From Alghero to Porto Torres, thiry kilometres apart, the beautiful countryside of Nurra is located and after another twenty five kilometers the town of STINTINO. Along the coastal road, that from Stintino goes toward Cape Falcone in front of Asinara Island, a fascinating panorama of Rada di Fornelli. The Isola Piana rises up between Asinara and the promontory, together with a tiny island that hosts the Aragonese Tower of Pelosa, facing the La Pelosa Beach which is the feather in the cap of this area with its magnificent colours. Pelosa beach has been recently qualified as the most ten beautiful beaches in the world. On the promontory of Cape Falcone, within walking distance, another tower is found called the tower of Falcone, and from the terrace a wonderful panorama of the west coast of Cape Caccia.
Impressive are also the old tuna nets of Saline and the old harbour of fishermen where original boats with triangular canvases (vela Latina) are admired. These traditional boats have become popular in these days for a nostalgic come back and also for a healthy spirit of competitiveness. In Stintino an important and famous competition takes place during the season – the most important among all historical regattas with famous ship owners. It is the place to admire them at sea.
It is a must to visit the city of Alghero, a reference point in the north-west part of Sardinia. Conquered by the Aragonese their presence have brought about the architectonic, cultural and linguistic characteristics still existing – distinctly Catalan – a extremely fascinating area. Strolling through the characteristic streets of the downtown area one can admire the typical gothic private buildings, while along the seaside enjoy the 500 century towers and bastions erected in fortification of the harbour constructions. Another visit must be made to the Church and Cloister of San Francesco, the Santa Maria Cathedral and the Church of San Michele with its dome covered by ceramics in many colors and Church of Misericordia Not far from the airport you shall find the Estates of Sella & Mosca (phone 079997700) – wine house founded in 1899, that hosts the historical museum and is part of the guided tours to the cantines and the winery. The museum includes an archaeological section , with self-explanatory panels that illustrate the history of the close-by necropolis of Anghelu Ruiu (3500-1800 b.c. approx). The walls of some of the domus de janas are decorated with fake doors, columns, roof tiles and taurine- form horns in order to represent The God of Bull that protected the sleep of the dead.
We advise a walk along the coastal line of Nurra di Sassari, between Cape Falcone and the lake of Baratz, both sites of interest adjoining two important parks, the regional one of Porto Conte on the south and the national one of the Asinara to the north. The territory is of a rocky formation of different types amongst a rich spontaneous vegetation . You can admire the sea from different panoramic areas and you can access the beautiful creeks and beaches that spaces out towards the rocky coast. Not far off you shall find the village of Argentiera, a mineral village situated inside the Geominerario Park of Sardinia. The area, characterized by the deep wild coasts and the soft profiles of internal prominence, offers the visitor a vast variety of landscapes. Continuing along the splendid coast of Alghero, you will find Lake Baratz with a vast inlet of Regionale Park of Porto Conte, where you arrive to Cape Caccia. 656 stairs of the striking “Escala del Cabiro” will lead you to the Nettuno Caves (phone 079979055 – 079946540) also accessible by sea, and on the inside you can admire a panorama of rooms and basins. On the east side of Cape Caccia you will find the Ricami Cave and the Verde Cave opening sheer into the sea, accessible only by sea. Facing the back part of Tramariglio penal colony, you will find the protected area called Arca di Noè where different species of animals have been put: Giara ponies , deers, and donkeys. On the limestone walls peregrine falcons brood and a tiny colony of griffins. On the road between Porto Conte and Fertilia you will find Nuraghe di Palmavers ( for visits call Silt Cooperative 0799 53200) . The Alghero coastline is also known as the Coral Riviera. These waters are famous for precious coral fishings.
In the Gulf of Asinara
Situated in the middle of the large gulf area of Asinara, Porto Torres, the roman Turris Libisonis, very important for its turistic and commercial Port. Worthwhile visiting the archaeological area called the Palace of Re Barbaro and the Antiquarium that rises close by, but above all visit the romanesque San Gavino . Situated on a hill of the inhabited centre, it is one of the most important and antique monuments from Pisa of the Island, documented in the year 1065 , and embellished by a gothic – Catalan portal (1492) that offer the viewers an idea of a stable and rich community. On the inside remainders of a sepulchral church are recognizable belonging to the VI century, built in order to host the burial of the three martyrs and then transferred to the crypt of the major church.
The old village
Founded in the year 1102 from Genoese during the battles with Pisa, the fortified suburb of Castelsardo was used for a number of years as a military outpost by its various rulers . The economy, traditionally based on agriculture and fishing is today based on tourism and on the revaluation of local handicrafts. Leaving the lower part of the inhabited area, the Pianedda, walking upwards towards the antique parte of fortress , Casteddu is reached by walking through the steep streets on which valuable buildings are found. From the castle , dominating the surroundings, a beautiful sight can be admired. On the inside one encounters the museum of Mediterranean weavings : other than hand made baskets, fishing pots , hand bags and a boat in mush material – the “fassoni” – still in use in the area of Oristano are exhibited. From the Castle one descends towards the historical centre : passing in front of the town House with a gothic arcade, one reaches the original church of S. Maria, without a façade, where the Lu Criltu Nieddu is conserved, The Black Christ, one of the most antique in Sardinia. On Holy Monday the procession takes place starting and ending from this area . This is a very important traditional event, and in the morning Terqu is reached and in the evening the procession proceeds through the illuminated suburbs only by torch lights . The members of Santa Croce Confraternity parade along and are divided into three choirs of four voices – each having the name of the antique chant that they sing. Further below – facing the sea with its Aragonese steeple – is the Cathedral of S. Antonio Abate (XVI century) : inside enjoy paintings from the fifteen century.
Excursion on the Green Train
BOSA The city of Bosa can be reached along the coastal road oncoming Alghero – This area offers a splendid scenario between sea and rough mountains - a beautiful peak view of the sea. Dominated by the Malaspina Castle, built in early 1112 and which today remain the surrounding walls, the Nostra Signora di Regnos Altos Church and the towers controlling the Bosa town extends itself – with its pastel- colored houses – on the right shore of the Temo river, the only one navigable in Sardinia, while on the left shore rises the ex Cathedral of San Pietro, one of the most interesting roman-sardinian historical works. The origin of the city goes back to the Phoenician period with its unquestionable appeal, with its 800 century buildings for tanneries of Sas Conzas that reflect on the calm waters of the river and the antique area of Sas Costas surrounded by tiny streets and stairways. A very interesting and evocative excursion is that on the Green Train (Trenino Verde) from Bosa to Macomer coasting the beach of Pedras Nieddas (Black Stones).