Among the many attractions that make Gallura a desirable tourist resort, a place of honour is certainly held by the extraordinary colours of the sea and the view of its impervious coasts and the granitic rocks modelled by the wind. But for wine lovers, the hinterland offers even greater reasons of interest. In fact, the small agricultural centres that surround Mount Limbara distinguish themselves for an exceptional wine production, whose merit is to produce the renowned Vermentino di Gallura, the fragrant and delicate Moscato di Sardegna and the less known Nebbiolo and Nastarrè.
A journey in this north-eastern strip of the island is a must when visiting S.Teresa di Gallura with its small and charming historical centre and the large Rena Bianca beach, one of the most beautiful of the Mediterranean, directly accessible from the inhabited centre.
From Santa Teresa in a short time one reaches one of the most spectacular corners of Sardinia, Capo Testa, thus called for the massive conformation of the roundish promontory, connected to the dry land through the thin neck of a sandy isthmus. Capo Testa owes its fame to the creeks of candid sand lapped by extraordinarily transparent waters, to the magnificent view over the Bocche di Bonifacio and neighbouring Corsica, and finally to the view of granite rocks that surface everywhere, from the sea and from the maquis, and that give the landscape a very singular lunar appearance. Those who would like to admire the mysterious charm of a desolate moor must visit Cala Grande, also known as Valle della luna (valley of the moon) by the numerous young bohemians that arrive from all over the world.
After Santa Teresa di Gallura the itinerary reaches Palau, the starting point for other enchanting excursions like the one of the archipelago of La Maddalena, an unspoilt paradise with its small islands and the granitic rocks often inhabited by colonies of cormorants. From La Maddalena island one takes the bridge that leads to the wild and solitary island of Caprera, refuge of Garibaldi in his last years of life.
Back in Palau, a vintage locomotive, the small green train of Sardinia, winds into the hinterland offering visitors a glimpse of the more remote Sardinia. The train arrives at Luras, where not far away there is Tempio Pausania, a characteristic village known for its white Vermentino di Gallura Docg, the most exclusive wine production of the region. In addition to Vermentino, Tempio Pausania boasts a specific production of Moscato di Sardegna, often presented in spumante version. Not to be missed in the neighbourhood is a visit to the cellars of two small wine towns, Berchidda and Monti.