Castelsardo and Alghero – Where to go in Sardinia?

Best Sardinian Places to visit


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By providing a perfect balance between paradisiacal beaches and several things to do, Alghero and Castelsardo have been inserted in the “Top 10 Sardinian Places”.

They are indeed two seaside Sardinian destinations located in the Province of Sassari. They are both ancient fishing towns, fill in culture, bars and restaurants as well as ancient and natural sites for the history and nature lovers.  
Castelsardo and Alghero are lively town during the mid-season and summer months.
They offer all the attractions of the coast without the glitz of the Costa Smeralda and without giving up to a more romantic and secluded stay in the Island.


 


Castlesardo is one of “The most beautiful villages in Italy” set on a promontory in the Gulf of Asinara.
The surrounding area is characterized by Mediterranean scrub , while the coast presents rocky bays, coves and sand beaches as Baia Ostina, Badesi, Isola Rossa. Furthermore Castelsardo is about 70 km from Alghero airport and only 30 km from the port of Porto Torres.

Centered around the Doria Castle which was built in the 12th century, Castelsardo  is a little town of 5 thousands inhabitants with colourful houses and picturesque narrow streets. Obviously, it houses traditional shops which line the cobblestoned streets and plenty of fantastic traditional Sardinian restaurants to choose from. There are many ways to enjoy the area with national parks, castles and archaeological museum, and even a rock that is shaped like an elephant trunk.

Here you are a short list of things to see in Castelsardo:
Doria Castle
Museum of Mediterranean Weaving and the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
On the road that connects Castelsardo with Valledoria, you cand find a fascinating Domus de Janas, the Elephant Rock and the Nuraghe Paddaggiu.


If you are you looking for a little boutique hotel in Castelsardo, Hotel Bajaloglia is  what CharmingSardinia recommend!

 


Also called the Sardinian Barceloneta, Alghero welcomes you with colorful facades, an ancient  elegance and stunning sea views from every secret corners of the town.

The nickname “Barceloneta” deals with the Catalan-Aragon conquest, that left a strong mark in the cuisine, architecture, traditions and above all, an important linguistic heritage. Alghero has, actually, preserved the use of a minority language:  a variant of  Catalan.

Alghero is characterized by a peaceful and relaxing setting, couple of nice small restaurants and fun guaranteed for food and beach lovers.

Strolling around the charming old town and the lively and romantic waterfront is a good way of tuning in to the city’s laid-back rhythms. Among the  most fascinating natural jewels of this destination and its nearby are the Cave of Neptune, the climbing route Via Ferrata del Cabirol, the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju and above all the amazing Alghero beaches: amazing, long and sandy beach, crystal clear water.

The city beach is San Giovanni, within a walking distance for those who stay in the city center and wish to have all services nearby. Most beautiful beaches are just a few minutes away by car and you cannot afford to miss:

Maria Pia Pine Forest Beach (2 km from Alghero)
Bombarde Beach (10 Km from Alghero)
Mugoni Beach (15 Km from Alghero)
Stintino beach (40 km from Alghero)


If you are you looking for a 4-star seaside hotel, El Faro Hotel is what CharmingSardinia recommend!

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