a picture of the village of Tertenia, in the Ogliastra area in south-east Sardinia, Italy.
Tertenia, a small village in the Ogliastra area, in south-east Sardinia.

About Tertenia

Tertenia is a small hill town in Sardinia, set between the mountains and the sea along the south-eastern coast of the island. This charming town is known for its delightful setting, from the stunning beaches to some fascinating archaeological sites. The original settlement during the prehistoric times was built at sea, although the inhabitants have later on moved uphill to escape dangerous raids. Evidence of these early inhabitants can still be found within the town’s archaeological remains today, which include the enchanting nuraghe structures.

Vineyards, Beaches & Beautiful Landscapes

Tertenia is located in a high valley at the base of Mt. Arbu and Mt. Ferru, along the Rio Quirra River known for its beautiful surrounding landscapes that consist of green covered mountains surrounded by azure seas. There are also vast vineyards intersecting with the fields and woods. Go on a hike to enjoy the stunning views or take up horseback riding. Check out the Marina di Tertenia, a 12-km coastline consisting of white sandy beaches punctuated with coves tucked within boulders. The long stretch of coast is well protected by promontories, which makes for a more pleasant experience at the beach.

Interesting Sites & Attractions

Tertenia is known for its vibrant and colorful history, which explains the many exciting sites and attractions in town. The Civic Museum of Modern Art is the best place to visit for the lover of arts. It’s dedicated to a famous local-born sculptor, Albino Manca who made a name locally and internationally. At the shore, you’ll find the 16th-century Spanish watchtower. This cylindrical stone tower used to be part of Tertenia’s defensive system during the early times. For a glimpse of Tertenia’s local culture and history, take time to walk through the trails towards Nuraghe Nastasi and Nuraghe Aleri. There are also some religious buildings that are worth visiting in town. Among them is the church of Santa Teresa d’Avila, which was built in the 17th century and the church of Beata Vergine Assunta.

Colorful Festivals & Vibrant Atmosphere

Tertenia is also known to host some festivals. At the beginning of September, the town throws in a big party to honor Santa Sofia. Another major festival known as the feast of San Sebastiano takes place every 20th of January. There’s also a costume parade honoring San Pietro Apostolo while in August, the town celebrates a feast of some local produce, where visitors can enjoy a sumptuous meal of roasted and boiled sheep, along with local cheeses, and wine.

Tertenia Map

Beaches Near Tertenia

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

Foxi Manna

  • Length: 800 meters.
  • Things to do: snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of foxi manna beach

Foxi Manna beach, shaped like a half moon with a length of 800 meters, is the largest beach in the area of Tertenia, Ogliastra. The beach faces due east.

Learn more about Foxi Manna, how to get there, and where to stay.

Su Sirboni

  • Length: 200 meters.
  • Things to do: scuba diving.
a picture of su sarboni beach

Su Sirboni beach is located 3 kilometers south of Cardedu, has a length of 200 meters, and is one of the most beloved beaches in this part of Ogliastra.

Learn more about Su Sirboni, how to get there, and where to stay.


  • Length: 2000 meters.
  • Things to do: surfing.
a picture of cardedu beach

Cardedu beach is conveniently located near Cardedu village, just a few kilometers south of Bari Sardo beach. It has several hotels and resorts in the area.

Learn more about Cardedu, how to get there, and where to stay.

Feraxi Beach

  • Length: 2500 meters.
  • Things to do: kitesurfing, surfing.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.

Feraxi beach, in Muravera, faces north-east, and is 2.5 kilometers long, Often quite windy, Feraxi beach is a good spot for surfing and kitesurfing.

Learn more about Feraxi Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.