Castelsardo is a charming hamlet worth visiting all year round

Castelsardo is one of “Italy’s most beautiful hamlets”, a Medieval town with a captivating history intertwined with the surrounding natural wonders.

The town is located on top of a promontory by the sea… a breathtaking panorama that immediately captures the eye upon arriving in the town center.

The Doria Family built the Castle in 1102. Originally it called the Genoese Castle, as it was built for defense during the wars between Genoa and Pisa. It was conquered by the Spanish in 1448 and renamed the Aragonese Castle. After the Spanish dominion, it was finally named Castelsardo

Lu Bagnu Beach

Lu Bagnu Beach

Lu Bagnu beach is perfect for the hotel guests of the Rosa dei Venti. It is only a short walk away and it features lightly colored sand, crystal clear waters and a shallow seabed.

During the summer, the beach is equipped with a bar-kiosk, where you can rent beach umbrellas, and it employs a life guard. In the evenings there is live music at the beach bar.

Its shallow seabed, the presence of a life guard and the mild water temperature make this beach perfect for children, who are safe to play.

Services and features

  • snorkeling and diving
  • suitable for children
  • sandy beach
  • crystal clear and shallow waters
  • kiosk-bar
  • loungers and beach umbrella rental
The Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate

The Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate

The Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate is a wonderful gothic church with classical influences.

The Church is worth a visit also to admire the artworks inside, among which the altarpiece by the Master of Castelsardo.

The Master of Castelsardo is one of Sardinia’s main Renaissance authors, whose identity is still unknown: the “Virgin Mary with Child on the Throne with Angels” dates back to the 15th century.

Mediterranean Weaving Museum

Mediterranean Weaving Museum

The Castle houses the Mediterranean Weaving Museum, a collection of artisanal artifacts obtained weaving plant fibers, a widespread tradition in Sardinia.

The baskets of Castelsardo are mainly made of dwarf palm trees, and come in different sizes and shapes, including sieves and riddles.

Inside the museum you will also find handicrafts of common usage linked to fishing and wine making, also crafted using the weaving technique.

The Episcopal Palace

The Episcopal Palace

Besides being an historic building, the Episcopal Palace houses two permanent exhibitions: “Memorabilia Canonicorum et Episcoporum Ampurienses” and “Witchcraft, Heresy and Holy Inquisition”.

An Inquisition Tribunal was held in Castelsardo, and the town set the stage for a number of events linked to the witch hunt period.

Inside the Palace there is also a library with over 4000 ancient books, among which the Gospel by Erasmus of Rotterdam; a 1579 Bible printed in Venice; a 1562 edition of the History of Italy by Guicciardini; and the 1542 ”Index Librorum Prohibitorum” (List of Prohibited Books).