Moby Lines ferries run several daily connections between Bonifacio and Santa Teresa, so day excursions from Bonifacio are possible. A one-hour ferry ride from Bonifacio, Santa Teresa di Gallura is a bustling, pretty coastal town on the northern tip of the island of Sardinia, Italy. It has an attractive piazza/square with cafes and restaurants, and a beautiful port.
Santa Teresa is perched on the end of a short promontory overlooking the Bocches de Bonifacio (Straits of Bonifacio). The Corsican coastline , 12 km away, can be seen from the town's Rena Bianca beach.
Rena Bianca is a 700 m fine sandy beach immediately to the north of the town (very popular with tourists in summer). Alternatively you can sunbathe on the rocks beneath the Aragonese Tower of Longonsardo. Santa Teresa is also only 3 km from some stunning beaches on the peninsular of Capo Testa, such as Spiaggia Rosa and Spiaggia dei Due Mari. These windswept beaches have beautifully shaped sculptured rocks. If you travel to Sardinia without a car, there are buses to Capo Testa in summer (leaving from the post office, only three a day), or you can take a cab.
Eating and Drinking
There are plenty of restaurants in Santa Teresa di Gallura, offering reasonably priced fixed menus, pizzas or paninis. The best value for money is found in the eateries around the harbour. Note that out of season (from October onwards) most establishments in Santa Teresa close down, although the beautiful beaches can of course still be enjoyed at this time of year.
Near to Santa Teresa is one of northern Sardinia's largest and best preserved prehistoric villages, La Brandall, and Tomba del Giganti, a vast communal village grave used between 14th and 10th centuries BC.
It is definitely helpful to have a car if you wish to tour the coast and inland areas surrounding Santa Teresa. However, the town can be reached by public bus services, which also provide access to bits of the local coast. Staying here on a touring holiday is quite manageable by public transport.
Bus services operated by ARST run from Santa Teresa Gallura to Olbia, via Palau, the port for La Maddalena. Another route starts in Sassari and runs to Santa Teresa, calling in at the historic town of Castelsardo on the way. Tickets for these services should ideally be bought in advance; they are sold at the tabacchi shop in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.
There is also at the time of writing a direct bus connection between Santa Teresa and Alghero Airport running once a day in the summer months only, operated by Digitur (pay the driver when you board). A similar service, operated by Turmo Travel, connects Santa Teresa with Olbia Airport, again in summer only. There are also connections to Cagliari and other Sardinian destinations, some of them seasonal - the local tourist office or council website can supply the latest information.
Buses stop in a large open area on the edge of the town centre called Piazza Modesto. There's a bus shelter by the bus parking bays, with a timetable. From here, take a diagonal path through the grass, cross the street, and walk up Via Carlo Alberto, a little way to the left, between a block of public toilets and a childrens' playground. This street leads uphill directly to Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, the heart of Santa Teresa.