The island of Sardinia boasts a strong sense of independence and many traditions different from the rest of Italy.
In fact Sardinia is closer to the North African coast than the Italian mainland and is a sought-after destination by sporting tourists and excursionists, due to its wild nature, its clean sea and its bays, suitable for water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.
This guide is an introduction to Gallura, the northeastern part of Sardinia considered one of the most attractive areas of this island because here are located Costa Smeralda, Santa Teresa di Gallura and San Teodoro, three destinations where tourism is constantly increasing.
How to get to Gallura
Gallura is easily reachable from Olbia international airport or by ferry; the harbors linked to Italy, France, Corsica and Spain are Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Palau.
Baia delle Mimose, the fragrant beach
The name Bay of the Mimose derives from the coastal vegetation that rises here and spreads its perfume along the beach. The Bay is located at Badesi and is a beach provided with many services (cafe and restaurant in the surroundings, pedal boats rental to sail around, sunbeds and beach umbrellas), is one of the longest beaches in Sardinia and is bounded by dunes that recall the charm of a relaxing oasis overlooking Mediterranean Sea.
The Bay is rich of herbaceous plants as juniper, sea roses and the rare plant called “buongiorno” (good morning), coming from Africa, the evidence that is an island of peerless beauty.
Windsurf and kitesurf passionate will find their own favourite setting at the windy Bay of the Mimose, a natural treasure enclosed by flowers.
Excursion in Gallura to discover Nuraghe
In Gallura the guided excursions are the best way to know the local history, because a standard itinerary includes a visit to the Nuraghe, the megalithic edifices dated back to the Nuragic Age (between 1900 and 730 B.C.).
One of the main archaeological sites in the North of Sardinia is Nuraghe Majori, just outside Tempio Pausania, a prehistorical fortress immersed in a forest of cork and holm oaks.
There are about 7000 Nuraghe in Sardinia and this one is located in a strategical position, maybe to control important passages from the top.
Furthermore, Nuraghe are included by UNESCO on the World Heritage Site list to represent the uniqueness of Nuragic civilization.
Some pictures of this Nuraghe are available at the official website of Sardinia Digital Library: www.sardegnadigitallibrary.it
Be inspired by Valle della Luna
Capo Testa is a small peninsula of North Sardinia and is a recommended stage of a tourist route because here rises Cala Grande, also known as Valle della Luna, a huge granite rocks valley carved by the wind over the centuries, surrounded by pristine Mediterranean scrub and very popular among naturists.
The name Valle della Luna derives from the white granite boulders that shine under the moonlight. Find an authentic relation with nature exploring the caves of Cala Grande and diving into the blue sea; the high cliffs and the out-of-time atmosphere are a compelling invitation, especially for sporting tourists who go kayaking here.
This article includes activities suggested by Resort Le Dune at Badesi Marina, enclosed by sand dunes and centuries old juniper trees. Staying in Gallura is a way to appreciate Sardinia landscape, without forgetting its culture and its tradition.