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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.