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Views of Castelsardo


Stefano Marrocu








Located in the centre of the Gulf of Asinara, in the historical region of Anglona in the north of Sardinia, it is not difficult to imagine why Castelsardo has a very ancient human history. From here, with a single glance you can embrace all the gulf coasts, even the ones of Corsica, right in front of us. An endless series of small inlets, natural docks, to then arrive to this promontory overlooking the sea, where after centuries of history, the village of Castelsardo rises, perfectly preserved. Founded in 1270 by the Doria family of Genoa with the name of Castelgenovese, it was then conquered by the Aragonese and renamed Castellaragonese around 1520. The current name Castelsardo dates back to 1767, when it passed definitively to the Kingdom of Savoia. The entire village is built on a cliff and is entirely surrounded by fortified walls (even 17), and it is constituted by ancient centuries-old houses, streets and alleys that cut the whole village, following the perimeter of the promontory on which is lying. From the Doria Castle, that from the top overhangs the inhabited area, the eye is fascinated by the bell tower of the Cathedral of Sant'Antonio Abate, placed on the edge of a rock, which in this way seems to majesticly lift up from the underlying empty space. And then the eyes follow the ridge of the fortified walls at the sea and the sentinel's path, that ends with the coastal tower of Frigiano. But the excellence of this place is not limited to all of this. Castelsardo, besides having kept and preserved its historical treasures and its history for centuries tied to its position on the gulf, it alsp owes to the sea some really tasty traditions. Typical of Castelsardo are in fact all the fish dishes, in particular the lobsters alla castellanese (with a sauce made with lobster eggs), but also American lobsters, European spider crabs, mullets, picarels, John Dories, sea urchins and seafood. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy some of these delicacies, while appreciating the magnificent view that opens up in front of you, on that wonderful terrace overlooking the Gulf of Asinara which is Castelsardo.

Municipality of Castelsardo
Province of Sassari
Sardinia region

Population: 6,006
Pop. foreign resident: 311

Surface: 43.34 sq km
Population density: 139 inhabitants / km
Altitude Center: 114 m s.l.m.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Castelsardo
Via Vittorio Emanuele 2 - Castelsardo (SS)
phone +39 079 478400


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Next or present Events

  • Sant'Antonio abate
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-01-17 2019-01-17 Europe/Rome Sant'Antonio abate Castelsardo

Past Events

  • The Romantic Night
    The Romantic Night

  • Rooted Moon in Castelsardo
    From 20-07-2018
    To 22-07-2018

  • Rio De Frjaneiro
    From 27-07-2018
    To 29-07-2018

    Summer Carnival

Where to sleep

Bajaloglia Resort

Località Bajaloglia - 07031 , Castelsardo (SS)