Discover the breathtaking scenery of Cala Mariolu, the most beautiful beach in Europe by the American website  "The World's 50 Best Beaches"

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Cala Mariolu is a piece of paradise nestled along the east coast of Sardinia in Orosei Gulf and was recently awarded the prestigious title of Europe's most beautiful beach and second most beautiful beach in the world by 'The World's 50 Best Beaches'. This natural wonder enchants visitors with its crystal-clear waters, majestic cliffs and white pebble beach stretching out under the Mediterranean sun. However, its beauty is delicate, and the Baunei municipality has restricted the influx of visitors to preserve this natural gem.

The World's 50 Best Beaches was born from the passion for beaches of a group of experienced travellers. Guided by a desire to share the wonders of the world's most extraordinary coastlines, they have created an authoritative and inspiring list of the best beach destinations. Aiming to provide a valuable resource for beach lovers worldwide, the World's 50 Best Beaches is committed to celebrating and highlighting the unique beauty of the planet's most spectacular beaches.

History, names, legends and origins of Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu, most beautiful beach in Europe

Also known as Ispuligidenìe, Cala Mariolu owes its name to a fascinating story of encounters between humans and marine animals. The legend tells of a fisherman who, while camping on the beach, saw a monk seal stealing part of his catch. He exclaimed 'Acca cestà Mariolu' ('Here is some thief'), from which the name 'Mariolu' was derived. However, the original toponym, Is Puliges de Nie, reflects the presence of small white pebbles that characterise the beach.

Besides its history, Cala Mariolu is known for its marine biodiversity. Its waters are populated by various species, including colourful fish and protected marine fauna. Moreover, the bay is a favourite spot for lovers of underwater activities, offering fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities.

Geography: the charm of Cala Mariolu

Cala Mariolu, most beautiful beach in Europe

To reach Cala Mariolu, visitors may opt to take the ferry from various coastal locations in Sardinia or embark on an overland adventure via scenic trails winding through the Golgo Plateau. This variety of routes adds charm to the exploration of the bay, inviting visitors to fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty to be discovered throughout Sardinia.

Cala Mariolu is more than just a tourist attraction; it is a symbol of natural beauty and the need to preserve our planet's treasures for future generations. In being named Europe's most beautiful beach, the opportunity was taken to promote sustainability and the preservation of the natural beauty of its community. He invites visitors not only to enjoy the beautiful beaches, but also to explore the hinterland, discovering breathtaking views and a cultural heritage rich in history and tradition. Cala Mariolu remains a protected treasure of Sardinia, a place where natural beauty blends with history and conservation, offering an unforgettable experience for those privileged enough to visit.

The World's 50 best beaches: the criteria for Europe's best beach

Cala Mariolu, most beautiful beach in Europe

The choice of Cala Mariolu as the most beautiful beach in Europe and the second most beautiful beach in the world by The World's 50 Best Beaches reflects the global recognition of the extraordinary beauty of this corner of paradise.

This recognition not only highlights the natural beauty of Cala Mariolu, but also underlines the commitment of the local authorities and community to preserve and protect this natural gem. The criteria for beach selection include the uniqueness of the landscape, the presence of wildlife, the pristine state, the natural atmosphere, the ease of access, the calmness of the waters, and the frequency of perfect beach days. Special attention is given to lesser-known but exceptional beaches, personally visited by our team to ensure their integrity.

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