From the coast to the inland countries, between culture, archeology, museums, the sea, mountains and verdant plains, Sardinia is a place of memories, landscapes rich in poetry, harsh realities and flavors.
Costa Smeralda looks like a magical cocktail of sea, sun, music and joy to which it is almost impossible to resist. Located on the stretch of the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, between the Gulfs of Arzachena and Cugnana, it owes its name to the particular color of the sea and to the chromatic variations of the transparent waters that creep into a labyrinth of granite rocks, forming enchanting panoramas.
Costa Smeralda is synonymous with dreamy beaches, solitary coves, a sea of gentle shades. In this extraordinary landscape low houses rise, immersed among the granite and the vegetation of the Mediterranean maquis.
Add the history and culture of a region with ancient traditions and an effervescent nightlife that takes place in the trendy clubs, small restaurants, bars and shops of the enchanting Porto Cervo, the pearl of the Costa Smeralda. Cheerful, colorful and worldly, this sophisticated resort is a real Eden, chosen and visited every summer by characters from the aristocracy and the international jet-set, who arrive with their white yachts.
Another very famous place is Porto Rotondo, overlooking the wide gulf of Cugnana, populated by villas and small squares with all kinds of shops, set by a magnificent nature.
Bue Marino Caves
The Caves of the Bue Marino take their name from the Sardinian name of the monk seal, which used to go back to the 1980s. The location can only be reached by sea, with a journey along the spectacular coast of Cala Gonone. The majestic entrance to the caves is carved into the imposing limestone cliffs that plunge into the waters of the gulf.
National Park of Orosei Gulf and of the Gennargentu
Boat is the best way to enjoy this wonderful corner of Sardinia, as it offers an exceptional point of view on a wild coast, often accessible only from the sea. Moving away from the center of Cala Gonone, we go along a harsh landscape, with caves, pinnacles, pinnacles, high cliffs overlooking the blue sea. By boat in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Orosei and Gennargentu National Park, near Cala Goloritzè where the transparent seabed is much deeper than it appears from a boat. The beach, enclosed by reddish rocks, is formed by a myriad of pink pebbles that contribute to making the water clear. The area, uncontaminated and wild, is protected by the Park.
Cala Biriola, is particularly appreciated by diving enthusiasts, it is recognizable by a small stone arch that extends into the sea from the cliff. The beach, of fine white sand, is surrounded by high rocks covered with Mediterranean scrub. Going away by boat from the bay you can admire the splendid coast north of Arbatax.
Cala Luna, repeatedly painted by artists and sung by poets, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. A high rocky outcrop acts as a magnificent natural backdrop to the bay. The beach is surrounded by dense vegetation that is reflected in a pond behind the dunes. Oleanders, especially when in bloom, make this natural paradise enchanting. In the clear limestone cliff, which descends towards the emerald sea, six caves open up.
The rugged mountains of Dorgali
Descending from Dorgali you cross a typical landscape of internal Sardinia, made of rugged mountains and rocky hills covered with tenacious vegetation. In the woods, holm oak and yew can be distinguished. Juniper, able to grow on limestone hills, forms the largest forests in the Mediterranean in this area. From myrtle, which thrives here, you get a strong liqueur typical of Sardinia.
The small and isolated beach of Cala Sisine is composed of very white limestone arena. The bay is enclosed between two rocky hills covered by a thick wood of holm oaks and carob trees that create a spectacular contrast between the high rocks and the dark colors of the vegetation. A short course of water is lost in the sand a few meters from the sea.
A harsh and articulated territory that represents the wildest core of Sardinia, a world where customs, traditions and traditions, together with a generous nature, characterize and differentiate the life of its people for millennia. The Barbagia rises between Nuoro and the newborn province of Ogliastra, the rugged and wild territory, the people, with their ancient charm, make it particularly fascinating for those who want to dive into the modernity of an ancient culture. It is worth discovering the Barbagia through the many hiking trails. The first of these, the one that goes from Is Muralleddas to Texil, is characterized by holm oaks and strawberry trees, monumental chestnut, cherry and cork trees. You reach Punta Crispisu which overlooks Tonara, Belvì and Aritzo. Along the path towards Funtana Cungiada, you can admire the country church of Santa Maria and enjoy a splendid view that stretches from the Gulf of Oristano to Ogliastra up to the Gennargentu range. The Supramonte Ogliastrino trails are more challenging but spectacular. The one that goes from Sa Portisca to Cala Luna, boasts numerous panoramic points on the Gulf of Orosei and on the Supramonte of Dorgali, Urzulei, Bunei and Orgosolo. Along the path it is possible to visit the faunistic oasis of the Sardinian deer and the rural complex of Coile sa Portisca. Do not miss the Nuragic village of Or Murales with 50 circular stone huts dating back to the Bronze Age, the Codula di Luna Canyon and the splendid beach of Cala Luna.
Little train of San Teodoro
One thing to do absolutely in San Teodoro, while being linked exclusively to the hot season, which is the one during which the town is most visited, is to board the Teodorino train, a name and a guarantee for a tourist trip to discover all the beauties of the country: a much used service that starts on June 10th of each year and ends around mid-September. The journey includes not only a trip to San Teodoro, but also a special passage passing through the most famous beaches of the territory, among which it is obviously essential to mention Cala d’Ambra. Go back through the Cinta beach, where tourists can also stop for a break based on white sand and clear turquoise sea that seems motionless, all to admire and photograph. A memory to keep.
Service i sprovided by Tuvoni company: www.tuvoni.it
San Teodoro boat
If you want to move a little from San Teodoro to breathe another air, an excellent idea in the event of a long holiday, it is possible to board the historic boat of San Teodoro: it will be an excursion of which you can choose the length even though there being, obviously, an already established itinerary, to observe the beauties of the territory, the flora and the fauna of the Pond of San Teodoro, which is located immediately behind La Cinta beach. It is a particularly recommended excursion for lovers of fish, wildlife and maritime flora: you will be able to observe the splendor of the marine protected area of San Teodoro and its surroundings very closely. Tavolara Island Particularly suitable for those who are not looking for the tourist attraction itself but a relaxing place to fully enjoy the holiday, the island of Tavolara is easy to reach directly from the center of San Teodoro. It does not take too much effort to plan a day that includes a beautiful trip to the island, because it will be sufficient to take the ferry from Porto San Paolo. The depths of the island are very rich, the flora and fauna significant and rare, to have been admitted to the list of protected marine areas of the territory.
Sea museum of San Teodoro – Niuloni – +39 0784 866180
Sardigna by Bike San Teodoro – Via Aristotele – +39 3318570656 – +39 3387757563
Iron and Silk in San Teodoro – Via del Pettirosso – +39 3396699901
Horse riding La Cinta – Via Antonio Gramsci – 300 meters from La Cinta beach – +39 3487292430
Cala Gonone aquarium – +39.0784.920052 – +39.0784.93047
Mamoiada the village of mamuthones and traditional masks
Masks museum – +39 0784569018
Orgosolo the village of Murales – 150 works in its streets – www.visitaorgosolo.it/murales-orgosolo
Sardinian Ethnographic Museum – S. Onofrio hill, Nuoro – +39 0784257035 – +39 0784242900
Deleddiano Museum – Nuoro – +39 0784242900
Luras: Museo Galluras which houses the alpha female stick Agabbadòra – +39 3683376321
Aggius: Ethnographic and gangsterism museum – +39 079621029 – +39 3494533208
Costa Smeralda e Archaeological park of Arzachena
Tomb of the Giants of Coddu Vecchiu – Nuraghe La Prisgiona – Necropolis of Li Muri
Mr. Mauro Cuccu – +39 3939147998
Galtellì & Orosei and the beautiful historic centers
Tourist Office of the Municipality of Orosei – +39 07849969
Coclearia evening market in San Teodoro
From June to September from 8.00pm to 2.00am
Association of Arts and Crafts Teodorini that animate Piazzetta Mediterraneo every night from mid-May to mid-June and from mid-September to mid-October.
Every Tuesday and Thursday the San Teodoro Bus organizes the departure by bus from San Teodoro to the port of Palau from which boat trips depart for the Archipelago of La Maddalena. +39 349 4453924
Beach Bus The service offered by Tueco snc, will allow you to reach the beaches further north of the Municipality: La Cinta, Lu Impostu, Cala Brandinchi and Porto Coda Cavallo. For information on timetables, costs and route: www.santeodorobeach.com
Tourist Office of the Municipality of San Teodoro +39 0784 865767
Punta Molara Educational Garden
Rocks of Capo Coda Cavallo
Santu Miali Archaeological Area – Padru Village +39 0789 454017
Old Houses and Churches of Padru – Nuraghe di Entosu
Explore the Tavolara Island by visiting the cemetery where you can admire the unusual tomb of the King of Tavolara
Santa Lucia di Siniscola where you can admire the beautiful Saracen Tower, or in Posada where you can admire in the historic center the beautiful Castello della Fava or, in the seaside hamlet of San Giovanni, the Church on the sea and the Coastal Tower of San Giovanni