The Tropics in the Mediterranean: from Cala Luna to Cagliari.Poetto beach
Cala Luna
ImageCala Luna

It is not easy to leave the spectacular Cala Luna but luckily nature has many other surprises. For example; Cala Sisine (where the scenery of the thick oleander bushes is repeated) and the next bay of Cala Mariuolu which is made up of small coves where the beaches are formed by small circular stones that get smaller and smaller as we go towards the shoreline.
There is a legend that the name "Mariuolu" was given to this area because there was a very cunning seal, that was able to devour in a few seconds clandestinely the daily catch of the fishermen ( in the local language 'Mariuolu' means thief). In these waters there is the region called Ogliastra, which is probably the most difficult part of Sardinia to reach because of its rough terrain and poor road and rail links. An island within an island, as the local people use to define Ogliastra to highlight the differences that characterised this area compared to the rest of Sardinia.
The calcareous rock cliffs accompany us as we round Capo di Monte Santu, which with Capo Bellavista marks the Gulf of Arbatax.

Cala Luna
ImageCala Luna
Cala Mariolu
ImageCala Mariolu

Sailing at night the lights of Baunei can be clearly seen. Baunei is a coastal village, whose population lives principally on cattle-breeding even if, recently, (like Dorgali) a tourist centre has developed between Baunei and Santa Maria Navarrese.
The plateau of Baunei is very interesting. On an excursion one can visit the small ancient church of San Pietro and look in wonder at the chasm of the Golgo, called S'Isterru, that plunges for about 280 metres into the depts of the earth and is one of the longest in Europe.

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