Cala dei Gabbiani (Seagull Cove)

Cala dei Gabbiani (Seagull Cove)

North of Goloritzè and the small beach “of the Springs”, the cliffs recede leaving room for a broad detrital slope covered by the thick “Ispuligidenie” forest, framed by the limestone ridge of the “Serra ‘e Lattone” mountain. It is possible to reach the forest by land, starting from the of Golgo plateau (at “Piredda”) and following the recently positioned signs for hikers who decide to take on the challenging route (3 to 4 hours’ walk) without being accompanied by expert guides. It is worth remembering that cases of imprudent hikers that get lost in the Baunesis Supramonte in an attempt to reach the beaches from inland are not uncommon. The first beach on the way northwards, a few hundred metres after “of the Springs”, is called “Cala dei Gabbiani”. The beach, about 250 metres in length, owes its name to the fact that every evening around sunset dozens of seagulls gather. It is one of the favourite beaches for boaters because the large boats that shuttle back and forth between the beaches on the coastline do not stop there, so it is consequently less crowded, even in high season. The beach “of the Seagulls”, like the one in Goloritzè, is made up of white pebbles that have been smoothed by the waves, with at seafloor that is rocky and becomes deep immediately. This is a particular type of sandy shores, known as “landslide”, since it originates from landslide material that has been modelled by the waves and currents. The type of beaches that are created at the mouths of rivers and streams thanks to the progressive accumulation of debris transported by rivers are different. The name “Cala dei Gabbiani” was recently created, in truth because on the nautical charts, this beach and the one that follows to the north (now known by the dual name of “Ispuligidenie – Cala Mariolu”) are indicated by the same name of “Ispuligidenie”. Indeed, the huge flat boulder that limits “Cala dei Gabbiani” to the north is referred to as “Punta Ispuligi” on the charts. On this rock that slopes gently towards the sea, called “Sa Pedra ‘e Su Curadore” by Baunesis herdsmen, were moored the merchant ships onto which coal produced in loco by coal men (who worked in the “Ispuligidenie” forest until 1953) was loaded. Up the path and entering a little into the forest, it is still possible to find the lay- bys where the coalmen prepared the stacks of wood which were then covered with earth; a fire was lit in a hole purposely left on the top of “kiln”, so that a few days of burning could complete the carbonisation process.


Cala Sisine

Cala Sisine is, without doubt, along with the more famous Cala Luna, one of the most interesting beaches on the coast of Baunei.

Pedra Longa

Along the coastline, a few miles north of Santa Maria, is the limestone peak of “Pedra Longa”.

The ancient “Montes Insani”

The roughness of navigation along the cliffs of Capo Monte Santu has been known since antiquity, and many historians identify this stretch of the east coast with the ‘Insani Montes’ mentioned by numerous authors, especially in connection with tragic shipwrecks.

Forrola and Punta Giràdili

To the north of Pedra Longa is “Forrola” bay, dominated by the majestic “Punta Giradili”, which, at 765 metres, is one of the highest cliffs in the Mediterranean.

Grotta del Fico (Fig Tree Cave)

Sailing northwards, about a mile away from the ‘Mudaloru’ beach, is the ‘Grotta del Fico’ (Fig Cave), which opens up in the limestone cliffs, about 10 metres above sea level.

Capo Monte Santu cliffs

The promontory of Capo Monte Santu marks the southern border of the Gulf of Orosei, whose northern border is at Capo Comino.

Portu Cuau

Portu Cuau – Baunei Coast

Cala dei Gabbiani (Seagull Cove)

‘Cala dei Gabbiani’ (Seagull Cove): this beach, about 250 metres long, owes its name to the fact that dozens of seagulls gather here every evening around sunset.

Cala Luna

A beach, that of Cala Luna, which already at first glance shows that it fully deserves the definition of ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’.

Cala Goloritzé – Baunei’s coast

Cala Goloritzé, Baunei Coast: spectacular beach framed by limestone, crystal clear sea and mountains. A popular destination for excursions and climbing.

Su Meraculu Cave

Inland from Cala Sisine, about an hour’s walk from the beach, it is a very evocative cave, whose very name reveals some curious characteristics: it is called the “Grotta del Miracolo” (“Su Meraculu”, in Sardinian).

Venus’ Pools

Venus’ Pools, located on the coast of Baunei, a short distance from Grotta del Fico and Cala Biriala, crystal clear water.

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