Travel to Sardinia

Day 2 Capo Testa, Cala Spinosa (52 Km)

Sardinia


 

(in 52 Km) Capo Testa is a small peninsula (actually an island connected to the mainland artificially) located in northern Sardinia, a few miles from Santa Teresa di Gallura. It is one of the places we liked more in Sardinia because of spectacular beaches and shapes of the stones. To reach it we crossed a small isthmus in which we see a beach on either side. Especially nice is the beach of the left side, Rena di Ponente.

Capo Testa - Rena di Ponente
Capo Testa - Rena di Ponente

But for spectacular is the next beach, located in Cala Spinosa. We reached this point by car, the rest of their numerous path are walking trails. In Roman times Capo Testa was a strategic location for supplying granite that was extracted and transported to Rome.

Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa
Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa

The columns of the Pantheon in Rome are made with granite of Capo Testa. In the underwater of Cala Spinosa you can find the remains of an ancient Roman column. Its waters are crystal clear, but access is a bit tricky.

Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa
Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa

Since the parking there is a path that leads easily to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is active since 1845. It consists of a rectangular building of two floors, above which is the tower with the lantern. The tower is square and white. The total height of the building is 23 meters. The lighthouse has a range of 17 nautical miles and is clearly visible from Corsica and the islands of the Archipelago of La Maddalena. From here guests can admire the views of the neighboring island of Corsica and the city of Bonifacio.

Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa
Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa

From this point we enter the Valley of the Moon (hiking shoes are recommended). The trails move through the middle of the rocks and Mediterranean vegetation. This area became since ´68 point of encounter of European hippie community.

Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa
Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa

Currently camping is prohibited, but there are people that bypasses the prohibition and sleeps in some of the caves. The highlight of this valley is contemplating the huge granite blocks so eroded that offer curious shapes. Some of the blocks are so large that they are used for climbing. The largest rock is 128 meters.

Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa
Capo Testa - Cala Spinosa

As the path to this valley is somewhat complicated, many people doesn´t go into it and you can enjoy lonely coves with crystal clear water, surrounded by rounded granite rocks. It is really a spectacular place that well worth a visit.


 

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