FROM OLBIA TO THE COSTA SMERALDA AND THE ISLAND OF LA MADDALENA

This itinerary offers various, interesting stop-overs touching all the north-east stretch of the Sardinian coast. Olbia in itself already offers sufficient reasons for an interesting visit: the church of St. Simplicio, the sacred Nuraghic well of Sa Testa, the Nuraghic "Palace" of Cabu Abbas, the mountains of Cugnana and St. Pantaleo, Porto Istana, Capo Ceraso, both the islands of Tavolara and Molara. North of Olbia is the port of Golfo Aranci. The small peninsula on which it stands, near Capo Figari and the small island of Figarolo, is located in a magnificent position from which the visitor can see Punta Canigione, Punta Volpe and Porto Rotondo, the luxurious seaside resort, reaching as far as the first sights of the fabulous Costa Smeralda.

Before this though, it may be interesting to stop at Arzachena to pay a visit to the small Nuraghic temple of Malchittu and funereal circles of Li Muri. Let us enter the golden world, typical of a postcard, of the Costa Smeralda: Cala di Volpe and the hotel bearing the same name, the beach of Liscia Ruia, the islands of Mortorio and Saffi, the tourist village Pevero Golf; Porto Cervo and its charming small square, the "strategic" centre of the coast, and the port in which the most luxurious yachts are moored. Let us not forget about the beaches of Romazzino and Baia Sardinia, at the extreme northern part of the coast and other places of unforgettable beauty. From this beaches the visitor can catch a glimpse of the islands of La Maddalena and Caprera. It is useless to stress that here both the landscape and the touristic structures are of a superior level. From Arzachena it is possible to reach Santa Teresa di Gallura in order to admire here too the beauties of the landscape, but not only that: Punta Falcone, the beach of La Marmolada, the peninsula of Colucia, Capo Testa with its splendid rocky formations, Cala Spinosa and the valley of La Luna, all constitute reasons worth a visit to Santa Teresa. Having left the Gulf of Arzachena, travelling north, the coast continues to unwind among granite rocks of a thousand forms. The most famous is the Bear Rock, dominating the small town of Palau, near which stands Porto Raphael, a touristic centre of high level: beautiful small coves, quiet beaches and excellent touristic structures. From Palau, one can reach by ferryboat the island of La Maddalena. Here visiting the town is a must as is a visit to the other island, Caprera and its museum dedicated to Garibaldi. Numerous are the beautiful places in the "Maddalenino" Arcipelago: the islands of Santo Stefano and Spargi, Cala Gavetta, Cala Conneri and Cala Corsara; the islands of Santa Maria and Budelli with its pink beach; the island of Razzoli. Here this long and fascinating itinerary ends. Completing this itinerary could take up a whole holiday in Sardinia.