Surroundings
The beautiful region on Gallura offers tourists a contrasting landscape of granite hills and cork trees, a shimmering sea, a unique local cuisine, refined arts and crafts and a warm welcome from local people considered to be the friendliest in Sardinia.
It's worth taking the time to climb to the huge "Bear Rock" (La Roccia dell'Orso) in the small town of Palau, which faces the island of La Maddalena, to experience the unparalleled view of the chain of islands off the coast.
The town of Arzachena includes the very popular Costa Smeralda. Porto Cervo, Cala di Volpe, Pitrizza, Romazzino, Capriccioli and is well known not only for luxury and its VIPs, but also for its beauty, which, at the end of the 50s, attracted Aga Khan and other affluent investors. Arzachena is home to nuraghi, cemeteries, holy wells and tombs of giants (Sardinian funerary structures dating back to 2000 B.C.) representing the thousand-year history of Sardinia. It is worth visiting the Surrau wine cellar as well, where the very popular and DOCG (quality assurance label) wine Vermentino di Gallura is produced. Santa Teresa is the most northern small town in Sardinia. It was built 200 years ago by the Savoia family (rulers of Italy at the time) and is based on the layout of Turin. As this city, Santa Teresa is characterised by its geometrical schemed streets and its typical architecture "a casa bassa" (small houses) typical residences for fishermen. A bit farther from this small town, the unusual shapes of Capo Testa granite rocks enchant all visitors: the sculptor Henry Moore described them as the most beautiful natural museum in the world.
The small towns of San Pantaleo and Aggius are home to rare granite rocks, dating back to 400-500 million years ago, evoking an almost primeval sentiment. In Aggius you can also enjoy a visit to the “Museo del Tappeto” (Carpet Museum), showing the history of this interesting and traditional activity of the town and where you can buy beautiful and unusual pieces of furniture.