About Santa Teresa di Gallura
Santa Teresa di Gallura is a small seaside village on the north coast of Sardinia where tourists come to explore the natural attractions nearby and revel in the local nature of the town. Although quite busy during the high season, this is undoubtedly one of the more authentic and colorful villages in Sardinia and certainly a far cry from the rather lavish resorts elsewhere in Costa Smeralda. Situated just one hour from Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport, Santa Teresa di Gallura is within reach of the attractions and yet somewhat secluded at the same time. Featuring a beautiful harbor and stunning seafront location, this is also quite a historic and lively town on the north coast of Sardinia. It’s true, Santa Teresa di Gallura is a popular tourist town with many café’s eaters and chic bars with live music. In fact, the food experience is especially impressive, and as you might expect, most restaurants focus on seafood, pasta, pizza along with a lineup of local Sardinian dishes. On the other hand, you only need to look around to appreciate the beauty of Santa Teresa di Gallura. After all, this is also home to some of the best Blue Flag beaches on the island and the rugged shore of Bonifacio where an ancient village was erected by King Vittorio back in 1808. With azure blue water and stunning ocean views, this is also where tourists can find idyllic harbor in Porto Longone and the beautiful bay of Rene Bianca. Just so you know, the latter features a beautiful stretch of sand and the historic Longosardo Tower that was built by a former King of Spain. At the same time, this entire region is littered with beaches, and Cala Balcaccia, Santa Reparata, and La Marmorata are all within easy reach of the town. As already mentioned, Santa Teresa di Gallura is also quite a historic town and the creation of Savoy rulers in the early 1800s. Many remnants around town attest to this past, but the medieval churches and Nuragic ruins along the coast are far more interesting. The nearby granite headlands of Capo Testa, located just a few kilometers west of Santa Teresa Gallura, offer excellent opportunities for trekking, kitesurfing, and diving. Either way, Santa Teresa di Gallura is a famous tourist town for a good reason and one where an ancient past blends seamlessly with a modern, vibrant village where chic bars and cafes provide a welcome distraction from the nearby beaches.
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Where to Stay in Santa Teresa di Gallura - Top Picks
Just 160 meters behind Rena Bianca beach you'll find Hotel Corallaro, a four-star hotel with 83 spacious rooms. Most rooms have been recently renovated and have a marine style. Some of the rooms offer views of the sea and the coastline of Corsica. During the summer season, the hotel's restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves Sardinian specialities and international cuisine. In summer, you can sit by the palmtree-fringed outdoor pool and dine by candlelight. For guests of the hotel, fishing trips and excursions to the Maddalena islands on the property’s own boat can be arranged.
Move towards Piazza San Vittorio in the center of Santa Teresa Gallura and you'll find Grindi Suite, on Via Amsicora. It's a fabulous little hotel that offers 6 elegant rooms with high ceilings, large draped windows, and luxurious bathrooms with free toiletries. A continental breakfast is served every morning, and during the summer season guests can enjoy special prices at the nearby spa, La Perla del Porto. Guests of the highly rated hotel can park their car for free at the exclusive beach parking area near Rena di Ponente, with direct access to the beach.
Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa
The most luxurious place to stay near Santa Teresa is located 2.5 kilometers south-west of the village. Set right on the southernmost part of Spiaggia Rena Di Ponente, you'll find the Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa, a five-star Mediterranean-style beachfront resort with spa that offers 125 rooms. They are 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.
Things to Do in Santa Teresa di Gallura
Ferry from Santa Teresa Gallura to Bonifacio, Corsica
A popular activity when in Santa Teresa is taking the ferry from Santa Teresa Gallura to Bonifacio, Corsica. The boat trip takes less than an hour and is operated by several ferry companies. During high season, ferry services across the Strait of Bonifacio run up to 4 times a day. Ferry tickets usually cost around 50 Euros per person (without a vehicle). Ticket prices can be compared and purchased online in advance at Direct Ferries. Bonifacio is home to Corsica's only harbor on the south coast and is a popular destination during the summer season. It features many monuments including Torra di Sponsaglia, Torra di Saint' Amanza, Eglise Sainte-Majeure de Bonifacio and Eglise Saint-Dominique de Bonifacio. Other prehistoric sites to explore near Bonifacio are the tomb of Vasculacciu near Figari and the cave of Araguina-Sennola near the village of Capello.
Visit la Torre di Longonsardo
The 11 meters high Torre di Longonsardo, near Hotel Corallaro, is a sixteenth-century watchtower located on the northern promontory of Santa Teresa Gallura. It can easily be reached from the center of the village by walking or driving up the Via del Mare. From the top of the tower you can see the crystal clear waters of Rena Bianca beach, the limestone cliffs of southern Corsica (just 14 kilometers to the north) and the islands of La Maddalena. During the summer season, from April to October, the tower often hosts various photography and painting exhibitions. On the rooftop terrace of the Torre di Longonsardo, the Estate Degustando wine festival is organized every Sunday from June to September where you can taste the lovely wines and typical products of Sardinia, and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets.
Explore The Archaeological Site of Lu Brandali
At the Archaeological Site of Lu Brandali (Sito Archeologico Lu Brandali) you can visit the Tomb of the Giants (Tomba Dei Giganti) that was discovered in the early eighties, and an ancient nuragic village that was discovered in the 1960's. The site is managed and maintained by volunteers, and has not yet been fully excavated. It is located 1 kilometer south-west of the center of Santa Teresa Gallura. Guided tours are available.
Go Hiking in Capo Testa
One of the top things to do in Santa Teresa Gallura is to go hiking on the headlands of Capo Testa, a hiker's paradise peppered with smooth boulders, Mediterranean plants, and beautiful coves where azure waves crash into the rocks. Drive a few kilometers west of Santa Teresa Gallura, you can park your car near the Cala Spinosa Sea Lounge, and immediately hop on the trail. Do bring good shoes. As you wind your way along the rugged coast, you'll admire the fantastic views of Corsica, and The Strait of Bonifacio (Bocche di Bonifacio), which divides the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Mediterranean Sea. Head south and enter the Valley of the Moon (Valle della Luna), an impressive granite environment of eroded rocks shaped in otherworldly forms. Visiting Valle della Luna is highly recommended at sunset. Finish off the 2-hour hike by taking in the magnificent seascape views while enjoying a fresh seafood salad at Cala Spinosa Sea Lounge.
Music and Nature at the Santa Teresa Gallura Jazz Festival
The Santa Teresa Gallura Jazz Festival is held every year at the end of August. The International Jazz Festival named Musica sulle Bocche, directed by saxophonist Enzo Favata, usually lasts four days and has grown to be one of the most popular summer events in northern Sardinia. For ten years, the event has been host to some of the most representative international jazz artists from the United States and Europe. Musical performances are organized at some of Santa Teresa's most idyllic locations and landmarks including Santa Lucia square, the Buon Cammino Sanctuary, Cala Grande, Valle della Luna, Rena Bianca Beach, and the famous Capo Testa Lighthouse. If you're planning to visit Santa Teresa di Gallura in August, make sure you don't miss this beautiful combination of high-quality live music performances and the extraordinary landscapes of the Gallura region. For more information, visit the official Musica sulle Bocche website.
Santa Teresa di Gallura Nightlife
To experience some excellent Santa Teresa Gallura nightlife, leave the village and head south for about three kilometers to Estasi's, an open-air dance & night club located in the locality of La Ruda. At Estasi's, top club deejay's spin chart hits and house music until the break of dawn. Tickets usually cost around €30–40 and include a free drink. Club Estasi's is open most weekends from Easter through September, from 11.30 PM until 6 AM. The Free Jazz Café, an adjoining piano bar set in a spectacular garden, offers a more quiet night out with cocktails and a varied menu including pizzas and fresh seafood plates.
Santa Teresa di Gallura Restaurants - Where to Eat
Ristorante da Thomas (Seafood)
Santa Teresa Gallura is home to some of the best restaurants in Northern Sardinia and lovers of seafood will love this one - Ristorante da Thomas, a fine establishment that serves only the most delicate seafood dishes. With a clean, modern feel and an extensive menu to choose from, Ristorante da Thomas is well worth a visit. If you wish to dine in a restaurant that serves freshly prepared meals that are presented artistically, this is the place to be. With appetizers, first and second courses, and side dishes available, it’s probably for the best that guests arrive feeling hungry as the portion sizes are quite generous. The air conditioned restaurant will provide a welcome relief from the Sardinian sun, and the outdoor seating area will make your time here even more enjoyable. Visit the restaurant in the evening, and dine as the stunning blue/white lights add a touch of something special. Open since 1978, and run by the Mannoni family, Ristorante da Thomas serves a broad range of seafood dishes, and meals for those who prefer to enjoy other dishes, such as pasta dishes and soups. With a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, this excellent restaurant should be at the top of your ‘Places to eat’ list, as it just will not disappoint.
Il Grottino (Italian Food)
Serving Mediterranean dishes that are freshly cooked, and very tempting, Ill Grottino serves lunches and evening meals that will not disappoint. With traditional décor and a relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant offers you the chance to unwind after your busy day. With a wide and varied menu, diners can choose to enjoy pasta, meat dishes, sumptuous desserts, and an impressive wine menu. Prepared and served with love, the meals that you’ll enjoy at Il Grottino will delight your taste buds and make your visit even more special. Decorated in such a way that it leaves you feeling relaxed, and with tables set for couples and large groups, Il Grottino has that traditional Mediterranean feel for which you may be yearning. With a fixed price menu that offers four different dishes and a choice of drinks, if you’re having difficulty choosing from the wide variety of dishes on available, this may be your best option. Never known to disappoint, and with a semi-outdoor seating area, Il Grottino will serve to be a welcome break from the more modern-looking eateries, that may not be quite as charming as this one.
Ristorante Marlin (Seafood, Pizza)
Ristorante Marlin is thought to be one of the best restaurants in Santa Teresa Gallura, thanks to its exquisite fish dishes, and stunning presentation. Serving pizzas that are cooked in a wood oven, and using fresh ingredients, guests are certain to enjoy the tasty dishes that Ristorante Marlin offers. Classically decorated without being over the top, the menu serves meals that originate in Sardinia, giving you that authentic dining experience. For those of you who love to sample local wines, you should make your way to Ristorante marlin as it offers wines that are traditionally made in the area. If you do not wish to dine, you can enjoy sitting at the bar that gives you a good selection of drinks to choose from. Alternatively, you may prefer to sit at the bar after you have eaten, as the portion sizes are by no means small. Open for breakfast, and serving food throughout the day, Ristorante Marlin is the ideal venue for a special occasion, or even if you simply want to dine in style. Featuring beautiful décor and an enticing menu, Ristorante Martin promises to tempt your taste buds while adding that little something extra to your time in Santa Teresa Gallura.
How To Get To Santa Teresa di Gallura
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Flights from the UK
- The nearest airport to Santa Teresa Gallura is Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.
- Direct flights from all London airports to Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport usually take about 2.5 hours.
- Flights from London to Olbia are handled by airlines including British Airways, EasyJet, Meridiana.
Driving From Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport to Santa Teresa Gallura
To get to Santa Teresa Gallura from Olbia airport (Aeroporto di Olbia Costa Smeralda) by car, head north onto the Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda. For about 24 kilometers, keep following the Strada Statale 125 to the Strada Provinciale 14 in Arzachena. Follow the SP14, which will turn into Circonvallazione. Make a right turn onto the SP115, then continue again on the Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda. One you're near Palau, make a left turn on the roundabout and follow the SS133bis to Via Eleonora D'Arborea in Lungòne. Continue on the SS133bis and follow the signs for Santa Teresa di Gallura. The drive should take you a little bit more than one hour.