Dorgali is a pleasant town (if rather quiet) in which to wander for an hour or so or sit and watch life go on, and it can make a good alternative base to Cala Gonone if you arrive well out of the beach season when Cala Gonone is decidedly quiet (ie almost completely closed - although this is changing). Even if you arrive in the beach season Dorgali can make for a more peaceful but viable alternative to the increasing popularity of Cala Gonone, given that the two are linked by several buses a day (about 20 mins each way but not on Sundays) and many of the activities organised out of Cala Gonone can also be organised out of Dorgali. It is even possible to walk from Dorgali to Cala Gonone (or better still direct to Cala Luna) passing through the original foot tunnel excavated at the close of the last century which opens out to give wonderful views over Cala Gonone and the Gulf of Orosei. Only attempt this if you are properly prepared however.
Dorgali itself is located on the side of a mountain directly beneath limestone cliffs and with views west towards the Supramonte. The town is relatively small and easy to find your way around, but to make it easier maps can be found on the net.
There is no bus station in Dorgali. Buses arriving and departing will often stop at several locations around the town however the principle stop is situated in Via Lamarmora across the road from the Carabinieri Station and this is the only stop to use if you are changing buses. It is easy to recognise this stop as the bus will climb uphill through several narrow residential streets and then turn left onto a wider main street with shops on the right and the Carabinieri Station on the left. Tickets can be bought from the newsagent a short distance downhill from the bus stop on the left, or from a couple of bars around town. If you are arriving from Cala Gonone and need to change buses at Dorgali (A3, A4, A5, O3, O4, O5, M2, M3, C3, C4) be aware that (being all buses operated by ARST) the connections should be guaranteed, and you can usually buy a ticket valid for the full journey in Cala Gonone. If instead you are on route to Nuoro then there should be no need to change buses at Dorgali.
Walking up Via Lamarmora from the bus stop you will find several handicraft shops and the tourist information office on the right (which, as usual, has free maps of the town and also of Cala Gonone but, also as usual, may not be open all year). A bit further on you arrive at the intersection of Corso Umberto, which is a wider street heading downhill to the right also containing several shops and bars.
There are a couple of Hotels in the town, and several B and B opening up which provide an alternative.
The b & b Valverde offers hospitality in a country house in a large olive grove, 500 meters from the village of Dorgali (NU). On the ground floor with independent entrance from the rest of the guests there are 3 double bedrooms each with private bathroom, all equipped with heating.On the same floor in a rustic kitchen with a refrigerator and TV, Italian breakfast is served. The b & b is placed in family-owned, car and motorcycle permits, use of space including front porches, wooded areas and a large garden.
Welcoming in the new building, the BED AND BREAKFAST ICHNOS is located 30 meters from the seafront and the beaches.
The central position and the little distance from the harbour, from the public park "La Favorita", from the Cine Teatro Arena , from her walk on the sea front and the most important business, makes it the ideal place for your holidays in this corner of paradise.
Cala Gonone, pearl of the Mediterranean, starting from the sixties has become a point of reference for the summer season in the Est Coast of Sardinia.
From the poit of embarkation of the marina in possible to reach the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Orosei, incuding:
Cala Luna with its caverns open at the beach level with a stream that separates the beach from numerous pink oleanders;
Cala Mariolu, that shows the two inlets of white sand separated by a rocky promontory white, extending the clear blue sea;
The caves of the Bue Marino, home until the eiglities of the monk seal, the Foca Monaca.
But Cala Gonone is not only sea, is it also services and sporting activities, with the possibility of trekking, miking an climbing of cliffs, with itineraries tried and tested by the best climbers of the world.
Archaeology is the presence in the territory of imposing Menhir, mysterious Domus de Janas (houses of the fairies), majestic graves of giants, the famous villages nauraghie of Tiscali and Serra Orrios, nuraghi as Nuraghe Mannu where you can enjoy of a spectacular view across the whole gulf, as well as the beauty inland the Gola di Gorroppu and the cave of Ispinigoli.
You can also visit many craft shops of leather, wood, knives, pottery, golds metal art and look at the talented craftsmen.
In the numerous restaurant and farns in the country, you can taste the traditional dishes and the seafood specialities typical prepared with natural products and genuine of the land like wine Cannonau, extra virgin olive, honey, cheeses and traditional sweets.
The Bed and Breakfast ICHNOS can be easily reached by the State Road 131 (road that connects whit each all the main harbours and airports of the island) direction Abbasanta/Nuoro exit Lula/Dorgali, and then continuing to 20 km direction Dorgali until to reach the state road 125, and then get to Cala Gonone maritime Dorgali fraction, which is 7 km.
The 2/6 people luxury flat is situated at ground floor, just 20 mts from the fine and white sand, cobbles and cliff beaches, few steps from market, bar and first aid post, 600 mts from the centre of Cala Gonone:
- independent access,
- 1 double room,
- 1 double room,
- 1 bathroom,
- large livingroom with 2 single bed and kitchen.
- garden where you can have meal
- 1 bathroom.
- shower in the garden,
- tv, dvd, satellite,
- big fridge,
- private parking.
ON DEMAND SERVICES
- bath/bed towels.
Located in Cala Gonone, Bed & Breakfast Goloritze is 1 km from local sandy beaches. It offers a garden and simply-furnished rooms. Each room at Bed & Breakfast Goloritze is en suite and includes a TV, desk and a fan.
The farm Dido and the unspoiled nature in a landscape of montagnta but close to the sea, 8-10 km away from the beaches of our Orosei.La Dorgali and organic cuisine and genuine because it produced on the farm.
Rooms with private bathroom.
Possibility of excursions between sea and mountains and visits to archaeological sites.