Cala Gonone is an Italian seaside town and a civil parish of the municipality of Dorgali, Province of Nuoro, in the region of Sardinia. In 2007 it had 1,279 inhabitants.The famous Grotta del Bue Marino is divided in two parts. The southern part is the one accessible by boat, very touristic. The Northern branch of the Grotta is much less known and only accessible by foot, via a small trail starting in Cala Fuilli (not long, but very hot in summer). Note: there is NO connection between the two caves, you cannot reach the southern part by foot.
The northern branch is GREAT! You can only enter it with a guide. Guided tours are offered twice a day. We had a very nice guided tour with very few people, it was not crowded at all (contrary to the southern branch). One of the guides took over the italian speaking people, the other young man guided the tour in french and english. Very high quality informations, 2 hours long, extremely interesting. You get enough time to see a multitude of fascinating geologic formations, including a fossil seafloor the bottom of which has been washed away by the sea. And you are even allowed to take pictures. Thank you very much for this great experience!
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