Best Santa Teresa Gallura Beaches (North East Sardinia)

Best Santa Teresa Gallura Beaches: Santa Teresa Gallura is a town located at the extreme North East of Sardinia island that grows from 10,000 to 15,000 inhabitants during the Summer. In fact this is one of the most appreciated tourism resort for families thank’s to the many beaches (from sandy to rock), the many villas and houses for rent, the fun attitude, the pets friendly aproach and much much more. These are also some of the reasons you might consider to buy a property in Santa Teresa Gallura. In this article we explore together the coastal line of Santa Teresa Gallura and its most famous beaches, one by one.

La Rena Bianca, Santa Teresa City Beach:

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La Rena Bianca is the city beach of Santa Teresa Gallura, in fact it’s placed just a 5 minutes walk from the village centre. It’s one of the most famouse Sardinian beaches, a semi-circular 341 mt long sandy beach, facing the French isle of Corsica (on a clear day are visible the white cliffs of Bonifacio and the La Maddalena Archipelago).

The beach and its seabed are made up of sparkling fine white sand and shallow waters making it safe and enjoyable for children and toddlers (it helds the Green flag awards, assigned by italian pediatricians). At the same time it’s well protected from the winds by the isle of Municca (on the left) and from the headland, where you can see the Spanish tower of Longonsardo (on the right).

It has held the Blue flag award since 1987 (by the “Foundation for Environmental Education” based on water quality, cleanliness of the coast, services and safety measures, environmental education criteria). The sparkling turquoise water so clear you can see every detail of the sandy bottom, that’s why it’s a truly Heaven for snorkeling and scuba diving lovers.

The beach has lots of facilities including a spacious car park, a ramp for the disabled, bars and a beach kiosk. It’s also possible to rent sun umbrellas, beach loungers, pedalos and kayaks.

Capo Testa Beaches:

Capo Testa is an enchanting rocky promontory 3 km North West of Santa Teresa famous for its grey and white granite rocks eroded by the wind into unusual forms and for the typical Mediterranean plant cover. To arrive to Capo Testa and its beaches you have just to follow the signs outside Santa Teresa Gallura.

Ponente e Levante Beaches

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Almost an island, Capo Testa is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus made by a long band of sand. The road pass in the middle dividing it into beaches: Rena di Ponente (or “Talanta,” awarded by the FEE blue flag) on the left and Rena di Levante (also known as “Zia Colomba” or “Dei Graniti” because of some ancient roman quarries) on the right. It means that no matters what’s the wind, you will always have a safe beach for swimming. Thanks to its swallow seabed and its clean transparent water is a beach suitable for families with kids, it will get loved the most by snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. A bar is situated close to the beach.

Cala Spinosa / Cala Francese

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Cala Spinosa is a small and suggestive beach in the north of Capo Testa, sheltered by high cliffs which fall sheer to the sea. To arrive to the beach you have to follow the signs for the XIX century Capo Testa lighthouse. Once you parked your car you’ve to walk down through the steep footpath right to a tiny peaceful uncontaminated cove protected from the wind and surrounded by massive granite rocks. The beach has medium sized white sand alternating with granite rocks, it’s another paradise for snorkeling and scuba diving lovers.

Moon Valley (also known as Cala Grande)

After passing the Capo Testa isthmus, turn left and continue for about 1 km. After reaching a cluster of bungalows, continue on the right until you reach a small clearing. Park your car near the wooden gate on the left hand side of the road before you reach the car park at the lighthouse. From here continue on foot following the directions given on the map by the gate.

Cala Grande is an area immersed in a thick Mediterranean vegetation and it’s surrounded by various uncontaminated valleys and creeks divided by huge granite rocks carved over the millennia by the wind.

Being so wild and isolated “Cala Grande” became famous among hippies and naturists that in the 1970s used to camp there. Its second name “Moon Valley” stands for the white granite boulders shinining at night under the moonlight. Once you arrive to Cala Grande rocky beach at the end of the path you can enjoy the sea snorkeling or diving, but there’re no facilities for tourists. That’s one of the reason you can feel something really magic in the air.

Santa Teresa Gallura’ South West Beaches:

La Colba Beach and Poltu Pitrosu.

Take the road to Capo Testa and after about 2 km turn left for the residential area of “Baia Santa Reparata”. Surrounded by the Mediterranean vegetation, La Colba is a beautiful sandy beach with rocky outcrops that form natural rock pools.

Very close to La Colba, Poltu Pitrosu is a small cove located at the end of the same main road, we suggest you to reach it on foot by the short path that starts from the car park. This wilde place is particularly loved by scuba divers.

Lu Pultiddolu

Take the road for Sassari, after about 3 km turn for Lu Pultiddolu, turn right again into the village Lu Pultiddolu and then follow the road down to this small and peaceful bay. The last part of the road is not tarmacked so no worries if it gets wild.

La Liccia:

La Liccia is the last beach of Santa Teresa Gallura before arriving in Aglientu territory (and then to Vignola and Costa Paradiso, Isola Rossa, Badesi and Castelsardo). Take the provincial road to Sassari, turning right about 5 km after leaving Santa Teresa. Then keep on driving for a little more than 1 km until you reach a parking area (the last part of the road is not tarmacked, adding some wildness to the beach). La Liccia is a one kilometer beach long of fine white sand. Its crystal clear sea and shallow waters make this beach enjoyable for families with children. When it gets windy it also became oe of the most loved spot by surfers.

Santa Teresa Est Beaches:

Porto Quadro:

Porto Quadro is famous for hosting one of the most apprecciated Sardinian dog beach named Porto Fido. Just take the coastal road from Santa Teresa to Porto Quadro, to reach the beach it’s quite easy you’ve only to follow the signs.

Cala Sambuco:

Easier to reach by boat this beach is an uncontaminated small creek ideal for nature lovers, since no facilities are available. To arrive by car just take the road from Santa Teresa to Palau, after about 5 km turn left for Marazzino/La Marmorata. Then follow the sign for “La Piana” pizzeria and turn left at the sign “Cala Sambuco”. From now on the road is not tarmacked, park near the gate and continue on foot.

La Marmorata:

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Take the road “SS 131 bis2” toward Palau, 5 kilometres after Santa Teresa Gallura turn left for Marazzino/La Marmorata, go straight on at the first crossroads then turn right just before the holiday village. The paid parking is very close at the end of the road.

La Marmorata consists of two beaches of cream-coloured sand, situated at the base of the Capo Falcone, Marmoratina and Mormorata headlands, from which you can swim to a little island. As you can image it’s such a perfect spot for diving and snorkeling. The vast beach is characterised by shallow waters and extremely beautiful natural landscape. The beaches is ideal for families with little kids and offers several facilities such as a large car park, wheelchair access, a restaurant and a bar, chairs and umbrellas rentals, boats rental.

Valle dell’Erica / La Licciola:

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Take the road for Palau, after about 8 km turn left for Valle dell’Erica, continue along this road until you get to a paid parking area, from here continue on foot along a pathway to the beach. It’s not that easy to reach, that’s why it’s such an ideal relaxing spot. It is a long stretch of white sand divided into two coves by granite outcrops. Beach bar available on the beach. From this beach you can spy the Archipelago of La Maddalena National Park and Punta Sardegna.

Conca Verde:

On the road for Palau, after about 9 km turn left for Conca Verde. It’s a small sandy beach surrounded by pine trees and Mediterranean vegetation. This beach is famous for its stunning panorama on the isle of Spargi in the La Maddalena National Park.

Porto Pozzo:

Porto Pozzo is a village at 10 km from Santa Teresa on the road to Palau that sits on a natural canal. It’s a place enowned for its fishery and the clams collecting, it also hosts a small harbour.

La Sciumara or Porto Liscia:

On the border between Santa Teresa and Palau territories (from Santa Teresa drive on the road to Palau, don’t take the right turning for San Pasquale but the next on the right and drive for about 4km), it’s one of the most famous beach for (wind)surfers in north east Sardinia, it also hosts international surfing events and contests.

Surrounded by dunes and by extremely dense vegetation abounding with juniper and mastic trees, backed by by the Sciumara lagoon with its pink flamingos (part of the “La Coluccia Permanent Protected Fauna Oasis since 1994″), this narrow golden beach stretches out for about 8 kilometres.

Not only surfers, this beach is suitable for children thanks to its sandy shallow bottom and has handicap accessibility. You can also find a bar and it’s suitable for camper and camping.

Santa Teresa Gallura Beach Map:

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photo credit: all the pics are from the official tourism page of Santa Teresa Gallura, except for La Marmorata pic taken by the residence name on Booking.com
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