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From Portisco to Cagliari

Download: itinerary-portisco-cagliari.pdf

Tavolara, Olbia Gulf

We start our navigation heading south, a few miles away from Olbia we arrive in the area of the Marine Protected Area "Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo" , characterized by the ancient Paleozoic granitic rocks, rich in picturesque coves where the maquis, with impressive specimens of juniper and arbutus, reaches the sea.

Within this area you can see the contrast between the massive limestone of Tavolara, '"dragon island" rising from the sea, with its rugged and vertical forms and the smaller islands, Molara, Molarotto, Isola Piana and Dei Cavalli, rounded and granite.

In the Area Marina Protetta a discipline regulates in detail the different activities and define the areas "B" and "C" prohibited to anchor, except on sandy or stony areas and specially identified and equipped. In addition, inside the Marine Area, underwater fishing is prohibited, the use of personal watercraft and water sports with the use of equipment in tow. Please take note of Directives Attitude before leaving, referring to the link www.amptavolara.com/territorio/zonizzazione/norme.

La Caletta Siniscola

40° 36.345’ N – 9°45.479’ E

La Caletta is a village in the municipality of Siniscola. In this town there is a small harbor, which will allow you to be right in the village. (Tel + 39 0784 8106 31).

After Capo Comino we enter the majestic Gulf of Orosei. The Gulf is divided into two morphologically different zones. The northern part, low on the sea, consists of pine forests, with long sandy beaches and coastal dunes that reach up to its northern edge Punta Nera, while the southern part is formed by the terminal plateau of Supramonte, and extends until Capo di Monte Santu.

Characterized by high limestone cliffs overhanging including the second highest in Europe (Porta Plumare 412 m). The deepest gorge in Europe named "Gorroppu", is characterized by karst caves, lava flows and the chasms of ancient volcanoes, all providing an environment to discover. Continuing along the bay, to the south, we find beautiful coves: in succession, Cala Luna, Cala Sisine and Cala Goloritzé.

Cala Luna

40°13.669’ N - 9°37.638’E

Is a dream beach surrounded by nature at its wildest, with a snow-white sand, deep blue sea, and therefore loved by tourists for its charm. The cove is surrounded by a limestone cliff pierced by six enormous caverns that open onto the beach and ends to make room for the valley that generated the beach.

Cala Sisine

40°10.805’ N – 9°38.143’E

Cala Sisine rises at the end of a canal, once a riverbed, today due to a small stream, which originates in the Golgo plateau, in the Supramonte of Baunei.

About 200 meters wide, it overlooks the cliffs of the Serra Ovra which, from a height of over 500 meters, drop steeply over the sea, almost surrounded by rocky ridges, while the gorge is covered with the green of centuries-old carob and holm oak trees. Paradoxically, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts ever has a singular mountain aspect. The waters are iridescent turquoise due to the play of sunlight reflected on it. The seabed is made of sand with light limestone grains and rounded stones, ideal if you dive with a mask and snorkel.

Cala Goloritze

40°6.617’N-9°41.417’E

Is one of the most picturesque beach you will encounter in the cruise: created by a landslide in 1962, is famous for its high pinnacle 143 meters above the falls, also known to climbers for its sport climbing routes.

Another characteristic feature of the beach is the natural arch that opens on the right side of the bay. In a crevice between the rocks in the beach is also a source of fresh water from underground flows into the sea. Currently the coast near the beach (200 m from the shore) is completely closed to motor boats traffic to protect the beach from pollution and from the onslaught of tourists. However, you can reach the cove with a small swim straight off the boat.

Arbatax Bay

After Capo Monte Santu - where there are two small creeks that penetrating into the mountain offering shelter from the north wind – we get to Santa Maria Navarrese / Gulf of Tortoli.

The coastal area of Baunei is characterized by two very charming and picturesque towns for the presence of lovely beaches: Santa Maria Navarrese, located in front of the homonymous village, which extends to the north until it joins the beach of Roses, belonging to the near the City of Lotzorai.

In front of the beach you will notice the presence of the Islet of Ogliastra, a beautiful mass of pink porphyritic rock 47 meters high spread over 10 hectares. On the highest part of the island is the statue of Madonna dell’Ogliastra, a work of great value of the contemporary sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola. Its waters, deep blue on a rocky bottom, are ideal for the snorkeling enthusiasts.

Porto Corallo

39°26.219’N-9°38.472’E

Next stop for galley, make water and fuel, is the small port of Porto Corallo, in the municipality of Villaputzu.

It is located about 30 miles from Capo Bellavista / Arbatax where is next port for supply. The marina is located about 800 mt. from Porto Corallo and 4 km from the urban center of the municipality of Villaputzu.

information 393.9238334

Costa Rei

39°15.479’ N–9°34.979’E

Once over the Cape we sail along beautiful beaches inserted along the coast that stands frontally the Sepentara island, and extends for about seven km from Cala Sinzias, Porto Pirastu, alternating small picturesque coves and long beaches.

The whole tract enclosed between Cala Pira and Cala Sinzias, and Capo Ferrato, is called Costa Rei. The long white beach awarded the "Travel blogger award" by the prestigious publisher of travel guides "Lonely Planet", which included Costa Rei among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world

Villasimius

39°7.482’ N - 9°30.201’ E

A promontory that acts as an entrance portal to the bay of Villasimius. Together with the Cavoli Island (about half a mile south east of the Cape), the Serpentara Island (east) and all the surrounding area, it forms the Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area.

The area is divided into four types of areas with different degrees of protection. The splendid seabed of Villasimius are a constant destination for diving in all seasons of the year, nevertheless it is necessary to pay attention to the guidelines that regulate these activities in this area: it is good to take a look at the areas closed to navigation, swimming and other directives on the website www.ampcapocarbonara.it (attention: high fines for violators!) .

On both sides of the promontory there are several tourist places. Along the west coast of the promontory we meet the port of Villasimius with the Spiaggia del Riso, the remains of an ancient fortress with the old tower, Punta Santo Stefano (the westernmost offshoot of the promontory) and the hamlet of Santa Caterina with its cove; on the east coast we find the beach of Is Traias, the beautiful beach of Porto Giunco, the pond of Notteri with pink flamingos, the tower of Porto Giunco and the pebble beach of Cava Usai (a granite quarry abandoned in the 1950s). Its coasts are one of the most interesting areas of Sardinia, but be careful of the rocks outcropping near the Cape.

Cabbage island

The Isola dei Cavoli is located south-east of the Capo Carbonara. From the sea you will see the lighthouse built by the Piedmontese in the second half of the nineteenth century on a pre-existing 16th century Spanish tower.

On the seabed of the island, about 10 meters deep, towards the south, there is the granite statue of the Madonna of the Shipwrecked (protector of sailors, whose traditional veneration culminates in the village festival, every penultimate Sunday in July) by the Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola.

Cala Regina

Continuing north, you will see several villages situated along the coastal road that goes from Cagliari to Villasimius.

There are no landing facilities in this part of the coast, though several beaches with blue waters and fine sands, coves that will shelter you for northerly winds .

Cagliari

39°11.744’ N - 9°6.356’E

Centered on the beach of Poetto, with its eight miles of sand and the characteristic Sella del Diavolo hill, the Gulf of the Angels is the gateway to the Mediterranean as well as a strategic hub for the tourist routes. Our base in southern Sardinia is just a few minutes from Cagliari Elmas Airport, and is perfectly in the middle of the Gulf of the Angels. Between Capo Teulada and Capo Carbonara west to east, offers the opportunity to visit during your vacation almost all the most beautiful places of the south coast.

The same Cagliari, historical and cultural capital of Sardinia, is shown to the visitor with its radiance made of fascinating sights. From our base in Marina Sant’ Elmo can be reached in just a few minutes walk to the most beautiful spots of the city, the neighborhoods of Castle and Marina, the Poetto beach and nightlife streets of a Mediterranean flavour will leave in you indelible memories.