Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardinia, one of the largest islands in Italy, is one of the most famous seaside resorts thanks to the beauty of its beaches and to the many services available to the tourists who go there every year.
Santa Teresa, overlooking the Strait of Bocche di Bonifacio, is connected by ferry to the nearby Corsica, a French island which is only 9 km away.
Santa Teresa is a small town with about 4100 inhabitants. It is on a rocky plateau, 44 feet above sea level and it is spread over a very jagged coastline where beautiful beaches are scattered.
Rena Bianca Beach
This beach has received for 24 years the recognition of the European Blue Flag (prize given by the FEE – Foundation for Environmental Education) for its water quality, its costs and its services.
This beach is about 300 meters long. The sand is fine and in some places, with fragments of coral and rocks, it turns into a romantic pink. The water is crystal clear. With its shallow water it is ideal for children.
Follow the road to Capo Testa until you reach the Lighthouse. The panorama is among the finest in the area thanks to granite rocks that are thrown in the clear water of the sea. Reaching the beach is not easy and that’s why it is not crowded. Scuba diving enthusiasts can venture to the discovery of unusual scenarios in the crevices created by the granite rocks below the sea level.
There are two main beaches: Capo Testa Rena di Ponente and Rena di Levante. They are sandy beaches fringed by Mediterranean vegetation. The water is crystal clear and small bays are completely sheltered from the wind.
Cala Grande or Valle della Luna (Valley of the Moon) is about a mile after Capo Testa. To reach the Valley it is necessary to leave the car in a parking lot near the square and walk for about 700 meters in the Mediterranean vegetation. This beach has a pristine and monumental landscape, made of gigantic granite boulders shaped by the wind over the centuries.
To get to La Liccia you must take the road towards Sassari. It is about 5 km far from Santa Teresa and it is a long white sandy beach about 1 kilometre long.
To get to Conca Verde you have to take the road towards Palau. There are tall trees surrounded by typical Mediterranean vegetation and countless small secluded coves.
To get to Lu Poltiddolu you must take the road towards Sassari. This beach is about 3 km far from Santa Teresa and it is characterized by Mediterranean vegetation, clear water and a very relaxing and sunny environment.
To get to Cala Sambuco you must take the road towards Palau. This beach is about 4 km far from Santa Teresa. The beach is beautiful and enjoys a wonderful view over the islands of La Maddalena.
To get to Porto Pozzo you have to take the road to Capo Testa and go on for about 12 km. Its main feature is the shallow water which makes it particularly suitable for children.
To get to Santa Reparata you have to take the road to Capo Testa. After about 2 km you will find this mostly sandy beach bordered by Mediterranean vegetation.
It is scattered by cliffs that, with its clear waters, make it suitable for lovers of scuba diving.
The Valle dell’Erica is about 15 Km far from Santa Teresa. To get there you must take the road towards Palau. This beach is not easy to be reached and that’s the reason why it is unspoilt. It also offers breathtaking views of the Maddalena Archipelago.
To get to Porto Liscia-Sciumana you must take the road towards Palau and continue for about 6 km. The beach is a large bay full of winds and therefore ideal for windsurfing.
To get to La Marmorata you must take the road towards Palau and drive about 5 km. This is a great white sand beach with small coves and Mediterranean vegetation.
Photos by Fabriziosinopoli, Been Around, veloopity, Bathor C., Chiara Arienti and emanuele sanna.