• Cala dei Gabbiani
  • near Dorgali, Province of Ogliastra, East Sardinia, Italy.
  • None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • snorkelling, scuba diving, climbing.
  • 20:14
  • 230 meters.
  • suitable for families with children.

Cala dei Gabbiani

a picture of scattered rocks on the sandy beach of Cala dei Gabbiani, near Baunei, east Sardinia, Italy.
Scattered rocks across the beach of Cala dei Gabbiani, a superb snorkeling paradise near Baunei, east Sardinia, Italy.

About Cala dei Gabbiani

Cala dei Gabbiani (Seagull Cove) is a marvelous cove located in east Sardinia, about 18 kilometers south-east of Cala Gonone, and 12 kilometers north-east of Baunei. Together with Cala Luna, Cala Sisine, Cala Goloritzè and Cala Fuili, it’s in the top of the list of must-see paradise beaches in east Sardinia. Many tourists from all over the world travel to east Sardinia every year to explore these true works of art. Gabbiani beach has a length of over 230 meters, and near the northern section it can get up to 50 meters wide. Compared to most coves on the jagged Ogliastra coast, that’s an unusually large stretch of sand. The beach mostly consists of pebbles in various sizes, so bring proper footwear if you’d like to visit this place. Cala dei Gabbiani faces north-east, featuring stunning views over the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea which stretches out for 350 kilometers all the way to the west coast of Italy. The fabulous scenery is enhanced by Punta Ispuligi, a rocky outcrop on the north side of the beach which separates the beach from Cala Mariolu. The back of the beach is closed off by towering limestone cliffs. As the sun sets in the west, these will cast a cooling shade over the cove at the end of the afternoon. Its Caribbean-quality waters are unbelievably crystal-clear, with a light-blue colour, and usually tranquil. It’s a great spot to go snorkeling, or just chill on the beach. Children will love it here too! You’ll find a good snorkeling spot on the south side of the beach (on your right, if you look out over the water), where you’ll see a few underwater rocks. You’ll likely spot a few colourful fish there. Unfortunately, you cannot get to this cove on foot, unless you’re an experienced hiker or climber with proper gear and stamina. It’s better to visit the beach by boat. You can arrange boat trips to Cala dei Gabbiani in the seaside villages of Cala Gonone, Santa Maria Navarrese, and Arbatax. To avoid the crowds during high season, visit the cove before 12 PM if you’d like to spend some time in the sun, or after 4 PM if you prefer some shade. Bring some drinks and snacks to get you through the day; you won’t find any restaurants or bars here.

Highly recommended!

Hotels near Cala dei Gabbiani - Where to Stay

Hotel Bia Maore 

  • A 3 star Hotel, 13.6 kilometers from Cala dei Gabbiani (about 8.45 miles.)
a picture of the outdoor terrace at Bia Maore, a three-star hotel in Baunei, east Sardinia, Italy.
Hotel Bia Maore is an ideal starting point to explore the Golgo Plateau in Baunei, east Sardinia.

Hotel Bia Maore is a charming three-star hotel at the heart of the Gennargentu National Park, near the main square of Baunei. It is the ideal starting point for a vacation in east Sardinia and the perfect base from which to explore the famous beaches and coves on the Gulf of Orosei. Decorated with vibrant furnishings in a true Sardinian style, the rooms at Hotel Bia Maore are cozy and comfortable. There are eleven rooms; each one is decorated with elegant handmade furniture. Some rooms come with a small balcony and a panoramic terrace that opens up to the majestic views of either the Ogliastra Mountains or the Arbatax Bay. Furnished with modern amenities, the rooms at Hotel Bia Maore are further equipped with a private bathroom with shower, air conditioning and heating system, minibar, safe, and a free Wi-Fi. As for the food, every morning, a breakfast buffet is served for guests to enjoy and this consists of a wide assortment of local and international dishes, including delicious croissants and cappuccino. For guests traveling by car, private parking is available at no extra charge, and the hotel offers valet service for guests. Regarding activities in Baunei, the nearest beach is just a 10-minute drive away from the hotel, and there are outdoor activities that guests can take part in nearby, such as trekking, paragliding and mountain biking. The Arbatax harbor, which offers ferry connections to Genova, Fiumicino, and Civitavecchia, is only 22 kilometers away from the property.

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Villa Janas

  • A 3 star Apartment, 13.6 kilometers from Cala dei Gabbiani (about 8.45 miles.)
a picture of a room at the Villa Janas apartments in Baunei, east Sardinia, Italy.
Comfortable rooms at the Villa Janas apartments in Baunei.

Villa Janas is a three-bedroom apartment ideal for couples and families heading for a vacation in east Sardinia. Recently renovated in a typical Sardinian style, Villa Janas is the perfect base for a relaxing holiday while immersing yourself in the impressive atmosphere of Baunei. Regarding layout, the apartment has two bedrooms. One room has a queen bed and another bed for toddlers, while bedroom 2 has three single beds. These rooms are cleaned and sanitized before and after each stay to make your stay even more comfortable; the apartment is fitted with modern amenities, such as air conditioning and heating system, fan, dryer, hot water, iron, washer and Wi-Fi access. Each apartment is also equipped with a kitchenette and cooking facilities. Finally, there is also a veranda that opens to the beautiful views, and a perfect place to enjoy breakfast with the family. Meanwhile, for those who need to work while on holiday, there’s a laptop-friendly workspace available within the apartment. The apartments are set within the Gennargentu National Park, making it a perfect base for your vacation in Baunei. It’s only a 10-min drive from the nearest beach, and there’s also a path that leads to beautiful Cala Goloritze Beach. The property is also just a few steps away from some of the most beautiful tourist sites in east Sardinia. Several shops and restaurants are only about 300 meters away from the apartment. 

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Sardinian Beaches Near Cala dei Gabbiani

Pedra Longa

  • Length: 1000 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking.
  • Facilities: parking, restaurant.
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 Goloritze

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, birdwatching.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
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.

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

Cala Mariolu

  • Length: 60 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
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: snorkelling, scuba diving.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.

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: snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, hiking, climbing.
  • Facilities: bar, restaurant.
a picture of the beach named Spiaggia di Cala Sisine, in east Sardinia, Italy.

Cala Sisine is a gorgeous cove located in east Sardinia, about 17 kilometers north of Baunei, and 11 kilometers south of the small seaside town named Cala Gonone. Together with Cala Luna, Cala Goloritzè, and Cala Fuili, it is a top contender on the shortlist of must-see beaches in Sardinia. Many tourists from all over the world travel to the Gulf of Orosei every year to explore these coves. The beach has a length of over 200 meters, and near both its edges it can get up to 100 meters wide.

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