Hotel Pausania Inn

The facility

Owned and run by the Vargiu family, the hotel is located in Tempio Pausania, in Sardinia, one short kilometer from the town center. Immersed in the peace and quiet of Gallura’s wooded countryside, Pausania Inn is an ideal base from which to explore many destinations in Northern Sardinia, and it is especially suited to visitors who are looking to enjoy a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of seaside resorts.

Surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation (including cork oaks, myrtle, and lentisk), the hotel greets you with stunning views of the Mountains of Aggius.

Pausania Inn comprises 60 air-conditioned rooms, simple and unfussy, but furnished with care; some have a private little garden or a balcony. On arrival at the hotel, you will immediately be delighted by the beautiful views from its common areas. In the large lobby, you will find books by local authors describing the Sardinian heritage, maps and brochures for you to take, and a charming display of costumes, masks, textiles and other local crafts.

On site there is a bar, a restaurant specialized in regional and national cuisine, a panoramic terrace, and a nice outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also has a tennis court, and a large parking area, which can accommodate up to 150 cars, as well as big tour buses.

Friendly atmosphere, attention to detail, discretion and dedication to hospitality are our trademarks. The beauty and tranquility of the surrounding countryside, as well as the warm welcome and the attentive service of our staff, will make your holiday with us a source of many cherished memories.

Biker friendly

Get on your motorcycles and come visit Northern Sardinia! There are many opportunities for bikers in and around Tempio Pausania. Serpentine country roads offer breathtaking views at every twist and turn, and, with very light traffic and an ideal incline, they are particularly suited to motorcycles. Pausania Inn is a BIKER FRIENDLY establishment, where groups of bikers often choose to stay for as many as 7 days at a time, visiting all of Northern Sardinia on day trips from here.

A covered area is set aside for motorcycles, so you know you’ll never have a hard time finding a safe shelter for your vehicle once you get back to base. Also, you’ll enjoy a number of amenities during your stay: the bar opens promptly on your arrival in the afternoon; meals are tasty and include typical Sardinian dishes; before or after dinner, you can meet with fellow bikers in a reserved room to discuss the routes you want to explore the next day.

Easy and fun to reach by motorcycle, Pausania Inn offers:

  • Maps of the area.
  • Information on nearby repair and rental shops.
  • An area where clothes and equipment can be set to dry.
  • Laundry service (for a fee).
  • A hearty buffet breakfast.
  • Packed lunches and snacks.

The rooms

The hotel offers three types of rooms: the standard room, the standard room with terrace or garden, and the superior room.

The swimming pool

Pausania Inn’s good-sized outdoor swimming pool is a great spot to relax and sip a drink. Surrounded by flowers and a lawn shaded by Mediterranean trees, this is an inviting setting in which to rest while musing on the beauty and serenity of the area. You can spend many leisurely hours on the comfortable lawn chairs and hammocks here, delighting in the mild weather and the sweet scents wafting from the garden.

Pausania Inn is the ideal place to return to in the evening, to take in some fresh air and tranquility after an exciting day at the beach. But you can also choose to indulge your resort fantasy and spend a lazy day poolside, relaxing before traveling to other destinations. Suited to adults and children, our sun-kissed swimming pool enjoys breathtaking views of the Mountains of Aggius, which you will never forget.

Food and Wine

Gallura is a land of tradition, and the unique flavors and aromas of its remarkably authentic cuisine nourish both body and soul. During your stay at Pausania Inn, be prepared to take a journey into Sardinia’s culinary past and present, and to experience the simple, yet varied and refined cuisine of this wonderful Italian region.

Cast aside memories of chain restaurants and fast-food meals gobbled down on a lunch break from the office… Relax, enjoy the wonderful delicacies on offer here, and let our waiters pamper you.

Before you leave, you’ll have had a chance to taste and smell our delicious myrtle liqueur and the strong distilled spirit called Filuferru, our wonderful local honey poured over warm homemade seadas (cheese-filled sweets), and our delicate Sardinian extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the paper-thin flatbread that is one of the hallmarks of the region’s cuisine, pane carasau. Sit down, order a bottle of local wine, and let the journey begin!

Art in the Hotel

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.

The Restaurant

Pausania Inn’s restaurant serves Italian and typical 
Sardinian cuisine. Among other dishes, our experienced chef 
prepares excellent gnocchetti sardi (small, durum wheat gnocchi, usually served with a tomato-based sauce), porcetto al mirto (pork seasoned with myrtle), zuppa alla Gallurese (layered bread and cheese, baked in a meat broth), seadas (cheese-filled sweets, often topped with honey) and lots more. Our specialties are simple and hearty, and make ample use of local ingredients. Also, on request we are happy to serve vegetarian and gluten-free food.

Breakfast is our forte. Served as a buffet in a panoramic dining room, it comprises an assortment of homemade cakes and tortes, jams, cured meats, cereal and croissants. Indeed, you’ll find a wonderful array of sweet and savory foods that will help you fuel up for the day.

Our chef indulges his love of local traditions, and creates home-style dishes that will take you on a journey into Sardinia’s culinary past and present, and give you something to remember fondly and to discuss with your friends after you get back home.

Local delicacies are highlighted in our daily menus, and our wine list showcases excellent wines from nearby vineyards. You will also find a selection of traditional dishes on the special menu dubbed “our Chef recommends”.

Please let us know if you have any food intolerances or allergies: we will gladly suggest alternatives or come up with substitutions in our preparations so that you may enjoy our varied cuisine.

Original recipes and love of good food are our only secret ingredients. We look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant here at Pausania Inn!

Receptions and Parties

Thanks to its strategic and panoramic location, Pausania Inn offers a wonderful setting for many social occasions. There is no better place in the area for a poolside birthday party in summer, a wedding reception, or a lunch to mark a special event. The hotel is home to a vast hall that can be used for all kinds of ceremonies, a large restaurant renovated in 2014 and a panoramic outdoor patio for when the weather is warm.

Here at Pausania Inn we are happy to host banquets for all kinds of social gatherings, and to make all our common areas available to our guests. We take pride in being committed to the success of your special day: whatever the occasion may be, our mission is to ensure that you and your guests enjoy yourselves and are filled with wonderful memories of your time at Pausania Inn for many years to come.

Wedding Receptions

If you are deciding where to have your wedding reception, why don’t you give us a call or stop by to inquire about Pausania Inn as a possible venue?

One of the advantages of welcoming your guests in a hotel is that they could spend the night. Not only can the bride and groom arrange to stay following the reception, their friends and family can also plan to remain after the party, and even decide to seize the opportunity to enjoy a few days in Tempio Pausania and the surrounding area.

The menu can be tailored to your needs and wishes, and you’ll be able to take your pick from our range of halls and common areas, including our swimming pool and patio, our large indoor restaurant and our panoramic dining room. Further, at Pausania Inn you can count on the fact that your every need will be attended to by qualified staff members, whose enthusiasm and professionalism will contribute to making your special day unforgettable.

However you envision your wedding, you’ll be able to live out your fantasy here at Pausania Inn. Our staff is ready to collaborate with you to make sure that every detail, from the flower arrangements to the food served to your guests, is as you dreamed it would be. It’s your special day, and we are committed to turning it into the great success it deserves to be.

Business stays

Book your work-related stay at Pausania Inn now!

Less than 10 minutes by car from Tempio’s courthouse, the hotel offers Budget Stays, in standard rooms, when trials are scheduled to take place in town. Fares include the following:

  • Overnight stay;
  • Buffet breakfast;
  • Unlimited wi-fi connection.

If you are looking for a little extra pampering, book our Top Services and for an additional fee enjoy:

  • Shuttle bus service to and from the courthouse;
  • An aperitif with a selection of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of red wine from Tempio’s excellent winery.

Servizi family

Children of all ages, welcome to Pausania Inn! Our swimming pool has a shallow section that is ideal for younger children to splash around in (with adult supervision). Throughout their holiday, mom and dad can count on the following:

Nanny Service: babysitting on request;

Discounted fares for children:

  • Children under 3 years of age sharing the room with two paying adults, and sleeping in their same bed, can stay free of charge. Cribs cost €10 per night;
  • Added beds for children aged 3-11 cost €25 per night, and the fare includes breakfast;
  • Added beds for children over 12 years of age cost €35 per night, and the fare includes breakfast.

With its relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, its swimming pool suited to adults and children alike, and its outdoor tennis court, Pausania Inn is the perfect hillside resort for you and your family. We look forward to greeting you.

Pet Hotel

We will be happy to welcome your four-legged friends to Pausania Inn: upon booking, let us know that you are planning on bringing a pet along, and we will set aside for you an adequate room, equipped with a terrace or private garden whenever possible. We will also provide a bowl and a dog basket. A daily surcharge of €15.00 applies.

Suggested Activities

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:

  • Visit Tempio Pausania, long 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: the Cathedral of Saint Peter, the Oratory of the Rosary and the Church of the Holy Cross; the house of Nino Visconti, the last ruler of the Giudicato di Gallura, cited by Dante in the eighth Canto of the Purgatory; via Mannu, described in the past as “a noblemen’s street,” because it was home to the Spanish aristocracy; the Theater of the Carmine (1929) and the adjacent cloister (1650). In via Roma, a few steps from the cathedral, marvel at the creations of tailor and designer Anna Grindi, who in 1999 patented a fabric made of cork, Suberis. Visit the old train station dating back to the 1930s, and check out Giuseppe Biasi’s charming murals in the waiting room; the train station’s workshop, from the late 1800s, is closed to the public, but it’s worth asking the staff if they’ll let you take a peek inside. Stroll along the Fonte Nuova, Tempio’s summer boulevard, and walk up the steepish pine grove of Saint Lawrence to the springs of Rinaggiu.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Nuraghe Majori, 500 m from the hotel.
  • Hike or walk on Mount Limbara.
  • Go to the nearby Moon Valley, whose wind-molded granite sculptures are a breathtaking sight.
  • Enjoy a boat outing on Lake Liscia, and visit the thousand-year-old olive trees of Luras.
  • Ride in a boat on the Coghinas River, where bird-watching opportunities abound.
  • Visit the Archipelago of La Maddalena, stopping on the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and Caprera (you can also book a seafood lunch on board the boat).
  • Take part in a wine tasting at the Piero Mancini Vineyards (Olbia), 40 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Spend the day at the Aquafantasy water park (Isola Rossa), 30 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • Spend a few hours at the spa in Casteldoria (S. Maria Coghinas), 40 minutes by car from the hotel.
  • Head out to the Island of Tavolara, from Porto San Paolo, about an hour by car from the hotel.

Tempio and environs

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.