Welcome to Castelsardo


The town was originally designed as a defensive fort by a 12th-century Genoese family. Named Castel Genoese, it was the subject of much fighting and in 1448 it fell to the Spanish, who changed its name to Castel Aragonese. It later became part of the Kingdom of Sardinia under the Piedmontese Savoy dynasty and, in 1767, took its current name, which means Sardinian castle.

Inland, the verdant hills of the rural Anglona district harbour a number of interesting sights, including a much-loved roadside rock resembling a proud old elephant.


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$188.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cagliari: Castelsardo and the Sardinian Pyramide

Full day tour departing from Cagliari, drive for 3 hours in a minivan through the amazing Sardinian countryside towards the northwest of the island. Explore one of Sardinia's most beautiful medieval cities on a tour of Castelsardo. It may have been the legendary  Tibula of Roman times, but by the Middle Ages it was already an impenetrable centuries-old fortress protected by thick walls and 17 towers, until the advent of modern weaponry. The original nucleus of Castelsardo grew up around the castle of the Dorias, which tradition dates to 1102, although it was probably constructed in the late XIII century.  In the early XVI century the castle was renamed  Castillo Aragonés and became the seat of the bishopric until the  Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate was built in 1586. This amazing building has a bell tower perched over the sea, is graced with a gleaming ceramic dome and houses crypts in the basement, which in turn are home to the Maestro di Castelsardo museum. During the reign of the Savoy dynasty, the town was given the name it has today. It belongs to the Most Beautiful Towns of Italy Association and its noble fortifications – the bastions and steep stairs – remain intact.  Discover one of the monuments considered a unicum in Sardinia: the steep pyramid of Monte d'Accoddi, which recalls the famous Mesopotamian Ziqqurat. The site, dating back to the fourth millennium BC, is surrounded by a mystery mist. The excursion will continue in the beautiful city of Castelsardo (formerly known as Castel Aragonese and Castel Genovese) overlooking the Gulf of Asinara. The tour also includes a visit to the Elephant Rock, Domus de janas, a symbol of the Anglican territory. Your local guide will be keen to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and recall interesting anecdotes for you before driving you back to your hotel.

$2177.91 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7 Days Gran Tour Sardinia and Corsica

Day 1 Genoa or Rome - overnight on boardExcursion in the sorroundings of Genoa or Rome depending on your choice. Night ferry to Olbia.Day 2 Olbia - Palau - Maddalena and CapreraTransfer to Palau for check in. Afterrnoon visiting the wonderful islands of Maddalena and Caprera. Overnight.Day 3 - Costa Smeralda (B)After breakfast, a full day excursion to one of the symbol of the island, centre of luxury and amazing beaches and villages.Day 4 - Stintino - Capo Caccia - Alghero (B)After breakfast, across the north of Sardinia, visit of Stintino and its bay, Capo Caccia and its amazing views and Alghero, beautiful sea resort sorrounded by old wall.Day 5 - Castelsardo - Santa Teresa - Bonifacio (B)After breakfast, departure to Castelsardo, fortified town of the Genoese and Santa Teresa, just in front of Corsica Coast. In one hour aprox. corss of Bonifacio Channel and arrival to Corsica, visit of the city and overnight.Day 6 Bonifacio - Ajaccio - Corte - Bastia (B)Across all the French island, visit of its capital, Ajaccio, where Napoleon Bonaparte was born, Corte, the old capital in the inner and wilder side of Corisca and Bastia, on the top.Day 7 Bastia - return to Genoa or Roma (B)In the morning, visit of the city. Then, transfer to the port and return to Genoa or Roma (via Livorno). Option to Roma could be possibly by train.

$1424.91 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Days Sardinia Tour from Genoa

Day 1 Genoa or Rome - overnight on boardExcursion in the sorroundings of Genoa or Rome depending on your choice. Night ferry to Olbia.Day 2 Olbia - Palau - Maddalena and CapreraTransfer to Palau for check in. Afterrnoon visiting the wonderful islands of Maddalena and Caprera. Overnight.Day 3 - Costa Smeralda (B)After breakfast, a full day excursion to one of the symbol of the island, centre of luxury and amazing beaches and villages.Day 4 - Stintino - Capo Caccia - Alghero (B)After breakfast, across the north of Sardinia, visit of Stintino and its bay, Capo Caccia and its amazing views and Alghero, beautiful sea resort sorrounded by old wall.Day 5 - Castelsardo - Santa Teresa - overnight board the ferry (B)After breakfast, departure to Castelsardo, fortified town of the Genoese and Santa Teresa, just in front of Corsica Coast. Transfer to Olbia and return to Genoa or Roma.Day 6Transfer to Genoa or Rome city centre.

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Entrance Ticket to MIM and MOG Museums in Castelsardo

Visit: Museo dell'Intreccio MediterraneoYou will visit the museum of Mediterranean Weaving and the Genoa origins of the town of Castelsardo, which also gives a panoramic view from the fortess. Along the streets of the town one can still come across basketmakers who are both historical and modern figures, sitting in front of their houses weaving with dwarf palm, marine hay or raffia, almost as if they need to communicate this tradition to tourists as well as to their own fellow citizens, Their artifacts, on display for the tourists and passersby, recall the techniques, forms and decorations of the ancient basketworking tradition of Castelsardo but also reflect the personal tastes and innovative talent of the contemporary local craftsmen. In Sardinia, the varying distribution of the weft fiber on the warp determines the distinction between two different compositional techniques: coiling and twining. To these we can add the techniques used for roofing and mats; for sacred occasions or ceremonies, like the Easter palms; for the caning of the typical Sardinian kitchen chairs; for articles used in daily work activities depending on the type of work involved; fishing creels or breadbaskets. The history of Castelsardo originates under the medieval name of Castelgenovese, the fortress belonging to the Ligurian family, the Doria. Its story is linked to a myth belied by historical fact: its founding, for centuries dated at 1102, because of an erroneous interpretation of medieval data by the historian and humanist Giovanni Francesco Fara from Sassari (1543-1591). The exact year is difficult to establish because a foundation charter of the fortress does not exist, it was first mentioned in 1272 in a letter sent by Carlo D’Angiò, King of Sicily to the municipality of Genoa asking that justice be rendered to Guglielmo di Saint-Gilles, a citizen of Palermo, who had been imprisoned in the fortress.

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MUSEUM AMPURIENSE - Standard Ticket

L'allestimento museale occupa i suggestivi ambienti ipogei da alcuni anni scoperti sotto i pavimenti della Cattedrale. Da subito, si sono individuati due obiettivi importanti: da una parte, far conoscere ai più opere inedite tra le quali il simulacro della Madonna di Salasciu (XIII sec.); dall'altra ottenere la definitiva riunificazione dell'intero ciclo del retablo di Castelsardo, mediante l'esposizione, nella sede d'origine, delle tavole del San Michele Arcangelo, della Trinità e dei Quattro santi opere di quell'anonimo pittore che proprio da Castelsardo prende il nome. Il notevole flusso di visitatori ha richiesto il potenziamento dei servizi museali mediante l'apertura di due nuove locations espositive individuate nel centro storico del borgo nei locali dell’ex Episcopio e dell’ex Seminario, rimodulate per le esposizioni museali e temporanee. Su tutte le opere emerge quella del cosiddetto “Maestro di Castelsardo" che, alla fine del '400, lasciava nel retablo della Madonna con angeli musicanti ed altre tavole, il culmine della pittura sarda dell'epoca, inserendo l'isola a pieno titolo nei flussi culturali più evoluti dell'Italia del rinascimento e della Spagna incantata dai maestri fiamminghi. Le pergamene e i documenti di archivio testimoniano una storia di cinque secoli. La raccolta del Museum Ampuriense intende documentare e rendere fruibile questo patrimonio d'arte e di cultura.

$2363.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Road of Tastes Sardinia

Day 1: Arrival at Alghero/Olbia airport/port, transfer (optional) and check-in in the hotel. Day 2:  RIVIERA DEL CORALLO, SARDINIAN VILLAGE & TRADITIONAL CUISINE. One of the most beautiful Mediterranean coasts Coral Riviera, the marine park of Porto Conte, the highest point of the promontory of Capo Caccia, Neptune’s Grotto and the famous stairs Cabirol.  Traditional dinner in Sardinian village. A journey into the traditional life, culture and cuisine of Sardinia. Agriturismo, typical farmhouse, home-made food, cooked according to the old traditions.  Day 3: ALGHERO AND TYPICAL CUISINE. Walking tour around a charming old town of the 12th century. Medieval streets, romantic landscapes, small boutiques and typical jewelery shops with a famous coral of Alghero.  Seafood lunch with a typical cuisine and wine of Alghero. Day 4: CASTELSARDO, LOCAL WINERY, OLIVE OIL AND SEAFOOD. Medieval town of Castelsardo, which stands on a promontory in the center of the Asinara Gulf with breathtaking landscape from the top of the chapel on the sea around the island of Asinara and Corsica. Elephant Rock in the natural form of an elephant and a prehistoric burial «domus de janas». Wine and olive oil tasting in a typical local family winery.  Sardinian sea-food experience in the famous local restaurant. Day 5: SASSARI AND TYPICAL CUISINE. Sassari, the north capital and cultural center of the island, with one of the largest old centers one of the oldest university in Italy, small charming squares, strong local traditions, recognized as one of the best places for quality of life and climate.  Dinner in the traditional “trattoria” of Sassari.Day 6: MYSTERIOUS NURAGHE, ANCIENT CUISINE WITH BREAD. Nuraghe, huge conical stone towers, is the symbol of ancient civilization existed in Sardinia 5-7 thousand years ago, an important example of the prehistoric architecture of the Mediterranean.  Lunch in the typical “panefratteria”, cuisine made only with local bread  according to the old traditional recipes.Day 7: GALLURA AND AGGIUS. Gallura with the sculptured granite rocks, wild forests with ancient cork oaks, breathtaking landscapes and beaches. Aggius, amazing medieval town called “granite village” among the rocks and forests also known for its beautiful  carpets, ethnographical and banditry museums. Spectacular Moon Valley (or Plain of the Great Stones) surrounded by large granite boulders with anthropomorphic forms.  Lunch in typical restaurant with traditional cuisine of Gallura or picnic in the Moon Valley. Day 8: Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to the Olbia or Alghero airport/port.