Sardegna North Coast: Part 1 Olbia to Palau

Published on:  | Last updated: 2 April 2017

Beach at Golf degli Aranci

Beach at Golf degli Aranci

At a glance


86 kilometres


Easy-ish. There are some short climbs, but nothing either long or especially steep.


Mainly on quiet roads. There're some busier sections going into and out of Olbia.


Entirely on surfaced roads or cycleways


This section takes you from Olbia to the attractive port town of Golfo Aranci. From here it heads to Palau and the La Maddalena national park. The coastline is dotted with small islands and rock forma­tions of pink granite.


  • the Tomba dei Giganti Coddu Ecchju and the Villaggio Nuragico La Prisgiona arche­olo­gical sites
  • the Capo d'Orso monumento naturale


The rocky coastline means that the beaches tend to be smaller than in other parts of the island, but there are still lots to choose from:

  • if you can't wait to get your kit off, the first beach after Olbia is at Pittulongu
  • there are some nice beaches around Golfo Aranci - although they won't win any prizes for imagin­ative names —the beaches closest to town are named (in Italian) first, second, third and fourth beach
  • the Uticeddu and La Mannena beaches north of Cannigione
  • Porto Pollo beach to the west of Palau is a top kitesurfing destin­ation
  • Spiaggia Rena di Ponente west of Santa Teresa Gallura on the road to the Capo Testa.

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Olbia - Golfo Aranci 20 kms
Golfo Aranci - Palau (via Nuraghe La Prisgiona) 66 kms
Golfo Aranci - Palau (direct) 50 kms
The ferry between Palau and La Maddalena

The ferry between Palau and La Maddalena seen from the Capo d'Orso

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