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The North East of Sardegna

5 June 2017 by giancarlo

The North East of Sardegna: travel itineraries in Sardinia

The landscape of Gallura is characterized by granite rocks and not particularly high reliefs, but rather harsh; Mount Limbara reaches 1350 meters. For millennia these reliefs have constituted a barrier between the Gallura region and the territories of the Baronie and Montalbo.

The east coast is jagged by a series of small fjords, rocks and islets that form the Maddalena Archipelago. The archipelago creates a sort of natural bridge that leads up to Corsica; inside it is also the island of Caprera, the last asylum of Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The Gallura is the territory that hosts the Costa Smeralda, a resort with a strong tourist vocation, famous all over the world and offering excellent reception and entertainment services, together with a landscape of unparalleled beauty.

From Olbia to the Maddalena archipelago – The part of Gallura bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea has as its center Olbia, landing point for most visitors and place of first contact with Sardinia.

The itinerary that is proposed is largely coastal. After a short detour to the south to see the island of Tavolara, which with a steep rock rises from the sea up to 600 meters, it points to the north with a path that follows the complex articulation of the coast.

The show is guaranteed by a limpid sea, embellished by granite rocks of various shapes, smooth and rounded, shaped by nature.

The North East of Sardegna

Olbia, the main landing point of Eastern Sardinia, is located at the bottom of a well protected natural inlet, identified as a maritime landing since ancient times.
From the Olbia harbor area take the road towards Golfo Aranci. Returning from Golfo Aranci, follow the signs to Costa Smeralda on the right. The next intersection turns right again to Porto Rotondo. It is the first of the most famous tourist-social places we meet on this stretch of coast. You can go along the whole promontory up to the tip of the Volpe, thus having an overall picture of the landscape of rocks and Mediterranean scrub and of small beaches with granite rocks.

Continuing northwards you can see the residential complexes immersed in the Gallura coast, rich in granite rocks, with intense green of junipers and lentisks, a stone’s throw from the sea with dazzling colors from which rocky islets emerge. This stretch marks the beginning of the most famous stretch of coast: the emerald coast. The main center of the emerald coast is the inlet of Porto Cervo with hotels, shops, squares around a large marina. Beyond Porto Cervo, continue along the beautiful beaches of the Maddalena archipelago. The road runs south along the coast of the Gulf of Arzachena, leaving the deviation to Cannigione on the right. On the left you can see the Albucciu nuraghe next to a large rock.

After a few kilometers the road leads to the great tomb of the giants of Lu Coddu Vecchiu and to the nuraghe Capiclera. Still further to reach other remarkable prehistoric monuments: the Li Muri necropolis, the dolmen, the Li Longhi giants’ tomb.

Capo d’Orso

From Arzachena the road continues to Palau, which can be reached after 15 km. On the way back we continue along an alternative route, for Cannigione. On the sea you can see beautiful beaches and the tourist settlements of Lakonia and Isuledda, while the island of Caprera appears in front of it. One of the highest points to observe the fabulous panorama is the promontory of Capo d’Orso; a splendid example of a fantastic form that nature has given over the centuries.

The itinerary continues for Palau with its beautiful port. A visit deserves the Maddalena archipelago consisting of numerous islets among the four largest islands: Santo Stefano, Caprera, La Maddalena and Spargi. Worth noting is Caprera where the Compendio Garibaldino is located. Garibaldi bought half of the island in 1855 and spent many years of his life there. The return road leads from Palau to Olbia through Arzachena with a route of about 40 km. Continuing towards Santa Teresa di Galluraci, it is part of the itinerary of Tempio Pausania and Gallura.