San Pantaleo was built around a small church which formed a community, and was named after a local priest in 1895. Every year between 27th - 30th of July, the locals celebrate their saint with festivities and folk dancing.
The town is lively during the summer and every Tuesday there is a market in the open air selling authentic crafts. Tourists from all over Costa Smeralda come to visit this market. There is a bank, a pharmacy and a post office in the town and also a few small hotels. Otherwise though, it is tranquil and peaceful.
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In the surrounding mountains, there is the possibility of excursions on mountainbike or horseback if you do not want to drive a car. In addition to the picturesque Costa Smeralda, where every bay offers crystal clear sea waters and beautiful beaches, there is also the opportunity to play golf at the nearby Pevero golf course.