a panorama picture of Palau in north Sardinia Italy.
Panorama of Palau, in north Sardinia, Italy. In the background, the islands of the Maddalena archipelago.

About Palau

Established by shepherds in the late 1800’s and situated in the province of Olbia-Tempio, Palau is small seaside village which is best known for the nearby Capo d’Orso (Cape of the Bear) formation on the northern tip of Sardinia. With the majestic company of stunning Mediterranean seas, Palau proves to be more than just a port island, for this charming town with colorful boats is also perfectly located to explore the surroundings. Along with Tempo Pausania, the road to Castelsardo is also among the most sought after destinations in Palau and the many quaint villages, religious remnants, and the valley of the moon make this a unique place to visit in Sardinia. Conveniently, Palau also serves as a gateway to the Maddalena archipelago so you can enjoy a sightseeing trip near the infamous Garibaldi house or even go for a drive through the mountains to reach Arzachena. Just outside the town of Palau, you can find the Fortezza di Monte Altura which is a popular day trip for tourists and locals alike while the aqua park near Porto Cervo is a favorite with families. As for cuisine, Palau is also home to some world class restaurants which feature authentic Italian dishes from pizza, pasta, and a variety of seafood. Furthermore, water based activities are another attraction with scuba diving being the most common of these while nearby markets and souvenir shops ensure there is everything else you could need in the one place. Featuring a wide range of restaurants and accommodations, the unassuming nature of Palau should disappear after just a couple of days and make way for a memorable experience. When you consider the above and fact that Palau is ideally located to take adventures in the local area, it is unsurprising that this is one of the most sought after destinations in northern Sardinia.

Palau Hotels - Where to Stay

La Vecchia Fonte

  • A 4 star Hotel in Palau, 0.8 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.5 miles.)
a picture of harbour views at Hotel La Vecchia Fonte in Palau, Sardinia, Italy.
Lovely views of the harbour at La Vecchia Fonte, a four star hotel in Palau, Sardinia, Italy.

Named after the fountain in the main square, La Vecchia Fonte is an extremely bright, spacious and luxurious hotel in the heart of Palau. With bright colors throughout, the Sardinian styled décor is a particular feature which stands out in this beautiful accommodation, and the attention to detail in this respect is apparent at every turn.
Renowned for being particularly popular with couples, the hotel provides an ideal hideaway for a romantic break or some quiet time alone. In this regard, there is also an onsite café for coffee and breakfast, while the cocktail bar offers a nice distraction every evening. There are also many things to do in the local area with beaches nearby and the town being such an attractive place for a wander. Harbor views accompany most rooms in La Vecchia Fonte, while the rooms are nothing short of divine and Wi-Fi is common throughout. However, the single most attractive part of this hotel is the previously mentioned décor, and every hallway is decorated with charming maps, portraits, and paintings which bring the hotel to life and leave it with a genuinely mystical appearance. Within a few minutes walking distance of nearby beaches and overlooking the harbor, the prospect of finding a more attractive hotel in Palau seems like an impossible task.

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Palau Green Village

  • A 4 star Resort in Palau, 2.2 kilometers from the center of town (about 1.37 miles.)
a picture of the outdoor pool at Palau Green Village in north Sardinia, Italy.
Palm trees surrounding the outdoor pool at Green Village, in Palau, north Sardinia, Italy.

Natural and peaceful, the beautiful gardens and surroundings in Palau Green Village are symbolic of the experience every visitor can expect with this gem in Sardinia. Located just a one-minute walk from the ocean, this four-star resort has a typically Sardinian appearance from the outside and with beautiful apartments on the interior. Equipped with air conditioning, television, and a fully functional kitchenette, the apartments have everything you could need to feel at home, away from home. Furthermore, each apartment also has a distinct character. For example, featuring a quaint veranda, the rooms on the first floor never fail to disappoint guests, but then the ground floor rooms are also accompanied by a small garden. Located in the center of Palau, the accommodation is one reason why many tourists will choose this hotel, but arguably the highlight of every stay here is the stunning swimming pool, leafy surroundings and the spacious area in which guests can relax and sunbathe next to the pool. While Palau Green Village Official is certainly popular with couples, the fantastic array of facilities such as the gym, bike rental, and excursions also make this a great place to stay in Palau for families.

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Hotel Palau

  • A 4 star Hotel in Palau, 1.2 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.75 miles.)
a picture of the entrance at hotel Palau in north Sardinia Italy.
The romantic entrance at the four star Hotel Palau.

Although the name may seem a little generic, Hotel Palau is one of the finest and most respected hotels in the area. Located right next to the ocean and a short walking distance from the port, this four-star hotel is ideally located to either relax or get out to explore the local area. With sublime views of the Mediterranean ocean and many islands which inhabit this part of the coastline, the rooms are suitably bright and modern, with television, private bathroom and a very fresh feel about them. Regarding amenities, there are also many things to do in Hotel Palau as evidenced in the tennis courts, the seasonal pool and available water sports on the beach such as windsurfing or even sailing. Furthermore, you can unwind in the Spa and Wellness Centre which never fails to receive glowing feedback, and the terraces are a free alternative for the days you opt to sunbathe instead. Hotel Palau can bring breakfast to the room on request, but there is an a la carte restaurant with a large variety of Sardinian favorites and also a bar for some down time in the evenings. Whether you decide to keep a low profile or stay active on your time away from home, Hotel Palau seems to offer the perfect mix to keep everyone more than satisfied.

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Club Esse Posada Beach Village

  • A 4 star Resort in Palau, 2 kilometers from the center of town (about 1.24 miles.)
a picture of the outdoor pool at Club Esse Posada Beach Village in Palau, north Sardinia, Italy.
The large outdoor pool at Club Esse Posada Beach Village, in Palau, north Sardinia, Italy.

On first glance, Club Esse Posada is a vibrant resort with bright rooms and a warm atmosphere. At the same time, this also seems to be the lasting impression for most guests who fall in love with the outdoor pool. Facing Maddalena Park, the hotel is situated in the middle of Palau, and the private beach is undeniably a unique selling point for the resort. A beautiful Sardinian style can be found throughout the resort, but the property is split in two, with the rooms in “Sa Posada” feeling a little more rustic when compared with the other side – Sa Marina. Rooms in the latter are located right next to the beach and never fail to impress visitors who yearn for an ocean view. Featuring beautiful views of the gardens, the air conditioned rooms in Club Esse have all the modern facilities you might expect including TV, private bathroom, and Wi-Fi, but it is usually the bright and colorful nature of these rooms which impresses visitors the most. As mentioned, the hotel has a seasonal pool, but there is also a tennis court, playground, music bar, nightly entertainment and a world-class restaurant which offers every variety of local food you can imagine. Furthermore, the resort is also a great getaway for families as there are a children's group and a youth group which essentially caters for anyone under the age of eighteen.

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Sardinian Beaches Near Palau

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Palau. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Spiaggia di Porto Faro

  • Length: 150 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

With a length of 150 meters, strategically located within a peaceful and rejuvenating village, Spiaggia di Porto Faro captures the heart of every visitor with attractive white sands overlooking the famous archipelago of La Maddalena. In this sense, visitors can expect to be amazed by stunning views, and crystal blue waters as these features genuinely make it stand out among even the best beaches in Palau.

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Spiaggia Dell Isolotto

  • Length: 300 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of some rocks at Spiaggia Dell Isolotto in Palau north Sardinia Italy

One of the most popular beaches on the mesmerizing Palau coastline is Spiaggia Dell Isolotto. Just a few meters from the port, the beauty of this beach is immediately obvious from the moment you set eyes on the white sands and crystal blue waters. Furthermore, the proximity of this beach to the bay makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling in particular, such is the calm nature of the water.

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Spiaggia La Sciumara

  • Length: 460 meters.
  • Things to do: kayaking, kitesurfing, snorkelling, stand up paddling, surfing, windsurfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of Spiaggia La Sciumara in Palau north Sardinia Italy

Facing north, with a length of nearly 500 meters, Spiaggia La Sciumara is located between the colorful village of Palau and Porto Rafael, offering beautiful views of the Maddalena archipelago in the far distance. La Sciumara is accompanied by a low seabed which makes swimming ideal while the nearby islands are easily reached by boat. With such a strategic location and idyllic wind conditions, Spiaggia La Sciumara is perfect for families with children and also provides wheelchair access.

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