About Santa Teresa Gallura
Santa Teresa Gallura (Comune di Santa Teresa Gallura) is a popular seaside village located 45 kilometers north-west of Olbia, on the northern tip of Sardinia in the province of Olbia-Tempio. It is a characteristic village with pastel-coloured houses, with its own modern port that provides regular ferry services between Sardinia and Corsica. Its well-known Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is lined with bars and souvenir shops, and the village provides easy access to renowned Sardinian beaches such as Rena Bianca, La Marmorata and La Licciola. The nearby granite headlands of Capo Testa, located just a few kilometers west of Santa Teresa Gallura, offer nice opportunities for trekking, kitesurfing and diving. Santa Teresa Gallura can get a bit busy during summer, as many tourists use the village as a starting point to explore the nearby La Madallena islands, or to make the quick crossing from Santa Teresa to Bonifacio in southern Corsica by ferry.
Things To Do in Santa Teresa Gallura
Take a 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 La 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.
Enjoy 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 Gallura is a perfect destination for diving enthusiasts, in its waters you can admire red coral, black coral, groupers and countless shipwrecks that still remain on the bottom of the Strait of Bonifacio. Hotel Majore organizes excursions on request, and offers discounts on diving courses at the scuba diving center of Santa Teresa Gallura. The center also offers diving courses for all levels (CMAS, PADI and NADD), rental and sale of diving equipment and a boat rental service.
Head west towards Capo Testa from Santa Teresa Gallura for just 2 kilometers and you’ll find kitesurfing school Kiteacademy Chicco Del Croce. It is located just passed the Grand Hotel Capo Testa. Here you can take basic or advanced kitesurfing courses, they are all given by certified instructors and can be arranged either for groups or privately. The Kiteacademy also specializes in courses for the little ones. Stand Up Paddling (SUP) courses are available as well.
Santa Teresa 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.
Where to Stay in Santa Teresa Gallura
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.
Santa Teresa 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.
Ristorante da Thomas official website:http://www.ristorantedathomas.com/en-gb/home
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.
Il Grottino official website:https://www.facebook.com/ilgrottinosantateresa
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.
Ristorante Marlin official website:https://www.facebook.com/RistorantePizzeriaMarlin
How To Get To Santa Teresa Gallura
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.
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Santa Teresa Gallura Map
Beaches Near Santa Teresa Gallura
There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Santa Teresa Gallura. Just click on a link below to find out more!
Santa Reparata beach, marked by white sand with rocky coves, is a 160 meters long beach in north Sardinia, and is located near Santa Teresa Gallura. The beach faces west, with nice views over the waters of the Baia La Colba, and the rugged coastline of the Capo Testa promontory. Its surrounding cliffs make Santa Reparata beach a favorite place for divers and snorkelling enthousiasts.
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Spiaggia Rena Bianca
Currently on top of our list of The Best Beaches of North Sardinia is Rena Bianca beach (Spiaggia Rena Bianca). This is the main beach of Santa Teresa Gallura. It is situated just a few hundred meters north of the center of the ancient village. It has a length of about 200 meters and faces north, offering views of the tiny Isola Municca to the north-west, the white cliffs on the coast of Corsica to the north, and la Torre di Longonsardo to the east. Spiaggia Rena Bianca is a ‘blue flag’ beach, which means it’s always clean, well maintained, and family-friendly. You’ll find some good snorkelling spots around the rocks, and for some great holiday pictures, climb the hill of la Torre di Longonsardo and admire the stunning views and the colors of the sea, they are simply splendid! As Santa Teresa is such a popular destination, Rena Bianca can get quite busy, especially in August when the Italians are on vacation.
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Spiaggia Porto Quadro
Drive east from Santa Teresa Gallura for about 10 or 15 minutes, and you’ll discover Porto Quadro beach. This beach is nicely settled between the small villages of Porto Quadro to the west, and Villaggio La Marmoratina to the east. It faces north-west, looking out over the Strait of Bonifacio and the white cliffs of Corsica in the distance. Its waters are shallow and mostly calm, as Porto Quadro is sheltered from the winds by the rocky shores of Punta Falcone and Punta Marmorata, two scenic spots in the area that may be worth exploring.
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La Licciola beach (Spiaggia della Licciola) is situated 1 kilometer south-east of La Balcaccia, in the area of Valle dell’Erica, in northern Sardinia.
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Cala Balcaccia is located 7 kilometers east of Santa Teresa Gallura, in northern Sardinia. It spans 200 meters, offering views of Corsica in the distance.
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Cala Sambuco is a small but picturesque beach located just 1 kilometer south-east of La Marmorata beach, near Santa Teresa di Gallura, in Northern Sardinia.
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Spiaggia La Marmorata
You’ll find La Marmorata beach 4 kilometers east of Santa Teresa di Gallura. It is one of the northernmost beaches of north Sardinia. It has a length of 350 meters, and faces north-east, offering views of Punta Falcone and the small islet Isola Marmorata. Located near the rocky headlands of Capo Falcone, La Marmorata beach is accompanied by a smaller beach – Spiaggia La Laurina. This beach is a well equipped and offers a large car parking area, a bar, and several restaurants in the vicinity. Paddle boats and canoes are usually available for rent.
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