Castelsardo old town - Sardinia

View from Castelsardo town

Trip to Castelsardo town

Most visitors go to Sardinia because of theirs great beaches and colorfull of the sea. Of course Sardinia offers more than lounge on the sand while looking the yachts in the distance.

On the north side of Sardinia about 30 km far from Sassari one find medieval town Castelsardo. It is situated in Asinara Gulf on a cliff above the harbour. The old town above harbour and the beach is surrounded by bastions.


Castelsardo town

The castle of Castelsardo

The castle was built by the Doria family in the 12th century. They named it Castelgenovese (Genoese castle) and built both their power base and an impregnable fortress here. Fortified villa Doria, was created together with Alghero in the twelfth century, to protect traffic Maritime Genoa. The place where the castel is situated - on a high and rocky promontory with sheer cliffs under the sea - was solid fortifications.

Castelgenovese changed authority and name in the 15th century, becoming Castell’Aragonese (Aragonese castle), a royal town. Centuries later, the Piedmontese acquired Sardinia from Spain (via Austria and the treaty of Utrecht) and Castell’Aragonese got renamed Castelsardo.

Castelsardo - museum







Walking through tiny streets of Castelsardo

The historic centre of Castelsardo has preserved its medieval essence over time. Walk through tiny, streets and steep stairs lead us up the hill towards Doria castle. Scenic path around the castle walls lead up to the cathedral. From here one can enjoy some wonderful views across the bay of Asinara. The town itself is well known by weaving of basket .

Castelsardo town - offers of gasthouses

Castelsardo is great starting point

to explore north part of Sardinia island. From here one can visit Isola Rossa, Elephant Rock, Capo Caccia, Stintino with the stunning beach of “ La Pelosa”, crystal clear water and fine white sand.
During the summer months the town has many processions and concerts. However, the most famous is the Lunissanti which takes place during Easter weekend which involves processions and finishing with an evening torchlight parade. The town has a lot of restaurants, bars and hotels and at the end also its own small beach.