Cala Fuili was easily our favourite beach – and like all good things in life it requires a bit of effort to find. Drive down the steep hill to Cala Gonone, then follow the windy coastal road to the South. Parking is precariously on the side of the road wherever you can find it, then walk down the dirt track (complete with a herd of goats bleating hello) fully equipped with an umbrella, towel, sunscreen, snacks and water as there’s nothing down there but the glorious sea.
We also loved Cala Brandinchi and Spiaggia di Lu Impostu; two bays right next to each other with soft sand and calm, turquoise water. Both spots have a few simple canteen-style cafes where you can get gelato, drinks and snacks.
Cala Moresca is pure magic for it’s lack of crowds, seclusion and crystal clear waters. The bay is located inside the nature reserve, which is about a 15 minute walk from the car park.
Spiaggia del Principle on the aptly named Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) is an hidden gem along what is generally a pretty popular spot. Shallow, clear water and soft golden sand in true Sardinian stye.
Be prepared to eat a pizza a day. We went to a lot of restaurants where the salads and mains were pretty average, but the pizza was amazing. Basically, when in doubt, go for the pizza.
Ristorante Pizzeria La Poltrona (which we stopped off on the way to Cala Fuili) was our favourite restaurant of the trip. It’s pretty unassuming, but has a sweet courtyard, sea views, super friendly staff, delicious homemade food and an extensive menu of locally produced wine and craft beer.
Ristorante Pizzeria La Poltrona, Zona centro sportivo, 08022 Cala Gonone
Agriturismo Muru Idda offers an authentic dining experience in true agriturismo style; a set menu of Sardinian dishes, all locally produced with ten stomach-stretching dishes for 35 euros. As it’s a set menu and they only produce what is needed for each evening, bookings are essential. It’s a real Sardinian experience – there are amazing agriturismo’s all over the island.
Agriturismo Muru Idda, Località San Lorenzo, 08020 Budoni