Is it worth going to Sardinia? Being in Sardinia, we can go to La Maddalena. If we choose to travel by ferry from the small port of Palau, we can get there in half an hour. It is the only city in the archipelago in the Strait of Bonifacio, between Sardinia and Corsica.
In addition to relaxing on the beach (the most distant ones can only be reached by boat), we can also walk across the causeway and bridge to the neighboring island of Caprera. There is the home of Giuseppe Garibaldi, respected for his leadership in the struggle for Italian unity and independence. His house is a national monument. It attracts tourists from all over Italy and beyond. There are several beaches at the other end of the island. They can be easily reached by walking along the paths. The sea around the islands is popular with sailors.
It is an attractive and busy fishing town. It is distinguished by pastel houses stretching on a hill. In the depths of the city you can see traces of a medieval village. At the very top of the hill there is a 12th-century castle with an interesting museum. You can see a local craft workshop here. The narrow streets around the castle wind steeply up the hillside. Being in Castelsardo, it is also worth seeing the baskets with intricate patterns, woven by the inhabitants of the city.
The views from the top extend in both directions along the coast as far as Corsica. We can also see a beautiful church with a small square. It is here that one of the most beautiful altars in Sardinia is located, it dates back to the 15th century. Also noteworthy are the beautiful sculptures in the choir and the crypt. The bell tower now serves as a lighthouse.
Grotta di Nettuno
It is worth taking a cruise from the port of Banchina Dogana in Alghero to the tip of Capo Caccia. It’s a long headland. We should see a beautiful cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. They are reflected in the underground lake. Grotta di Nettuno was carved by the sea. The cliffs are 304 meters high. The mouth of the cave is at sea level, and getting there is not the easiest thing to do.
We can go there, about 14 km from Alghero. On the way we will see interesting nuraghi (conical towers above stone altars). Once there, be sure to descend (and remember we must climb back up later) the 656 steps of the Escala del Cabirol (Goat Stairs), carved into the cliff.
It is the second largest city in Sardinia. Bustling with university life. It is also a cultural center. It boasts magnificent buildings in the styles of Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassicism. We can walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the main street in the Middle Ages. Here we will see old porticoes and houses from the Spanish rule. They were built five centuries ago.
We should also see the Museo Nazionale Sanna. It is one of the most important museums in Sardinia. There are archaeological collections, including bronze figurines and nuragga jewelry, as well as Roman artifacts. Let’s not forget the cathedral, with 17th-century ornaments made by sculptors from Milan. We can also visit several other churches, but the most iconic one is about 12 km south of Sassari.
A black and white striped tower rises above the church and the ruined monastery of Santissima Trinita di Saccargia. This is the best example of Romanesque architecture. If we are lucky enough to be open, we will see extraordinary frescoes from the 13th century.
Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
It is located in the center of a charming green area near Barumini. It is the only monument in Sardinia inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the most visited nuraghe on the island. The central point is the tower, dating from the 15th century BC. Originally it stood alone, but was later incorporated into a fortified complex. Many of the settlement’s buildings were erected in the Iron Age.
Hidden in a mountain cave in the depths of Valle Lanaittu, the mysterious diving village of Tiscali is one of Sardinia’s top attractions. It dates back to the 6th century BC and has been inhabited since Roman times. It was discovered only at the end of the 19th century. It was relatively intact then, but has since become an archaeological site.
Despite the fragmentary state of the old ruins, you can enjoy amazing views. The stone foundations are set among oaks and conifers, nestled in the shade of an amazing limestone overhang. The inhabitants of nearby Sa Sedda’e Sos Carros used it as a hiding place from the Romans, and the incredible accessibility that the Sardinians bravely defended until the 2nd century BC.
Spiaggia della Pelosa
It stretches about 2.5 km north of Stintino. Spiaggia della Pelosa is a beautiful dreamy beach. The salty white strip of sand and the shallow turquoise sea attract attention. We can also admire strange, almost lunar rocks. The picture is complemented by a Catalan-Aragonese tower on the rocky island of Isola Piana. The beach is most crowded in July and August, but is generally popular all year round. It is a favorite place for windsurfers and kitesurfers. They get to this place when the mistral is blowing. You can get here by bus.