Snoorking, kitsurf, wandern, reiten
North Sardinia Central and coastal of Gallura from Badesi Gallura (locally "Gaddura") is a geographical and cultural region in northern Sardinia, Italy. The main towns and villages are Olbia (Terranoa), Tempio Pausania (Tempiu), La Maddalena, Arzachena (Alzachena) and Calangianus (Caragnani). Places to visit: Its geographical position, gives to badesi a favourite position because it’s easy to reach different places and beautiful views. If we go east, towards Santa Teresa, we’ll soon find Isola Rossa (10 min.), with its gorgeous beach. Just 10 minutes from here there is Costa Paradiso,Just 10 minutes from here there is Rena Majore with a few beautiful beaches. Both places offer restaurants, farmhouse, and for people who practise wind surfing, these are very good spots. Subsequently we find Santa Teresa di Gallura with its white cliff and some superb coves and beaches. You can also sail to reach the extraordinary arcipelago della Maddalena park or Corsica’s island landing at Bonifacio via Moby Lines and Saremar operating sailings from (2–14 daily; 1hr;€9.70–11.50, vehicles extra). But you must stop in Santa Teresa to taste their fresh fish, a very flavoured lobster and the renowned “maialetto sardo” (sardinian-roast-pork) in one of the many excellent restaurants. Punta Falcone and La Marmorata are popular spots, while 3 km west of Santa Teresa, Capo Testa is one of Sardinia's finest bathing localities, a rocky promontory surrounded by turquoise sea. Keep going east towards Olbia, the next stop is Palau. A daily ferry service links the biggest islands of “La Maddalena” and “Caprera”, where the legendary Garibaldi lived and died, and his house has become a Museum. This is the extraordinary arcipelago della Maddalena park, with its astonishing islands (Budelli island, spiaggia Rosa[Pink beach]), which you can explore on various boat tours. Olbia is the largest town in Sardinia's north-eastern wedge and, thank to its port and airport, owes its recent phenomenal growth to the huge influx of tourists bound for one of the Mediterranean's loveliest stretches of coast, the Costa Smeralda, whose five-star development and some superb coves and beaches have helped to transform the economy of the entire island. There are miles of shoreline still undeveloped and a profusion of minor islands, over sixty in all, which you can explore on various boat tours. The Costa Smeralda, a few kilometres distant, is Sardinia's best-known resort area and lives up to its reputation for opulence. The prices may preclude anything more than a brief visit, although there are campsites for those outside the ranks of the super-rich. Going west from Costa Paradiso we find “Punta Tinnari” with its “Tinnari beach”and then a small fishermen village, “Isola Rossa” (Red Island). Next village is Badesi, with 13 km of white sandy beach, restaurants, agriturism and riding schools. 20 minutes far from here, we find Castelsardo, famous for craftsmanship, corals manufacture and its typical fish based restaurants. A bit of history: Sardinia is way off most tourist itineraries of Italy: D.H. Lawrence found it exotically different when he passed through here in 1921 – "lost", as he put it, "between Europe and Africa and belonging to nowhere." Your reasons for coming will probably be a combination of pure curiosity and a yearning for clean beaches. The island is quite free of large cities or heavy industry, and its beaches are indeed some of the cleanest in Italy. But Sardinia offers plenty besides sun and sea – the more so if you are prepared to penetrate into its lesser-known interior. Although not known for its cultural riches, the island does hold some surprises, not least the remains of the various civilizations that passed through here. Its central Mediterranean position ensured that it was never left alone for long, and from the Carthaginians onwards the island was ravaged by a succession of invaders, each of them leaving some imprint behind: Roman and Carthaginian ruins, Genoan fortresses, a string of elegant Pisan churches, not to mention some impressive Gothic and Spanish Baroque architecture. Alghero's main attraction is its Spanish ambience, a legacy of long years in which the town was a Catalan colony, giving it a wholly different feel from the rest of the island. Perhaps most striking of all, however, are the remnants of Sardinia's only significant native culture, known as the nuraghic civilization after the 7000-odd nuraghi that litter the landscape. These mysterious, stone-built constructions, unique to Sardinia, are often in splendid isolation, which means they're fairly difficult to get to without your own transport, but make the effort to see at least one during your stay – or failing that, drop in on the museums of Cágliari or Sássari to view the lovely statuettes and domestic objects left by this culture. But Inland, Nuoro has impressive literary credentials and a good ethnographical museum. As the biggest town in Sardinia's interior, it also makes a useful stopover for visiting some of the remoter mountain areas, in particular the Gennargentu range, covering the heart of the island. This is where you can find what remains of the island's traditional culture, best embodied in the numerous village festivals. In brief: Badesi – Isola Rossa: 10 minutes driving; beach, wind surfing - kite surfing, restaurants, farmhouses. Badesi -Costa Paradiso – : 20 minutes driving; beaches, shops, restaurants, Badesi- Santa teresa: 45 minutes driving craftsmanship, tourists harbour and embark to Corsica. Must visit Capo Testa (white sand and smooth white granitic rocks with distinctive shapes), and the first spot in Europe for wind surfers: Porto Pollo. Badesi – Costa Smeralda: 75 minutes; shopping (famous high fashion shops), craftsmanship, sail, superb coves and beaches, etc. Badesi – Castelsardo: 15 minutes; historic interest sites, first in craftsmanship and corals manufacture, excellent restaurants, tuoristic harbour, riding schools.