a picture of a sunset in baunei in east sardinia
Sunset in Baunei, province of Ogliastra, east Sardinia.

About Baunei

Baunei is a small mountain village in the Province of Ogliastra on the Italian island Sardinia, Italy. The village finds itself high in the mountains at 480 meters above sea level and faces Southwest with a location approximately just north of Cagliari and about 11 kilometers North of Tortoli. Home to the Santa Maria Navrrese a popular seaside resort, Baunei borders Dorgali, Lotzorai, Talana, Triei and Urzulei municipalities while the town itself has all the necessary facilities including shops, restaurants, banks and pharmacies. Tortoli is also close by where you can find a much larger shopping center.

When driving through the town, make sure you watch out for the Il Golgo sign as this is the road that leads you high up into the mountains and to get truly great views. There are many places to eat real traditional Sardinian foods in the uplands of the Golgo. Other interesting places and Grotta Su Meraculu caves where you will find information about the guided tours available in town.

History and Culture of Baunei

The oldest evidence of human presence in this territory date back to the Neolithic and have been traced in the cave Cala Elune. According to the records, the first time that appears the name Baunei that was documented back to the 1313. Its name apparently derives from “Baun” which was the name of the castle that was built by the Dorias back in the sixth century. Later on, Baunei again reappears in 1358. This document registers a weak economy in a modest demographic reality. The town grew with the incorporation of the territories of the villages of Osono and Eltili. The county passed to be the Marquis in 1603 (Centelles family and then Osorio).

In 1806 it was incorporated in the province Baunei Tortoli. It was then suppressed in 1857 when Environment Lanusei was created until 1927. That year it was established the province of di Nuoro. Baunei was part until the establishment of the Province of Ogliastra. It has been operational since 2005. It was then abolished in 2016 and merged again in the province of Nuoro. Among its cultural traditions, Baunei numbers the pletare a ritual that takes place on the night before a wedding. Here, the procession goes from the groom’s house to the future bride house carrying a stick and holding a lighted candle.

Baunei Map

Sardinian Beaches Near Baunei

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Baunei. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Pedra Longa

  • Length: 1000 meters.
  • Things to do: hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling.
a picture of pedra longa beach, sardinia.

Pedra Longa beach has a rocky seashore, making it unsuitable for a relaxing day at the beach, but perfectly fine for hiking, scuba fishing, or scuba diving.

Learn more about Pedra Longa, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Gabbiani

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling.

Cala Gabbiani is a quiet and secluded beach in Dorgali, Nuoro, Sardinia with white sands, and opaque, greenish-blue cool water.

Learn more about Cala Gabbiani, how to get there, and where to stay.

Cala Goloritze

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: birdwatching, snorkelling.
a picture of cala goloritze, near Baunei, province of Ogliastra, east sardinia

Cala Goloritze is one of the most photogenic Sardinian beaches of its kind. Elected a UNESCO site in 1995, this is what paradise looks like.

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Cala Mariolu

  • Length: 60 meters.
  • Things to do: hiking, scuba diving, snorkelling.
a picture of cala mariolu near baunei sardinia

Cala Mariolu is another top contender on our list of Best Beaches of East Sardinia. The cove is located just north of the famous Cala Goloritze, and is decorated with little pebbles made round and smooth by the eternal movement of the waters. This spot is very suitable for scuba diving, and is one of the best snorkeling beaches of Sardinia. Due to its location, the beach of Cala Mariolu rests in the shade of the limestone rocks at the end of the afternoon. There are no hotels in the direct vicinity of Cala Mariolu, but there are plenty of accommodations to be found up north in Cala Gonone and down south in Santa Maria Navarrese. The cove can be accessed on foot from Piredda in the Plateau of Golgo (Altopiano del Golgo), but the trek to the beach is not easy and should be done well prepared. Boat trips are available from the villages of Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese.

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Cala Biriola

  • Length: 100 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling.

This Sardinian beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. Cala Biriola Beach is a good place for scuba diving, snorkelling, and climbing.

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Cala Sisine

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving, snorkelling.
a picture of cala sisine beach

Cala Sisine beach, north of Arbatax, Sardinia, features fine white sand, and water with colours ranging from the lightest blue to turquoise.

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