Cala Gigliuppi

Rocks at Cala Gigliuppi, a hidden cove near Alghero, northwest Sardinia, Italy.
Cala Gigliuppi offers a small, solitary beach surrounded by picturesque natural surroundings. The clear waters, rocky formations, and the presence of coral-red starfish create a unique environment!

About Cala Gigliuppi

  • near Alghero, Province of Sassari, North-West Sardinia, Italy.
  • None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • snorkelling, walking, hiking.
  • 20:58 PM
  • 06:00 AM
  • 10 meters.

Cala Gigliuppi is a secluded cove accessible both by foot and by boat. To reach it on foot, you can park at the Spiaggia delle Bombarde parking lot and continue along a dirt road that starts after the parking area, heading south. After approximately 200 meters and passing the last house on the left, you will enter the pine forest through an open gate.

Inside the park, follow the long dirt road that divides the pine forest in two, with an ENAC radio-beacon building halfway along the route. This road will eventually lead you close to the ruined cove at the end. From there, follow the path through the maquis towards the south. After about 50 meters, take the slightly rugged path to the right, leading you toward the sea. Although the last part may be challenging, you will eventually reach a rocky pier separating Cala Gigliuppi on the right from Calette Rosanna on the left.

The walk from the car park to Cala Gigliuppi takes approximately 20 minutes at a moderate pace. You can hope to find the beach deserted upon arrival, making Cala Gigliuppi your little corner of paradise for a few hours. The beach is small and solitary, with a mix of granite sand and pebbles. A small natural cave is nearby, providing a cool and sheltered spot where you can rest or store your food and drinks (suitable for one person only).

Due to the somewhat challenging path, but still manageable even for beginners, it is highly likely that you will have the beach all to yourself. Enjoy the clear water, occasionally with seaweed on the bottom, and explore the rocky formations as the sandy surface gives way. Take caution while diving from the rocks, ensuring the seabed is sufficiently deep.

During your time at Cala Gigliuppi, you may have the opportunity to spot abundant coral-red starfish just a few meters away from the beach. Admire their beauty from a distance and remember not to touch them, respecting their natural habitat.

Make sure you bring some lunch and, upon leaving, ensure the beach remains as pristine as you found it!

Places to Stay near Cala Gigliuppi

Hotel dei Pini

  • A 4 star Hotel 1 kilometers from Cala Gigliuppi
Sea views from Hotel dei Pini, at Spiaggia delle Bombarde, near Alghero, northwest Sardinia.
Fantastic sea views at Hotel dei Pini on Spiaggia delle Bombarde.

The aforementioned four-star Hotel Dei Pini is on the west side of Spiaggia delle Bombarde, just a few steps from the beach. Surrounded by a beautiful 2-kilometer-long pinewood forest, this family-friendly beachfront property offers its private beach. Its rooms feature balconies with either views of the pine forest or the sea. Even the swimming pool offers marvelous views of Alghero Bay! Dei Pini's restaurant serves typical Algherese, Sardinian, and Italian cuisine - all prepared with local, seasonal products. The restaurant also boasts a broad selection of fine local wines. Meals can be enjoyed on the hotel's panoramic terrace. Watersports activities at the hotel include windsurfing, sailing, and even rubber dinghies are available for rent (no license needed).

How To Get To Cala Gigliuppi

Head for Spiaggia delle Bombarde from Alghero. The rest of the directions are in the article :)


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