About Capo Testa
Capo Testa is popular for its breathtaking views and explicit hiking terrain. Atop this glorious holiday destination surrounded by clear and transparent water, Corsica can be recognized with the help of a suitably low shoreline and clear weather. From here, you can also have a clear view of a collection of bizarre rock formations and even the infamous cliffs of Bocche di Bonifacio. It is a beautiful place to walk around, and thankfully, the absolute perfection of the most dramatic scenery of Sardinia remains all the way through spring and even winter time. Although there are few remnants of Roman times, the rugged rock formations and shoreline are a mystifying sight which has firmly placed Capo Testa on the tourist map. Yes, this was once a small mining town where the Romans extracted enormous amounts of granite which would then be used to construct their beloved city of Rome. Interestingly, Capo Testa also served as the main site of an ancient colony of Tibula, and even today, the street guides are still visible on its rocky side. This makes it a wonderful spot for past cultural learning, observation, and appreciation. Located just a few kilometers west of Santa Teresa di Gallura, Capo Testa is the farthest point of Northeastern Sardinia in the province of Olbia- Tempio. Mystifying Capo Testa is surrounded by enchanting coves and thick, low-lying Mediterranean vegetation. However, this spectacular landscape is a highly popular attraction even without its Roman history. Enchanting seascapes, rugged hiking trails and endless natural beauty, Capo Testa is one of the true highlights of a trip to Sardinia which will leave you wanting to explore even more of this stunning island. Below you can read more about some of the highlights and things to do in Capo Testa.
Things to Do in Capo Testa
Visit Il Faro di Capo Testa Lighthouse
One of the things that make walking around Capo Testa unforgettable, aside from its spectacular nature, is the lighthouse named Il Faro di Capo Testa. The landmark is considered crucial for navigation purpose in North Sardinia and has been active since 1845. Rectangular in shape, the building has two floors and a tower with a glowing lantern above, but it is the antiquated appearance that attracts the attention of tourists and locals alike. Interestingly, it emits three white flashes every twelve seconds and being such an iconic part of the local history; this ancient beauty has proven to be Instagram-worthy in the modern world. Standing tall above the Mediterranean, the beautiful, white facades of the Il Faro did Capo Testa is accompanied by a nearby beach and awe-inspiring views.
Discover the Hidden Secrets of Valle della Luna
A small yet captivating valley embedded tucked between the rocks of pink and white granite can be found in the western part of the headlands. The entrance is marked by two large stones located near a fresh water spring and to get here, people use a hidden and well-protected road which dates back as far as prehistoric times. Inside the valley are several caves which are the result of erosion over an extended period, while the surrounding valleys are covered in colorful flora including scrub, oak, juniper, arbutus, common myrtle and heather. Although this is a remote region, many people reside in the valley during winter to live in close contact with nature. The natural beauty of Valle Della Luna makes it one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Explore the Grotta La Tana di Lu Maccioni
Finding the Grotta La Tana di Lu Maccioni is almost like finding yourself in the deepest and most enthralling part of the world, if not in Sardinia. Located in the municipality of Santa Teresa Gallura, Capo Testa is home to some of the most incredible caves which descend is a directly to the bay of Cala Spinosa. Grotta La Tana di Lu Maccioni Quest has a magical atmosphere, and while the interior is full of intrigue, the surroundings are just as impressive with an almost perfect expanse of luscious greenery which adds to the mystical aura. When you consider the shoreline, beaches, history and iconic landmarks in the region, the caves offer something a little different or more adventurous, for the brave soul arriving in Capo Testa. However, the hidden treasures found in Capo Testa go much further than the above attractions. Find yourself while getting lost in the magic of this undisturbed sanctuary. Enough with just looking at pictures on the internet! See the sights with your very own eyes, because after all, these and the holiday memories you can have while visiting them are definitely for keeps.
Where to Stay in Capo Testa
Grand Hotel Capo Testa
On the southernmost part of Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente, you’ll discover the Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa, a five-star Mediterranean-style beachfront resort with spa that offers 125 rooms, all decorated in a Sardinian style. Some rooms offer views of the surrounding greeneries, and some offer views of the Gulf of Capo Testa. The Colonna Grand Hotel has its own private beach on Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente where guests will enjoy sun loungers, sun umbrellas and beach towels.
Sandy the Pool by KlabHouse
For those who'd like to rent a villa near Capo Testa, there's a new beachfront villa available just 50 meters from Santa Reparata beach. Surrounded by a private garden, the family-friendly villa features an outdoor pool with sun terrace, offering beautiful views of the Mediterranean sea and the deep blue waters of Baia La Colba. The villa can accommodate up to twelve people or three families and offers five master bedrooms spread out over two floors. There's a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, with several ovens and stoves. The center of Santa Teresa Gallura is a little over two kilometers away. The villa is located about one kilometer from the beaches of Capo Testa and Rena di Ponente.
How To Get To Capo Testa
To get to the headlands of Capo Testa from Olbia, take the Strada Statale 125 in the direction of Arzachena. Continue in the direction of Palau, then follow the SS133bis to the community of Santa Teresa di Gallura. The drive will take you about one hour and fifteen minutes.
Sardinian Beaches Near Capo Testa
There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Capo Testa. Just click on a link below to find out more!
It’s easy to get lost in the beauty of Spiaggia di Cala Spinosa. This memorable destination consists of three of the most idyllic beaches in Capo Testa which are arranged from north to east. The first beach has white and fine sand, while the next two have golden bronze sand, respectively. Shimmering in the morning sun, the neighboring sea is a clear, emerald green which glistens as it fades into blue and cobalt blue above a naturally rocky bed. It is a popular attraction for those who enjoy snorkeling, while the white cliffs of the Strait of Bonifacio and Corsica are a photographers’ dream which adds to the enthralling beauty of the area.
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Cala di l’Ea
About Cala di l’Ea As intriguing as its name, Cala di l’Ea is often referred to as being a wild and lonely destination. Unsurprisingly, it served as a popular destination for hippies all over Europe way back in the sixties when very few people had even heard of the Island of Sardinia itself. Cala di … Continue reading “Cala di l’Ea”
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Spiaggia Zia Culumba
Just steps in front of the small village of Capo Testa you’ll find Zia Culumba (Spiaggia Zia Culumba). An almost supernatural appearance accompanies this beautiful beach which is also known as Tibula Beach. Named after the Roman colony which settled in the area for granite extraction, it’s amazing to think this stretch of shoreline was also the origin of the material used to construct the Pantheon in Rome. For a similar reason, Tibula is also called Beach of Granite after the beautiful granite formations that surround the beach. Spiaggia Zia Culumba is one of the finest beaches in Capo Testa and next to the village in Santa Reparata Bay to the north of Sardinia.
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Rena Di Levante
Spiaggia Rena di Levante is located on the opposite side of Rena di Ponente, 2 kilometers south-west of Santa Teresa Gallura. It is 500 meters long. The area surrounding this beach is full of little coves to explore. There’s a possibility to rent beach umbrellas and sun beds, but also pedal boats and canoes. Windsurfing and kitesurfing equipment can also be rented. Averagely busy during the summer season.
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La Colba – Rena di Ponente
The beach of La Colba – Rena di Ponente (Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente) is approximately 400 meters long and faces south-west, featuring beautiful vistas of the rugged coastline of Capo Testa and the deep-blue waters of Baia La Colba. This strip of land connects the coast of the mainlands of Sardinia with the promontory of Capo Testa. The area is uniquely characterized by dunes that extend all the way to the south-eastern end of the isthmus. Depending on weather and sea conditions of the Strait of Bonifacio, the beaches in this area of Sardinia are extremely dynamic and subject to very typical seasonal changes. Occasionally, at dawn or dusk, you can see dolphins playing in the waters nearby. It’s one of the best beaches of north Sardinia to visit if you happen to be in this part of the island.
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