Discover authentic Sardinian hospitality, at L’antica dimora La Corona

"At a time when the only way to travel was on horseback, There were no hotels or restaurants so that, When foreigners arrived , They were accommodated by friends, relatives and acquaintances, Hospitality was considered a sacred duty for everyone, Rigorously followed as an unspoken moral law..."

 

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The experience

L’antica dimora La Corona suggests a selected range of activities to make your holiday unique and unforgettable. Our staff are available to make suggestions and to organize:  

• Private boat trips along the coast to island of Maddalena Archipelago, catering service on board.
• Excursions on horse-back
• Scuba diving expeditions discovering the real to the beauty of the seabed of the Costa Smeralda

• Golf at the Pevero Golf club, one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
• Climbing tours discover the mountains overlooking the sea.
• Visits to the best local wineries, discover the taste of the best Sardinian vines

• Surfing and Windsurfing
• Deep-sea fishing accompanied by the best local professionals
• Archaeological excursions to Nuraghe and Tombs of the Giants

Sports: sailing, horse riding, golf, climbing
In addition to all water sports (sailing, diving, surfing), this area offers many prestigious sporting occasions. Set within 13 hectares of grass and granite, the Shergan stables are available for riding schools, pony schooling, riding, training and hacking. It holds several national and international competitions, the most famous is Costa Smeralda Polo Cup. An enchanting spectacle that has been fought between 8 riders for thousands of years. The Pevero Golf Club, is recognized as one of the best golf courses in the world, perfumed with myrtle, juniper and arbutus, with natural ponds and rock formations, each hole offering spectacular views of Cala di Volpe.The unique granite formations have long been a paradise for lovers of trekking and climbing.

 

  Things to see & do
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Cannigione

Visit the village of Cannigione, a hamlet of Arzachena once inhabited by local fishermen and today a busy tourism center. Boutique shoppin with less exorbitant prices alongside stores  selling the best of local produce.

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Capo d'Orso and Palau

Capo d'Orso

Drive along the coastal road, there are numerous hidden coves of myrtle and mastic, to Capo d'Orso. An easy stepped trail leads up to the famous rock, where you can admire the view of La Maddalena, the other islands of the archipelago and in the background, the mountains Corsica.

Palau

the Ethnographic Museum looks at origins of the Gallura by objects discovered in the original ‘Stazzi’ and early workshops

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Archipelago of Maddalena

Book a boat trip to the islands of the archipelago. Depart from the pier or from Baja Sardinia Cannigione, stopping for an hour in the town of La Maddalena, onto the islands of Spread, Casings and Santa Maria with the possibility of bathing in the crystal clear waters and lunch is offered on board

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Porto Cervo and Baja Sardinia

This panoramic route was made famous by a James Bond film,  arrive in Porto Cervo and walk through the narrow streets with Moorish architecture, visit the square and admire the windows of the most famous designer labels. Onwards to Poltu Cuatu, made famous by Umberto Smaila, up to Baja Sardinia, the beautiful wide beach of Battistoni with its doorways overlooking the elegant boutiques.

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Nuraghi and Tombs of The Giants

Exit at Arzachena, take the road to Luogosanto, the Nuraghe  Prisgiona and the tombs of the giants of Coddhu Ecchiu and Li Loighi are among the most representative monuments of Nuragic civilization. A little farther on, are also worth visiting are the necropolis of Li Muri, the Nuraghe Albucciu and the temple prenuragico Malchittu.

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Luogosanto and Holy Places

Along the road to Luogosanto, leave your car in the square below the castle and climb up to Balaiana (via the path with steps) up to the castle and the church of San Leonardo. Before Luogosanto, two other places of great interest: the castle of Baldo with the church of Santo Stefano and the hermitage of San Trano, which offers an amazing view. In the center of Luogosanto, the ancient basilica of the twelfth century with its granite facade and the holy door that opens every seven years. The tour ends with a picnic in the forest of La Filetta, with its source from which flows a water purest and best of Sardinia.

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The Island of Garibaldi - Caprera

Taking the ferry from Palau to La Maddalena then via a, convenient shuttle, you reach Caprera with its unmissable Garibaldi Museum which contains relics and memories of the adventurous life of the Hero of Two Worlds.

Alongside the Garibaldi Museum, the Maritime Museum recalls the activities of the military arsenal, an exhibition with wooden models and a section devoted to Latin sails.

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Napoleon's Island

Santa Teresa is the most northern town of Sardinia. Built 200 years ago by the Savoy, as a reflection of Turin, the town will charm you with its neat little houses and the orthogonal design of the streets and squares. The promontory of Capo Testa is home to the largest and most impressive displays of rocks that seem sculpted by the great artist.

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Between the granite and bandits

All the views within the Gallura region are unique, but a trip to Aggius,  with its mountains and moon valley offers views that are out of this world. Do not miss a visit to the Ethnographic Museum (the largest in Sardinia), at the centre of Tapetto the only Pirate/Thief Museum, with items from the great hauls ‘Muto di Gallura;. In the ‘agriturismo’ restaurants try the excellent "Suppa cuata" and other local specialties. In the center of Tempio, the capital of Gallura, everything is made of granite: the pavements, monuments, beautiful palaces, the romantic promenade leading to the New Fountain.

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Calangianus

The Diocesan Museum of St. Giusta holds a collection of historical, religious and cultural items of the nineteenth century, a precious collection of sacred silver, stylish paintings of the nineteenth century and other liturgical objects.

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Luras

The Ethnographic Museum of Gallura houses more than 5,000 artifacts dating from the end of 1400 to the first half of 1900. The most valuable piece is the hammer of "Femina Agabbadòra", the oldest tool used to  practice euthanasia.

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Olbia

The National Archaeological Museum exhibits some of the Roman ships found on the bottom of the port.

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Tempio Pausania

The museum Bernardo De Muro is a tribute to the famous tenor tempiese, a masterful interpreter of the works of Verdi and Mascagni. You can admire costumes, photos, portraits, personal objects, posters advertising concerts and recordings. It also houses exhibits of other local characters from the world of music, from John Gavino Gabriel Manurita up to Fabrizio De André, who spent the last years of his life near Tempio. Also in  Tempio, the Historical Cork museum has a large exhibition of old machinery and artifacts in cork alongside a collection of precious books (since 1896) on  cork and the ancient production activities related to it. Birds and war memorabilia, (via Fadda 2, tel. 079.630996), the ornithological collection created in the late nineteenth century by General Francesco Tonnage includes about 400 species of birds of Sardinia, as well as memorabilia of the wars in Africa and the First World War.

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The Beaches

Shifting your gaze to the east, your view is lost on the sea of emerald and cobalt that is famous all over the world. Just a few miles down the road are the beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda.

 

Cala di Volpe
is a large bay which which has four of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda, the land is rich in vegetation and the coastline engulfed by the emerald sea. Cala di Volpe has a small port, located between Razza du Junco beach and Capriccioli beach, directly opposite is the Hotel Cala di Volpe, the famous luxury hotel which was designed by Jacques Couelle to look like an ancient fishing village.
Capriccioli
is part of Maddalena Archipelago National Park, situated just a few kilometers from Arzachena. This beach is characterized by its fine white sand, and a line of granite rock formations that divides the area in two. The beauty of the beach paired with the rich mediterranean vegetation in the background alongside the fact that it is easily accessible by road and has a large parking lot, makes Capriccioli a favorite destination for families.
Bay of Romazzino and Little Romanzino
past the Port and Punta Liccia Capaccia, to the south is the wide bay of Romazzino, a beautiful fine sand beach engulfed by crystal clear waters, The hotel Romazino, is one of the most beautiful and picturesque situated just a few meters from the beach and completely surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation. A little further south, at the bay Lu Imbarcatoio, are the beautiful beaches of Small Romazzino, surrounded by rolling green hills.
Poltu di li Cogghj, also known as the Prince's beach 
as this part was said to have been the favorite beach of Prince Aga Khan, it is perhaps the most beautiful of the Costa Smeralda. Two strips of fine white sand are divided by rocky promontory covered in vegetation, the crystal clear water naturally reflects the granite and sparkles.
Cala Liscia Ruja, also called "Long Beach"
because of its length, is one of the most spectacular beaches for its exceptional natural features: the beach forms an arc of fine pink sand that expands over 500m, a bay with crystal clear waters framed by dense Arbutus scrub and rocks formations in the background, the vegetation is thick juniper bushes that reach almost to the sea. Dotted with coves that are punctuated only by clumps of fragrant juniper and white lilies. A remarkable natural phenomenon occurs at Liscia Ruia and the nearby (but less well known) beach of Petra Ruia, minute particles of the granite coastline and various shells are transported here via the tide, giving the sand of the sea shore a remarkable red colour.
Cala Razza di Giunco
The five beaches of the Cala Razza di Giunco are quite different from each other, all of which are characterized by the crystal clear waters, behind the second and third coves are several small rock pools, framed by marsh plants and surrounded by dense Mediterranean shrubs. The beaches of Cala Razza di Giunco are generally uncrowded as they are quite difficult to get to on foot quite far from the main landing places along the coast, the most beautiful are Cala Suaredda, the most northern, and Rena Bianca, the most southern, which is easily accessible due to its proximity to the road (this beach belongs to the territory of Olbia).
Pevero or Piccolo Pevero
(separate from the larger Grande Pevero), 3 km from Porto Cervo, is an expanse of fine white sand, lapped by crystal clear waters, and surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation. The beach, has an amazing view of the beautiful islands Li Nibani, is characterized by shallow waters, making it particularly suitable for families with small children. Pevero beach has parking and a snack bar, and you can hire deck chairs, sun loungers and parasols as well as jet skis, canoes and pedalos.

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The Marinas

For ancient mariners, the inlets of the coast were a blessing from god when the mistral wind blew. For today’s sailors too. Those natural harbors are now equipped and frequented by best sailors and yachtsmen. The Portisco Marina, in the Gulf of Cugnana, has 600 berths at the port and a depths of up to 10 meters. The  marina of Porto Rotondo is extremely well equipped, while at the gulf of Arzachena, opposite the island of Caprera, the Cannigione marina has 400 moorings . Sheltered from all winds is the spectacular Porto Cervo ,between the Old and New Port offers 700 berths. This highly regarded port is home to many important regattas such as the Rolex Cup, Vitton cup, Italian and World Yacht championships.

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International events

The elegant atmosphere of San Pantaleo lies in the perfect balance between traditional and modern concepts with bite size tastes of contemporary concepts in every season. In late July, the festival dedicated to the patron saint of the village unites a religious theme with a full calendar of art, culture and entertainment. In the scenic urban stage of the main square "The Great Dance has been" housed since 2005, involving major players from the international ballet scene. Carla Fracci, Luciana Savignano, Oriella Dorella, Gheorghe Iancu, Elizabeth Terabust, étoiles of the Bolshoi and La Scala have alldanced under the stars of San Pantaleo.

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Market

In true summer tradition the visitors to the Emerald coast would not miss their appointment with the hippy chic market, held every Thursday morning. The main square and the streets around it are completely occupied by stalls full of sophisticated merchandise. The atmosphere is more bohemian than market, thanks to exhibitions made up of prestigious pieces of vintage costume , the most unique "American stuff" , one off pieces of modern design and  crafts reserved  for true connoisseurs of chic. On these occasions the doors of the many local art and craft studios open up to visitors. Other markets are held in Cannigione (Monday), Arzachena (Wednesday), Palau (Friday), Porto Cervo and Santa Teresa (Saturday), Baja Sardinia (Sunday).

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Popular festivals

The local festivals that best preserve the ancient traditions of this small town are San Salvatore (first Sunday in May) and San Pantaleo (last Sunday of July), both offer 3 days of entertainment and events. But in the surrounding countryside there is a continuous succession of religious and local festivals, most characterized by the traditional free lunch offered by the committee followed by various folk dances many including of course the “Scottis” which is the dance of the Gallura.
Some of the other important festivals are St. Anthony (Luogosanto, June 13), St. John (Calangianus, June 24), San Trano (Luogosanto, the first Sunday of July), San Quirico (Luogosanto, the first Saturday in August), Saint Lucia (Olbia, the first Sunday of September), Santa Reparata (Santa Teresa, the first Sunday of September), Our Lady of the Snow (Arzachena, the second Sunday of September), St. Isidore (Calangianus, the third Sunday in September). And many others that are held in local churches around the area.