The Capo Testa peninsula is located on the northern tip of Sardinia and belongs to the municipality of Santa Teresa Gallura . The parking lot Parcheggio Rena di Ponente can be reached via an isthmus. The starting point of the hike is also located here. From here there is a half-left path, almost once across the entire island.
After about two kilometers you reach one of the most popular sights in Sardinia: the Valle della Luna . This coastal landscape owes its name (translated as Valley of the Moon) to the bizarre granite rock formations , which, especially in moonlight, rise into the sky in a radiant white. No wonder that this really fascinating landscape from the famous 68s onwards also attracted numerous dropouts from all over the world who settled in the rock caves. In this context the name “Valley of the Hippies” arose. Even if it is no longer allowed these days, you can still meet one or the other wild camper on Capo Testa from time to time.
If you have marveled at and admired the center of the Valle della Luna extensively, you can hike the impressive granite rock landscape further north along the coast. There was also a quarry here during the time of ancient Rome. Some granite columns from this quarry are said to be located in the Pantheon in Rome and in the Cathedral of Pisa. So you breathe a breath of history at this point.
But back to the present and into the water. We continue north to the small but fine bay of Cala Granda . A perfect opportunity for a short break and a wet dip. If the spot is full, you can also take a bathing break at the Spaggia Cala Francese , which follows a little further north.
From here it is not far to the lighthouse of Capo Testa. The still active lighthouse was commissioned in 1845 and is 81 meters above sea level. Thus one has also reached the geographically northernmost tip of Sardinia and can enjoy breathtaking expanses. In good weather, the neighboring French island of Corsica can also be seen from here.
In the clockwise direction of the island, the tour continues to the wonderful book of Cala Spinosa . Here you can once again enjoy the breathtaking view of the turquoise sea before heading back towards the starting point.