But the north has a lot more to offer than just beautiful beaches. The landscape is rocky and green at the same time. And in their small towns you can go on a journey back in time. For example, the municipality of Castelsardo , with a population of 5,000, is one of the island’s top attractions. Castelsardo is located on a headland in the Gulf of Asinara , on top of which the castle of the ruling family Doria from the 12th century is enthroned. The place with its colorful houses, inviting cafes and small alleys is surrounded by national parks and archaeological excavation sites and is definitely worth a day trip.
The port city of Alghero in the northwest is no less historically influenced, but somewhat larger. Surrounded by a city wall, the city with its Catalan-Gothic buildings invites you to its colorful old town, in whose alleys, by the way, motorized traffic is not allowed.
The squares in Santa Teresa Gallura are particularly colorful in the evenings. In the northernmost city of Sardinia one is well prepared for tourists. Here you will find numerous restaurants and bars, but also many small boutiques.
If you leave Santa Teresa Gallura south in the direction of Palau along the coastal road, you can already have a look at the La Maddalena archipelago after a few minutes’ drive. Those who do not visit these islands have really missed something. There are also recommendable holiday apartments and holiday homes near the archipelago and the best surfing spots in Northern Sardinia are also located here.
South of the port city of Palau, from where the boats also cross to La Maddalena, the famous Costa Smeralda begins. It goes without saying that the name comes from the emerald-colored water. The coastal section is mainly known as one of the most exclusive holiday areas in the Mediterranean. In the nightlife or in the noble boutiques of Porto Cervo , it can happen that you meet a VIP who stops off the coast with his yacht.
Regardless of the celebrities, we would like to take this opportunity to dispel the cliché that Sardinia is an exceptionally expensive holiday destination. There is a suitable offer for almost every budget. The island is multifaceted in all areas. Whether sunbathers or active vacationers, La Sardegna has something to offer everyone.