The north eastern coast
The itinerary proposed in this page is mostly coastal. After a short
deviation southwards to see the Tavolara island, which rises with a steep
rock over the sea up to 600 m, you point to the north following the complex
articulation of the coastal route.
The show is guaranteed by the clear sea, embellished by granite rocks and
their various forms, smooth and rounded, moulded by nature, or shattered and
dug to create images that the popular fantasy gave animal names. The
prevailing motives of interest are the landscape and the fantastic nature.
But also important monuments of the Neolithic and the Nuraghic age can not
miss; Olbia preserves significant traces of its Medieval history.
Olbia is situated in a quite protected bay, individualized since ancient
times as an ideal landing for ships. It was founded with its current name
(that means rich, happy) in a not secure period, among the 6th and the 4th
century B.C., maybe by Greeks or Phoenicians. In 259 B. C. it was the first
centre conquered by Romans in Sardinia which developed in the successive
In the port of Olbia, take the road in direction to Golfo degli Aranci. In
half of the ascent there is the Sa Testa well temple; it is one of the
sacred wells better preserved, bound to the waters religion during the
Nuraghic age. Returning from Golfo degli Aranci, follow the indications to
Costa Smeralda. At the following crossing take the right towards Porto
Rotondo, first locality of large tourist and fashionable reputation that we
meet on this coastline. You can cross whole the promontory till the Fox
point, enjoying in this way the rocky landscape, the Mediterranean patch and
the small beaches with granite rocks.
Continuing northwards we see the most famous coast: the Costa Smeralda. The
main center of the Costa Smeralda is Porto Cervo with its hotels, shops,
squares around a large tourist port. Beyond Porto Cervo it goes on to the
attractive beaches of the Maddalena archipel. The road crosses the south
coast of Arzachena gulf, leaving on the right the Cannigione deviation. On
the left there is the Albucciu Nuraghe next to a big rock.
From Arzachena the road continues for Palau, reachable after 15 Km. The
return is in an alternative direction, through Cannigione. On the sea
wonderful beaches and the tourist resorts of Laconia and Isuledda, while the
Caprera island appears on the opposite side. One of the highest points to
observe the incredible panorama is the Capo d'Orso promontory; a fantastic
form nature produced during the centuries.
The itinerary continues for Palau with its attractive port. Enjoy a visit
to Maddalena archipel formed by numerous small isles among the four major
islands: Santo Stefano, Caprera, Maddalena and Spargi. Going ahead Santa
Teresa di Gallura we get into the itinerary of Pausania Temple and of