The Beach of Mariolu it is a jewel for the eyes made up of white and pink pebbles washed by an iridescent blue sea. It owes its name to the appellative "mariolo" (thief) epithet with which the fishermen of Ponza addressed the monk seal, guilty of stealing the catch from the nets; but it is also known as "Is Pulige de Nie" ("like snow fleas" in Sardinian dialect, a clear reference to the white pebbles that completely cover the beach).
Cala Mariolu is the ideal destination for a day at the beach in the name of adventure.
- Where is it and how to get there
- 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
Where is it and how to get there
The Beach of Mariolu it is located near Baunei on the central-eastern coast of Sardinia
How to arrive by sea
The easiest way to get there is by sea starting from Arbatax or Santa Maria Navarrese with own boats or with private transfers and tours (the latter often include visiting more coves and caves). Indicatively, the price for the tours varies between € 35,00 / 70,00 per person (depending on the itinerary and the season). The solution we recommend is the tour of the Costa del Baunei which includes Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriala, Cala Gabbiani and the Piscine di Venere.
How to get there by land
The beach can also be reached by land, via an excursion that leads from the Golgo Plateau to Ispuligidenie. The route is extremely tiring, recommended only for trekking experts, absolutely not suitable for the elderly, families with children, people who are not well trained or who suffer particularly from the heat. Return by sea is highly recommended.
- Range: 6 km.
- Travel time: about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- Difference: 100 m. uphill - 560 m. downhill
- Degree of difficulty: EE (expert hikers)
- Necessary: hiking shoes, water supplies, hat, sunscreen and food rich in sugars (eg fruit).
- Start point: Località Piredda, a 15-minute walk from the Nuraghe Nuragheddu (Get directions)
- Route detail: for the itinerary to follow
Free beach, lidos and bathing establishments
The pristine and clear beach of Cala Mariolu is free, equipped with a public bathroom and a kiosk / bar where rent umbrellas and snorkeling equipment. There is also a small one diving center who coordinates scuba diving.
Entrance to the beach is free. The only payment required is a environmental contribution of € 1,00 for adult bathers (children do not have to pay any fee), in order to guarantee the services and the protection of the beach.
Where to sleep nearby: hotels, resorts and b & bs
Unfortunately it is not possible to stay in the immediate vicinity of Cala Mariolu. However, there is no lack of solutions in the surrounding area.
It is possible to choose an accommodation facility in the municipalities of Baunei or Santa Maria Navarrese.
Here are some of the best options for sleeping not far from the fabulous beach:
- Hotel Bia Maore: Via San Pietro 19, 08040 Baunei
- B&B Selvaggio Blu: Via Galilei 23, 08040 Baunei
- Lanthia Resort: Lungomare, 08040 Santa Maria Navarrese
What to do and see in the surrounding area
Cala Mariolu is above all known for its crystalline waters, which host fish species and marine flora that are worth admiring with snorkeling and scuba diving sessions. From groupers to lobsters passing, with a bit of luck, to the sporadic vision of some dolphins that sometimes pass as a "greeting" to tourists and natives.
But diving isn't the only activity to undertake. It's possible visit the natural coves and caves in the surrounding area, such as Grotta del Fico, Cala Goloritzè, Cala dei gabbiani and Cala degli lovers. The best way to do this is through a private tour departing from Arbatax or Santa Maria Navarrese, which includes the various stops of interest (including Cala Mariolu itself).
Finally the area lends itself to trekking and walking excursions, during which it is possible to "meet" very rare species of birds, such as the Queen's Falcon, the Cormorant of the Ciuffo, the Peregrine Falcon and the Golden Eagle.