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Sassari

Magic of Costa Smeralda and Gallura

Sardinia citizens are convinced: the north-east part of the island is the most unique. Here you find famous Costa Smeralda, with all the splendor of locations like Porto Cervo, Golfo Aranci, La Maddalena, and crystalline sea reflecting the thousand shades of Sardinia coastline.

Iconic Costa Smeralda opens in hundreds of grooves, caves and rocky islets. The sand is pristine and white, the sea is enchanting with depth of turquoise colors, and private beaches smell with local lavender, myrtle and juniper. No wonder that so many VIPs, from Aga Khan to Sting chose this paradise of unique nature, tranquility and voluptuousness for their holidays every year.

The north-east part of the Sardinia is above all Giudicato di Gallura. This is one of the four ancient Sardinian realms that arose in the deeper Middle Ages, before the arrival of the Aragonese, before Pisans and Genoese and maybe even before the Arabs.

Unlike sweet and fertile nearby lands of Nuorese and Logudoro di Sassari, Gallura is impressive and mysterious. Secrets of Gallura haunt and intimidate strangers. This vast and silent hilly region is full of rich granite quarries, ancient cork and olive groves like Great Patriarch of Luras, the oldest olive tree in Europe.

Gallura got its devils, the legends say. The Devil, who likes to sculpt in the granite the most bizarre forms, such as Orso di Palau or Tartaruga di Santa Teresa di Gallura. Even today, as long as tremendous thunderstorms of the area are raging, the old Galluresi murmur prayers drive away the devil.

According to folklore, the Devil is also called "lu Suiddatu" or the guardian of the treasures. Gallura lands are full of ancient ruins of ancient Nuraghic civilization that animate archaeological tourism including the giants of Coddhu Ecchju and Su Monte de s'Ape, or the complexes of Li Mizzani, Cabu Àbbas and Sa Testa. Guarded by this devil, there is no chance to put hands on their hidden treasures, without first reciting ancient magical rituals.

No matter if you believe in ancient legends or not, one thing is certain: a holiday in Costa Smeralda and Gallura will be like no other in the world. Open yourself to magic and splendor of Gallura.