Mild climate, beautiful sunsets and crystal clear sea, this is north Sardinia.
- Alghero, a fortress city and capital of the Riviera of Red Coral, is an old Catalan village on the sea offering an incredible variety of landscapes, colors, stories and legends of ancient civilizations. Walking through its narrow streets you can still hear the sound of the ancient Catalan language, also reported on the plates with the names of the streets. The cobblestones streets and the facades of the buildings in the old town, surrounded by fortified and centuries-old walls built by the Doria family in 1100, tell his story. Walking on the ancient passageways of the old walls the view goes to the sea where at the horizon, the promontory of Capo Caccia at sunset, glows pink.
- The winding road from Alghero to Bosa is considered one of the most beautiful Sardinian coast. Each curve has a view of the crystal clear sea emerald green, light blue and dark blue in contrast with the white beaches of the small bays which one ca see in 46 km of wonderful coastline. Then suddenly here is Bosa! A country that from the bottom of the valley of the river Temo, the only navigable waterway in Sardinia, climbs up a hill giving from far away a glimpse of its bizarre houses. A spot of colors like a painting. Walking through the winding alleyways, down and up the many steps, from time to time appear small gardens full of flowers that release intense scents.
- Stintino and Asinara Island. Stintino, located in the extreme northwest tip of Sardinia, is a town built by fishermen who left the Asinara in 1885 following the decision to make the island a leper hospital and penal colony. The coast here is famous for the wonderful white beach of ‘La Pelosa’ overlooking the crystal clear sea. Do not miss a visit to Asinara island, which was closed to the public until 1999 and is a National Park since 2002, where you can access only for guided tours. It’s really nice to cross the island on board of a 4 wheel drive car viewing the wonderful and breathtaking landscapes in the middle of an uncontaminated and wild nature of Mediterranean scrub, milk-white beaches lapped by an emerald green and blue sea. The island is not accessible by private boats but with a prior authorization it is possible to anchor in certain areas at some buoys off. A stop in one of the two accessible bays to the guides is a must. Bathing of these beaches you are surrounded by many fishes that swim around you without any fear.
On the island there are also, in a wild state, many white donkey, the symbol of the island and horses.
Evocative is the maximum security prison (closed in 1995) which now is open to the tourists and particularly interesting is the turtle rescue center and that one which deals with the classification of birds, especially in this season of migratory flows to Africa.
- Castelsardo is a medieval village on the cliff of a promontory where dominates an ancient castle of the Doria family. The Cathedral of St. Anthony Abbate, overlooking the sea is evocative. The bell tower was made from a tower of the ancient walls, originally a lighthouse, and its dome is covered with polychrome tiles. …. And nearby there is the Elephant Rock, a natural sculpture, a result of an erosion process, that has taken the shape of an elephant, and in ancient times the site of a subterranean tomb.
- Tempio Pausania. The town of Tempio Pausania, in the heart of Gallura region, at the foot of Mount Limbara, is renowned for working cork and granite. Its characteristic are the palaces and houses built of gray granite blocks.
The most beautiful way to reach this town passes through the Valley of the Moon or “Piana dei Grandi Sassi e le Pietre Ballerine”. It is a plain similar to a moon landscape, scattered with granite rocks, of various sizes, eroded by the time that imaginatively offer glimpses of animal shapes and profiles of serious faces. Making a detour you can also take a scenic drive to the village of Aggius, where the eye is caught by a low granite mountain range, characterized by the jagged line of its peaks and here also by the bizarre shapes of the rocks.