For many Sardinia travelers, Palau is only a transit point - for a day trip to La Maddalena. But Palau is worth more. Given the size of the village with about 4,200 inhabitants, the small town boasts a very good infrastructure with bars, restaurants, shops, bakeries and alike. The town an the shore of the mediterranean sea and many beaches around Palau make the place worth seeing. The surf spot Porto Pollo is very close, so is Capo D'Orso. the Capo D'Orso is characterized by the rock formations of the region Gallura. Diving, swimming, boat tours, hiking and many other activities are amongst the things you can do around here. There are also many opportunities for excursions - to the offshore islands of La Maddalena, to Santa Teresa Gallura, Castelsardo or Golfo Aranci. The mountain village of San Pantaleo and Arzachena are also worth a visit to the area around Palau.


Holiday inPalau, Capo D'Orso and Surroundings


If you decide to go to Palau, you will see how beautiful it is. The view shows the blue sea, the rugged coastline with the offshore islands and small villages along this coastline.

If you like going out in the evening or looking for a touch of urban life, then Palau is the place for you. The main road, which also leads to the harbor, is lined with restaurants, ice cream parlors and shops. Palau is also very worth a visit for just one day. If you want, you can get yoursel one of the delicious treats being sold here (Le Dolcezze Napoletane, Via Nazionale 48, Palau) or pay a visit to a stylish barbershop for men (Barbershop Da Antonio). Incidentally, Italians are really good at styling.

Only a few minutes away from the town center, there is the fortress of Fortezza di Monte Altura. The large fortress dates from 1889 to 1891 and was used to defend the island of La Maddalena and surrounding areas. In addition, from Monte Altura you have a great view of Palau and the whole area. Guided tours in Italian and English are being offered.

Capo d’Orso

The Bear Rock at Capo D'Orso next to Palau is famous. The Capo d'Orso is easy to find, you only need to follow the street signs. The rock formation, which reminds of a bear, was already mentioned in the writings of the ancient Romans and Greeks - so striking is it. Fantastic shapes in the rocks and wonderful beaches can be found in large numbers around Palau anyway. The giant tomb Li Mizzani is another place of interest around Palau. From June to September, the small arts market Mostra mercato dell'artigianato artistico takes place in Palau, and from May to October the Trenino Verde - a narrow-gauge railway - travels from Palau to Sassari. For hiking, the area around Punta Don Diego is popular.

From Palau, you can also visit the La Maddalena archipelago (more about La Maddalena, where ships arrive about 80 times a day during the high season. In Palau you can also rent a boat or for a trip to the archipelago of La Maddalena, as well as crossings to Corsica from here. Boat tours are with groups starting from Palau - such as in the context of weddings - are also very popular.

This beautiful beach called La Sciumara (it is a sandy beach) can be found right in Palau. The view from here goes far to La Maddalena. The beautiful blue water invites you to swim.

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How to get there? Check on Flights and airports or ferries to Sardinia. If you want to stay for a while, holiday homes or hotels information about camping and campsites as well as rental cars are a good read for you.

Places nearby

Near Palau you will find a lot of opportunities for excursions and fantastic holiday destinations: Golfo Aranci, Porto Cervo, the stunning world of islands around the La Maddalena Archipelage and Olbia or Santa Teresa Gallura.