Santa Teresa di Gallura is a lovely seaside town that is located in the northernmost point of Sardinia, along the coast overlooking the narrow Strait of Bonifacio that separates Corsica from Sardinia.
The territory where Santa Teresa is located has been inhabited since prehistoric times (there are several nuraghic sites near the town to testify), but it becomes particularly important during the Roman empire, when the Longonis center was founded (later called Longosardo by Pisanis). During the Middle Ages, Longosardo was a major port of the island, but in the 15th century the Genoese ordered the depopulation in the area. A century later came the Aragonese, who built a military watch tower on the coast (the tower of Longosardo at 3 km from Capo Testa, still intact and can be visited). The origin of Santa Teresa is even more recent and dates back to 1808 when, the village was founded by King Vittorio Emanuele I of Piedmont, dipendent for ten years to the city of Temple. The King personally took care of designing the urban plan of Santa Teresa, characterized by a sharp geometric network of straight and parallel roads that intersect at 90 degrees.
Santa Teresa is now a tourist center, inhabited all year by just over 4000 inhabitants. To stay in Santa Teresa di Gallura, you can directly book a hotel online or opt for an apartment or choose among proposed b&b’s.
Several hotels in Santa Teresa di Gallura are in town or near the sea. The most important beach is Rena Bianca which is located on the outskirts of the village and has been awarded the European Blue Flag for the quality of its crystal clear waters that bathe 300 meters of sandy beach. The beach is equipped with various services, its shallow waters make it suitable for families with children and for the disabled (who can easily access the beach). A short distance from Santa Teresa, in the direction of Capo Testa, are the beaches of Rena di Ponente and Rena di Levante, whose waters are also crystal clear. After Capo Testa, you’ll find the pristine and charming bays of the Valle della Luna.
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