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How to get to Sardinia and reach Aglientu, Luogosanto and Luras

The journey by ferry to Sardinia is very comfortable and recommended for all those who want to have use of their car.  There are connections from mainland Italy year-round and during the summer there are more frequent trips. The ports that are closer for those who want to visit Gallura are the Port of Olbia and the Port of Golfo Aranci. There are also the following ports in Sardinia: the Port of Cagliari, Port of Porto Torres and Port of Arbatax.  High season begins in April, so we advise you to book your holidays well in advance.  


Journey by plane is the shortest and most practical route for those who want a quick travel time.  Once in Sardinia, we strongly recommend that you hire a car to move easily throughout Gallura. Sardinia is easily accessible from almost all European airports through the following places: Cagliari Airport (Elmas), Alghero Airport (Fertilia), Tortoli Airport (Arbatax) and Gallura’s Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport.

Tourist Services

  • Pro Loco Tourism Association: Piazza Duomo, Tel. +39 079 652273
  • Town Hall: Piazza della Basilica, Tel. +39 079 652047

Useful Numbers

  • Library: Via Dante Alighieri, Tel. +39 079 652047
  • Military Police: Via Regina Elena 32, Tel. +39 079 652022
  • Pharmacy: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 27, Tel. +39 079 652029
  • Emergency medical service: Via Trieste, Tel. +39 079 652241
  • Municipal Police: Piazza Duomo, Tel. +39 079 5621929
  • ATM cash machine: Via Garibaldi 13, Tel. +39 079 652006
  • Post Office: Via San Trano, Tel. +39 079 652532

 

Directions

To reach Luogosanto from Olbia follow the signs for Arzachena / Palau / Porto Cervo and continue on Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda, then continue on Strada Provinciale 14 SP14, continue on the ring road, turn right onto Strada Provinciale 14 SP14 and continue on.

Tourist services

  • Infopoint: Vignola Mare, Tel +39 079 602009
  • Pro Loco Tourism Association: Via Mare 40, Tel +39 079 654375

Useful numbers

  • Library: Via Mare 34, Tel. +39 079 6572001
  • Military Police: Via Trentino 22, Tel. +39 079 654265
  • Pharmacy: Via Tempio 12, Tel. +39 079 654331
  • Emergency Medical Services: Vignola Mare, Tel +39 079 678463
  • Municipal Police: Via Pariseddu 39, +39 079 6579115
  • ATM cash machine: Via Orecchioni, Tel. +39 079 65430
  • Post Office: Via Pariseddu 34, Tel. +39 079 654386

 

Directions

To reach Aglientu from Olbia follow the signs for Arzachena / Palau / Porto Cervo and continue on Highway 125 Orientale Sarda (Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda), then continue on Provincial Road 14 SP14 (Strada Provinciale 14 SP14), turn left on Highway 133 to Palau (Strada Stala 133 di Palau), turn right and follow the signs to Aglientu / Vaddidulimu and take Provincial Road 5 SP5 (Strada Provinciale 5 SP5).

Tourist services

  • Info Point: Via Nazionale, Tel. 079 645221
  • Museum Gallura: Via Nazionale 35/A, Tel. 3683376321

Useful numbers

  • Military Police: Via Brescia, Tel. 079 647022
  • Municipal Police: Via Nazionale, Tel. 079 645213
  • Post Office: Via Nazionale, Tel.079 647562 Fax 079 647659
  • Banco di Sardegna s.p.a: Via Umberto I 25, Tel. 079 647022
  • Pharmacy: Via Duca d’Aosta, Tel. & Fax 079 647055

 

Directions

From Olbia you reach Luras by taking Strada Statale 127 Settentrionale Sarda. Continue on following signs for San’Antonio di Gallura / Priatu / Tempio on Strada Provinciale 38 (SP38), continue on Strada Provinciale 136 (SP136) and turn right on Strada Provinciale 10 (SP10).

GalluraGo

TipTop Sardinia

The trademark for the GalluraGo Association is a cockerel, a symbol of Gallura (a sovereign and independent state since the Middle Ages that extends to the north-east of Sardinia). The name localises this sub region of the Gallura, a precise area of Sardinia within which there are the towns of Luogosanto, Luras and Aglientu, who are bringing this project forward. Go encourages vacations, adventure, travel, and invites you to discover the region of Gallura. The trademark is accompanied by the words TipTop Sardinia, Excellence of Sardinia.
The objective of the GalluraGo association is to promote the cultural and gastronomic traditions as well as the natural, urban and rural areas of the three municipalities: Aglientu, Luogosanto and Luras. The project aims to create a co-operative organisational network where tourist information can be made available online; namely, the creation and online positioning of a website containing the feature information for the area. The purpose of the project is to organise the information and allow visitors to learn about the many resources – scenic, historical, geographical, cultural, artistic and traditional – that this region has preserved.

MUNICIPALITIES

The municipalities that are part of the GalluraGo project

Gallura is a mountainous region with massive granite outcrops formed by the elements and green valleys that stretch to the sea. The natural vegetation consists of large forests of oak, juniper, cork and Mediterannean shrubs such as mastic cistus, arbutus. Work using oak and cork are one of the main industries in the area. There are 18 km of beaches, caves and coves lining the coastline.

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Luogosanto (Locus Santus, Locusantu) gets its name from the hermit saints Nicoló and Trano, who lived in a nearby forest. The city is located 321 metres above sea level and has a population of 1,900, covering an area of 13,000 hectares.  The inhabitants are true Gallurians, friendly towards tourists and visitors. Situated on the slopes of Monti Juanni and Monti Casteddu and surrounded by a centuries-old oak forest, the city was built around the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary founded in 1227. Luogosanto is an old centre called Villa Logusantu including the main administrative division of the Sardinia Judicial. The monastery was founded in 1218 by the Franciscans. It is the most important religious centre of Gallura, once described by the English traveller Tyndale as “the Mecca of Gallura” (1837). The oldest registers in the parish date back to 1761. The Nativity of the Virgin Mary festival is held on 8 September. The most important festival of Gallura, since the Spanish period, is the ‘Festa Manna di Gaddura’. Our Lady of Luogosanto was proclaimed the Queen of Gallura on 8 September, 1954. On 12 September, 2008, the bishop of Tempio-Ampurias declared that from that day, Luogosanto was Città Mariana (a community/city that has followed the path of faith for centuries). The Basilica of Luogosanto is the only Gallurian church to have ‘Condaghe’, an administrative document used in Sardinia between the 11th and 13th centuries.  

Luras, whose ancient name was Villa Lauras, is located in Gallura, 508 metres above sea level on a granite hill of Limbara.  There are two theories as to how it originated: the first presumes that it was one of five colonies founded by the Etruscans in Sardinia during the 9th century BC; the second theory seems more unlikely, as it presumes to have been founded by some 4,000 Jewish settlers deported to Sardinia by the Roman Emperor Tiberius in the 9th century AC. This hypothesis is reinforced by the presence of some names in Luras which could indicate Hebrew etymology, such as Canharan (currently Carana) and Canahini or Canahim (currently Canaili). In the Spanish-Aragonese Judicial period, Luras villages such as Silonis, Carana and Canaili were extinguished by invasions, famine and pestilence.  Until 1839, Luras was part of the Gallura magistrate, a time when economy and trade reinforced the local agriculture, helping to make this era very flourishing. Luras has a region covered entirely by rich forests of oak, holm oak and many Mediterranean vegetation types including mastic, myrtle, strawberries, juniper and rock rose. Today its economy is based on tourism, processing granite and cork, breeding livestock, agriculture and vineyards. Wines produced in the region are appreciated both in Sardinia and abroad. The most famous wines are the muscat, the vermentino and the Nebbiolo from Luras, which has brotherhood committed to promoting it as well as other food in the region.

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Aglientu was an animal changing station for those en route from Porto Torres to Santa Teresa in Roman times. Evidence of the very old origins of this land are both the presence of the nuraghes, which are mainly distributed in the coastal area, and the findings of old stone tools which date back to the old Neolithic Period. Its territory is characterised by granite heights that alternate in a constant play of colours and forms, rolling hills and green valleys. A hinterland so varied and spectacular matches a unique coastline, renowned Mediterranean horizon for the beauty of the beaches and the almost untouched nature that characterises it. Among the sites of major attractions include the granite promontory of Monti Russu, a Site of Community Importance, thanks to its natural and geological particularity. We also recognise the seaside of Lu Litarroni, Vignola, Rena Majore, famous for their clear waters and the fine white sand of their beaches.