One of northern Sardegna's picturesque places is Palau, sitting on the northeast coast facing the Maddalena islands. In a protected cove between promontories, the area bears distinctive nature-sculpted formations that are unique natural works of art. Incredible stone beauty set against the shockingly blue sea is what you'll find in Palau.
While the vast variety of pristine beaches is undeniably the town's biggest draw, there are other attractions, as well. Take a walk uphill to the Fortezza (also known as the Batteria) of Monte Altura. Here you'll find the impressive remains of the protective fortress, built in the mid-1800s of local granite, with its walls and ramparts high on the hilltop. Your hike will be rewarded with an enormous panoramic reward that sweeps over the Maddalena islands and even to Corsica. Take a guided visit of the fortress to better understand and appreciate its architecture.
The Ethnology Museum in Palau offers four rooms jam-packed with items and artifacts related to local rural life, lending an interesting glimpse of the past. The nuraghi testify to ancient history, as does the Tomb of the Giants Li Mazzini. Wander down to the marina and catch a boat tour around the archipelago, or just to a hidden cove for a swim. The ferry port provides connections to La Maddalena islands. The rail line runs between Palau, Tempio and Sassari. Despite its transit options, Palau has kept its low-key atmosphere, centered on fishing and outdoors activities. Besides boating and water sports, you can enjoy kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking. La Maddalena archipelago is more than a collection of isles, it's also a national park, and the area's biggest attraction. If you're a strong swimmer, head out to the rocky Isolotto dell'Oro (golden isle) just off the beach.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and beach bars to satisfy your hunger and thirst, and beaches with sand, reefs or rocks - for everyone's taste!
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