Pausania Inn Sardinia
PAUSANIA INN Sardinia
Get on your motorcycles and come visit Northern Sardinia: serpentine country roads offer breathtaking views at every twist and turn…
Tempio Pausania is a great springboard from which to set off to explore Northern Sardinia by bike. Discover the lovely hamlets and small towns in the environs of the hotel: you will be happy you did!
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While the roots of local arts and crafts are ancient, many of the traditional techniques are still in use today. When wandering around the town’s backstreets you may well stumble upon small workshops, and, if you peek in, you might just see the artisans at work using tools from the past: hand looms and chisels, potter’s wheels and knives. The handiwork of weavers in Aggius never fails to fascinate visitors, and equally remarkable is the craft of local silversmiths and goldsmiths.
Pausania Inn’s Boutique, spread throughout the common areas of the hotel, is dedicated to local arts and crafts, and showcases a selection of gift items that draw from the rich heritage of Gallura, including fine ceramics, wood and stone sculptures, hand-woven textiles, and traditional Sardinian jewelry.
Our aim is to bring together the worlds of tourism and art. We hope our displays will help promote an appreciation of the Sardinian heritage, while creating an environment for you to enjoy as you relax on your holiday. If you so wish, you may purchase the arts and crafts on display directly from the artisans who made them: our staff will be happy to assist you and to give you any information you may need.
Tempio is centrally located in Northern Sardinia and enjoys easy access to many interesting sights along the coast. It only takes about an hour to reach Costa Smeralda to the east, the pretty islands of La Maddalena and Caprera, and …
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Gallura is a land of tradition, and the unique flavors and aromas of its remarkably authentic cuisine nourish both body and soul…
On our first visit to Sardinia travelling with a mixed mature group of 33 people, the hotel provided an excellent base for visiting the attractions found in the area. Staying on half-board basis, we found the food good and the …
Thoroughly enjoyed our one-week, half-board stay in this attractively situated hotel, which is located in an area giving good access to northern parts of the island. Good value and a most welcoming family management and staff.
We recently stayed ten nights at this excellent hotel (late July 2013), using it as a base for seeing north-eastern Sardinia. The facilities are good, the family room we had was clean and spacious and with a nice balcony overlooking …
As part of a trip organised by Success Tours 36 of us stayed for 7 nights at the Pausania Inn. We loved every minute of our visit, from the moment we arrived until the time we had to leave. Flight …
This was our second stay at the Pausania Inn. As always, my wife and I had a great time here. We can only but recommend this lovely hotel to anybody wanting to spend quality time in Northern Sardinia. We never …
We arrived very late to check in after a late flight. The reception staff were very helpful. Well located for driving to other parts of the region. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with access to a small balcony area. …
Tempio and environs
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At the foot of Mount Limbara, the lovely and distinctive town of Tempio Pausania has long been considered Gallura’s cultural capital. Its historical center, made up of a seemingly endless succession of granite buildings adorned by wrought iron balconies overlooking stone-paved alleys and streets, offers many beautiful views.
Tempio is a lively and welcoming town, noted for its winter Carnival, one of Sardinia’s biggest and most popular: the dancing, street parades and general merriment last for six days, and thousands of people participate. The International Folklore Festival takes place each July, and has been a yearly tradition for over 30 years. On August 14th and 15th, the Mountain Feast draws local crowds to Mount Limbara. The Feast of Saint Isidore, protector of farmers, is celebrated on the first Sunday of September: on this occasion, an image of the saint is carried in procession through the streets of downtown on ox-drawn wagons, with the accompaniment of the town band, of horsemen and folk groups from all over Sardinia, and of musicians playing primitive reed-pipe instruments called launeddas. The Feast of Mary the Child, on the first Sunday of September, comprises a very evocative torchlight procession throughout town and should not be missed.
Pausania Inn is ideally located both to visit nearby Mount Limbara and to access the coast and beautiful white-sand beaches of Northern Sardinia, with a pleasant drive through the so-called Moon Valley, a spectacular landscape studded with wind-molded granite sculptures. The hotel is also perfectly located to enjoy Paolo Fresu’s Time in Jazz International Festival as it comes to town in August.
The surrounding area is rich of natural and archaeological attractions, including thousand-year-old olive trees, Mount Limbara, the springs of Rinaggiu and the archaeological site of Nuraghe Majori, 500 m from the hotel’s front door.
Pausania Inn is an excellent base for all sorts of outings. During your stay, you can hike, bike, horseback ride, take an off-road vehicle or board the Little Green Train, which sets off on a breathtaking journey through the region’s untamed interior and reaches some of its most beautiful northern destinations.
There are many cultural events luring visitors to Tempio throughout the year.
The staff at Pausania Inn will be happy to help you arrange transportation to and from nearby locations, and to assist you in securing a spot on day trips in the area, which can involve travel both by boat and overland.
During your stay, you can:
The environs of Tempio Pausania
Whatever the season, Gallura is beautiful. Indeed, Northern Sardinia’s landscapes are inspiring any time of the year, and visiting the lovely villages scattered within a 9 km radius of Tempio will surely appeal to the many travelers committed to getting to know this wonderful region.
Listed here are some villages that you can easily reach by car during your stay at Pausania Inn:
Nuchis lies 3 km from Tempio Pausania. A gentle ride amid green hills and oak forests leads into the town, considered by many to be one of Sardinia’s most evocative. Its reputation is well deserved, as you will soon see for yourselves as you stroll along its ancient streets, admire its attractive granite buildings adorned with flower-laden balconies, and visit its courtyards, old churches (of which there are five) and the complex dedicated to the Saints Cosmas and Damian, with its imposing bell tower. At the foot of the hamlet, immersed in vegetation, you’ll find an ancient fountain and stone basin. Nearby, you can visit the Nuragic site “Agnu,” the Sacred Fountain “Li Paladini,” the Tomb of the Giants of “Pascaredda,” and the train station, where the Little Green Train makes one of its stops;
Luras is a fascinating village whose origins have been lost in time, and are now something of a mystery: its founders are said to have had a distinctly different genetic makeup from that of the other inhabitants of the region. The town was once called Villa Lauras or Oppidum Luris, two names thought to derive either from the word “lura” (waterskin) or from the word “laurus” (laurel), which might indicate a Roman connection. Regardless, there are several hypotheses as to the origins of the town. Some scholars maintain that it was an Etruscan colony, settled in the 9th century BC, whereas others argue that it was founded by a part of the 4,000 Jews deported to Sardinia in 19 AD following the orders of the Roman emperor Tiberius. The latter hypothesis seems to gain strength from the locals’ talent for enterprise, and from certain customs the residents of Luras share with the Jewish community. The first document citing Luras is the Carta Pisana from the late 13th century. Today, the economy of the 2,800 locals is largely based on tourism, agriculture, farming, the manufacturing of cork and granite goods, viticulture and winemaking. The historical center of Luras is characteristic and well preserved;
Calangianus is one of Italy’s most productive towns, with many workshops and industries dedicated to the manufacturing of cork products. A museum devoted to this material is conveniently located in the village’s historical center, inside an attractive 18th-century complex comprising a former Franciscan convent and the church of Saint Mary of the Angels. The ancient building, entirely made out of granite, was erected in the 18th century to accommodate the local community of Capuchin friars. In 1866, when the relations between the state and the Church became strained on account of the pope’s continued meddling in temporal affairs, the convent was suppressed and the religious community expelled. Subsequently, a part of the complex was assigned to the Province of Sassari, which used it to provide the Carabinieri with headquarters in town, and the other was assigned to the municipality, which used it to set up a school, a prison and an office for the local magistrate. In the middle of the cloister you can still see the water well once used by the town’s residents. During the First and Second World Wars, the church was occupied by the soldiers stationed in Calangianus, who left it in a dire state. In 1946, a committee worked to raise funds to embellish the interior with frescoes depicting the life of Saint Francis (1948) by the Milanese painter Carlo Armanni, who had served as a soldier in Gallura;
Aggius is one of the most ancient and characteristic villages of High Gallura. The Italian Touring Club awarded the town an “orange flag” (a recognition of quality) and included it on the organization’s list of “authentic Italian villages.” Located at the foot of a crown of granite peaks, Aggius enjoys surprising and enchanting views over spectacular rock formations, studded with natural wind-molded sculptures and riddled with caves. Surrounded by a pristine countryside, home to common oaks, holm oaks and Mediterranean shrubs, parks and ponds, nuraghi and Megalithic circles, the village is an excellent starting point for visits to destinations farther afield, including the must-see “Moon Valley.” Its historical center is a living museum: the ancient hamlet is well preserved: you’ll find narrow streets and houses made out of granite blocks, churches, fountains, and countless nooks and crannies to explore.
The Museum of Ethnography MEOC and the Museum of Banditry will set you on an interesting and exciting journey into the culture and traditions of Gallura and of Sardinia. Aggius has kept alive its many traditional crafts, ranging from the manufacturing of cork and granite goods to the art of filigree and of textiles, which are still hand-woven on wood looms. Traditional dance and song are still practiced (there’s a five-voice polyphonic choir in town), and celebrations for the Holy Week and for a number of rural feasts are still very much current;
Bortigiadas is a hamlet of 800 people perched up on a hillside in the heart of Gallura. The center is steeped in a unique atmosphere… The ancient granite houses, the narrow streets, the square, the overlook and the countless picturesque views will take you back in time! From its sheltered perch, Bortigiadas commands exquisite views over Mount Limbara and the Fumosa. Bortigiadas is home to an interesting Mineralogy Museum, which opens on request. The reproductions of the paintings by the world-famous Sardinian artist Pinuccio Sciola, on the facades of the houses, are very evocative. Bortigiadas will remind you of the villages you can normally only see on vintage illustrated postcards;
Perfugas is home to a paleobotanical archaeological museum, a petrified forest and an ancient holy well;
Aglientu is also worth a visit. Here you will find the Mud’A’, a center dedicated to the area’s old “stazzi.” This restored mill from the early 1900s, located in the middle of town, just a few meters from the main square, often houses excellent exhibitions;
Luogosanto is home to the Nuragic complex of Monte Casteddu, with its interesting “meeting hut,” the Balaiana castle and the church of Saint Leonardo, the hermitage of Saint Trano, the palace of Baldu, the basilica of the Nativity, a convent and an ethnographic museum;
Torralba is an hour ride from Tempio Pausania; it is worth stopping by to visit the Nuraghe Santu Antine.
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How to get to Pausania Inn from Costa Smeralda Airport in Olbia
Follow directions to leave the airport. When you reach the traffic light turn left. After 300 m bear right, following directions for Sassari. Almost immediately bear left toward Sassari. After 2.9 km turn right, following directions for Palau / Golfo Aranci / Arzachena / S. Teresa.
After 3.5 km turn right, toward Telti. Keep going for about 5 km, then turn right for Priatu.
Keep going for 6 km until you get to a traffic circle. Exit at second turn on the right-hand side toward Tempio / Luras (SP 136). After approximately 7 km you reach a stop sign: turn left toward Tempio / Calangianus. After about 5 km you reach another stop sign bordering the small town of Luras: turn left, toward Tempio / Calangianus. After 1 km, upon reaching another stop sign, turn right onto road directed toward Tempio (SS 127). After 5 km you reach Tempio’s ring road. Without entering into town center, keep straight on ring road and pass through 3 traffic lights. Bear right onto street toward Palau (SS 133). Pausania Inn’s entrance is after 1 km, on the left.
How to get to Pausania Inn from the Alghero-Fertilia Airport
Follow directions to leave the Alghero-Fertilia airport. Turn left, after 200 m bear right, following directions for Sassari. Continue for 3 km, then bear right, following directions for Sassari. At this point the Sella & Mosca winery should be visible on your right. After 4 km you will reach a traffic circle: proceed to follow directions for Sassari. After 1 km turn left, toward Sassari. After 5 km turn left again, toward Sassari. Get onto a 4-aisle highway, and go straight for 9 km, then follow directions for Cagliari (SS 131). After 18 km turn right, toward Tempio. After 6 km turn right, toward Tempio. Keep going for 47 km (SS 597), the last 13 km of which you will find to be full of twists and turns. After 1.5 km you will reach a traffic light. Turn sharply to the left to get onto the road directed toward Palau (SS 133). Pausania Inn’s entrance is after 1 km, on the left.
Distances from the center of Tempio Pausania:
1 km Tempio Pausania
1.5 km Piazza Gallura
2 km Courthouse
1.6 km Theater
1 km Bus stop
2 km Train Station
2 km Hospital
Distance from airports:
44 km Airport Olbia Costa Smeralda
96,7 km Airport Alghero Fertilia
Distance from the beach:
30 km Isola Rossa, La Marinedda, Vignola
50 km Palau
50 km Arcipelago della Maddalena
50 km Santa Teresa Gallura
50 km Castelsardo
100 km Alghero
Archaeological areas near our Inn:
500 m Nuraghe Majori
8 km La Tomba dei Giganti di Pascaredda
14 km Dolmen e Olivastri Millenari Luras
Turistic areas of interest surrounding Tempio Pausania:
9 km Monte Limbara
11 km La Valle della Luna, Aggius