Sardinia 2010 – Cala Goloritzé (24th July)

The eighth (is it spelled like that?) day on Sardinia – trip to Cala Goloritzé. It’s a beautiful cove (with even more beautiful beach) located in province Ogliastra not too far from the town of Baunei. Not surprisingly, we learnt about this hike in our favourite guidebook “Sardinia: Rother Walking Guite”, written by Mithra Omidvar. In the 3rd Czech issue of the book (from year 2003), this track is listed under number 31.

Cala Goloritzé (thanks to

Cala Goloritzé (thanks to

We set out from the camp at about half past eight. We went via Santa Maria Navaresse to Baunei, where we left SS 125 and turned right to a steep road, that led us up to the Golgo Plateau. There we just followed the signs “Cala Goloritzé” and soon we got to the “Su Porteddu” parking place (and camping and restaurant) – starting point of our hike. (The track described in the guidebook starts even before Su Porteddu, but by parking your car here you can avoid walking a few hundred meters along the dusty road.)

At 9:21 we left the parking space and started walking in the direction “Cala Goloritzé”. Path led us few height meters up to the saddle at 468 m ASL and then we started slowly descend down to the cove. The path there was very nice, it’s quite frequently used so it’s probably regularly maintained. Getting down to the cove took us about two hours. During the way we passed two “oviles” – rock shelters for sheep.

During the way to Cala Goloritzé...

During the way to Cala Goloritzé...

I liked Cala Goloritzé a lot, in my opinion it’s even much nicer than Cala Luna – one of the reasons is that boats can’t go into the cove (they must stay circa 300 m from the cove) and so the only way how to get there is to walk there from Golgo Plateau… But what I really liked the most about Cala Goloritzé was the swimming. The sea is quite deep there and the seabed is composed of white limestone rocks, which make the sea look very bright. It’s been the most beautiful place for swimming that I ever visited, so if you happen to be somewhere in Ogliastra province, don’t hesitate to visit Cala Goloritzé, it’s definitely worth even a possible detour!

As usally, here’s a link to the GPX file containing the track record. I’d just want to stress out that all the following info is about the track that we went, it means that it can contain possible detours.

Start/finish Main POI Distance Max. elevation Min. elevation Download link
Su Porteddu Cala Goloritzé 7.7 km 468 m 0 m link

You can also look at the elevation diagram of the track (generated by GPS altimeter and processed by Garmin Basemap application). Please click to the miniature to see the diagram in a full size.

Elevation diagram - trip to Cala Goloritzé and back

Elevation diagram - trip to Cala Goloritzé and back

And last but not least here’s the list of some important waypoints. You can download all of them in one GPX file.

Name Description Approx. Elev. Latitude Longitude
SU PORTEDDU Restaurant, camping, parking space 407 m N 40° 04.982′ E 9° 40.697′
SEDLO01 Saddle at 468 m 468 m N 40° 05.206′ E 9° 40.843′
OVILE02 Ovile – rock shelter for sheep 439 m N 40° 05.349′ E 9° 41.088′
OVILE03 Ovile – rock shelter for sheep 359 m N 40° 05.545′ E 9° 41.060′
BRANA02 Interesting rock gate 101 m N 40° 06.240′ E 9° 41.271′
CALA GOLORITZE Cala Goloritzé beach 19 m N 40° 06.470′ E 9° 41.393′

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  1. Posted June 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for interesting description and GPX. We are going there in few weeks and I am collecting information.

    I have one question: is the trail suitable for children (6 years) ?

  2. Posted June 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your comment!

    In my opinion it is – it’s not very long and as far as I remember there are no difficult parts…

  3. Posted June 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. We are planing trips and hikes for 9 days.