The northern part of the island gives witness to all the power and beauty of nature, which from the limestone cliffs of Capo Caccia to the granite outcrops of Gallura was shaped over thousands of years by the wind and waves.
Undisputed queen of the western coast is the beautiful small town of Alghero
: this is a fortified town strongly influenced by its Catalan heritage
, facing the sea over its fortified bastions, which today enclose a lively, welcoming historic centre. All around, the Riviera del Corallo
alternates long white beaches with spectacular rocky promontories dropping sheer into the sea.
Driving south of Alghero on the scenic coastal road you will reach picturesque Bosa
, whose colourful historic centre stretches along the banks of the River Temo.
The northern coast hosts the wide Gulf of Asinara
, which embraces the stretch of sea from Asinara island to Capo Testa. Don’t miss an excursion to the Asinara island, with its white donkeys, a day on the beautiful beach of La Pelosa
and a visit to Castelsardo
, a romantic small fortified town with a charming historic centre.
has a landscape of granite mountains clothed in cork tree woods which from the heights of Monte Limbara drop gently down to the sea creating an ever-changing coastline. Symbols of this area are the Costa Smeralda
and the Archipelago of La Maddalena
, natural havens surrounded by turquoise seas
. Scattered in the natural landscape are small towns with rich history, small churches perched on the rocks and important archaeological sites.
Not to be missed in Northern Sardinia
Stintino and Asinara
Where to stay in Northern Sardinia
Variety is the strong point of Northern Sardinia, which offers to sea and beach lovers a series of hotels and resorts just a short distance from the beaches, not forgetting country experiences in converted farm structures and resorts, historic residences and charming B&B, solutions offering great style in the historic centres of charming small towns.
When to visit Northern Sardinia
Each season, this part of Sardinia offers visitors varying attractive facets. During the summer, it’s impossible to resist the call of the beaches; in spring and autumn Bosa, Alghero, Castelsardo and the small hamlets of Gallura are delightful places to discover; winter offers many mild days ideal for nature walks.