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Santa Teresa di Gallura

The municipality of Santa Teresa di Gallura is situated in the far north east of Sardinia. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the north, and the southern coast of Corsica, from which it is separated by the Strait of Bonifacio. Over the past few decades, the area has become a very popular tourist destination in the summer, because of the beauty of the beaches that surround it and its enviable position.

The port is located a few hundred meters from the center and from here you can, every day,  embark ferries for Corsica and for excursions to the archipelago of La Maddalena. With an hour's drive south along the coast is Porto Cervo, the heart of the famous Emerald Coast. At a similar distance on the coastal road in towards the west, lies the beautiful resort town of Isola Rossa, close to the long sandy beach of Badesi and, a little further along, you can reach the picturesque medieval village of Castelsardo.

The town of Santa Teresa is characterized by low buildings arranged in Roman plan (a dense network of roads that intersect at right angles), typical of the Piedmont military settlements. In Roman times, the town's port Longosardo as it was then called, was very active, especially for the transport of granite mined in the area.

After the Giudicati era, the town, destroyed by the Genoese, experienced a period of decline, but flourished again after 1720, when the island passed to the Savoy dynasty. In 1808, King Vittorio Emanuele I began building again in Santa Teresa, and it was the king himself who designed the map of the town and name it in honor of his wife, Maria Teresa of Habsburg-Este.

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