Places to visit in Sardinia

Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero is found on the northwest coast of Sardinia. In recent years, the place has become a key tourist destination. The good thing is that it has retained its idiosyncratic Catalan character influenced by Pedro IV or Aragon. Pedro IV seized control of Alghero in the mid-14th century that displayed the intense period of Spanish colonization at the time.

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Bosa, Sardinia

Bosa is 40km south of Alghero formed in a straight line. It is the only town located on Nuoro’s little stretch making it an appealing destination for a one day tour.

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Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia. The Sardinian name for it is Casteddu which means castle. Cagliari’s population is 160,000 and 400,000 counting its suburbs namely Assemini, Elmas, Capoterra, Selargius, Sestu, Monserrato, Quartucciu, and Quartu Sant’Elena.

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Castelsardo, Sardinia

Castelsardo is situated on the coast of northern Sardinia, north-east of Sassari.

A sizeable small town with a myriad of small streets to explore, Castelsardo is a pretty place of pastel-coloured houses, with the clear blue waters of the Golfo dell'Asinara to the north and a ruined medieval (12th century) castle on a rock standing above the the town - there is a popular Museum within the castle.

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Costa Smerelda, Sardinia

Costa Smeralda or Emerald Coast was designed as a getaway for the wealthy and the famous during the early 1960s by Prince Karin Aga Khan IV. Tourists will never run out of activities in the area as sailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, shopping, golfing, partying, and fine dining are catered. Accommodation can be very pricey but then, most visitors are wealthy. Some even come in their personal private yachts.

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Gavoi, Sardinia

Gavoi is located in central-eastern a few kilometres to the south-west of Nuoro.

Very much a traditional Sardinian town, Gavoi has an interesting sprinkling of cobbled streets to explore lined with houses built from the local granite, and four churches to discover in its attractive 'old town' centre.

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Laconi, Sardinia

Laconi is located pretty much in the geographical centre of Sardinia, due east from Oristano. It includes the places known as Crastu, San Sofia and Su Lau.

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Nuoro, Sardinia

Nuoro is considered to be the cultural centre for the entire island of Sardinia, Italy. Famous artists who have left remarkable masterpieces have been born in Nuoro. Some of them are Sebastiano Satta, a poet; and Grazia Deledda, the Nobel Prize winner in the year 1926.

The Nuoro Province stretches to 7044 km. with 43,000 in population. The province is the 3rd largest on the island of Sardinia and was established in the year 1927.

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Oliena, Sardinia

Oliena is situated in eastern-central Sardinia, inland and a few kilometres south-east of Nuoro, set among the vineyards and olives that are the characteristic landscape of the region.

A medium sized town, Oliena is easily recognised by the impressive mountainous backdrop provided by Mount Corrasi.

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Oristano, Sardinia

During the 11th century, Oristano was founded. It was considered the capital of Giudicato of Arborea during the year 1070.

Historic remains of Oristano’s walls are seen in Roma Square. The Torre di San Cristoforo or Porta Manna used to be the city’s entrance. Mariano II commanded the building of the tower as well as the town walls in 1291. The building comprises of 3 levels with a smaller tower at the top boasting an extremely old bell.

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Sant'Antioco, Sardinia

Sant'Antioco is an island located southwest of Sardinia. It is the largest island among the smaller Sardinian islands. An artificial isthmus connects Sant'Antioco to its motherland. There are 2 urban centres. These are the Sant'Antioco centre and the Calasetta centre. Other parts of its territory are smaller towns and seaside resorts.

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Sassari, Sardinia

Sassari is the second largest city in Sardinia. It is the third municipality after Rome and Ravenna in terms of territorial extension. The location of the city is found on a limestone tableland facing the Golf of Asinara. The 32 km coatline is adorned by beautiful beaches such as the Platamona, Argentera, and Fiume Santo. The climate in Sassari is usually mild.

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Sardinia Map

A map of Sardinia, Italy showing the most interesting and attractive places and highlights:

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