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Castelsardo – put this colorful town in Sardinia on your list




by Vanessa White

Sardinia is not usually in the top 10 of the travelers' wishlist. But after a week on the Italian island we are more than sure it's worth it. It's a truly diverse land with an ever changing landscape – from rocky seashores to red mountain peaks, vineyards and ruins from ancient civilizations.

If you love and truly enjoy life, follow the locals' advice and have a glass of Vermentino wine watching the sunset a stone's throw from the turquoise sea.

If you like small colorful towns with friendly people and no crowds of tourists, you should visit Castelsardo in Sardinia.

Bonus: a tiny sandy beach and turquoise water.

Why to go to Castelsardo in Sardinia, Italy

Amazing views from the castle – Castelsardo is located on a small, rocky peninsula in the north of Sardinia. The historical town is built on the top of a hill. When you climb it, enter the castle. You will have to pay a small fee (around 3 euro) but the amazing 360-degree view from the top will make you want to come back to the ticket lady and pay again. Among the ancient walls of the fortress there are a few rooms of the Mediterranean Bonds Museum (Museo Dell'Intreccio Mediterraneo) where you will understand more about the past of the region while listening to Medieval-style music as if coming from the walls.

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Sant Antonio di Abate Cathedral on the edge – no, we don't suggest you say your prayer here, although it is hard not to feel the urge to do so when you arrive on the edge of the hill. The cathedral has a multicolored dome which you can see from afar and a beautiful view to Castelsardo and the port from its small terrace.

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Roam the tiny winding streets of the old town – you don't need a guidebook to find your way among the narrow cobble-stoned streets of the old town. Just walk and try to guess what's behind the next turn.

A religious procession?

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A small family restaurant or spaghetteria?

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An old lady selling her handicrafts?

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Local wine and Sardinian mirto – if you love and truly enjoy life, follow the locals' advice and have a glass of Vermentino wine watching the sunset a stone's throw from the turquoise sea. Vermentino is a Sardinian white wine (if you prefer red – get cannonau). When it's apperitivo time, order a glass of mirto - a popular liqueur on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica, produced from the berries and the leaves of the myrtle plant. It comes in two varieties – white and red.

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Beaches in Castelsardo - the coast is mostly rocky but there is a tiny sandy beach with a bar in the new part of the town (below the hill of the old town, follow Lungomare - the seashore alley).

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The Elephant Rock - or Roccia Elefante is a real life-sized rock in the realistic shape of an elephant. It is formed entirely by nature. It is situated right next to the road, 4 km from Castelsardo (follow the brown signs, direction Sassari).

Where to stay in Castelsardo – there are a few hotels in the town (in the new part) but if you stay 1-2 km away from the centre, you can find nice resorts perched on the rocks with their own little beaches and an amazing view to Castelsardo during the sunset.

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How to get to Castelsardo - Fly to Sardinia, then rent a car (the public transport in Sardinia is unreliable and not frequent enough). Castelsardo is 70 km from Alghero, 250 km from Cagliari.

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