While approaching the land of Gallura, visitors get attracted by the granitic profile of the landscape, the explosive green of the mediterranean scrub, and the characteristic mistral wind, that spread the sea breeze in the air. Symbolic of this region of Sardinia is the town of Santa Teresa di Gallura, up-north spot of Sardinia, overlooking the white, rocky coast of Corsica.
Santa Teresa is a place for lovers of sea and walks along the arbor, where it's easy to reach the tower of Londonsardo, established during the Spanish occupation in the early XVI a.C. From there the view is simply stunning, since it frames the bay of Rena Bianca, award-winning sandy beach renown for the purity of its crystal water.
The small old town has a simple architecture, made up of small buildings of picturesque colors that enrich the main streets. These converge in the two main squares, in particular San Vittorio Square and the one of Vittorio Emanuele I. During a nice walk around, visitors encounter small cantinas and restaurants and artisanal shops offering products relating to traditional manufacturing such as wood carving and coral.
Excursions of every level or simple, nice walk are likely to take visitors exploring the most beautiful bays and natural spots of the coast, such as Capo Testa, Santa Reparata, la Valle dell'Erica and Porto Pozzo. Capo Testa is an isthmus of rare beauty, separating the two beaches of Rena di Levante and Rena di Ponente: one of these is always protected by the wind, due to this morphologic shape that reminds a sort of human head.
Above this exceptional landscape, it stands the lighthouse of Capo Testa, starting point for a series of pathways taking visitors to the protected and never overcrowded beach of Cala Spinosa, much loved by locals. Driving further, about three kilometers far from Santa Teresa, the beautiful beach of Santa Reparata takes its name from the Saint protector of sailors, highlighting the deep relationship between locals and the traditions linked with the sea. About 6 kilometers along the way to Palau, it stands the Valle dell'Erica and its coastal line slightly indented and exceptionally colorful.
Finally, Porto Pozzo, still part of the municipality of Santa Teresa, represents definitely a good suggestion to chilling out in on one of its stunning beaches during the day, and enjoying lively events at night.
In addition, from Santa Teresa it's possible to take daily boat tours to explore the amazing, tiny island of Spargi, Budelli and Santa Maria, dreaming corner of the world that made the Maddalena's archipelagos so popular among Sardinian people and all those visiting the island.
For those aiming toenjoy a peaceful and colorful vacation in Sardinia, Santa Teresa is the ideal destination. No matter what age or if you are traveling alone or together with family or friends, you won't certainly regret.