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Castelsardo, a beautiful medieval town in Italy

Located Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, Castelsardo is one of the most beautiful medieval towns on this Italian island. It stands in the Gulf of Asinara and, when the sky is clear, you can see the mountains of the neighboring island of Corsica. An idyllic landscape that we want to show you.

Nature, crafts, traditions and its characteristic port make Castelsardo one of the most striking tourist destinations in Sardinia. If you have a day off on your trip to this fabulous Mediterranean island, do not hesitate to approach this wonderful town.

History of Castelsardo

Castelsardo Castle was founded by the Doria family, originally from the city of Genoa. It is believed that it took place around the year 1270. However, this date is not given exactly because researchers think that the construction may have an earlier origin.

The inhabitants of the area gradually moved to live inside the castle fortress, thus beginning to build the limits of the town. From the year 1400, and for 300 years, the castle belonged to Spain.

When it fell into Spanish hands, it was called Aragonese Castle and became the episcopal seat of the bishopric of Ampurias. However, around the year 1720, Italy, specifically the House of Savoy, reconquered the castle, and thus the property remains in his hands until today.

Castelsardo: a special place

As we said, Castelsardo stands on a promontory jutting out into the sea. And it is not only worth visiting for its castle and its history. The beauty of its silky white sand beaches and the mixture of blue and green tones of the sea water will make you fall in love with the views.

Such is the charm of this town, that It has come to be defined as a “flower of light that smiles from above a height that dominates the sea.” With that description alone, we can get an idea of ​​the wonderful views that are offered from the interior of Castelsardo, but also towards it.

What to see in Castelsardo

We have already given some glimpses of what awaits you if you dare to visit this beautiful medieval town on the Sardinian coast. We detail better everything you can see. Take note.

The castle of the Doria

The characteristic of this castle is that, despite the centuries, its structure remains practically intact. Therefore, it is very easy to transport yourself to medieval times when you visit. The ticket price is 3 euros. It is open to the public from Monday to Sunday every day of the year.

But not only the castle is unique. The town center and the ascending streets that lead to it are also quite a discovery.

St Anthony’s Cathedral

It stands on the cliff. A temple that began to rise in the sixteenth century on an earlier church. Its Catalan Gothic and Renaissance elements stand out. Inside, the main altar stands out, made of marble at the beginning of the 19th century.

Other interesting corners of the old town

The castle and the cathedral are the great treasures of Castelsardo. But there are other corners that are also worth discovering. For example, you must enjoy the Duomo square. It is open to the sea, so the views are wonderful.

Also of interest are the Plaza del Novecentenario and the Church of Our Lady of Tergu. And, if you feel like visiting a museum, don’t miss the Museum of the Intertwining of the Mediterranean or the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art.

On the outskirts of Castelsardo

Not only in the town you will find special corners, but also on its outskirts. One of the most curious places is the so-called Rock of the Elephant. When you see it, you will realize how appropriate the name is due to its particular appearance.

Y In rocks you will see some unique constructions excavated, the “houses of the fairies”. They are related to a nice legend of the area. He says that the “janas” lived in them, tiny women who only went out at night so that the townspeople would not see them.

We finished our visit to Castelsardo talking about its beaches. There are many that are around the town. Nevertheless, the most prominent beach is Lu Bagnu for the color of its water and fine sand.

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