Palau, Sardinia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Lu Palau (Gallurese)
Comune di Palau
Palau vista panoramica.jpg
Coat of arms of Palau
Coat of arms
Palau is located in Sardinia
Location of Palau in Sardinia
Coordinates: 41°11′N 9°23′E / 41.183°N 9.383°E / 41.183; 9.383
Country Italy
Region Sardinia
Province Sassari (SS)
Frazioni Altura, Barrabisa, Capannaccia, Capo d'Orso, Costa Serena, L'Isuledda, Le Saline, Liscia Culumba, Petralana, Porto Pollo, Porto Rafael, Pulcheddu, Punta Sardegna
 • Mayor Francesco Pala
 • Total 44.4 km2 (17.1 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (31 December 2013[1])
 • Total 4,163
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Palaesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 07020
Dialing code 0789
Website Official website

Palau (Gallurese: Lu Palau) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Sassari in the Italian region Sardinia, about 220 kilometres (140 mi) north of Cagliari and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Olbia. It was a frazione of the comune of Tempio Pausania until 1959.

It is located on Punta Sardegna, and was founded in 1875 by local shepherds.

The Capo D'Orso or "Cape of the Bear" formation is nearby, at the very northwest tip of Sardinia.[2] The unique formation is a result of honeycomb weathering, a form of salt weathering.



  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. ^ Scheffel, Richard L.; Wernet, Susan J., eds. (1980). Natural Wonders of the World. United States of America: Reader's Digest Association, Inc. pp. 283–284. ISBN 0-89577-087-3. 

External links[edit]