Cala Luna

Golfo di Orosei

A favourite with rock climbers, this wildly beautiful crescent-shaped bay is backed by a lush ravine, framed by cave-pitted cliffs and pummelled by exquisite turquoise waters. Access is by foot or boat only. Linger after the tour boats have gone and you’ll pretty much have the bay to yourself. If your navigation skills are good, you could continue along a tough, unmarked trail to the striking Arco Lupiru rock arch (4km; around 1½ hours) or Cala Sisine (11km; four hours).

Wild camping on the beaches is not permitted.

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1. Grotta del Bue Marino

1.53 MILES

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…

2. Cala Fuili

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3. Nuraghe Mannu

2.39 MILES

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4. Cala Sisine

3.17 MILES

A stunning stretch of sand and pebbles backed by a deep, verdant valley, Cala Sisine is most easily reached by boat from Cala Gonone. Intrepid hikers can…

5. Spiaggia Sos Dorroles

3.25 MILES

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…

6. Spiaggia Palmasera

3.58 MILES

Just south of Cala Gonone, this narrow sandy strip is interrupted by rocky stretches (watch out for sea urchins).

7. Acquario di Cala Gonone

3.78 MILES

Check out the local marine life before taking the plunge at this shiny new aquarium, designed by architects Peter Chermayeff and Sebastiano Gaias. The 25…

8. Spiaggia Centrale

4.05 MILES

In town, the small shingle Spiaggia Centrale is good for a quick dip, though the finest beaches lie further south.