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Holidays in Palau: beaches and sights

Palau is one of the most famous destinations in Northern Sardinia, thanks to its port and its 24 kms of coast that stretches from the Gulf of Saline to the outlet of the Liscia river.

The name Palau dates back to the 14th century when local fishermen used the term ”parago” (shield), from which derives ”Parao”, to indicate the parts of the coast considered to be better sheltered from the wind.


Today, Palau is one of the most important tourist centers in the Gallura region, thanks to its tourist harbour from which ferries depart to La Maddalena Archipelago, with multiple departures throughout the day, and also thanks to its proximity to the Emerald Coast.

During the summer season Palau becomes crowded, especially along the port and the main street, Via Nazionale, where shops and Sardinian restaurants are concentrated.

There are many natural attractions around Palau, first of all the rock of Capo d’Orso, a massive rock, shaped by the wind, that resembles a bear.

There are also many interesting archeological sites in Palau, such as the tomb of giants Li Mizzani, which has become quite famous for its natural magnetism. It features an exedra with rows, a monolithic stele in the center, 2.8 meters tall, and a long funerary chamber.


Palau also hosts a number of events: from June 15th to September 15th the Arts&Crafts Market-Exhibition takes place, where you can admire craftsmanship products showcased on via Fonte Vecchia.

On the first Sunday of September the Patron Festivity of Nostra Signora del Mare and of San Mauro takes place, a procession to the sea with parades and competitions between boats, a chance to admire the elaborate typical costumes of the Sardinian tradition.

Being a seaside town, Palau is suitable especially for water sports lovers. In the small peninsula of the Isola dei Gabbiani or Isuledda, 9 kms from Palau, important windsurfing and kitesurfing competitions are held every year.


The most beautiful beaches in and around Palau

Palau boasts over 20 beaches of thin sand. The closest one to town is Isolotto beach, by the port of Palau. Among the most beautiful ones, we recommend:

Porto Faro Beach, one of the most captivating beaches thanks to the beautiful lighthouse in the backdrop and to its crystal clear water;

Sciumara Beach characterized by the green and the scent of the Mediterranean bush and the blue of the sea;

Cala Capra, only 4 kms from Palau, in front of the Maddalena Archipelago and the Emerald Coast, a special place suitable for children as well because of its shallow water.

Porto Pollo Beach which consists of two stretches of sand, is particularly loved by surfers.