Sardinia’s north-western coast has been known since Roman times for its red coral, which is harvested from the stunning seabed and then fashioned into fine jewellery. This area has breath-taking panoramic vistas of untouched coves, turquoise waters and sparkling white beaches, like the marvellous Pelosa di Stintino.
If you plan to visit this destination, you must certainly visit Alghero, the elegant city of Catalan flavours. Nor should you miss a trip to see the rocky cliffs at Capo Caccia with its renowned caves, Grotte di Nettuno.
Other places to explore include the evocative villages of Bosa, with its charming pastel-painted houses, and Castelsardo, with its precipitous cliffs down to the sea. Then there are the fascinating archaeological sites of ancient civilisations, such as Nuraghe Santu Antine at Torralba and the curious Monte d’Accoddi, that recall the Mesopotamian Ziggurat era. Plus, there are traditional festivals in Sassari, like the costumed processions of Discesa dei Candelieri and the Cavalcata sarda, and the pristine National Park of Asinara.
Remember the food and wine delicacies, from the Catalan-style lobster washed down with Sella&Mosca wine, and the grand finale being the super-sweet wine, Malvasia di Bosa.
Admire the amazing colours of the beach, La Pelosa in Stintino, a blend of super-white sand and turquoise sea
Discover Castelsardo, a charming village, and one of the prettiest in Italy, suspended on rocks over the sea
Lose yourself in the narrow streets of Bosa, between the colourful houses and the stunning panorama over the Temo river
Enjoy the exquisite beaches on the north-west coast of Sardinia: Bombarde, Lazzaretto, La Speranza and Cala Compultitu
Stroll through Alghero’s ramparts, known as ‘little Barcellona’ where they speak Catalan
Visit the curious archaeological site of Monte d'Accoddi
Taste the Malvasia DOC wine, produced in the Bosa countryside
Take a trip off-road to Asinara, the unspoilt island known for having been a high-security prison
Go back in time by visiting the Nuragic settlement at Palmavera
Visit the Romanesque Basilica of Santissima Trinità di Saccargia, a few kilometres from Sassari