At the center of the eastern coast of Sardinia there is a beach that is unique in its kind so much to be one of the symbolic beaches of Sardinia. Famous for its wild nature, the beach of Cala Luna it is undoubtedly a place to see at least once in a lifetime.
Once walking there was just like "reaching the moon", but now it's a little easier, but it's still a great adventure. Its transparent water and the breathtaking panorama will repay you for all the effort made.
- How to reach us
- Free beach, lidos and bathing establishments
- Where to sleep nearby: hotels, resorts and b & bs
- What to do and see in the surrounding area
- User questions and comments
How to reach us
The easiest and fastest way to get there is by sea by boat (departing from the ports of Cala Gonone, Santa Maria Navarrese, La Caletta or Arbatax). It is not possible to arrive by land by public transport or car, the only way to do it is on foot, via one of the three trekking routes available.
How to arrive by sea
It is possible to arrive by sea from the ports of Cala Gonone, Santa Maria Navarrese, La Caletta or Arbatax. The nearest port is Cala Gonone (Get directions), from here you can reach Cala Luna in less than 10/15 minutes.
The return tickets for the boat transfer range from € 20,00 to € 25,00 depending on the company (in the low season it is possible to save a little bit). You can also buy the single route for about half the price, in order to combine the trekking experience by land with the return by sea. Some companies offer mini boat cruises to the cove, to the caves, or both through a "combined" solution (as regards the visit to the caves, the entrance ticket is not included in the price).
At the port you can rent dinghies (prices starting from € 100,00 - fuel excluded) or organize private excursions with driver always by boat (€ 35,00 per person).
How to get there by land
There are three different trails, relatively simple and suitable for everyone, lasting between 1 and a half and 2 hours. Regardless of the path chosen, it is advisable to wear closed shoes (gymnastics or trekking shoes) and a hat, but above all bring water and GPS, the paths are not always marked, so it is easy to get lost.
- Path along the Cala Fuili path: it is the least tiring and best known route. Leave your car at the end of the road that connects Cala Gonone to the promontory just above Cala Fuili (Get directions). Proceed along the steps that lead to the dry bed of the Codula di Fuili. Once out of the woods, you will find the path leading to the Cala. This meets several detours, the first leads to the northern branch of the Bue Marino Caves, others lead to the Ziu Santoru and Cala Oddoana beach (attention, these are not marked!). The route has three main differences in height, the first near the Codula di Fuili, one near the beach of Ziu Santoru and one in the final stretch, near the Codula di Ilune.
- Path along the Buchiarta - S'Iscala and S'Arga paths: takes less time but is more tiring.
Leave the car near the cliff for Buchiarta (along the road to Ghivine, which can be accessed after the first bend of the SP26 that connects Gonone to Dorgali - Get directions). From there you continue down towards the river bed, encountering breathtaking views. Upon reaching the dry riverbed, continue east along the Codula.
- Path along the Buchiarta - S'Iscala and Su Molente paths:
The starting point is quite close to that of the previous trek, but this time you leave the car at the end of the road near the Buchiarta sheepfolds (Get directions), and proceed downhill along the wood until you reach the passage on the stony ground that offers beautiful viewpoints on the Codula di Ilune. From here you reach the river bed, and then continue east along the Codula.
Free beach, lidos and bathing establishments
The beach is free and free and it does not have real bathing establishments. However there is a small kiosk made from an old coal pantry. At the kiosk you can buy food and water, rent sunbeds and umbrellas, rent canoes and snorkeling equipment, and finally buy tickets for visiting the caves.
The coast is a mixture of sand and small pebbles, the seabed is quite low (especially on the south side), there are also 5 caves that characterize the landscape and act as a refreshment against the sun's rays for bathers.
Where to sleep nearby: hotels, resorts and b & bs
Cala Luna is a wild beach, surrounded by nature. Therefore it does not have any accommodation facilities in the immediate vicinity. However, the municipality of Cala Gonone is full of hotels, B & Bs and holiday homes to sleep in. Here are just a few, but the selection is much broader. Furthermore, for nature lovers there is also the possibility of sleeping in a camping just a few steps from the sea.
- B&B Palmasera: Entrance to Camping Car Palmasera - Via del Bue Marino SN, 08022 Cala Gonone
- Codula Fiuli Farmhouse: Cala Gonone Loc. Pranos, 08022, Cala Gonone
- Hotel Cala Luna: Lungomare Palmasera, 6,08022 Cala Gonone
What to do and see in the surrounding area
The area is full of activities to do. As already mentioned, the paths to get there on foot represent a real attraction in their own right for nature lovers and lovers of trekking. It is possible to organize scheduled visits that include arrival by land and return by sea, in order to make the experience enjoyable and not too tiring. Extreme sports lovers can also practice climbing on vertical cliffs (over 15 different routes).
Water sports enthusiasts can try their hand at canoe and snorkeling excursions, all the equipment can be rented in the kiosk managed by the municipality.
But the real attraction not to be missed are the Bue Marino Caves. The visit of the southern access to the caves takes about 60 minutes and consists of a rather simple guided tour, just 800 meters long and also suitable for children. The ticket can be purchased at the kiosk, indicative price € 8,00 / 10,00. The tour runs between 11:00 and 15:00, only when a minimum of 10 visitors are reached. Excursions can sometimes be postponed or canceled due to the weather (in these cases participants are usually reimbursed).