This area is bounded to the west by the Coghinas river and the artificial lake bearing the same name, and to the south by the southern slopes of the Limbara; the coast is flanked by many islands, the largest of which are Caprera and La Maddalena. It is believed that the origin of the name Gallura comes from its geographical position, as the territory overlooks the Bocche di Bonifacio (Strait of Bonifacio), which in ancient times, after the conquest of Corsica with the barbarian invasions, was named the Strait of the Gauls (Fretum Gallicum), hence the name Gallura.
The Northeast of Sardinia is a popular destination for travellers from all over the world for its tourist resorts of the Costa Smeralda, renowned for its coves and white sandy beaches: Porto Cervo, Baja Sardinia, Porto Rotondo, Capriccioli, Cannigione that together with Olbia, Arzachena, Palau, the Maddalena Archipelago and other resorts of the North East Coast of Sardinia, from Santa Teresa Gallura to San Teodoro, represent the most celebrated “seascape” product of Sardinia.
Further inland in Gallura, however, we find equally evocative and interesting places: landscapes, towns and villages overlooked by the Limbara Mountains such as Tempio Pausania, Aggius and Calangianus, rich in history, culture, traditional customs and evidence of the most authentic Sardinia.
This ancient land, cradle of the vineyards of the famous Vermentino wine, offers to those visiting the possibility of suggestive and unique experiences among the old “stazzi”, the cork trees and the granite paths, as well as interesting guided tours in the Nuragic complexes and archaeological sites, bearing witness to ancient civilisations.