Cala Goloritzé – Baunei’s coast

Baunei’s Coast,
Cala Goloritzé

The slender limestone peak towering over the beach, the arc of rock plunging into the sea, the transparent water that could not be more transparent. All framed by mountainous ridges hundreds of metres high covered by the intense green of the Mediterranean maquis. This and more is ‘Cala Goloritzè’ (‘Natural Monument’ since 1993), now a true ‘testimonial’ of this wild and unspoilt coastline. According to the stories of the shepherds of Baunei who lived in sheepfolds in the area, this spectacular sandy shoreline was formed in the 1950s, following a landslide that broke away from the sandstone wall.
Until the 1980s, the tiny beach of Cala Goloritzé was mainly frequented by free-climbing lovers, thanks to the echo it received from the exploit performed by the famous climbers Maurizio Zanolla, from Trentino, and Alessandro Gogna, from Genoa, who were the first to conquer the peak of Punta Caroddi in 1981. Maurizio Zanolla, better known as ‘Manolo’, is considered the father of sport climbing in Sardinia, since he ‘imported’ free climbing to the island in 1979, when, as a young rock climber specialised in rockfalls, he was working on securing some unsafe rock faces along the Orientale Sarda road.
The first inhabitant of Baunei to climb to the top of Punta Caroddi was, in 1986, a climbing enthusiast, Mario Monni, at the time a 26-year-old pedalo hirer at Cala Luna. The first excursion guides from Baunei to conquer the Aguglia were Antonio Cabras and Mariano Lai, in 1996. Today, Cala Goloriztè is a popular destination for all those who seek that incomparable mix of sea and mountain in the Supramonte of Baunei that is difficult to find elsewhere in Sardinia. Since 1989, it has been forbidden to anchor less than 300 metres from the shore and therefore the beach can only be reached by land, starting from the Golgo plateau, from the locality ‘Su porteddu’.
During the summer, the beach is consequently stormed every day by hundreds of hikers, who reach it by taking the path along the ‘Baccu Goloritzè’. Two hundred metres to the north of the main beach is the small beach known as ‘delle Sorgenti’ because of the spring waters that flow through the rocks. In particular situations of calm sea and low tide, fresh water springs a few centimetres above the shoreline.
The existence of this precious source was well known to the shepherds of the area, who, in order to fill their ‘barrìla’ (a small water flask), faced the difficult passage (you have to walk on a smooth limestone slab on a steep slope) leading to the fresh water.


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.

Pedra Longa

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

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 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.

Venus’ Pools

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

Cala Birìala

The beach of “Cala Birìala” (called “Birìola” by the Cala Gonone fishermen) was one of the beaches most often visited by monk seals.

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.

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).

La Grotta dei Colombi (Cave of Pigeons)

The “Grotta dei Colombi” is only accessible by sea and in order to see the stunning majesty of the vault up close, it is necessary to sail very close to the cliff.

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.

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.

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