Northwestern Sardinia

Lording it over the hilltop centro storico is the medieval Castello, the centrepiece around which the original town was built. Constructed in the 12th century by the Doria family and home to Eleonora d’Arborea for a period, it commands superb views over the Golfo dell’Asinara to Corsica. It also houses a small museum, the Museo dell’Intreccio del Mediterraneo, dedicated to the basket weaving for which the town is famous.

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Nearby Northwestern Sardinia attractions

2. Chiesa di Santa Maria

0.06 MILES

Just below the Castello, the medieval Chiesa di Santa Maria is a much-loved church, venerated for its 14th-century crucifix. One of the oldest in Sardinia…

3. Cattedrale di Sant’Antonio Abate

0.08 MILES

Announcing the presence of the cathedral is its landmark bell tower, topped by a brightly tiled cupola. The cathedral itself, which sits on a panoramic…

4. Roccia dell'Elefante

2.49 MILES

From Castelsardo, the SS134 Sedini road leads to one of the area’s most lovable landmarks, the Roccia dell’Elefante, a bizarre trachyte rock that looks…

5. Nuraghe Paddaggiu

2.74 MILES

In a field off the SP90 road from Castelsardo to Valledoria, the Nuraghe Paddaggiu (meaning haystack in Sardo) was one of the last nuraghi to be built…

6. Chiesa di Nostra Signora di Tergu


Tergu, a small village 10km or so south of Castelsardo, is home to this fine 12th-century Romanesque church. Built out of wine-red trachyte and white…

7. Valledoria

5.92 MILES

About 15km east of Castelsardo, the sprawling town of Valledoria is fronted by beaches that stretch more than 10km east to the small fishing village of…

8. Museo Domus de Janas


Head to the small, sleepy town of Sedini to see one of the area's best-known domus de janas (prehistoric tombs). Gouged out of a huge calcareous rock…