The rugged gateway to the Maddalena Archipelago
Palau marks one of the northernmost points of Sardinia. The coastline here is a jagged place full of deep-set coves, petite beaches and granite islands. The most famous islands lie just opposite – the Archipelago di La Maddalena National Park. Each beach-pocked isle is surrounded by crystal-clear waters famous for their bright blue hue, and you can get there in just 15 minutes by ferry.
Back on dry land, the red-roofed town puts out an offering of seafood restaurants and pizzerias, surf and dive shops, plus a lively line-up of bars. La Galatea is the main beach; sunloungers and sailing boats top the sand and pebbles.
Drive a few minutes east of town to climb up to Roccia dell’Orso – a wind-weathered rock with views right over the coast. Keep following the road as it wrangles its way east to find more in the way of dramatic viewpoints.
Flight time from the UK to Sardinia is around 2 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Olbia airport to Palau is approximately 40 minutes.
Sardinia is a great summer destination, with temperatures reaching their highest (around 30 degrees) in July and August. Temperatures in spring and autumn typically stay in the early 20s and visitors at this time of year are generally fewer, so it’s ideal if you want to avoid the crowds and do some exploring.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.