Pedra Longa

Pedra Longa

Along the coastline, a few miles north of Santa Maria, is the limestone peak of “Pedra Longa”, a “Natural Monument” since 1993, a prominent point that has always been valuable to sailors, because it could be seen from kilometres away. The location is easily accessible by car: upon exiting the Sardinian Eastern highway at km 153, south of Baunei, there is a road that, following a short uphill stretch (which leads near to the “Ùttolo” tavern), becomes a spectacular and panoramic descent, which reaches the foot of the peak in a matter of minutes.
It is also possible to reach “Pedra Longa” on foot from Santa Maria (two hours’ walk), via a footpath near the “Bellavista Hostel”, above the promontory overlooking the marina. From the square of “Pedra Longa”, facing the bar and restaurant of the same name built in the seventies, a stone staircase that ends a few metres north of the rocky peak leads down to the sea. The rocks to the south of the peak can be reached by following a road that leads to the other square-parking area.
The unique pyramidal peak of Pedra Longa, 128 metres in height, has been for centuries an important and valuable point of reference for all sailors who sailed next to the cliffs of Capo Monte Santu for centuries. In ancient pilot books it is called “Agugliastra” and according to tradition, it is the name from which “Ogliastra” is derived. Angius also held this opinion and when describing the limestone peak of Pedra Longa noted that it “is known under a fitting name, Aguglia, or Agugliastra, from which came the real name of the province, that was not originally called Ogliastra, but rather Agugliastra, as it was also called by and other ancient people”. In the early twentieth century, during the brief period in which the “Su Stabilimentu” lithographic quarry operated, not far from the Pedra Longa peak, a place for docking was created in order to allow cargo ships to load limestone slabs that were transported down the valley via a long cableway.
The last northward point on the coast of Baunei that can be reached by car, Pedra Longa is now also known for being the starting point of the famous “Selvaggio Blu” (“Wild Blue”) trek. It is a path that winds along the coastline of Baunei, numbering five or six stages, from Pedra Longa to Cala Luna. It is considered one of Europe’s most spectacular treks among hiking enthusiasts.


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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

Pedra Longa

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

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.

“Ispuligedenie” – Cala Mariolu

Divided into two parts by a large rock used as a docking pier by the barges carrying tourists, it is now known by the double name of ‘Ispuligidenie – Cala Mariolu’.

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