Beach Hopping The Golfo di Orosei, Sardinia

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The Golfo di Orosei on Sardinia’s eastern seaboard is a 20 mile stretch of paradise coastline dotted with small sandy coves, intricate cave systems and an abundance of quiet spots on which to lie comatose, undisturbed by the world. Popular with Italians and relatively unknown by almost everyone else, the Golfo di Orosei really is somewhat of a hidden Mediterranean gem.

The Scenic Route 

The best way to access the beaches is by hiring a speed boat which can be done relatively cheaply from the town of Cala Gonone. There are an abundance of beaches to choose from and jumping from one to the other armed with food, drink and snorkelling gear is pure bliss. All the beaches are stunning but Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze on the southern end were particular favourites.

If the sun, sand and sea gets a bit much, check out the Grotta Del Bue Marino, a 5 km cave system full of fresh water lakes surrounded by stalagmites and stalactites.

Sleep

Decent boutique accommodation is relatively limited nearby but a half hour drive inland takes you to one of Sardinia’s leading hotels:

Su Gologone – With 68 rooms this hotel is quite a bit larger than the typical boutique hotels we’ll be recommending but Su Gologone is undeniably impressive. Set against the backdrop of Mount Corrasi the hotel boasts superb cuisine, a lovely pool and even a ‘terrace of dreams’. The staff are friendly and the hotel is full of Sardinian rural antiquities which really bring the culture to life.

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