The Best Beaches of East Sardinia

a picture of rocks on the beach of cala mariolu near cala gonone in east sardinia
Paradise found: pale-golden sand fringed by sparkling aquamarine waters and limestone rocks at Cala Mariolu.

Hiking through the long canyons, narrow gorges, and valleys of the jagged Supramonte mountain range. Taking boat trips from Cala Gonone and Santa Maria Navarrese. People around the world go to great lengths to reach some of the most precious beaches of East Sardinia. They’re just that bit harder to reach.

Mother Nature sure has her way….

But the rewards are definitely worth the effort. Your memories will be priceless.

Cala Mariolu. Cala Goloritze. Cala Luna.

These are the best beaches of East Sardinia, just about a 120 minutes’ drive away from Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport. At most.

Take your pick. Just go.

Cala Mariolu

  • Location: near Baunei, Province of Ogliastra, East Sardinia.
  • Facilities: None. You'll want to bring some amenities.
  • Length: 60 meters.
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.

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

Cala Luna

  • Location: near Dorgali, Province of Nuoro, East Sardinia.
  • Facilities: bar, restaurant.
  • Length: 500 meters.
a picture of cala luna beach in east sardinia

Situated beautifully in the Sardinian gulf of Orosei near Cala Gonone, lies Cala Luna beach, with its white sands, clear waters and steep limestone cliffs.

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

Cala Fuili

  • Location: near Dorgali, Province of Nuoro, East Sardinia.
  • Facilities: parking.
  • Length: 100 meters.
a picture of the beach at Cala Fuili in the province of Nuoro East Sardinia

You’ll find the beautiful cove of Cala Fuili three kilometers south of the center of the seaside village named Cala Gonone, in the province of Nuoro, the provincial capital of the central area of East Sardinia. It offers extensive views over the Tyrrhenian Sea, the wooded hills and dramatic cliffs of Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu. The beach is sandy with small white pebbles around the water edge. Cala Fuili is one of the best beaches of East Sardinia, therefore it can get rather busy during high season, so it’s best to go there early if you can, preferably before 9 AM. Beach activities include snorkeling around the rocks, swimming in the crystal-clear warm water, and climbing. If you’d like to take the 3.5-kilometer walk from Cala Fuili to Cala Luna, the hiking route is well signposted. You can reach Cala Fuili Beach from Cala Gonone by heading south on Viale Bue Marino. There’s a parking space for about fifty cars.

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