Badesi is a town found in Gallura, in Northeast Sardinia. It is located on various hills, which allows beautiful views of the area from Golfo dell’Asinara to the nearby island of Corsica.
The History of Badesi
The territory has always been part of the Gallura Fief, the city centre was only developed in the first few years of the 1700s. According to historical reconstructions, this is when the first families moved to the area and then started the slow process of population growth.
A fun fact regarding local surnames here, there are few that are originally from this territory, but they get the population of Badesi really close together. The area became autonomous in 1969 and extends up to the river Coghinas that represents the natural border between Gallura and L’Anglona.
Sights To See In Badesi
There are many religious monuments here worth a visit. The first is the parish of Sacro Cuore, which began construction in 1897 and finished three years later.
The architecture is quite simple, with a single nave and a big bell tower on the left. Its construction required the most precious materials, including local granite stone. The funds for this will be provided for by a private citizen called Salvatore Stangoni.
Another monument worth seeing is the church of San Giovanni Battista, located in La Tozza. It is part of the parish of Sacro Cuore, and it was built in relatively modern times. And finally in the outskirts of Badesi, specifically in the countryside, you can admire the beautiful rural church dedicated to Saint Francis.
The Beaches Of Badesi
Badesi is an especially beloved tourist location, appreciated for its gorgeous beaches and the crystal-clear sea. The main beach is in Marina di Badesi, and it’s known as Li Junchi. Compared to the characteristic beaches of Gallura, this one is very wide and has fine, white sands.
Following the coast there are other beaches, all just as wide, called Li Ferulli and Li Mindi. However, the one most ready to welcome tourists from all over the world is Li Junchi. Here you will find bars, restaurants, kiosks and shops where you can rent equipment to practise many water sports like surfing and windsurfing.
For those passionate about sea life, you can have the amazing experience of skirting the coast on small boats and catamarans available for renting in the area. You may spot the local blue flag all along the Badesi coast, especially in Baja delle Mimmose; this is an assurance of the quality of its waters and the services provided.
Sights To See Near Badesi
While heading towards Trinità D’Agultu e Vignola, you will spot the beautiful coastal tower once used to keep an eye on the sea, and the enemies it would bring, from a safe distance.
This and other similar towers that are quite common in Gallura were built by the Spanish during their rule. They were clearly wary of attacks from enemy populations who might have wanted to keep the Sardinian riches for themselves.
Another unmissable sight in the city is the church Della Santissima Trinità and its archaeological site that has remnants from the Neolithic Period and the Nuragic one. When headed towards Viddalba you will find monuments of real beauty like the Roman church dedicated to San Giovanni and the Chiesa della Santissima Vergine di Pompei