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Best green resort in Italy and Europe at the World Travel Awards 2021

Best green resort in Italy and Europe at the World Travel Awards 2021

Awarded for the third time, the 5-star hotel in Santa Teresa Gallura celebrates its victory as Europe’s Leading Green Resort, along with reconfirmation at national level as Italy’s Leading Green Resort.
We have two pieces of good news to share with you, two new achievements that make us proud and which encourage us to do more and more for the environment. Firstly, the Valle dell’Erica Resort is “Europe’s Leading Green Resort”, the best green resort in Europe for the third consecutive year and which has also been re-confirmed nationally as “Italy’s Leading Green Resort”.

Thanks to everyone’s support and hard work, Delphina hotels & resorts, the chain to which the Valle dell’Erica belongs, has been re-elected “Italy’s Leading Hotel Group”, the best hotel group in Italy.

“These awards make us feel really proud and even more so in such an unusual year” said Elena Muntoni, Delphina brand manager. “Sardinia’s unique character is our primary resource and is always at the heart of our projects. Winning this title for three consecutive years is proof that we are on the right track. It is a clear indication of how it is possible to do business while respecting and enhancing the surrounding area”.

A tremendous victory for this 5-star resort immersed in 28 hectares of parkland, amidst Mediterranean shrubs and bushes with 1,400 metres of pristine coastline, private coves and white sandy beaches facing the La Maddalena Archipelagos and Southern Corsica. A green oasis in which to experience a “5-stars in Freedom” holiday, in other words, a holiday with no formalities or labels that focuses on the individual and encourages a healthy lifestyle, enjoying the typical hospitality of Gallura, its unique places, flavours and traditions yet without sacrificing comfort and the excellence of our services.

The sustainable path taken by the Valle dell’Erica Resort is best summed up by the We are green® protocol, a brand created and patented by Delphina to represent its commitment to the environment. Forward-looking choices and sustainable good practices including the use of 100% green energy exclusively from renewable sources, the policies to limit the use of plastic, the exclusive use of electric vehicles for guests to move around the resort and the recharging of electric vehicles available at no extra cost.

Social responsibility and support for local suppliers are also important and are part of the “Genuine Local Food Oriented®” project, a Delphina quality brand aimed at encouraging healthy cuisine based on genuine ingredients that respect the seasonal nature of food production, preferably at 0kms, a preference for items of furniture and decor manufactured by Sardinian companies and the promotion of cultural events and excursions that highlight nature, history and archaeology.


Spargi: a dream island

Queen Soraya fell in love with it, pirates have made it their lair, an ancient wreck lies in its depths. Uninhabited, facing the Resort Valle dell’Erica, Spargi looks like the enchanted island dreamt of by children of all ages.

A natural paradise rich in history and stories that have made it famous over the centuries, offering delightful little sandy coves and rugged wild coasts, underwater worlds to explore and rare animal species that have chosen it as their home. Spargi, with its approximately four square kilometres is the third largest island of the La Maddalena Archipelago, a pearl of rare beauty with its Spargiotto island and its Spargiottello rock.

In short, there is lots to discover on Spargi: to reach it, choose one of the excursions that leave from the resort and spend unforgettable days relaxing among the most beautiful bays on the island, looking out over views that you will find it hard to forget.

Spargi: un’isola da sogno
Spargi: un’isola da sogno

Spargi: beaches and other natural wonders

An inland area rich in typical Mediterranean vegetation which runs along the shoreline and then turns into white sand dunes and natural sculptures to let the imagination run riot such as the Cane Bulldog and the Witch’s Head, granite rocks sculpted over time by the force of the wind.

No photos can do justice to the translucent colours of the sand and the transparency of the water as you land in Cala Soraya, the favourite beach of the Queen of Persia, or in the romantic Cala Conneri, not to mention the beautiful Cala Corsara or Cala Granara, all on the South-east coast of the island.

Spargi is also the home of rare animal species, plants and highly fragrant flowers. Sinuous Phoenician junipers can be found among holm oaks, wild olives and strawberry trees, while the most romantic will be enchanted by colourful sea roses, tree heather and maritime lilies that stand out against the pure white sand dunes.

For ornithologists, certain rare birds nest on a small island close to Spargi known as Spargiotto. These include the Corsican gull, the only bird endemic to the Mediterranean, but also crested cormorants and storm petrels.

The best diving spots near Spargi

Diving enthusiasts will feel they are in their natural habitat in the dive sites surrounding Spargi:
  • the Washington shoal near Punta Zanotto, characterized by huge granite boulders, tafoni and abysses where groupers, bream and barracudas make their way between red gorgonians or sea fans.
  • the Spargi wreck, a cargo ship from the 2nd century BC found in the shallows of Cala Corsara. When it was discovered, it was carrying a load of enormous value, including Roman amphorae and other precious objects.
  • near the Spargiottello rock there is another interesting diving spot, a sand gully that cuts the rock in two to open walls full of life and colours.

The history of Spargi

Now you know what to look for, we’ll tell you a few curious facts about some of the people who loved and lived on the island.

As well as the Romans, pirates crossed the waters to Spargi. It is certainly no coincidence that Cala Corsara is so called, in fact it seems that its name is due to the den of pirates who frequented the cove and its four “Caribbean” beaches.

At the end of the 19th century, a supposed bandit named Nino Berretta hid out in the midst of the wild and inaccessible natural vegetation of the interior and brought his whole family to stay there when his innocence was proven.

If the queen of Persia, the beautiful Soraya, fell in love with the colours of Cala Soraya, a slightly less credible noble decided to find accommodation on the island. In fact, Giovanni Catogno, known as Rampazzo, settled in the military fort of Cala Corsara. A character straight out of folklore, he proclaimed himself Count of Spargi.

Spargi: un’isola da sogno
Spargi: un’isola da sogno
Spargi: un’isola da sogno
Spargi: un’isola da sogno


5 things to see and do in Santa Teresa Gallura (other than the beaches)

The Northern coast of Sardinia is one of the most beautiful on the island and this historical-naturalistic tour around Santa Teresa Gallura should not be missed.
If the beaches (especially in the Santa Teresa Gallura area) boast numerous awards and blue flags, then the historical and natural resources and the places of interest in Northern Sardinia that will enhance your holidays on the island are no less fascinating.

If you want to spend a day doing something different, or have a change from the beaches and relaxing in the hotel by taking gentle strolls through the wonderful natural setting, here are some ideas on things to do and excursions to enjoy in order to live Sardinia to the full:

  • The Longosardo Spanish Tower
  • Capo Testa and the “Parco di Punta Cuntessa”
  • The Valle della Luna at Santa Teresa
  • Punta Falcone
  • The archaeological site at Lu Brandali
5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna
5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna

The Longosardo Spanish Tower

Walking through the picturesque centre of Santa Teresa you eventually come to the Longosardo Spanish Tower. The largest tower built by the Spaniards in Sardinia dominates the natural harbour on one side and the Rena Bianca beach on the other. Going up the outside steps of the recently restored tower, the top is the perfect place to enjoy a 360° view over the Straits of Bonifacio and take unbeatable panoramic pictures as far as the La Maddalena Archipelago together with your travelling companions!

Capo Testa and the “Parco di Punta Cuntessa”

If instead you want to immerse yourself in nature and go trekking in Northern Sardinia, you are in the right place! 2 kms from the city centre is the SCI (site of community importance ) of Capo Testa, which due to its special characteristics is one of the places in Santa Teresa Gallura not to be missed.

Starting from the “Parco di Punta Cuntessa” you are immersed in the Mediterranean landscape where a well-tended network of paths frequented by turtles and hares and bathed in the scents of lentisk and juniper will lead you to the old military batteries that date back to World War II.

5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna
Capo Testa: gioiello di Santa Teresa Gallura

The Valle della Luna at Santa Teresa

Crossing the isthmus of the Levante and Ponente beaches at Capotesta, the Corsican cliffs are the backdrop to the oldest lighthouse in Santa Teresa Gallura which is a good 23 metres high. You go to the west of the small peninsula through the valley of granite rocks more commonly known as Valle della Luna (Valley of the Moon). This is an enchanting place that can only be reached by following difficult tracks that are perfect for trekking along the coast and which are scented by heather and juniper.

A place of silence and peace, occasionally livened up by visitors following the Hippy philosophy and where the wild Sardinian nature can be seen in all its extraordinary beauty.

Capo Testa: gioiello di Santa Teresa Gallura
5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna

Punta Falcone

If instead you find yourself on the beautiful Marmorata beach, facing the natural backdrop of the La Maddalena Archipelago at the foot of the Punta Falcone promontory, you may want to take a stroll along the hidden paths to the most northern tip of Sardinia. This place has remained intact over time because it is a former military area and is home to several buildings used during World War II. A path through some difficult territory will reward you with a unique and breathtaking view of the Straits of Bonifacio.

The archaeological site at Lu Brandali

There is no shortage of remains of the mysterious Nuraghic civilization! For enthusiasts and the simply curious, the nuraghic site of the Giants tomb of Lu Brandali is near Santa Teresa. This is a very important archaeological site in Gallura that dates back to the Bronze Age and in which numerous artifacts and fragments of pottery have been found.

You walk through scented local vegetation, between past and present, between sea and land. A little corner of Paradise in Northern Sardinia able to reward you with priceless experiences and unique encounters, beyond the beach and the sea.

5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna
5 cose da fare e vedere nel Nord Sardegna