The small town of Castelsardo is set on a rock overlooking the sea. It was built in such strategically high position as a defence from possible attacks from the sea. Castelsardo is an extraordinary example of Medieval town, which developed around the castle, with the old town walls still intact. The historical town centre is no doubt the most interesting part of the town. In the surrounding area the Elephant Rock, a prehistoric tomb that was shaped like an elephant by the atmospheric agents, is worth a visit; other sites are the old monastery and a few nuraghes.
The town’s position is geographically optimal for exploring the Northern coastline of Sardinia, with Sassari only 30 kilometres away and 35 kilometres from Porto Torres, from where one can go on a boat excursion to the island of Asinara, an ex prison island where you can see the Sardinian white donkeys. Stintino and the famous beach of La Pelosa, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Med, is 60 km away, while Santa Teresa di Gallura and Alghero are 70 kilometres away in opposite directions.
In Castelsardo itself you’ll find a good selection of hotels, bars and restaurants, shops and many forms of entertainment. Like most holiday towns it is very lively in Summer and sleepy in winter.