Welcome to Castelsardo, an enchanting holiday destination.
Whether you are looking for relaxation on the beach, adventure or cultural experiences, Castelsardo will be the ideal destination for an unforgettable holiday.
Castelsardo: a charming medieval village
Castelsardo, one of the best-preserved villages in Sardinia and in Italy, welcomes you with its extraordinary beauty. Positioned on a rock of volcanic origin, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Gulf of Asinara, the mountains of Gallura, and even Corsica.
Surrounded by ancient walls, the village is a labyrinth of narrow alleys and steep stairways, where it is possible to observe women who weave graceful baskets with palm leaves, rush, and sedge, often decorated with figures and ornamental motifs.
Founded in 1101/1102 by the Genoese Doria family, it was originally called Castel Genovese. In 1448, it passed to the Aragonese and took the name of Castell’Aragonese, to then become Castelsardo in 1769.
The various rulers that have followed – Genoese, Catalan, and Piedmontese – have left an indelible mark on this fascinating country. The influence of different cultures can be seen not only in the local dialect but also in daily activities, in folklore (such as the evocative Easter procession called Lunissanti, which dates back to the Middle Ages and has remained intact in its ancient ritual, attracting the interest of tourists and enthusiasts every year) and in the monuments.
Among the main points of interest are the Town Hall, the Franciscan church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with its adjacent convent, and the Cathedral from the 1500s, dedicated to Sant’Antonio Abate. The Cathedral houses important works of art, including an altarpiece with a Madonna and Child in the centre by the Master of Castelsardo who is considered the most important Sardinian painter of the 15th century.
The town offers a panorama of singular beauty and is one of the main tourist destinations on the island. Come and discover the charm of Castelsardo and immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience.
Asinara amid history and nature
A lovely island located off the northwestern coast of Sardinia, Asinara offers a unique mix of history and nature. This unspoilt corner of the region, with its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is a real treasure to explore.
The history of Asinara dates back to ancient times, with traces of prehistoric settlements that can still be admired. However, the best known period of the island is the one linked to the prison system. From 1885 to 1997, Asinara housed a maximum security prison, making it one of the most famous and mysterious islands in Italy. Today, it is possible to visit the prison and discover the secrets this story has left behind.
But Asinara offers more than fascinating history: its unspoiled nature is just as interesting. The island is a protected national park that is rich in unique flora and fauna. The wild beauty of the Mediterranean maquis, the white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters make Asinara a true paradise for nature lovers. Rare bird species, such as Eastern Falcon and hoopoe, can be spotted as you explore the trails that criss-cross the island.
History and nature come together in a unique experience, let yourself be conquered by timeless charm.