Santa Teresa Gallura
Santa Teresa Gallura is a town at N-most tip of Sardinia (Italy). It lies at the head of Porto Longosardo, a narrow, rocky inlet, the upper part of which is protected by a breakwater protecting the pontoons of the Porto Turistico marina. It was originally a Nuraghic settlement from c. 4000BC, the area of Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia was subsequently settled by the Romans, who quarried the local granite for buildings such as the famous Pantheon in Rome. Round the town, there are still some huge, partly-worked granite blocks to be seen. The area was later fortified by the Pisans to keep a lookout on their bitter rivals, the Genoans, who held the town of Bonifacio across the straits. The modern town of Santa Teresa Gallura dates from the 19th century when the layout and street plan were personally supervised by King Vittorio Emanuele I.
Nearby recommended marinas:
Beware of the two 3.5 metre shoal patches in the approach (marked) and the 1.5 metre shoal patch to the east of the end of the wave breaker pontoon. Ferries use the port so a careful approach is needed. Santa Teresa Gallura is a port of entry for Italy.
The marina Porto Santa Teresa Gallura (Sardinia, Italy) is situated at the head of the deep inlet of Santa Teresa Gallura in Sardinia. The marina is approached past a lit wavebreaker pontoon extending east across the inlet to protect it from northerly winds. The maximum length accommodated in the marina is 35 metres in depths of 3.0 – 5.0 metres. The marina gets very crowded in the summer months and an early arrival is advised. The marina provides a total of around 600 berths on 12 pontoons in depths of 3.0 – 5.0 metres.
Cala Marmorata 41°14.805′N, 9°14.273′E
The nearest secure anchorage in the prevailing NW winds is the bay of Marmorata three miles to the east. Anchor in the bay in sand in 5.0 – 10.0 metres. Open to winds from NE round to SE.
Warning: The passage between the islands and the coast is 1 m deep.
Porto quadro 41°14.925′N, 9°12.707′E
A smaller bay, closer to Santa Teresa Gallura, but unsuitable with W – NW winds. There is an ugly hotel complex on the shore.
Baia di Santa Reparata 41°14.360′N, 9°09.612′E
A large bay W of Santa Teresa Gallura. Gives reasonable shelter in all winds except from NW to E. Beware of rocks near the western headland and along the eastern shore. A mini market is in a white building just behind the beach. A restaurant or two are in the village of Capo Testa to the W.
Cala Spinosa 41°14.633′N, 9°08.904′E
A narrow bay W of Baia di Santa Reparata, good holding on sandy patches. A popular lunch stop with a view of a lighthouse (Faro di Capo Testa). A small restaurant is at the head of the bay. Not suitable with winds from NW to NE.
Baia la Colba 41°14.044′N, 9°09.587′E
A large bay W of Santa Teresa di Gallura around of Capo Testa is a possible shelter from N to E winds, although the causeway between Baia la Colba and Baia di Santa Reparata is just a few metres high, so strong N winds blow easily in there. A nice trail goes along the shore to Capo Testa.
The regional bus station is located at the Piazza Bruno Modesto — just above the W side of the harbour.
- In the season a bus line to the Capo Testa peninsular (see www.sardabus.it for the schedules)
- Buses along the W coast to Sassari, then up to Cagliari
- Buses along the E coast to Olbia
- A ferry line to Bonifacio, Corsica
For schedules follow the link to the “Orario trasporti” at the bottom page of the Santa Teresa Gallura tourist portal
The tower of the 16th-century Torre di Longonsardo on the west side of the inlet has wonderful views over the inlet to the east and the town’s beautiful white sand beach, Spiaggia Rena Bianca, to the west. Source: www.cruiserswiki.org