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About Palau

Palau is a town on the north coast of Sardinia. It is known for its spectacular beaches, opportunities for sailing and exciting tourist attractions. Additionally, Palau is known as one of the premier kitesurfing locations in the world. Palau is also recognized worldwide for its unique geological formation, Capo d’Orso.

Palau Weather: August is the warmest month in Palau with average temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius, or 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The winter months are cooler with temperatures averaging 13 degrees Celsius, or 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regional Cuisine of Palau: Seafood, carasu, maialetto, mytle, limoncello, suckling pig, malloreddus

Regional Wine of Palau: Vermentino di Gallura, Perdera, Cannonau, Bovale Sardo, Carignano, Malvasia Nera

Things to Do in Palau: La Fortezza di Monte Altura, Capo d’Orso, Spiaggia Porto Mannu, Tombs of the Giants, Batteria militare di Talmone, Spiaggia di Talmone

Where is Palau? Located on the northern shores of Sardinia, Palua is about 300 kilometers north of Cagliari and 117 kilometers northeast of Sassari.

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What is the preferred way for tourists to get to Palau?

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What is the preferred way for tourists to get to Palau?

There are a number of ways to arrive. You can get to Palau by car from Cagliari by taking the SS 131 towards Sassari. Before you get there, however, veer off on Sassari Latte Dolce. From there take the road to Porto Torres-Santa Teresa and follow that to Palau.

You can also take a boat to Palau, but you will need to land in another port such as Golfo Aranci or Olbia and take a taxi.

Flying directly to Sardinia is also an option if you are interested in traveling to Palau. The closest airport is in Olbia. From there, you can rent a car or take a cab. Another airport is located in Alghero, about twice the distance from Olbia.

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Porto Pollo Beach

For those who come to the Palau area with water sports on the agenda, the beach at Porto Pollo is one to consider. The fine, white sandy beach lies along a narrow isthmus that links a nearby island to the mainland. Here, sea lovers converge to sail, windsurf and dive. It's also a great meeting place for like-minded water sports enthusiasts. Of course, swimming and sunbathing are popular here as well.

Address: ocalità Porto Pollo, 07020 Palau, Olbia
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Why I love Palau

I love great views when traveling, and I couldn’t resist the spectacular views that Capo d’Orso in Palau promised.

Capo d’Orso is a large geological formation on the coast of Palau. Though it is certainly a climb, every step was worth it once I made my way to the top.

The wind was a bit strong the day I made the trek up to Capo d’Orso, and as it blew across my face, it gave the illusion that I was truly small, alone and at the mercy of nature. There is nothing like gazing across a landscape for miles and having the views take your breath away. Though I have certainly seen my share of landscapes in Italy, nothing touched me quite as much as view from this unique vantage point.

About the author

Christa has been traveling along the Italian coast for the past year. She is a writer, Italian food fanatic and amateur art historian.

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How are the beaches in Palau, and are they accessible?

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How are the beaches in Palau, and are they accessible?

There are over 20 different beach areas in Palau, and most are accessible by land. The others must be approached by boat. Each beach has its own characteristic and feel.

Porto Pollo Beach is one of the most well known in Palau. Here you will find a number of activities including windsurfing, boating, mountain biking and kitesurfing. There is a bar and restaurant onsite and other shops within walking distance. You will also find surfing schools available for lessons and even resorts offering massage near the beach.

Other beaches in Palau are much more natural, and sometimes, you may find yourself alone. Keep in mind that some of these beaches can only be reached by boat, so you might want to consider a rental.

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Porto Mannu Beach

The great granite rock of Capo d'Orso overlooks this 150-meter long beach. Families with younger children will appreciate how the beach gently slopes to the sea. Waves and currents are virtually nonexistent in this tranquil stretch of beach. While the children play in the finely textured sand, parents can savor the clear, crystalline waters. Bring your own food and refreshments as there is no beach bar here.

Address: Loc. Capo D'orso, 07020 Palau
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Upper Bar

The Upper Bar is a popular nightspot in Palau. Relax with friends after a day of windsurfing, kite sailing or swimming. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Palau's harbor. Some will want to capture the scene at dusk with a photograph or two. The shimmering lights reflecting off the harbor waters offer a romantic setting for those who desire it. Dance until the morning hours in a stylish, energizing setting.

Address: Via del Faro c/o Terrazza Stazione Marittima, 07020 Palau
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Things worth remembering in Palau

Fun Fact: Capo d’Orso, or Bear Rock, is made of granite and has been sculpted by the wind.

Local Dish: Pani Frattau is a traditional Sardinian dish of carasu, a type of thin bread, with tomato sauce.

Local Day Trips: Do not miss your chance to travel to the neighboring French island of Corsica. Ferries run from Palau several times a day.

Local Hot Spots: Rub shoulders with the locals each Friday at the local open air market. It takes place at the port.

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Sporting Club Sardinia

The Sporting Club at Porto Pollo beach is located at the very beginning of the narrow isthmus that separates the two bays with just 30 meters of land. Here, it is possible to sign up for windsurfing and sailing classes. The sailing classes are authorized by the FIV-Federazione Italiana Vela (Italian Sailing Association). The school even teaches catamaran sailing. The Sporting Club offers changing rooms, showers and a beach bar.

Address: Località Porto Pollo, 07020 Palau
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Cala Capra Beach

Only 4 km southeast of Palau is Cala Capra, a beach in an unspoiled environment. Swim in the shimmering, clear waters or hike amidst the Mediterranean vegetation. Inhale the distinctive scents carried by the tropical breezes. Cala Capra is a popular holiday destination, and it is frequented by the younger crowd and families with children. The beach is overlooked by the granite edifice Capo d'Orso.

Address: 07020 Località Cala Capra, Palau, Otranto
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