bestmareNEtours_NE Golfo di Orosei
DREAM COVES: between sea and mountains in the central-eastern part of Sardinia, discovering the cliffs overlooking the sea.
Province: Province of Nuoro
Maximum altitude: (Punta Lamarmora) 1834 m a.s.l.
Location: Central Tyrrhenian Sea
The departure for the trip is scheduled every day at 9.00 from the Port of the Caletta which is located a few minutes drive from Budoni and San Teodoro.
On board the motor ship they will guide you to discover all the natural beauties of the Gulf of Orosei including the famous beaches of Cala Luna, Cala Mariolu and Cala Sisine, with the possibility of visiting the Grotta del Fico, inhabited until a few decades ago by the now extinct monk seal, or of the Bue Marino. We will go as far as Cala Goloritzè the last beach of the Gulf for a short photo stop during which it is possible to admire the majestic natural arch and the Spire, a stone spike 150 m above sea level.
Sailing on turquoise waters and unique transparency you will visit the most pristine corners of the coast, between majestic cliffs overlooking the sea and breathtaking inlets. The motor ship, albeit large, will approach a few meters from the limestone walls and enter small caves colonized by shag and queen’s falcons.
Return to La Caletta around 7.00 pm.
The cove takes its Italian name from a saying of a fisherman from Ponza, who sheltered his freshly caught fish in a small cave near the beach where he moored. The fisherman did not know, however, that the famous monk seal was present throughout the Costa Baunese, coming out of the water and eating the fish hidden in the cave. The fisherman, who did not know the existence of the seal, exclaimed “Acca cestà Mariolu” (in Italian “there is some thief here”) and since then this exclamation gave the name to this cove.
The original and correct toponym is Is Puliges de Nie (or Ispuligedenie), which means ‘the snow fleas’ and refers to the numerous small white pebbles that form the beach of the cove. Another possible and probably more correct local toponym is Ispuligiada ‘e nie which means’ splash of snow’ which is the image that best describes the beach.
The beach, about 200 m wide, represents the mouth of a small winter stream (codula in Sardinian) that descends from the nearby mountains of the Golgo plateau. It is composed of very white pebbles that stand out with the color of the water making it particularly clear and transparent. The beach is well served, in the summer, by a small fleet of boats that transport visitors through all the coves of the Gulf of Orosei.
The beach represents the mouth of a stream that marks the boundary of the municipalities of Dorgali and Baunei, municipalities which in turn claim their jurisdiction over the site. This stream, called Codula di Luna, develops for a few kilometers, originating on the slopes of Mount Oseli (984 m a.s.l.) in the municipality of Urzulei. The beach is characterized by the presence of some caves and inlets in the part in front of the shoreline, due to the erosion of the sea on the limestone rock. Cala Luna is famous for its beauty and particularity.