Cala Gonone lies on the east coast of Sardinia, where limestone cliffs open up to display the brilliant blue waters of the Gulf of Orosei. Like all Sardinian towns, this one’s blessed with incredibly good looks – its terracotta-roofed hotels are fringed with green, and fronted by a sweep of honey-hued sand. Either side of the main beach, there are two bigger stretches. You can dine like royalty on the Cala Gonone waterfront, where the restaurants serve delectable pasta and seafood dishes on atmospheric al fresco terraces.
Holidays to Cala Gonone are ideal for outdoor lovers. Hikers flock to this area to explore trails through sweet-smelling pine forests. The Supramonte mountain range is especially breathtaking – home to valleys, canyons, springs and caves. Those who want to explore beneath the waves, meanwhile, can strap on a snorkel and head for Cala Fuili or Cala Luna to see technicolour marine life.