On a granite promontory chiseled by time just outside of town is Orso Rock a natural sculpture symbol of Palau. Capo d’Orso holds tafone tombs and remains from the Neolithic Era. The sea bed here is resting place of shipwrecks from a variety of periods. Other sites are the Luchìa Nuraghe, set as a guardian to the Bonifacio Straits, and the Giant Tombs of Li Mizzani and Sajacciu, near the Church of San Giorgio.
Towards Punta Don Diego there is the Batteria Militare fortress at Talmone. There is another fort on Mount Altura, a belvedere that looks out over the sea. From one end of Palau to the other, the shoreline alternates between granite coastline, sandy stretches, like Sciumara Beach, and Porto Faro.
Headed west the exclusive Porto Rafael shows its luxurious villas and a tourist harbour framed by wild olive trees, myrtle and lavender.
Then there is Punta Sardinia and Cala Trana, a little beach of light pink sand protected by dunes and flanked by huge granite boulders.
Further towards Santa Teresa Gallura there is the Isuledda or Isola dei Gabbiani (Seagull Island). It is actually a peninsula held together by an isthmus of sand and surrounded by a turquoise sea. Two beaches fan outwards to the water’s edge: Arenaria and Porto Pollo.