About Cala Sisine
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 Biriola, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritzé, it is a top contender on the shortlist of must-see beaches of Sardinia. Many tourists from all over the world travel to the jagged limestone coast of the Golfo di Orosei every year to explore these scenic coves. The unspoilt beach, tucked between the spectacular cliffs of the Serra Ovra, has a length of over 200 meters, and near both its edges it can get up to 100 meters wide. Compared to most coves on the rugged Orosei coast, that’s an unusually large lick of sand. Its sands and seabed consist of a mix of white grains with pebbles in various sizes. Cala Sisine faces due east, featuring stunning views over the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea which stretches out all the way to the coast of west Italy. If you could actually see the Italian coast, you’d get a glimpse of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, an active volcano that destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD. As an addition to the fabulous scenery, the cove is backed by Codula Sisine, a deep valley where a river cuts through. The river, which has its origins on the Golgo Plateau in the Supramonte mountain range, runs dry in summer. During the winter rains, the stream swells significantly. There is a small freshwater pond behind the beach, where you can rinse the sand off your feet. Behind the pond, you’ll find restaurant Su Coile, where you can enjoy some food and refreshments while enjoying the stunning views across the valley. Expect prices to be a bit steep here, even for a bottle of water, as the restaurant’s goods have to be transported to by boat from the nearby villages.
Hotels near Cala Sisine - Where to Stay
Hotel Bia Maore
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.
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.
How To Get To Cala Sisine
The easiest way to get to Cala Sisine is to take a boat trip from Cala Gonone or Santa Maria Navarrese. If you want to go hiking to Cala Sisine instead, local guides are available. Ask your hotel's staff for recommendations.
Sardinian Beaches Near Cala Sisine
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.
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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. The beach has a length of over 230 meters, and near the northern section it can get up to 50 meters wide. 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. The back of the beach is closed off by towering cliffs. As the sun sets in the west, these will cast a cooling shade over the cove at the end of the afternoon.
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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 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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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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