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The little town, enchanted, rises boldly perched on the top of a giant promontory which, emerging from the sea, rises soaring into the sky. It is the pearl, of rare beauty set in the center of that gulf which takes the name of Asinara, first happily called "Island of Hercules" and then "La Sinuara". The village embraces gently undulating hills, white sandy shores, but above all the sea, colored with the most loaded shades of blue and green.
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Francesco Maltinti/shutterstock
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J. Marijs/shutterstock
Elephant Rock  | Neja Hrovat/shutterstock
Elephant Rock
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Sergio Serra/shutterstock
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Vladislav T. Jirousek/shutterstock
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Marco Di Stefano/shutterstock
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Cathedral of Sant'Antonio Abate
Castelsardo   | Daniel Dorfer
Daniel Dorfer

About the village

Located in the centre of the Gulf of Asinara, in the historical region of Anglona in the north of Sardinia, it is not difficult to imagine why Castelsardo has a very ancient human history.

From here, with a single glance you can embrace all the gulf coasts, even the ones of Corsica, right in front of us. An endless series of small inlets, natural docks, to then arrive to this promontory overlooking the sea, where after centuries of history, the village of Castelsardo rises, perfectly preserved.
Founded in 1270 by the Doria family of Genoa with the name of Castelgenovese, it was then conquered by the Aragonese and renamed Castellaragonese around 1520. The current name Castelsardo dates back to 1767, when it passed definitively to the Kingdom of Savoia. The entire village is built on a cliff and is entirely surrounded by fortified walls (even 17), and it is constituted by ancient centuries-old houses, streets and alleys that cut the whole village, following the perimeter of the promontory on which is lying.

From the Doria Castle, that from the top overhangs the inhabited area, the eye is fascinated by the bell tower of the Cathedral of Sant'Antonio Abate, placed on the edge of a rock, which in this way seems to majesticly lift up from the underlying empty space. And then the eyes follow the ridge of the fortified walls at the sea and the sentinel's path, that ends with the coastal tower of Frigiano. But the excellence of this place is not limited to all of this.

Castelsardo, besides having kept and preserved its historical treasures and its history for centuries tied to its position on the gulf, it alsp owes to the sea some really tasty traditions. Typical of Castelsardo are in fact all the fish dishes, in particular the lobsters alla castellanese (with a sauce made with lobster eggs), but also American lobsters, European spider crabs, mullets, picarels, John Dories, sea urchins and seafood. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy some of these delicacies, while appreciating the magnificent view that opens up in front of you, on that wonderful terrace overlooking the Gulf of Asinara which is Castelsardo.

Village of Castelsardo
Municipality of Castelsardo
Province of Sassari
Sardinia region

Population: 6,006
Pop. foreign resident: 311

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

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Via Vittorio Emanuele 2 - phone +39 079 478400


= distances as the crow flies


  • From Sassari take the SS 200, from the hinterland of the Anglona with the SS 134 and from Santa Teresa di Gallura with a beautiful coastal panoramic road.


  • Alghero-Fertilia airport
  • Olbia airport


  • Port of Porto Torres

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= distances as the crow flies
= distances as the crow flies


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