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Porto San Paolo

The surroundings, beaches and villages to discover

The seaside village of Porto San Paolo is located in Gallura, in the north-eastern part of Sardinia. The area offers a splendid coastline overlooking the marine area of Tavolara and a hilly hinterland.

Il territorio ha una meta per ogni tipo di turista, per chi ama il mare come per chi ama le bellezze naturali, paesaggistiche, storiche e archeologiche. Non mancano vivaci centri di vita notturna, discoteche, eventi, occasioni per fare shopping.

Olbia

The city of Olbia, called the “Happy City” by the Greeks, overlooks the enchanting Gulf of the same name enclosed by two islands, Molara and Tavolara. Olbia is well known for its airport which opens its doors to the nearby Costa Smeralda.

The territory offers visitors the opportunity to admire many interesting archaeological sites, for example the nuraghe “Riu Mulinu”, the tomb of the giants of Su Monte de S’Aba and the sacred well “Sa Testa”, the aqueduct, the baths, a Roman farm of “S’Imbalconadu”, the fortified sanctuary of Cabu Abbas, the sacred well located within the urban circle, in the courtyard of the so-called “Portico” and much more to admire in the Archaeological Museum.

An obligatory stop for tourists is the Basilica of San Simplicio, a construction dating back to the mid-eleventh century, with funerary objects, tombs, wall structures that are spread over 1700 years and can be visited under the Basilica. San Simplicio, patron saint of the city, is honored on May 15 with a majestic procession, with musical performances and the traditional Mussel Festival.

Much loved by tourists are the many equipped and unspoiled beaches in the south and north of Olbia. Beaches that offer transparent and crystalline waters, a sea where enthusiasts can go scuba diving to admire the underwater fauna and flora. Then there is the Padrongianus River Park, on the banks of the river of the same name, which offers the possibility of guided excursions by mountain bike and canoe.

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San Teodoro

San Teodoro, a village in Gallura, is one of the most renowned tourist resorts in the northern part of Sardinia.

It has numerous very beautiful beaches, with various natural environments, such as the large lagoon, which is home to resident birdlife, seagulls, herons, cormorants, pink flamingos, a paradise for birdwatchers.

The urban structure of San Teodoro has the typical architecture of the Costa Smeralda. In the center of the village you can visit the churches of Sant’Andrea and Sant’Antonio. The town is known for its nightlife and for the fact that it hosts the largest and most renowned nightclubs in this part of Sardinia.

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Budoni

Budoni, a Sardinian town that overlooks the northeastern coast of Sardinia, is a delightful village that has an extraordinary turquoise sea. The town, surrounded by hills, has a wonderful stone village. The historic center comes alive a lot in the summer season.

The beaches of this stretch of coast have white and soft sand and are scented and refreshed by the Mediterranean scrub. The Ferragosto Budonese is a much loved festival, it offers music, celebration, opportunities for fun.

The port of Ottiolu has considerable tourist importance, it offers various services and berths. From here you can leave for small cruises and admire the beautiful inlets of this stretch of coast.

Of great historical and archaeological value in Budoni are the Conca and Bentu nuraghe, the domus de janas l’Agliola, the tower of Su Entosu, a lookout nuraghe located on a granite peak. The “stazzi di San Pietro”, the typical Gallura dwellings dating back to the 17th century, certainly deserve a visit.

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Posada

Posada is the historical capital of the Baronia. The country is located on the east coast, on top of a limestone cliff. The Castello della Fava overlooks the locality with its ruins.

The Castle is a fortified medieval building, dating back to the 12th century; it was built by the Pisans. From the top of the tower you can admire a wonderful marine panorama; you can also see the mouth of the Posada river and the extensive plain that surrounds it.

Towards the internal part of the Posada territory, surrounded by pine forests, you can admire the Posada lake, one of the artificial basins of Sardinia.

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La Caletta

Located on the central-eastern Sardinian coast, La Caletta (in Sardinian Sa Marina) is a faction of the city of Siniscola. A small town that has become a very popular tourist attraction in the summer.

It is particularly appreciated for its long and beautiful beach and its marina. La Caletta is also dominated by the beautiful coastal tower of San Giovanni, dating back to the 16th-17th centuries.

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Orosei

The town of Orosei lies in the Cedrino river valley, a few kilometers from the sea, on the eastern coast of Sardinia.

The Gulf of Orosei in the northern part has long beaches and pine forests, in the southernmost part there is the terminal part of the Supramonte plateau.

This stretch of Sardinian coast remained practically inaccessible by land for many centuries, remaining uncontaminated for a long time. It consists of beautiful sandy beaches surrounded by limestone walls. To preserve this territory, the National Park of the Gulf of Orosei and Gennargentu was established.

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Dorgali and Cala Gonone

The municipality of Dorgali is located in the central-eastern area of ​​Sardinia and also includes the hamlet of Cala Gonone. In the municipal area and in its vicinity there are many archaeological sites that can be visited.

The Nuragic-Roman village of Tiscali and Serra Orrios, the menhirs, the tomb of the giants of S’Ena and Thomes, the domus de janas, the cavities of the Supramonte Marino such as the Ispinigòli cave and the Bue Marino cave: just some of the archaeological sites that can be visited.

THE CAVE OF THE BUE MARINO

The name derives from the Monk Seal, who once lived in the area. The cave is also relevant from an archaeological point of view: on one of its walls some rock carvings have been found which date back to the pre-Nuragic culture of Ozieri.

The caves can be reached both by land and by sea; by sea, from the port of Cala Gonone, with an excursion of about thirty minutes. On the way by sea you can admire the majestic limestone coasts with sheer walls, which flow into the crystalline and transparent waters of the gulf. The grandiose entrance, which is accessed via a comfortable wooden pier, is also extraordinary to see.

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Baunei

The municipality of Baunei is located very close to the east coast, in the Ogliastra area. It is a country extraordinarily rich in marine and naturalistic landscapes, and is located in a fairytale context. In its territory there is the Colgo plateau with the chasm of “Su Sterru” (Voragine di Golgo) and the nuraghe Coa and Serra, various natural basins for rainwater (which in the past were used to work metals ).

Baunei has a mountainous aspect due to the rocky wall that dominates it, but it is very close to some of the wonderful beaches of this side of Sardinia (such as Cala Goloritzè, Cala Bigiala and Cala Mariolu) and to splendid coasts (such as those of Portu Petrosu, Capo Montesanto and Aguglia di Pedra Longa).

Very beautiful, and worth visiting, is also Santa Maria Navarrese, a hamlet of the municipality, which has become a very popular holiday and vacation spot; it has a marina and, not far away in the bay, there are the vivid red rocks of the island of Ogliastra.

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