This individual first floor apartment is located on the edge of the small town, above the road that winds its way up from the harbour 150 m below. Tucked away in a quiet ‘backwater’ location it is nevertheless no more than a convenient short stroll from the hub of Cala Gonone, with beach, shops, a mouth-watering choice of eating places and the little harbour around which most of the life in Cala Gonone revolves and from where the taxi boats over to Cala Luna, one of the most famous beaches of an island famous for its beaches departs.
The recently completed apartment has the somewhat original advantage of a total of five sets of French doors and four balconies, ensuring a light and airy interior and rendering the air conditioning almost superfluous during the daytime, when it is a pleasure to open everything wide to the sights and sounds of a small Sardinian harbour town. The spacious accommodation has lovely sea and harbour views over the rooftops from the main balcony.
Cala Gonone: South of Orosei, beyond the enterprising and prosperous town of Dorgali famous for its leather, ceramics and filigree jewellery, lies the village of Cala Gonone. Until recent times, this independent community of seafaring folk was only accessible by boat or on foot by a perilous path hewn out of the cliff-side. However, thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, Cala Gonone can now be reached via a road tunnel that cuts straight through the mountainside to reveal a splendid panoramic view of the Golf of Orosei. From the tunnel’s exit, a steep and winding road leads down through wooded hillsides, (still inhabited by wild boar) until you reach the village centre with its tree-lined promenade, restaurants, shops, fine sandy beaches and colourful fishing harbour.
From the harbour: There are regular boat trips to the many fabulous beaches to the south of the village, which are virtually inaccessible by land. Cala Luna the nearest is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, with high cliffs protecting a glorious crescent of white sand and a lagoon fringed by pink Oleander. Further south are numerous smaller coves such as Cala Sisine and the evocatively named Ispuligidenie, and all have the remarkable crystal clear turquoise waters for which Sardinia is renowned.
Nearer to Cala Gonone the extraordinary cave of Bue Marino can also be visited by boat and has 900 m of well-lit tunnels and underground streams to explore.
As well as incredible stalactites, the cave contains a number of prehistoric cave drawings and until the 1970’s was the habitat of the rare and timid Monk seal.
Here are some of the cleanest waters in the entire Mediterranean with a wealth of marine flora and fauna, as well as historical artefacts littering the ocean floor. If you are interested in scuba diving, there is a diving school in Cala Gonone. Being local born and bred, they know all the best dive sites in the area! They are always delighted to organise a few dives ranging from half-day introductory taster sessions to a wide choice of full diving courses.
Finally, if you really crave excitement, just north of Cala Gonone, the entrance of another huge cave is the awesome venue for bungee jumping, but check your insurance first.