Known as the world’s smallest kingdom, Tavolara is a 560-meter high, four-kilometer-long rocky outcrop rising from the sea, marked by impervious rocks, imposing uprightness and stunning color tones: the green of juniper, rosemary and mastic trees, in combination with the azure, blue and emerald green of the waters around.
The island, with its oblong, almost flat shape, is the centerpiece of the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area, which stretches 76 kilometers along the coastline of Loiri Porto San Paolo, Olbia and San Teodoro and 15 thousands of acres over crystal-clear waters, coves and inlets, from Capo Ceraso to Punta s’Isuledda.
Also part of the Protected Area are the small red islands of Molara and Molarotto, the picturesque islet of Proratora, the ‘twins’ Isola Piana and Isola dei Cavalli, and again the tiny islands of Porri, Topi, Drago, the islet Rosso, and finally Capo Coda Cavallo: a strip of granite soil that extends into a sheltered sea area.
All the islands in this small archipelago are ideal spots for boat trips, diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
Molara is an enchanting, unspoiled island that extends into the crystal clear sea of Gallura. Its surface, covered with typical Mediterranean scrub, features an impressive granite landform and a rocky peak that rises 158 meters above sea level.
The island is part of the Tavolara and Capo Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area and lies a short distance from the coast.
Molara’s surface area is about 350 hectares. The island is famous for the nesting of the Manx shearwater and a number of water springs gushing from the soil.
One of the most spectacular sights on the island is the Dinosaur Rock, a natural sculpture that rises majestically on the east side of Cala di Chiesa. Shaped by the wind and sea action, this symbol of Molara’s landscape is a must-see attraction for all visitors.
As it is privately owned, Molara is not freely visitable. However, the beauty of the place can be admired by reserving a guided tour through the Molara Cultural Association, which allows site visits for those who wish to discover the island’s most striking sights and admire its natural beauty.
Capo Coda Cavallo is an enchanting location in Northeast Sardinia, rich in history and natural beauty. The area is named after its promontory, which resembles a ponytail when viewed from above.
Along with the beautiful beaches and coves, including Cala Brandinchi and Baia Salinedda, what makes Capo Coda Cavallo truly unique is its wilderness, which is preserved intact in spite of the high level of tourism in recent decades.
The beach at Capo Coda Cavallo is known for its length, but it is also quite narrow.
Consisting of fine white sand, it is surrounded by rocks and coves and adorned with lush Mediterranean vegetation, including strawberry trees, junipers, mastic trees and myrtle, with intense and enchanting scents.
To allow visitors to fully enjoy the beauty of the site, numerous services are available all along the beach, such as umbrellas, sunbeds, canoes and pedal boats.
The area is quite crowded during the summer season, but it is still an unforgettable experience because of the beauty of the place and the high-quality services.
La Spiaggia del Dottore is an enchanting destination on the coast of Olbia, set in the picturesque headland of Capo Ceraso.
It consists of a narrow strip of grey sand with occasional rocks scattered about, surrounded by dense Mediterranean vegetation that lends a wild and unspoiled atmosphere.
The sea lapping the Spiaggia del Dottore is an intense turquoise and light blue color, which creates striking highlights with the sunlight and the shallow stony seabed.
These crystal-clear, untainted waters are a paradise for enthusiasts of
snorkeling and diving, who can admire an incredibly diverse and colorful marine fauna and flora.
La Spiaggia del Dottore can be reached by sea or by a rather impervious walk
from the main road.
Although small in size, the beauty of the landscape and the green sea make it an unforgettable destination for the fans of relaxed immersions in nature.
Porto Taverna is an ideal destination for visits to the Protected Marine Area of Tavolara and Capo Coda Cavallo, given its strategic location.
The beach, about 700 metres long and 20-30 metres wide, is one of the most striking in the area for its intense colors and views over the islands of Tavolara and Molara.
Behind the beach, protected by dunes, lies a pond hosting a delicate ecosystem that harmoniously blends with the beauty of the coastal landscape.
To make your visit even more enjoyable, Porto Taverna offers a wide range of services, including rental of umbrellas and sunbeds, bars and restaurants serving local dishes and delicacies, as well as a large area of open beach.
Crystal-clear water, fine sand, panoramic views of the coast, and high-quality services – all this and much more is what Porto Taverna can offer to its visitors.