Pretty and shady alleys, terraces overlooking the sea, rather severe looking buildings, old ladies weaving baskets with the dexterity of a dancer.A succession of strips of poetry, this is Castelsardo. It is a splendid example of a medieval village looking onto the Gulf of Asinara, and only 30 km north of Sassari
and 80 km from Alghero
. Castelsardo (Sardinian castle) is known for its very evocative castle, positioned on a rock fortress for over 900 years, but until two hundred years ago it had two other names before coming to its "real essence".
The Doria Domination
The castle was built around 1100 by the very powerful Doria family who had come to Sardinia from Genoa in search of new land to conquer and, eager to mark the territory, they called the castle cum village "Castelgenovese". (more…)