La Maddalena and Capo Testa

The northern end of Sardinia, coming from Olbia/Portisco, is home to some Sardinian gems. The La Maddalena Archipelago can also be admired from the land, driving along the panoramic road and stopping off at one or two beaches where you can spend a few relaxing hours bathing in the sea.

Must-see destinations:

Caprera: here you will find Garibaldi’s house (now a museum) - (Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi was an Italian general and patriot who was instrumental in the struggle for Italian unification) - and the Museum of the Sea. The small island is connected to La Maddalena with a bridge; Caprera also has a horse riding center offering horseback riding tours.

La Maddalena village: after just a 20-minute boat ride from Palau, you reach the beautiful historic center which is home to a series of small shops selling objects fashioned from cork, Sardinian knives and coral jewels. In the evening, you can enjoy a dinner in one of the many seafood restaurants whose products are always fresh or go back to Palau to stroll between the stands of the evening market (in summer only).

Capo Testa - Baia di Santa Reparata

To the west of Santa Teresa di Gallura is Capo Testa – its promontory connected to the mainland by an isthmus – a stretch of sand which offers the amazing beaches of Rena di Ponente (on the west side) and Rena di Levante (on the east side). Capo Testa is known for its white sandy coves, , its crystal-clear turquoise waters and its view of the Strait of Bonifacio in Corsica. East of the Capo Testa promontory lies the Santa Reparata Bay, which provides shelter from the winds coming from south and north/east. It is not recommended when the winds are from the west and south/west. The sandy beach features rocky coves surrounded by Mediterranean flora. Given the variety of colours of the crystal-clear sea - ranging from blue to green – it is a favorite destination for scuba divers. The beach offers facilities and catering service.

GPS coordinates 41°14'12.91"N, 09° 9'46.20"E

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