A beautiful holiday home to rent in Sardinia, Italy

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A riverside view of Bosa, Sardinia with the medieval castle 'Castello Malaspina' presiding over it.

Sightseeing & day trips

Whether you are in Bosa, Sardinia for a romantic break, a family holiday or an action-packed trip with friends, you should try to make some time to explore the local sights and culture. The town is steeped in history and tradition, conspicuous in everything from the 17th century architecture of the Centro Storico to the daily rituals of the local fishermen, down by the river Temo.

The easiest and most pleasurable thing to do in Bosa is explore and wander the streets between stopping for lots of cold drinks watching the Sardinians going about their business. But if you are intent upon other sightseeing pursuits and want some ideas of where to visit, then why not try some of these:

Sightseeing and day trips in Bosa

1. Visit the Castello Malaspina

Take the lazy route and drive up to the castle or the energetic route by climbing up through Bosa’s Medieval Old Town until you reach the castle walls.
The castle is open in through the main Summer Holiday period: August daily (10am-7.30pm); July daily (10am-1pm & 4-7.30pm) and May, June, September and October daily (10am-1pm & 3.30-6pm).

2. Visit Bosa Cathedral

A small but atmospheric cathedral – please wear suitable clothing and cover up a little before visiting. Mass is still said regularly if you are feeling religious.
Open from 10am-noon and from 4pm-6.30pm.

3. Visit the Pinacoteca Civica

An interesting exhibition centre at no. 159 Corso Vittorio Emanuele which is open for a couple of hours in the morning and evening featuring locally made foods; a reconstruction of Deriu apartment on the second floor and an Art Gallery on the top floor.

4. Explore Centro Storico – the Old Town of Bosa

Dommu Asuletta is in the lower part of the medieval old town, Sa Costa, which features a labyrinth of cobblestoned winding alleyways with overhanging balconies and arches. It’s worth a wander and easy to get lost but as it’s a small town, you always manage to re-orientate yourself (just head down hill!) and end up back on the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

5. Visit Bosa Marina

Either by hire car, bicycle, taxi or by taking the little tourist train from the north side of Piazza IV Novembre to the Marina. This train only runs in peak season.

The beach has consistently been voted the cleanest in Italy and it is surrounded by a variety of beach bars and restaurants, all with clean loos, decent food and lovely terraces overlooking the Mediterranean sea.

Sightseeing and day trips in Sardinia

If our local Bosa sightseeing ideas dry up, you can always travel further afield. Sardinia is host to more landmarks and places of interest than we can mention here, all within easy reach. But here are a few…

Ancient Alghero and its nearby beaches

Alghero, which you will pass though on your way to our holiday home in Bosa, is well worth a proper visit. It has a charming old town centre circled by the ancient Catalan walls overlooking the sea and the harbour plus an elegant waterfront lined with palm trees along the marina and a fully equipped lido area. The narrow cobblestone streets of the historical centre, which get busy at night, are lined with shops, bars and restaurants. The beaches immediately outside the town such as “Il Lazzaretto” and “Le Bombarde” just past Fertilia are really beautiful.

Neptune’s Grotto, Capocaccia

The hidden caves of Neptune’s Grotto in Capocaccia are definitely worth a visit. You can take the easy route by sea with the ferry from Alghero’s marina, drive or take a tourist bus from the centre of Alghero to the top of Capocaccia, walking down long and winding steps to the bottom – a journey for neither the faint-hearted nor anyone afraid of heights!

Sa Sartiglia carnival, Oristano

A spectacular and choreographed equestrian tournament and carnival held annually in Oristano. It is an incredibly popular celebration of tradition and is famous worldwide. If you are holidaying in Sardinia end of February, it should not be missed! Learn more about Sa Sartiglia, Oristano

Little Green Train, Bosa Marina

There is a wonderful excursion to enjoy with the whole family by taking the ‘Little Green Train’ from the tiny station in Bosa Marina to Macomer, winding it’s way through picturesque countryside and vineyards at a leisurely pace. Check at the train station for the timetable as it only travels once or twice a week.

While Sardinia’s public transport system is very good with a frequent bus service, renting a hire car will give you more freedom to discover this wonderfully diverse island and all its nooks and crannies. Before you set off, ensure you arm yourself with a map, guide book, bottle of water and the mandatory pair of sunglasses!