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Not just the Costa Smeralda: things to see in Gallura

The road that runs from the coast to San Pantaleo is so much more than just a few kilometres of tarmac: curve after curve, while the craggy outline of the coast and the emerald sea get left behind, the majesty of the granite cliffs and the lush greenery of the Mediterranean scrub open up before the eyes of the awed traveller.

This is Gallura, granite treasure trove filled with surprising treasures - before you in all its grandeur.

The natural heritage of the region is both imposing and varied, characterised by granite sculptures modelled by the wind and the vast cork forests. The summits of Mount Limbara, in particular, are home to many trails that are well-loved by trekking and mountain biking fans alike.

A region rich in historic heritage, Gallura boasts striking small rocky churches, important archaeological sites and charming small towns – places where time seems to stand still in order to safeguard the authenticity of local traditions.

The small town of Tempio Pausania, located at the foot of Mount Limbara, is famed for granite working, with the granite covering the charming town centre in grey blocks. Granite also dominates the town centre of Aggius, an ancient village considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Aggius boasts a long textile tradition and a large part of the MEOC, the Ethnographic Museum, is dedicated to honouring this tradition. Among the centres of local artisan excellence are Luras – home to the original cork creations of the Forteleoni Collection – and Calangianus with its Cork Museum.
Located at the extreme northern point of the island, Santa Teresa Gallura is a lively little seaside town. Close by is Capo Testa, a spectacular granite promontory connected to the island by a narrow sandy isthmus.

It is here, a world away from the bustling tourist industry of the Costa Smeralda, that you will discover and marvel at the astonishing flavours of Gallurese cuisine, the timeless traditions bound to rural life, and the authentic hospitality that is inherent to Sardinian culture.

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