A cheerful seaside town with a pale sandy beach
Santa Teresa Gallura is about as far north as you can go in Sardinia without tipping into the Strait of Bonifacio. In fact, it’s so far north that you can glimpse the coast of Corsica on a clear day. Wander the streets, and you’ll find that houses done up in pink, lemon, turquoise and lavender lay on the charm. Stroll to the main square, Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele, where a smattering of cafés deal out tables on the cobbles.
The roads that branch from the square are just as colourful, handing out jewellery boutiques and gelato parlours as they go. Sardinians are zealous about using seasonal flavours, so you can taste lemon in spring, apricots in summer, grapes in autumn, and oranges in winter.
The sea borders Santa Teresa Gallura on two sides. Head north for sandy Rena Bianca Beach and the watchful Longonsardo Tower. Or make for the east end of town, where a long inlet shelters clinking yachts, boats bound for the Maddalena Islands and the Corsica ferry.
Flight time from the UK to Sardinia is around 2 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Olbia airport to Santa Teresa Gallura is approximately 1 hour.
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.