This is where nature sculpts the granite rock. Cala Ghjlgolu (or Girgolu) is found in thelocality of Vaccilleddi, at the base of the Monte Petrosu promontory, in the territory of Loiri Porto San Paolo. Its turquoise sea and white sand make it shine and it is known above all for the rock of La Tartaruga - from which it gets its ‘second’ name - an attraction for visitors, especially younger visitors. It is one of the most photographed rocks not only in Gallura but in the whole of Sardinia and is the result of thousands of years of erosion caused by the weather. Other rocks also make the cove stand out: these are called ‘tafonate’ and are eroded by the quartz crystals from the granite that, when crumbled, rotate wildly as an effect of the wind.

The beach is a wonderful source of continuous surprises: ochre-coloured sand mixed with smooth pebbles. The waters are shallow and the seabed is sandy, a perfect place for taking a nice, safe, peaceful dip and it is also ideal for children. You will find all the services you need: parking, facilities for the disabled, campsite, place for dining/refreshments, beach umbrella, sunbed, canoe, pedalo and dinghy rentals. Behind Cala Ghjlgolu, the landscape is enriched by a small pond, which is the habitat of several bird species.

Along the nearby coast, you will find a series of charming little coves, connected to each other and surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and light granite rock. Little trails make it possible to move from one to the other, in the setting of themarine area of Capo Coda Cavallo and the island of Tavolara, rising up like a mountain over the brightly-coloured sea.

Nearby, a visit to the beaches of San Teodoro is a must: the endless, narrow strip of golden sandof the Cinta, the white shoreline and the tropical waters of Cala Brandinchi and the nearbyLu Impostu or the splendid S'Isuledda and the beach ofAldia Bianca.