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The village dates back to the Roman era, when it was known as Longosardo, and was a strategic port for trading the granite extracted just a few kilometres from the ancient caves at Capo Testa. After the fort was destroyed by Genoa during the time of the Maritime Republics, the city was almost completely abandoned before being rebuilt in its current form by the Savoy family after 1800.
Built in 1590 at the wishes of Philip II of Spain, on a rocky spur overlooking the bay and the surrounding open sea, this tower is the largest Spanish tower built in Sardinia. The town owes its origins to the tower, as the Savoys chose to build Santa Teresa on this site due to the ancient fort.
This important archaeological site is located 1.5 kilometres from Santa Teresa, in the direction of Capo Testa. Founded by the Sardinian Nuragic civilisation, you can still see the ruins of a village of circular huts, a giant’s tomb and a nuraghe.
Accessible by foot at the base of the town, this white sand beach is considered one of the most stunning and easily the most convenient to reach. Excellent for your first taste of the beauty of the Sardinian sea.
Considered a paradise for snorkelling, due to its crystal-clear water and the seabed that is rich with life forms, Cala Sambuco is a small cove in front of the Maddalena archipelago. At 4 kilometres from Santa Teresa, it can easily be reached by car and has a convenient car park.
This cove can only be reached on foot from the road for Capo Testa, and is ideal for those who love quiet and solitude. The beach is mixed with granite rocks in a unique landscape, including under water. For this reason, it is recommended for scuba divers.
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele I, 24 – 07028 Santa Teresa Gallura
Tel: +39 0789 748128
Hours: from Monday through Wednesday: 09:00 a.m. – 01:00 p.m. and 04:00 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 09:00 a.m. – 01:00 a.m.; closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
If you have chosen to take the Blu Navy ferry without a car, there are many options for getting around the island after disembarking in Santa Teresa Gallura.
There are bus lines that connect Santa Teresa with outlying villages and the northern cities of Sardinia. The bus station is located in Piazza Modesto, a 10-minute walk from the port.
Taxis are always available when the ferry arrives, in the landing area.
After a 15-minute walk uphill, you will arrive in the centre of Santa Teresa, where you will find the tourist office.