gonone

Agriturismo Nuraghe Mannu

Scenically perched above the gulf and nestled amid silvery olive groves, this agriturismo puts on a mouthwatering spread. Loosen a belt notch for a feast of home-produced pecorino, salami, olives and wine, followed …
Beach in Cala Gonone

Cala Fuili

About 3.5km south of town (follow Viale del Bue Marino) is this captivating rocky inlet backed by a deep green valley. From here you can hike over the cliff tops to Cala Luna, about two hours (4km) away on foot. The…
Cave in Cala Gonone

Grotta del Bue Marino

It’s a scenic 40-minute hike from Cala Fuili, or a speedy boat ride from Cala Gonone, to this enchanting grotto. It was the last island refuge of the rare monk seal (‘bue marino’ or ‘sea ox’ as it was known by local…
Archaeological Site in Cala Gonone

Nuraghe Mannu

To get an eagle-eye view over the coast, follow the signs off the Cala Gonone–Dorgali road to this nuraghe. After 3km the rocky track peters out at a wild headland where you can see nearly the entire curve of the gu…
Books in Cala Gonone


For trekking and climbing maps and guides, check out Namaste. It stocks Maurizio Oviglia's Pietra di Luna (€50), a comprehensive rock-climbing guide covering the Cala Gonone, Jerzu and Baunei areas; Corrado Conca's …
Seafood in Cala Gonone

Il Pescatore

Fresh seafood is what this authentic place is about. Sit on the terrace for sea breezes and fishy delights, such as pasta with ricci (sea urchins), and spaghetti with clams and bottarga (mullet roe). It also does a …
Beach in Cala Gonone

Spiaggia Sos Dorroles

About 1km south of Cala Gonone, backed by a striking yellow-orange rock wall, Spiaggia Sos Dorroles is one of the prettiest spots near town for splashing around in the aquamarine sea.
Gelato in Cala Gonone

Gelateria Fancello

Hazelnut, fig, yoghurt and lemon – the gelati and sorbetti here are the real deal. Stop by for a cone to lick as you stroll the promenade.
Beach in Cala Gonone

Cala Cartoe

Secluded at the end of a remote back road, this lovely sweep of sand makes a pleasant day trip from Cala Gonone, 11km to the south.
Italian in Cala Gonone

La Favorita

There's always a good buzz at this incredibly popular restaurant and pizzeria with a lovely sea-facing terrace. Snag a table to dig into excellent wood-oven pizzas, or go for fish dishes including ceviche with lemon…