The beauty of Sardinia is not all in its beautiful beaches of crystal clear water, its true essence is contained in much more. Natural monuments and unique landscapes, between hills and valleys, parks and natural reserves, small towns and archaeological sites, tradition and authenticity, handicraft and a deep food and wine culture.

All this can be admired by visiting the beautiful villages of the region, small pearls set in unspoiled nature. Today we will discover the 5 most romantic hamlets of North Sardinia, ideal for a quiet walk, hand in hand, between a dip and the other.

5. Aggius

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In the heart of Gallura, in the province of Sassari in Northern Sardinia, we find the ancient village of Aggius. The streets of this village, where secular traditions still live on, are characterized by particular houses made of granite stone, surrounded by uncontaminated nature. Aggius is situated at 514 meters above sea level and from here it is therefore possible to enjoy a unique panorama, which extends from Asinara to the archipelago of La Maddalena and the Costa Smeralda. 

Aggius is one of the few municipalities of Gallura to have preserved the secular traditions of this historical sub-region: from Palm Sunday to Easter of Resurrection, there are celebrations that follow each other in the spectacular and folkloristic rites of the Spanish tradition. If you visit this ancient village, you absolutely must not miss the ethnographic museum Oliva Carta Cannas, which preserves the testimonies of the ancient past of the village. Aggius is also known for the production of carpets and the art of weaving.

4. Giave

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In the north-west part of Sardinia, in the sub-region of Logudoro, rises the small village of Giave, on the top of a basaltic plateau. A village of just 600 inhabitants, in Giave it will be possible to admire a very unusual landscape, with romantic views of unspoiled nature. Here, in fact, we are in a land of extinct volcanoes, and the unusual landscape around Giave is distinguished by the Natural Monument of the volcanic craters of Meilogu, small hills of lava derivation, which are sharp, rounded or cut by flat plateaus. 

But in Giave there are also archaeological monuments of great importance, since the village is part of the Valle dei Nuraghi, one of the areas with the highest density of nuraghi and domus de Janas. The main monument belonging to this village is surely the nuraghe Oes. The historical center of the village, instead, preserves the typical features of the medieval village.

3. Poltu Quatu

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In the northern part of Gallura, between natural beauty and worldliness, stands the village of Poltu Quatu. Born as a fishing village, in a natural bay surrounded by the Mediterranean landscape and the crystal clear sea, today this village is a popular destination of the Costa Smeralda. The village is characterized by small houses and white villas perched on the hills overlooking the sea, surrounded by lush vegetation that hides the entire village, whose name means, indeed, "hidden port".

From the village you can easily reach the most beautiful beaches of the Costa Smeralda, including Capriccioli (in the picture), cale Pitrizza and cale di Vope and Liscia di Vacca. The center of the village is represented by a central square and the port Marina dell'Orso. Poltu Quatu is ideal for a romantic walk between nature and entertainment.

2. Castelsardo

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Castelsardo is a charming medieval village, located in the province of Sassari, in northern Sardinia, which stands on a promontory overlooking the center of the Gulf of Asinara. The village is not only one of the most beautiful villages in Sardinia, but also in the whole Italy. Castelsardo is a medieval fortress and the castle is the Doria Castle, dating back, according to tradition, to 1102, but more likely to the late thirteenth century. Today it is the seat of the Museum of Mediterranean Weaving, one of the most visited in Sardinia. From the castle you can admire the entire village, characterized by colorful houses and narrow alleys.

The village today preserves all the charm of its medieval past and offers a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Asinara. The main square of the village, Piazza del Duomo, overlooks the sea and here there are other beautiful buildings, such as the Palazzo dei Doria and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Nothing more romantic for a trip out of town between history and breathtaking landscapes. 

1. San Pantaleo

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In the north-east of Sardinia we find, finally, the picturesque village of San Pantaleo. Surrounded by wild nature, San Pantaleo rises on the granite massif of Cugnana. The small village, located a short distance from the famous Costa Smeralda, offers unique views. The village is characterized by pink granite houses and numerous oleanders, which make it, during spring and summer, a unique beauty. 

The streets of the village are full of elegant boutiques, more modern ateliers, stores of typical gastronomic products and traditional craft workshops, including potters, goldsmiths, wrought iron craftsmen, inlayers, painters and sculptors. San Pantaleo is in fact famous for its Thursday market, where local and even international artists display their works. The picturesque streets of San Pantaleo are perfect for a walk among all the wonders of North Sardinia. 

Salude & Trigu

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The Chamber of Commerce of Sassari, which currently includes the territories of the two provinces of North Sardinia, Sassari and Olbia-Tempio, has launched since the beginning of 2019 the framework program "Salude & Trigu" for the tourist enhancement of cultural events and traditions of North Sardinia.

Salude e Trigu, which means in Italian "health and wheat", wants to be a promoter of events, traditions, places and people, but also a place of exchange of knowledge and experiences. It also aims to create new opportunities for income, work and development for tourism businesses in North Sardinia, given the substantial demand of the international tourist market interested in an authentic, cultural and experiential territorial offer. 

Salude e Trigu is therefore a project that combines cultural and traditional events of North Sardinia, to discover an authentic Sardinia, meeting local people and living the true traditions of the territory. They are both large and small events that allow you to experience the beautiful territory of North Sardinia in a unique and authentic way.

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