Nord Sardinia by Moto

Itinerary and what to see from Olbia to Alghero by motorbike
  • San Pantaleo
  • Porto Cervo
  • Palau
  • Santa Teresa di Gallura
  • Castelsardo
  • Stintino
  • Alghero

The splendid sea with crystal clear water is undoubtedly the main feature of Northern Sardinia. With its beaches and coves they form a beautiful itinerary that can be traveled by motorbike.

Total duration: 3 days.


Starting from the port of Olbia towards Cala Moresca, we begin to travel along the Costa Smeralda which extends up to Capo Ferro.

Visiting the extraordinary locations such as Porto Cervo, Capriccioli beach and Principe beach, we proceed towards Palau. From here, with a short ferry (about 20min) you could reach the Maddalena island or continue to Porto Pollo and Santa Teresa di Gallura.

The excellent quality of the roads leading to Porto Torres allows us to easily reach the iconic La Pelosa beach near Stintino. To conclude this panoramic itinerary is the city of Alghero, also known as the Sardinian Barceloneta.

San Pantaleo

To welcome you is San Pantaleo, a fraction 20 km away from Olbia. Home of artisans and creatives, host of exclusive weddings and events, this jewel is now an internationally renowned tourist attraction.


The shops and boutiques here are here for shopping lovers to offer quality and original products.

San Pantaleo is also characteristic for its buildings, designed with local stone in the typical Gallura style, with elements surrounded by plants in perfect harmony with the landscape.

It was the central square that appeared in one of the scenes of The Spy Who Loved Me during which 007 Roger Moore escapes a mad chase along the scenic road that leads to the sea.

Porto Cervo

Another Internationally well-known location whose heart is the historic square, is Porto Cervo. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a bit of ‘dolce vita‘ but there is also the chance to visit one of the most evocative and wildest places on the island.


In the city center to see are Stella Maris’ Church, built in the mid-seventies, and the Marina area consisting of the old port and the tourist port while going a little further inland it is possible to visit numerous archaeological sites such as the Nuraghe Albucciu and Tomba di Li Lolghi.

The beaches of Porto Cervo need no introduction; to see that of Pevero and Romazzino as well as the bays of Cala Volpe and Cala Liscia Ruia.

Part of the Costa Smeralda, Porto Cervo is a tourist resort much appreciated for its enchanting beaches and its dream sea; here, in fact, you have the opportunity to sunbathe on unique beaches, such as Capriccioli, Spiaggia del Principe, Grande Pevero.


In Palau, on the northern coast of Sardinia, the main attraction is surely the nature. Its port is also a main hub for reaching the Maddalena island thanks to a short ferry.


It is no coincidence that one of the symbols of the town is the Bear Rock (Roccia dell’Orso), a 122-metre hill which, thanks to the action of atmospheric agents, has taken on this characteristic shape over the centuries.

A stop on the city beaches is also essential, starting with “La Sciumara”, Cala Trana and Insuledda.

Santa Teresa di Gallura

After about 70 km you reach Santa Teresa di Gallura, the northernmost municipality of Sardinia separated from Corsica by the Bocche di Bonifacio.


Nature, beaches and the sea are the main attractions of this location so don’t miss sunbathing at La Rena Bianca, from where you can also admire the Longosardo Tower, or at Taltana.

Moving to the Capo Testa promontory, it is possible to visit the beautiful Valle della Luna, a valley of about 500 meters high known as a hippie paradise.


After a nice traditional meal, you can set off aboard your motorbikes and take the SS200 up to Castelsardo, a town of about 5,000 inhabitants included in the list of the Most Beautiful Towns in Italy.


Castelsardo is a medieval village which preserves traces of its ancient past in its historic centre. There you can visit the beautiful Doria Castle (Castello dei Doria) which houses the Civic Museum of Mediterranean Weaving where typical Sardinian artworks of basket-making art are kept.

Other essential stops are the Co-Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate, the Palazzo Loggia and the Palazzo di Eleonora di Arborea while just outside of the city you can admire the Roccia dell’Elefante, a rock formation whose shape resembles that of an elephant.

In Castelsardo you can taste excellent fish-based dishes, such as the famous Castellanese lobster or the equally famous Castellanese soup.


Continuing towards the city of Sassari, the magnificent Sassari coast awaits us and its beautiful beaches such as that of Platamona while going as far as Stintino we come across the beaches of Pelosa and Pelosetta.


Known for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters where you can snorkel and dive, Stintino is probably the best known “picture” of Sardinia.

Sassari cuisine, like all Sardinian gastronomy, conquers with its tasty flavors and with its dishes strongly linked to the peasant tradition; among the recipes to taste are the pedi d’Agnoni and the “giggioni“, dumplings served with sausage sauce.


To conclude our northern itinerary is Alghero, also known as the Sardinian Barceloneta for having preserved the use of the Catalan language.


The historic center and the port will leave an impression of authenticity, thanks to the architecture of the palaces, churches and monuments.

Here you will also find many shops selling red coral jewellery, the local handicraft.

The skyline with the gates, towers and ramparts during the sunset hours will create a precious and romantic vibe.

The SS127 road with its 2 lanes allows us to return to Olbia quickly and comfortably.