SHORT TRIPS AROUND THE ISLAND FROM PORTO CERVO
are suggestions for the traveller making his base in Porto Cervo and with
a hired a car. The sea-side towns can of course also be visited by boat.
As an itinerary for a day trip, I suggest driving towards Arzachena, stopping to
see the Nuraghe, an archeological site on the left just before the town. Afterwards
proceed to Palau, but before reaching the town, you turn left to Porto Rafael. This is the
pretty little resort built by Rafael Neville,
about a half hours drive from Porto Cervo. Park your car, then walk down to the very
pretty little Piazza, passing by the tiny chapel on the right.
Palau - La Maddalena - Caprera
After this, you could go on to Palau. Drive right to the port and buy a ticket
for passengers and car, then board the appropriate ferry. You arrive at La Maddalena after
about 20 minutes. It is a lovely drive right around the whole island, going left when you
get off the boat. It takes only about half an hour and when you are almost returned to the
main town, turn left, over a little bridge to the island of Caprera.
Remember to bring your sandwich lunch for a picnic and swimming costume. On this island is
the museum made in the original farm house of Garibaldi, the national hero who unified
Italy. It is well worth a visit.
After returning with the ferry to Palau, turn left and follow the sea to the
Orso, the large rock in the form of a big bear on the hill overlooking the sea. From there
you should then follow the coast south to Cannigione, then to Baia Sardinia and then
across to Porto Cervo.
San Pantaleo - 2 hour trip
This is a pretty town nestling in spectacular craggy mountains, only 15 minutes
drive from Porto Cervo. It can be reached either from the road towards
Olbia, or going towards Arzachena. There are road signs indicating San Pantaleo. The main
piazza is delightful and if you are interested in naive paintings, you could visit Pat
Steel, at her charming little house.
This trip could be extended to the Nuraghe near Arzachena, or to Cannigione.
Santa Teresa di Gallura - Bonifacio in Corsica
It's a one hour's drive from Porto Cervo to this pretty Sardinian town with a
festive atmosphere about it. A must is a walk around the promontory of Capo Testa, with
its wind-swept sculptured rocks, that inspired the sculptor, Henry Moore.
From Santa Teresa you can catch the ferry to Bonifacio in Corsica, an hour's trip. This is
a fascinating town, hidden behind steep sandstone cliffs. Hundreds of good French
restaurants. You can make a day trip out of it and get back in the evening.
Tempio Pausania, Monte Limbara, Aggius, Luogosanto and the Castle of
This makes another pleasant day trip. From Arzachena go to Sant'Antonio, then
detour right towards the Liscia Dam, to visit the millennium olive trees, which is a
Perhaps a picnic lunch on Mont Limbara, the highest mountain of the area. Continue on to
Tempio for a stroll around the old part of the town. Then on to Aggius, a pretty town
built amongst the rocks.
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