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Gallura and Costa Smeralda

Gallura and the northeast coast of Sardinia, famous for its sparkling life between sea and elegant squares, are the jewels in the crown in terms of quality of tourism. The jagged coastline opens onto the turquoise sea of the Costa Smeralda and onto small creeks that hide hot stretches of weightless sand. Let yourself be taken over by the mornings rocked by waves, by the afternoons immersed in relaxing walks among elegant boutiques and the nightlife lit by the starry sky in the square of Porto Cervo. The Costa Smeralda and the surrounding area are this: a unique paradise that takes on the austere form of the tower Longosardo, overlooking the marina of Santa Teresa Gallura, and looks over to the Archipelago de La Maddalena, priceless natural treasure with con Spargi, Cala Corsara, and Budelli with its pink beach. But the northeast paradise does not end here, you are drawn seductively to Capo Testa, to the beach of Santa Reparata and the bay of La Colba, and invites you to follow the line of the horizon, focusing your gaze on the sky and dipping your hand in the sand of the Rena Bianca and Rena Majore beach. Closing your eyes and breathing in the fresh and pungent smell of the pine forest, you can say you had a bath in the very essence of relaxation. At Palau, in front of the Archipelago de La Maddalena you'll notice an imposing custodian, the bear-shaped rock that has dominated the bay for centuries and that with the Roccia della Tartaruga, situated in Cala Ghjlgolu, shares the record of starring in all visitors’ selfies. From the rock custodians to the Hero of two worlds: by leaping to the island of Caprera you do not just take a wonderful boat trip over a clear seabed, but also visit the home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, whose last residence will thrill you no end. On the other hand, on the island of Tavolara, you will discover the thrill of making a journey within a journey, between legends, history and a sky that seems to disappear into the blue water. The San Teodoro area, part of the Tavolara Marine Park – Capo Coda Cavallo, draws you into its embrace showing its most beautiful pearls like Cala d'Ambra, La Cinta and Isuledda, nestling between the basin and the sea.

How and where to fly
The major National and Low Cost airlines operate daily flights from the main European cities and Olbia Costa Smeralda airport. Outside the main airport there is a modern hub where you can rent a car (essential) or take advantage of the buses that connect the airport with the main tourist resorts.
Rent a car
Olbia airport is the main airport on the island and receives the bulk of passengers during the summer season. Hiring a car in Olbia is therefore more expensive during the months of June, July and August. The only advice and certain method to save remains the advance booking. Stopping a car two or three months in advance is the only way to enjoy discounts of up to 50% on seasonal rates. To travel to the Costa Smeralda, we always recommend cheap cars since the distances are limited. It is therefore not necessary to spend more than what is necessary for cars of large displacement or dimensions.
Arriving in Northern Sardinia by ferry
For those who prefer to travel by sea, arriving in Sardinia by ferry is a good alternative to the 'plane because you can bring your car on the island and, while using a longer time, at a price generally lower. In addition, the ferry trip is in some way more exciting, because As you approach the coast you can catch the scent of the island, the colors of the sea and sky, the beauty of the cliffs.
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Getting around the island, transport
There isn’t a lot of traffic on the streets of the Island, although some peak traffic may occur in August. In Sardinia, you can move around on trains and buses, but if you want to discover the island with full freedom, use a car, motorcycle or even a bicycle.
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WHEN TO GO

August is the time when most Italians take a beach vacation, so expect crowds. However, May / June or September / early October are sublime, especially if you want to find comfort and space. Coastal towns are sleepier out of season, with many restaurants closing early – it's a small price to pay when even modest grocery stores offer fresh meats, cheeses, and baked bread every day for shore picnics.

Hidden Beaches
Sardinia has some of the most fantastic beaches you will find without departing from the European coasts. Yes, the sand is really that white and the sea the bluest blue. But we would like to point out the beaches that are less known
Getting to know
Villages in Gallura and Costa Smeralda
In such a harsh and wild nature even the villages have a particular charm where you can often read the traces of the colonizers who founded certain villages
Discovery
Whether you go slow or fast, whether you choose the coast or the countryside, Sardinia is one of the last great island adventures in Europe. Hike through the lush and silent interior to the dusk of the Nuragic ruins of Tiscali. Walk the dizzying coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, where climbers scramble over the limestone cliffs. Or stroll through holm oak woods to the mighty boulder-strewn canyon of Gola Su Gorropu. The fascination of the sea is irresistible for surfers of the north coast, while divers enjoy talking about the shipwrecks off Cagliari, the underwater cave of Nereo and the submerged Roman ruins of Nora.
Outdoor adventures
Whether you go slow or fast, whether you choose the coast or the countryside, Sardinia is one of the last great island adventures in Europe. Hike through the lush and silent interior to the dusk of the Nuragic ruins of Tiscali. Walk the dizzying coastal path to the crescent-shaped bay of Cala Luna, where climbers scramble over the limestone cliffs. Or stroll through holm oak woods to the mighty boulder-strewn canyon of Gola Su Gorropu. The fascination of the sea is irresistible for surfers of the north coast, while divers enjoy talking about the shipwrecks off Cagliari, the underwater cave of Nereo and the submerged Roman ruins of Nora.
Annual Events
the North of Sardinia offers an infinite number of travel opportunities with annual and popular events, especially in the non-seaside season from October to May. When the Covid plague will be just a memory, many flights from the main European capitals will be restored, promoting a knowledge of Sardinian cultural heritage even for a weekend
Taste
Sensory experiences that you will never forget to discover the tastes, flavors and typical cuisine of Sardinia. Not simple tastings, but real experiences, immersed in extraordinary places, tasting local delicacies accompanied by glasses of Sardinian wine.
The Tale of Costa Smeralda
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We have prepared a series of information and advice for retirees from the United Kingdom, the US and the EU who choose to spend the winter in Gallura in a mild climate and a suggestive environment.

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Sardinia’s health assistance system
Sardinia’s health assistance system belongs to the National Healthcare Service (SSN) and is provided by public and private facilities affiliated with SSN. If you are not an Italian citizen, check the agreements between Italy and your country of origin. Specialist care If you need specialist assistance you can contact the network of hospitals in the area. In the link below you can find the location of hospitals, useful numbers and all information on health care in Sardinia.
IS ENGLISH SPOKEN IN SARDINIA?
Yes, in Sardinia they speak english, but ONLY in turistic towns and many attractions as well. In big cities like Olbia, Sassari, Oristano,Cagliari and their surrounding areas, it is easy to find english speakers. ... The first language here, in Sardinia, is italian, plus many dialects, almost one in every different city.
IS SARDINIA CHEAP OR EXPENSIVE?
On the contrary, Sardinia is cheaper than most other regions in Italy – the wages here are lower than in most of the country and as a result the costs of living here are lower. It's much cheaper to visit and live than other European and international destinations – think the UK, Scandinavia, but even the US or Canada.

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