Rete Metropolitanadel Nord Sardegna
Untouched beaches, crystal clear sea, uncontaminated inlets, cliffs, islands.
Many of the legends about the splendour of Sardinia start right here: the enchanting north-western side of the island. The two main cities are Sassari and Alghero, which are then joined by Porto Torres, Sorso, Sennori, Castelsardo, Valledoria, Stintino.
Castelsardo is an ancient medieval fortress, characterised by the Doria castle which rises opposite the sea and whose roots are set deep within its thousands-year long history as a defence point. The beaches here are amongst the most renowned of the Island and are characterised by their white sands, such as La Pelosa, famous for its clear, crystalline waters, located in Stintino, home to the Museo delle Tonnare, and nestled in the last stretch of Sardinia extending out towards the Isola dell’Asinara so close as to almost touch it. The Parco Nazionale dell’Asinara extends over the rough, sun-burnt footpaths that cross the island and which can be travelled by mountain bike, horse, an off-road vehicle or electric train. This area was inaccessible for almost a century from the founding of the Park body to the end of the 1990s, and is now rich in Mediterranean fauna and flora, with hundreds of species many of which are native.
Immediately inland we find Sassari, historical urban hub of the Capo di Sopra and ancient royal city with a wealth of art and nature, is the most important reference point of northern Sardinia, with the Museo Sanna and its many historical finds, the Fontana di Rosello, and the splendid Piazza d’Italia – the very symbol of the city. Alghero and the Riviera del Corallo are the jewels of this side of Sardinia. Near the city is the promontory of Capo Caccia which hides the famous Grotta di Nettuno. Here the water reflects the light onto the walls, creating plays of light on rooms created by nature with their stalactites and stalagmites. A fairy tale, a salty underground lake.
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