Rocky shore in Valle della Luna near Capo Testa, near Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia.

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Valle della Luna

Northeastern Sardinia

A few kilometres northwest of Aggius towards Trinita d’Agultu, you reach the Valle della Luna. It’s a surreal and evocative landscape, where huge granite boulders spill across rolling hills and farmland like giants’ marbles. The lookout point on the SP74 commands fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, honeycombed with bizarrely sculpted rocks. The valley is a fantastic place for a bike ride, and the road through here down to the coast is tremendously scenic.

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3.44 MILES

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3. Nuraghe Maiori

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4. Chiesa del Purgatorio

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5. Cattedrale di San Pietro

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6. Oratorio del Rosario

6.14 MILES

Built in Pisan Romanesque style, this church in the town centre dates to the time of Spanish domination of the island.

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