Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia

By on March 10, 2012

In no particular order of importance, as each town, beach and island, is a spectacular assault on the senses. All ten areas will leave you breathless and in awe

1. Dorgali – with its Giants’ grave, the beach of Cala Gonone, Nuraghic villages, grottos and caves, this area is yours to discover.

2. Grotta di Nettuno – is a spectacular cave just outside of Alghero. Discovered in the 18th century by fishermen, it has since turned into a tourist mecca. Guided tours are provided in Italian and English.


3. Stintino – famous for La Pelosa Beach is just one of Sardinia’s gems. Stintino is a coastal community filled with culture and history. From here you can catch a boat to the next item on the list.

4. Isola Asinara – is one of Sardinia’s National Parks. In English this island is suitably called ‘donkey island,’ for its white albino donkeys that inhabit the island. During the First World War the island saw its first maximum security prison and for 110 years the only human inhabitants were the prisoners and wardens. The prison closed in 1997 and all construction is banned on the island.

5. Castlesardo – or Casteddu in dialect is a stunning town centered around Doria Castle which was built in 1102. There are traditional shops which line the cobblestoned streets and plenty of fantastic traditional Sardinian restaurants to choose from. Castlesardo is a lively town during the summer months, filled with festivals, sagre and concerts.

6. Isola Rossa – owes its name to the deep pink to red granite islet that lies in front of the harbour. There are two beautiful beaches: Spiagga Longa and Marinedda. Both beaches are fitted for the tourist in mind. Plenty of shops, galleries, restaurants and warm Mediterranean sand to keep the traveler relaxed for days … months.

7. Santa Teresa di Gallura – on the Northern tip of the island you will find crystal clear, shallow, warm waters, plenty of shops and restaurants, the popular Rena Bianca beach, summer festivals and concerts.

8. La Maddalena – is just 2km offshore from the northeastern shore of Sardinia. La Maddalena renowned for its beaches, rocky granite terrain and ancient forts. The only way to travel to La Maddalena is by ferry leaving from Palau, Sardinia.

9. Costa Smeralda – The Emerald Coast is a rich mans gold mine. Celebrity yachts line the harbour, private helicopter services, exclusive golf clubs, dance bars and ancient giants tombs. Costa Smeralda is where the rich rub elbows.

10. Isola Tavolara – is a small island off the northeastern coast. The highest point on the island is 565 meters above sea level. At each end of the island, you will find beaches and coves, the perfect place to set off on a scuba diving excursion. There is one restaurant on the island and only a handful of families.

Has this Top 10 satisfied your hunger for Sardinia?


Originally posted on My Sardinian Life.

About Jennifer Avventura

Jennifer Avventura is a Canadian expat with over 10 years experience living the life as an expatriate. Writer, runner and a home-cooking house-wife who blogs about her Sardinian travel adventures at My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda:

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Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia