CASTELSARDO – Things to see and best beaches


Those who decide to spend a few days holiday in Northern Sardinia can not miss a visit to Castelsardo. Considered one of the most beautiful villages of Sardinia and Italy.

Directly on the sea is dominated by the castle that – still intact for over 1000 years – stands in defense of its low houses and its historic center that stands right on its slopes.

Founded in 1270 by the Genoese family of the Doria family, it has an ancient history. Conquered in 1400 by the Spaniards it was baptized Castellaragonese and for about 300 years it belonged to the kingdom of Spain. From 1720 it was reconquered from Italy by the Savoy and finally became Castelsardo

Why you should visit Castelsardo?

Because it is and like a jewel set in the rock. It will captivate you for its numerous natural and historical beauties. It offers one of the most spectacular views because it is located right in the middle of the Gulf of Asinara where on clear days you can glimpse the mountains of Corsica.

The Castello dei Doria remains intact after centuries. It stands right on the promontory surrounded by walls around which the village of colorful low houses and narrow alleys develops. The castle can be visited all year round from Monday to Sunday. In July and August it stays open until late at night! The ticket price is € 3

In the alleys of the old town, stop to observe the small shops where women weave baskets of dwarf palm. An ancient art and still very present in everyday life. An exhibition of hand-crafted objects can be found in the Museo dell’Intreccio which can be visited in the rooms inside the Castle. 

Book the ticket online to visit the Museum of Intreccio

Castelsardo enjoys a unique position because a short distance from the most beautiful tourist sites of Sardinia. About 50 minutes drive from the beautiful village of Stintino and the famous La Pelosa beach.

For those arriving by plane in one of the airports of northern Sardinia, it is only 70 km from Alghero airport and about 100 km from Olbia airport

Without a doubt, you can not leave without visiting some of the most evocative places in the North of Sardinia


1. Castello dei Doria

2. Church of Nostra Signora di Tergu

3. Piazza del Novecentenario

4. Piazza del Duomo

5. Sant’Antonio Cathedral

6. Domus de Janas (the fairy houses)

8. The elephant rock

9. Lu Bagnu beach


Castelsardo offers a wide choice of small hotels, B&Bs and and self catering apartments. You will feel at home in this small village where you can live in close contact with the locals


Our suggestions for the Families

Una Rotonda sul mare

A wonderful terrace where you can have breakfast facing the sea. Start the day with the scent of the sea breeze!

Hotel & SPA Riviera Castelsardo

Aamzing Sea view, indoor swimming pool with SPA. Restaurant with local products and a central location. One of the TOP choices for families!

How to get to Castelsardo

By plane

Alghero-Fertilia is the closest airport to Castelsardo, about 1h by car. On the opposite side on the east coast you can get to the Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport about 1h 40 minutes away

By car

If you arrive by plane you definetely need to rent a car. The choice of a good car rental is important and must be done carefully. One of the best companies that offer a full protection is RentalCar. You can compare the prices and book directly online:

By Ferry

Porto Torres is the nearest port at only 35 minutes away. In about 1 hour and 50 minutes you can reach the ports of Golfo Aranci and Olbia on the north east coast.
On our ferries page you can see all the routes and compare the rates: Ferries to Sardinia Offers

By Bus

Travelling by by bus is not really a comfortable choice in Sardinia. Unfortunately, public transport has many shortcomings. However, there are bus companies that connect Castelsardo with the main cities in the north: BUS line ARST 721-724 towards Sassari. BUS line ARST 728 towards Santa Teresa di Gallura. BUS line ARST 753 and 9317 towards Porto Torres


Many beaches are located around the village. It is worth visiting them all! The most famous is the beach of Lu Bagnu, a small beach with crystal clear water and fine white sand.

Visit all the beaches around Castelsardo

  • San pietro beach
  • Cala Ostina
  • Cala La Vignaccia
  • Cantareddi
  • Lu Bagnu
  • Marina di Castelsardo
  • Pedraladda
  • Punta La Capra
  • Punta Li Paddimi

The main events in Castelsardo

The Holy Week

Very impressive is living the Easter celebrations in this ancient village. The Lunissanti procession is truly exciting and attracts many faithful and tourists!

Castelsardo diVino

One of the most beautiful events takes place in the heart of summer -on the July 20th. You can spend an evening strolling through the alleys of the historic center enjoying a glass of local wine

Ferragosto Castelsardo

3 days of music and fun for the Ferragosto Castellanese, the midsummer feast. Who loves the sea, but also art and tranquility. Castelsardo offers the perfect combination to celebrate the midsummer party between sun and music.

Castelsardo New Year’s Eve

Every year the village organizes one of the funniest New Years in Sardinia. Great Italian artists and celebrations for the whole month of December. Watch the New Year’s program

WHAT TO EAT? Try these local dishes

The typical specialties of the village are those based on fish, in particular lobster and seafood but also spider crab, mullet, san pietro fish and sea urchins. Many are the typical restaurants where to taste the delicacies. The center of the village is always very lively with excellent restaurants and a fun nightlife

Zuppa alla castellanese (Castellanese fish-soup): the fish is cooked in a pan with chopped onion, parsley, oil and chilli. A tasty dish, which can be accompanied by bruschetta.

Aragosta alla castellanese (Castellanese lobster): it is the specialty of the village, fished in local waters. The sauce is the real peculiarity of this dish that is made with lobster eggs. The lobster is boiled separately and finally served with the sauce.


Alghero – The Coral Riviera

Stintino – La Pelosa beach

Olbia & Costa Smeralda

Bosa – the lovely village upon the river

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