Discovering Calangiana in Sardinia, Italy

Discovering Calangiana in Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is an area rich in history and pristine landscapes that make it an extremely popular destination. In addition to the wonderful crystal clear waters, it hides charming towns in the interior, including Calangiana, located in the historic area of Gallura, which occupies the northeastern tip of the island. It represents a point of reference for the processing and production of caps.

Calangianus, in the province of Sassari , is a village that rises on a hill 500 meters above sea level and is one of the richest and most industrialized centers of Sardinia. It is located in the basin of the Limbara massif, in Gallura. The territory was conquered in 238 B.C. by the Romans and, thanks to numerous archaeological finds, it has been found that they inhabited it by building settlements, including the opidum Calangiani, the future city of Calangiana.

The historic center is divided into streets paved with granite and houses made of local stone. The main symbol of the country is cork, as it is one of the largest producers.

How to get there

Sardinia can be reached by sea, moored in one of the 5 ports of the island, or by plane. It should be noted that Calangian is about 35 km from Olbia and to get to the city, you can decide:

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How to get there

– rent a car or motorcycle and drive on SS 127; – buy train tickets on the Sassari-Tempio-Palau route; – use shuttles or buses that operate mostly during the day.

Mount Limbara

Monte Limbara is the highest peak of the granite massif of the same name, characterized by time-damaged peaks. It marks the border between Gallura and Logudoro , and the climate is sub-humid Mediterranean type, with an average summer temperature of about 20 C .

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Mount Limbara

In 1936 the slopes of the mountain were ravaged by a huge fire that destroyed much of the vegetation, consisting of cork oaks, holm oaks and undergrowth. Over the years, the vegetation has recovered its strength and the area has been taken over by the Sardinia Forestry Authority, which has laid out various hiking trails that can also be traversed by off-road vehicles or mountain bikes. For enthusiasts there is the possibility to follow certain routes where you can practice rock climbing .

Cork Museum

The Calangianus Cork Museum, opened in 2011, is located in a former eighteenth-century monastery on Via San Francesco number 3 and offers its visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of cork, its main uses and its most important characteristics. Numerous rooms of the museum show the different uses of cork in the home and the works that can be done with this material.

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Cork Museum

It is advisable to visit the Cork Museum in early July on the occasion of “Cork Day”, when you can visit a practical demonstration of how to process the material, have lunch in the surrounding forest and, finally, participate in a tasting of the local wine . There is also a souvenir store made entirely of cork.

Church of St. Anne

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Church of Sant’Anna

The Church of Sant’Anna is located in the city of Calangianus and was first built in 1665. Two important restoration works were carried out, which today make it a splendid example of Gallura architecture. The interior of the Church of Sant’Anna is characterized by a single nave with a cylindrical vault; on the altar is a painting on canvas depicting Saint Anne.

Parish Church of Santa Giusta

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Santa Justa Parish Church

The Parish Church of Santa Giusta is located in the square of the same name in the town of Calangianus and is a monument of great prestige in Gallura architecture. The church was built between 1400 and 1500 and was consecrated in honor of the virgin and martyr Santa Giusta of Cagliari . The interiors are decorated with beautiful frescoes and next to the central nave are 4 side chapels dedicated to the Sacrament, Madonna della Neve, Madonna d’Itria and Madonna del Carmine.

Lu Pultoni di Lu Frati

Lu Pultoni di Lu Frati, also known as Portone del Frate , is located at the entrance to the Villa Vignaredda, built by the Capuchin monk Father Bonaventura . The father was an important patron who gave a boost to agriculture by changing traditional farming systems.

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Lu Pultoni di Lu Frati

Curious: it is said that in Villa Vignaredda, where Father Bonaventura lived until his death, his spirit is called to judge and bring good fortune or bad luck to those who enter or pass in front.

Conca fraicata

Conca fraicata is a natural rock cavity formed over time by the erosion of chemicals and enclosed by granite walls. This natural cavity is typical of the Gallura area and there are at least three near the town of Calangiana. They were usually used as shelters, houses or even as burial sites.

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Conca fraicata.

The most famous and, above all, accessible is located 2 km from the town of Calangianus. The second most famous is known as Conca di l’Alligria or Tafone di Bulgura , and it still has a wooden front door and a beautiful granite fireplace inside.

What to see in Sardinia

Sardinia is a picturesque island with a rich history and untouched nature, which for years has fascinated tourists from all over the world. Especially in summer it is one of the most popular destinations, especially for sea tourism, but it is also a great choice for all trekkers who want to discover nature and history.

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The best of Sardinia can be summed up in these beautiful places that can’t be missed on a trip to the island:

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What to see in Sardinia

– Alghero : with its splendid Gothic architecture, it is a very characteristic town surrounded by ancient walls ; – The Island of San Pietro : of volcanic origin, it is the only settlement of Carloforte ; – Sella del Diavolo : a limestone promontory overlooking the Golfo degli Angeli; – Grotta dei Colombi : a legendary cove that rises at the foot of Sant’Elia hill; – Asinara National Park : part of the municipality of Porto Torres and was only founded in 2002. – Nuraghe Albucciu: it is one of the most interesting nuragi complexes, located a few kilometers from Arzacena; – Porto Cervo and San Teodoro: two of the youngest and busiest towns on the island, full of trendy bars and stores; – Isola della Maddalena: one of the most beautiful islands of Sardinia with beautiful bays; – The Island of Tavolara: located near Olbia, it is a place that must be visited by diving enthusiasts.

10 things to do on the Costa Smeralda

Costa Smeralda (Costa Smeralda in Italian – Emerald Coast) is the pearl of Sardinia. Known throughout the world as an elite resort. Corner of Sardinia, which attracts everyone, where for all the richness of the places of dizzying beauty, wonderful beaches and crystal clear water.

Costa Smeralda is a brand, but aside from the bustle and sparkling lights of summer, it is indeed a very beautiful place to visit. Today we present to you 10 things to see and do on the emerald Costa Smeralda.


Arzachena, a comune on the 88 kilometers long Costa Smeralda, rugged with coves and beaches, was born in 1962 thanks to the Prince Karim Aga Khan IV of Ismaili. Artsakena is interesting in itself and we recommend you to visit this Galurian town. Visit the oldest church, Santa Maria della Neve, or Santa Maria Maggiore, which stands in the historic center, Piazza Risorgimento, and dates back to 1716. Equally beautiful are the other three churches of Arcagena (another one dedicated to Santa Maria Neve, in which a feast is held on the second Sunday in September, as well as Santa Lucia and San Pietro).

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There are also nuragic complexes and other architectural sites (Albucciu, Malchittu, the Li Muri necropolis, the giants’ tomb in Coddu Vecchju, La Prisgiona).

Naturally, the coast is the main treasure: numerous bays, coves and beaches – not only the Costa Smeralda, but also Baja Sardinia, Golfo Pevero and Cannigione – are worth seeing. The wildlife that surrounds Artsachena, the Saloni ponds, are home to many species of marsh birds, such as great egrets, mallards, coots, waterfowl and the rare sultanas, characterized by their blue plumage and long red paws. Occasionally you might spot a magnificent pink flamingo.

Visit the unforgettable beaches of the Costa Smeralda

The Costa Smeralda is home to the best beaches in Sardinia. Paradisiacal spots created to enjoy the summer (and sometimes spring) sun, relax and swim in an amazingly transparent sea, which would be hard to find an equal. The only thing to do is to choose a beach: Cala di Volpe or Cagnigione, Capriccioli or Principe, Rena Bianca or Romazzino. They are all beautiful. Then there are the beaches of Golfo di Marinella, La Celvia, Liscia Ruja, Cala Granu, Mannena and Piccolo Pevero. If you dare, you can visit each of them.

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Porto Cervo

If we talk about the Costa Smeralda , it is Porto Cervo. In summer, it becomes “the center of Italian gossip”. It owes its name to the whimsical shape (cervo – deer in Italian) of the natural port. Even if you don’t like luxury and gossip, it’s worth coming here. Between the famous Piazzetta delle Chiacchiere and Sottopiazza run the narrow streets with typical Costa Smeralda-style windows and balconies, hidden in the stores and boutiques of the most famous brands, and on the edge of it, verdant villas with lush green gardens. Walking along the promenade – one of the most popular on the Mediterranean – you can admire the most beautiful yachts and maybe even meet their owners, who are often very famous people. It is clear that you should also visit the yacht club.

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Church of Stella Maris

Built in the ’60’s by Michele Busiri Vichy according to the Mediterranean architectural canons, it was consecrated in 1968. There are inside precious works of art, such as the work of El Greco (Domenico Theotokopoulos), the Mother of Sorrows of the 16th century, the most precious organ of Neapolitan cane De Martino (17-18th century), a bronze door with images of the Annunciation and Christian symbols of Luciano Minguzzi (1986), two crucifixes of the German school (one of the 18th and one of the late 17th century). Outside the church, on the façade, there are two sculptures by Pinuccio Sciola depicting St. Giuseppe and Pope Paolo II. The church can be reached on foot and overlooks Porto Cervo.

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Porto Rotondo

When visiting the Costa Smeralda, do not miss Porto Rotondo. Lying between the Golfo di Cugnana and Marinella it is, together with Porto Cervo, the most typical Italian holiday spot. Porto Rotondo surprises you with its beaches: from the white sandy Spiaggia Ira to the rocky Punta Asfodeli. Not forgetting the beach of Stones (spiaggia dei Sassi) and the beach of Algae (spiaggia delle Alghe), but what can I say, they are all beautiful. Porto Rotondo is also famous for its nightlife, so after the day’s entertainment you can dive into the night atmosphere, no less entertaining.

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Aranci Bay

Golfo Aranci (or Golfu di li Granci in Gallo) is another picturesque place, small but very impressive. A strip of land in the middle of the sea, ending at Capo Figari. It is advisable to go on an excursion, land or water, to enjoy the nature and the breathtaking depths. The Gulf of Aranci is also rich in architectural monuments, such as the Sacred Well of Milis (Pozzo Sacro di Milis) or Vecchio Semaforo, the ancient military fortress on top of Cape Figari where William Marconi worked.

Costa Smeralda

The beaches here are amazing, especially Cala Sabina and Spiaggia Bianca. If you like good food, don’t miss the chance to try the local fish dishes. A trip to the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute, a world research center, will also be fascinating and if you are lucky you will see beautiful dolphins in their natural environment. Do not miss also the high promontory on Tavolara Island.

Nurag la Prichona village

If you are in Sardinia, you just have to look at the nuraghe. Many people may not know it, but the Costa Smeralda has its own nuraghe (Nuraghe La Prisgiona). They are located near the town of Capichera. The archaeological complex is very beautiful, and professionally trained guides will give you a wonderful tour, talk about the ancient nuragic civilization, and you will understand that the Costa Smeralda is not all luxury and high life.

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Lee Nibani Islands

The Li Nibani Islands (Isole Li Nibani) (Gallurian: Seagull Islands) are a group of small islands southeast of Porto Cervo. They belong to the Bonifacio Usta International Park (Bocche di Bonifacio), are uninhabited and attract tourists in summer with the beauty of their rugged coastline and emerald sea. On the islands, wildlife reigns supreme, and many species of birds nest, including gulls and falcons.

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Lee Nibani Beach is surrounded by the lush vegetation of Lee Nibani Harbor, but if you walk, you can find lonely coves designed to relax in peace and quiet. If you’re in great physical shape, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of climbing to the top of Mount Zoppu, which offers an incredible view of the Costa Smeralda and the outline of the island of Tavolara. You can also get out to some nearby islands – Mortorio, Le Camere, Soffi – as they are also worth your attention.

Social life

Costa Smeralda is by definition the center of social life. Almost all of Italy’s high society moves here for the summer. Various events, literary gatherings, gastronomic and sports festivals, discos and concerts. Everything happens here, on the Costa Smeralda, starting in June – you just have to choose. From Porto Cervo to Porto Rotondo you will not be bored. If you like discos, you’ll find something for every taste. From the most popular ones like Billionaire di Briatore and Phi Beach in the Bay of Sardinia, Sottovento in Porto Cervo and Smaila’s in Poltu Quatu, Ritual in the Bay of Sardinia, Peper in Cala Piccolo Pevero, Blues Cafe in Baia Ruja, Peyote in Santa Teresa Mirialveda. So enjoy the beaches and the fantastic sea by day and have fun by night. There is no shortage of things to do here.

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Rally on the Costa Smeralda

Quite famous today, the Rally of Sardinia has been included in the World Rally Championship calendar since 2004 when it replaced Rally Sanremo as the Italian stage. The fastest cars, piloted by the most famous drivers in the world, race along the steep mountain roads near Porto Cervo and Gallura. It’s a sight to behold every year. Usually at the end of May or beginning of June, combining the fun with the beauty of the Gallura wilderness.

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Of course, you can hear or read it 100 times, but it is better to see these beautiful cities once with our positive team of local guides from Gidtut.

Elizaveta Evlonskaya

Founder of the Italiatut consulting center with multifaceted professional skills that will make your vacation, study, life or business in Italy easier, but no less effective. I’m sure that a foreign country can be beautiful even if you don’t know it well, it all depends only on the angle of view! You can find more information about the founder and the project at

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