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.

Hermitage of San Trano and Nicola

Luogosanto

A rock building of the 13th century built of granite and unique local stone altar. According to tradition, the church was built o...

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Luogosanto

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.

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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.

Dolmen Billella

Luras

The dolmen is located in the countryside on a rocky plane towards the south of the village. The entrance faces northeast from the...

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Luras

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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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).

Tuvu Mountains

Aglientu

Located downstream of the village is a natural monument whose main feature rock wall is also equipped for climbing exercises. ...

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Aglientu

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.

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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 Statale 133 di Palau), turn right and follow the signs to Aglientu / Vaddidulimu and take Provincial Road 5 SP5 (Strada Provinciale 5 SP5).