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With its wind-whipped granite boulders, the rocky coves of Capo Testa on Sardinia's northern headland are almost sculptural in shape and begging to be hiked and photographed. The nearby lighthouse, Faro di Capo Testa, provides another photo op. While here, stop at beaches like Spiaggia Rena di Levante and Spiaggia Rena di Ponente, which boast aquamarine waves that are as ideal for surfing as they are for wading. 

Recent travelers recommend getting to the beaches early to ensure you find a parking spot, since this area gets quite busy, particularly during the summer high season. 

You can reach Capo Testa by driving through the thin isthmus on Via Capo Testa. If you want, you can park your car at a paid lot and explore the coves on foot via one of the hiking trails. Keep in mind that the Ponente and Levante beaches are located on both sides of the isthmus, as you enter the headland.

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