House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Anna, Cala Gonone, Sardinia
Enjoying superb panoramic sea views, Casa Anna is perched high above a bay of pink shingle sand on the southern fringes of the small resort of Cala Gonone. Part of a genteel hillside development of forty or so terraced and privately owned holiday apartments, Casa Anna, was by far the nicest one we were offered, being particularly well furnished and maintained, plus having the advantage of a pretty little garden to the rear, complete with shady purpose built barbecue area.
Mellow summer days begin with breakfast on the terrace, accompanied by unbroken seascapes. Green shuttered patio doors lead into the neat open plan
living area, with table and chairs positioned to optimise the views and a sofa to the side. To the rear of the room the spruce little kitchen has a 4 ring gas hob and large fridge-freezer plus attractive stained pine cupboards and polished granite work surfaces.
From the kitchen, a pine door opens into the entrance hallway, off which are two bedrooms, sharing a nicely tiled shower room. The double bedroom although small, is very attractive and welcoming with fitted pine wardrobes either side of the bed and a lovely sea view window that captures the early morning sun .
The second bedroom, ideal for children, has bunk beds with a window towards the garden which slopes upward in small terraces towards the private access road to the rear. Hidden away amongst the fauna, is an outside shower and a very attractive brick built barbecue, complete with covered terrace and a marble table, perfect for alfresco meals, with the deep blue just visible over the apartment's terracotta roof tiles.
From the private road, below the front of the apartments, it's a 10-minute walk via a steepish footpath, down to the beach and then a further 10 or 15 minutes along the seafront into town.
For a change of scene and totally natural surroundings, a 5 minute drive southward will bring you to a parking spot at the end of the road from where stone steps lead steeply down to the lovely little cove of Cala Fuili. This is also the starting point of the footpath that leads to the celebrated Cala Luna beach, a two-hour walk according to the local guidebook, with the option of catching a boat back to the harbour in Cala Gonone, if returning on foot proves too much.
Housekeeping, towels & bed linen (Included in price)
On arrival your accommodation will have be cleaned and prepared for you Including bath/face towels and bed linen, our price also includes a final clean on your departure.
Extra maid service can be arranged and paid for locally, if required.
Guests staying for 7 nights or more will find on arrival, a linen pack with a change of bed linen and towels.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cala Gonone 300 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Olbia 106 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Sardinia region
Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean, a name familiar to many but hitherto relatively unknown as a holiday destination, Sardinia has over 1,800km of coastline, much of it utterly unspoilt and fringed by white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear waters.
The Gulf of Orosei on the Sardinian east coast and just over an hours drive south from Olbia Airport covers an area of some 80 square kilometres from Cape Comino in the north to Cape Di Monte Santo further south. Noted for its craggy white cliffs and powder white coves backed by wild and uninhabited mountainous regions, it's wonderful country for hikers and nature lovers. Here too, the coastal waters of Sardinia are so clean and clear that colonies of beautiful coral grow on the seabed and the myriadas of fish and other marine fauna attract Scuba divers from around the world, as well as the local fisherman of course.
The medieval market town of Orosei, from which the area takes its name, stands on the banks of the River Cedrino and boasts a number of lovely old churches and a warren of narrow cobbled streets leading to numerous small piazzas. The town is surrounded by lush green farmland bursting with orange and olive plantations and edged with a spectacular stretch of coastline and many, many kilometres of powder white sand beaches fringed by fragrant pinewoods.
Matching the beauty of its coastline, the hinterland of Sardinia is a magnificent and uncompromising landscape of high rugged mountains, deep gorges and rolling wooded countryside, still in some places inhabited by wild boar, a Sardinian delicacy and quite commonly featured on the menus of restaurants throughout the island.
Although wild boar might not be to everyone's taste, the local seafood, cheeses and various pasta dishes are extremely good. Olbia, in the north of Sardinia is particularly renowned for its mussel beds and cozze alla marinara (aka moules marine ) is a favourite starter. However for something unique, try the local seafood risotto, flamboyantly flavoured by hard little crustaceans and absolutely delicious!
Finally, its worth mentioning that the East Coast of Sardinia including the area of Orosei and many parts of Sardinia for that matter remain refreshingly Non-Anglicised and a phrase book can be useful for interpreting menus and general communication.
Cala Gonone, Sardinia
South of Orosei, beyond the enterprising and prosperous town of Dorgali famous for its leather, ceramics and filigree jewellery, lies the village of Cala Gonone. Until recent times, this independent community of seafaring folk was only accessible by boat or on foot by a perilous path hewn out of the cliff-side. However, thanks to the marvels of modern engineering, Cala Gonone can now be reached via a road tunnel that cuts straight through the mountainside to reveal a splendid panoramic view of the Golf of Orosei. From the tunnel's exit, a steep and winding road leads down through wooded hillsides, (still inhabited by wild boar!) until you reach the village centre with its tree-lined promenade, restaurants, shops, fine sandy beaches and colourful fishing harbour.
From the harbour there are regular boat trips to the many fabulous beaches to the south of the village, which are virtually inaccessible by land. Cala Luna the nearest is recognised as one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, with high cliffs protecting a glorious crescent of white sand and a lagoon fringed by pink Oleander. Further south are numerous smaller coves such as Cala Sisine and the evocatively named Ispuligidenie, and all have the remarkable crystal clear turquoise waters for which Sardinia is renowned.
Nearer to Cala Gonone the extraordinary cave of Bue Marino can also be visited by boat and has 900 metres of well-lit tunnels and underground streams to explore.
As well as incredible stalactites, the cave contains a number of prehistoric cave drawings and until the 1970's was the habitat of the rare and timid Monk seal.
The coastal waters here are some of the cleanest in the entire Mediterranean with a wealth of marine flora and fauna, as well as historical artefacts littering the ocean floor. If you are interested in scuba diving, our old friend, Fabio is a qualified diving instructor and runs a diving school in Cala Gonone. Being local born and bred, he knows all the best dive sites in the area! Fabio, naturally, is always delighted to organise a few dives ranging from half-day introductory taster sessions to a wide choice of full diving courses, so if you are interested, please contact us for further details.
Finally, if you really crave excitement, just north of Cala Gonone, the entrance of another huge cave is the awesome venue for bungee jumping, but check your insurance first
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