Welcome to Northwestern Sardinia


The obvious belle of the ball is the coastline with its brilliant sandy beaches, heady cliffs and hidden rocky coves. But head inland and surprises await – architectural and archaeological gems litter the green, stony countryside. Most notably, a string of Pisan Romanesque churches testify to medieval glories and tumbledown ruins attest to the presence of thriving prehistoric communities.

A history of foreign rule has left an indelible mark on the area, not only in bricks and mortar but also in spirit. Alghero, the northwest's main gateway and a one-time Catalan stronghold, has a distinctly Spanish feel, while Sassari owes its cosmopolitan outlook to its past as a Genoese colony. In many ways, the entire area seems less Sardinian than other parts of the island, less rural and less reserved, but is no less enchanting for it.


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Northwestern Sardinia activities

$67.97 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Sardinian Countryside Home Cooking Class with Lunch

Live an authentic culinary experience in Sardinia. Enter the farmhouse of Eugenio in Alghero and enjoy an amazing hands-on cooking followed by a convivial lunch with his familyIf you want to spend some time pleasantly in the countryside, with simple and friendly people who love company and good food, this experience is for you! The farmhouse is just a few minutes from the center of Alghero in an easy atmosphere, relaxing and of course really familiar. The location is just 8 km from Alghero.Eugenio adores cooking and hosting guests, together with the help of his wife, who is originally from the southern region of Sardinia. Together they’ve refined a menu of Sardinian specialties, using products and raw materials from the island, like fish and vegetables from the local market, and olive oil from Puglia. Get ready to learn some of the secrets of our cuisine and enjoy the meal with your friends and family. This is a typical menu you will prepare: • appetizer: bruschetta with tomatoes ; cream cheese and rocket; vegetable fritters • First, Sardi Gnocchi Sardi with lamb sauce • Second: Scallops with lemon and roasted potatoes with rosemary • Dessert : Squares of cottage cheese flavored with orange • Sardinian red wine, Water and Mirto and limoncello, home made of course.Don't miss the chance to live this unique culinary experience.

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Nuraghe di Palmavera Admission Ticket

The nuragic complex of Palmavera is composed of blocks of limestone and sandstone and consists of a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of about fifty huts. The village was built during three phases and the oldest structures date back to the 15th century BC.The part of the village that is visible today is only a quarter of its entirety at the time of the Bronze Age, in fact the original huts of the village are about two hundred. Among the most interesting elements of this site, we must first name the meeting hut, which is the largest of the whole complex with a political-religious role. Inside there is a model of nuraghe and a unicum of the Nuragic civilization, or the cylindrical seat-throne in sandstone.The main nucleus of the site corresponds to the two nuragic towers (main tower and secondary tower) enclosed by a partly collapsed bastion made of sandstone. The secondary tower has given its turn over time, unlike the Tower A, the main one, which is well preserved and can be visited in its fantastic and striking interior.The end of the village dates back to the 8th century BC, when a violent fire probably ended the life of this place. However, attendance during the III and II BC centuries is attested.

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Nuraghe di Palmavera & Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju Admission Ticket

The nuragic complex of Palmavera is composed of blocks of limestone and sandstone and consists of a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of about fifty huts. The village was built during three phases and the oldest structures date back to the 15th century BC.The part of the village that is visible today is only a quarter of its entirety at the time of the Bronze Age, in fact the original huts of the village are about two hundred. Among the most interesting elements of this site, we must first name the meeting hut, which is the largest of the whole complex with a political-religious role. Inside there is a model of nuraghe and a unicum of the Nuragic civilization, or the cylindrical seat-throne in sandstone. The Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is one of the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia since it has one of the largest and oldest complex of artificial caves, used by different cultures from 4200 to 1800 BC. about. Discovered casually in 1903 and explored in subsequent excavation campaigns until 1967, the necropolis includes 38 domus de janas located near a stream, the Rio Filibertu. The rock, limestone sandstone, facilitated the excavation of the tombs, by means of rudimentary lithic picks, but limited its regular development especially in height. These tombs are of two types: • in the cockpit (older) with irregular floor plans; • corridors (more recent) normally arranged in T or in a radial pattern.

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Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju Admission Ticket

The architecture of the tombs is often enriched with details inspired by the houses of the living (steps, pillars, frames, false architraves, false doors, false windows, etc.), taurine horns, engravings and reliefs in the larger rooms, probably funeral ceremonies.The findings found have returned archaeological materials of the Culture of Ozieri (4200 - 3400 BC) that attest to the first moments of use; subsequently many sepulchers were reused along the entire arch of the Eneolithic (3600 - 2100 BC). The domus de janas, sealed outside with lithic manhole covers, revealed collective burials of individuals placed above all in the supine position; however, there are no secondary depositions (remains of skeletal skeletons), examples of bodies in a fetal or ruined position and rare cases of semi-cremation.The dead were buried with useful and expensive objects in life, ornaments in stone and shell, vases, lithic or bronze weapons and female idols. In addition, remains were found that testify to the use of funeral meals inside the cells and at the entrances.

$103.69 Walking & Biking Tours

Secret Coves Bicycle Tour

Meeting at  Bicycle Cafè (NEAR SPIAGGIA LE BOMBARDE) Breafing and delivery bikes with helmet and bottle of water Start from Bicycle cafè 3 HOURS BIKING TOUR CYCLING INSIDE PORTO CONTE REGIONAL PARK IN A Wonderful trails where is possible see nature and history, take a pictures and SEE One of the largest military settlements from World War II Small-group tour limited to 5 people ensures a more personalized experience IN THE END OF TOUR tasting of SARDINIA local product at bicycle cafè where you can take a rest, make a shower or drink a coffe. This is a BIKING tour with a difference, aimed to make you feel like a local and introduce you to SARDINIA hidden gems!

$63.37 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Sardinian Special Dinner at a Fisherman's House in Alghero

Make your way to a local fisherman's home near Alghero to be welcomed in for a delicious 3-hour dining experience.Enjoy an amazing dinner with Consuelo and Eugenio, based on local culinary traditions.Eugenio adores cooking and hosting guests with the help of his wife, who is originally from the Western region of Sardinia. Together they have refined a menu of Sardinian fish specialties, using products and raw materials from the island, like fish and vegetables from the local market. Alghero has an important tradition of creating delicious recipes based on the lobster. Get ready to learn some of the secrets of Sardinian cuisine and enjoy the meal with new friends. This is the lobster menu that Consuelo has created for you: Starters with the fish of the day: Catalan-style fish, octopus with potatoes, marinated sardines, octopus in garlic sauce Linguine noodle with squid ink, or spaghetti with meat sauce of conger eel, and other filleted fish Lobster a la Catalana Dessert and coffee Local wine (quarter liter per person) and water Don't miss the chance to have this unique culinary experience. If you want to spend some time in the countryside with friendly people who love company and good food, this experience is for you.