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Santa Teresa di Gallura and Capo Testa in North Sardinia

After exploring the beautiful Costa Smeralda, we went to Santa Teresa di Gallura and Capo Testa in North of Sardinia, Italy.

As I explained in this post here, we regret not having divided our trip into two parts, staying 5-6 days on the Emerald Coast and 5-6 days in the North of the island.

But even though we had only one day to explore the North, we got to know and enjoy some beautiful places in this region. The beaches in the North are sensational and very impressive indeed.

See on this map the route we took: https://goo.gl/maps/eNRwJ3LRYKwsF3Gq8

Santa Teresa di Gallura

It is a lovely town on the northern tip of Sardinia, in the so-called Strait of Bonifacio.
Even the south coast of the French island of Corsica can be seen from the beach, and several ferries make the crossing every day, as the journey takes only 50 minutes.

Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I, the city’s main square, is cute and has lots of shops, restaurants, jewellers, etc. We went there for a walk and had a drink, yet my photos were not good. That is a shame!

Rena Bianca

To the North of the city centre is the Rena Bianca beach, which is stunning and for this reason, quite crowded. The beach has parasols, pedal boats and kayaks for rent.

Santa Teresa di Gallura, Rena Bianca 2

What I most enjoyed doing there was the trail that is on the right side, from where you have an incredible view of the beach.

Santa Teresa di Gallura, Rena Bianca


The colour of the sea is incredible, a breathtaking turquoise blue that doesn’t even need a filter in the photos (just like any other beach in Sardinia).

Capo Testa

Still, the most beautiful place in the North was Capo Testa, also known as “Taltana”.
From Santa Teresa, it takes about 10 minutes by car to get there.

The emerald water is terrific and the interesting rock formations, in addition to the hiking trails, make this place a vital point on your trip.
This region is said to be one of the top ten diving areas in the world. The caves are shaped by giant granite rocks, partially covered by red corals (corallium rubrum).

Capo Testa, Sardinia
Capo Testa

Capo Testa was once a small town where the Romans extracted vast amounts of granite that would then be used to build their precious city of Rome.

There, in Capo Testa, there is also a small beach called Spiaggia di Cala Spinosa (last photo on the right).

As you can see, Santa Teresa di Gallura and Capo Testa in Northern Sardinia are great options to spend a few days and enjoy your vacation. In addition to several other locations in the North, I didn’t have time to visit.

Rena di Ponente, Santa Teresa di Gallura

If you want to know more about the Costa Smeralda, be sure to check my article in this post here, here and here.
Thank you very much and have a great holiday!

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