Developing along an almost flat hollow and framed by rugged granite mountains, Padru only became an independent commune in 1966, following its separation from the commune of Buddusò. Historical documentation is scarce, but through in-depth research we can find evidence of the Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval Ages. Definite information can be found in the Vatican Archives of the XIV century, which record for the first time the names of “Olefà”, an inhabited centre that was located in today’s Berchideddu, and also of “Urrà” situated on the plateau in the area of Ludurru. Nowadays the Commune, as well as this main centre, comprises twelve other fractions: Su Graniadolzu, Budò e Biasì Su Graniadolzu, Budò, Biasì, Sozza, Cuzzola, Sos Runcos, Su Nodalvu, Su Tirialzu, Sas Enas, Sa Pedra Bianca, Sa Serra and Ludurru. The territory is on the frontier between Gallura and Logudoro, and is affected by the specific cultural and economic factors of these respective areas. Its extraordinary geographical position puts it at just a few kilometres from the seaside resorts of San Teodoro and the Costa Smeralda, which are linked by safe and fast roads. This has certainly privileged the constant and growing development which the village and its territory have undergone in the past few years, placing it at the forefront of the competent and wide tourist panorama of the Gallura area, and helping to boost its local economy and exalt its own specific characteristics.
Padru is found in a particularly ideal location to welcome the tourists who arrive on the north-eastern coast of the Island, since it is only 20 km from Olbia and 13 from San Teodoro. The area allows you to make excursions to incomparable beauties of the marvellous beaches and to the enchanting landscapes of the hinterland. This extraordinary surrounding backdrop is enriched by the typical character of its views. The numerous paths in the Communal territory allow you to admire the characteristic hollows and various-shaped rocks, in an environment of spectacular natural and panoramic interest, in the midst of woods and springs. In the territory of Padru there are a number of buildings of relevant historical and artistic importance, excluding the two little Churches of San Michele and of Sant'Elia Profeta, surrounded by age- old oak trees and also the numerous uninhabited suburbs with their peculiar characteristics, for which a programme of renovation and improvements is underway. The Church of San Michele Arcangelo, in particular, is of nineteenth century construction and represents a most beautiful example of Sardinian rural architecture, not unlike the houses of the local farmers and shepherds. The area of “Santu Miali” is of great archaeological interest, enclosed in a valley with dense vegetation but easily reached by a communal road. This area comprises a probable Roman villa, a necropolis and the remains of two medieval churches. Trekking fans can really enjoy long walks on the slopes of Mount Nieddu, which reaches an altitude of 971 m. This is one of the most rugged and wild areas of the Island and still preserves traces of old woods of yew trees, whose hard and prized wood was used in the San Teodoro area for the manufacture of furniture and utensils.
The old agro-pastoral tradition is kept alive in the various little hamlets found in the commune, mainly involved in production from the primary sector of the mountain and valley areas, finding a natural outlet in the production of excellent D.O.C (authenticated trademark) products, ranging from wine to bitter honey, wine, cheeses, salamis and meat, all of which go to supply the demand from the coastal tourist area. There are many agritourism businesses in the area, some of the first in Sardinia, which thanks to the variety and the genuineness of their typical products, enhanced by the ancient knowledge of traditional cuisine, have conquered a place for themselves in the market and also gained considerable esteem. These factors, together with the natural hospitality of its simple and friendly people, certainly go to make up the main reason behind the fame and importance that this splendid territory has assumed nowadays. Finally, the Commune of Padru organizes numerous cultural and artistic events , like the “Biennale di Pittura”(Biennial Exhibition of Painting) which is attracting more and more tourists.