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.

Bosa town

Bosa is a colourful and interesting seaside town on the west coast of Sardinia in Italy. It has a population of just over eight and a half thousand and is built around a medieval castle, ‘Castello Malaspina’. It is just 2km from Bosa Marina and pristine beaches that are consistently voted the cleanest in Italy.

Panoramic scenery welcomes you to Bosa, Sardinia

First impressions of the town are certainly impressive as you make the journey from Alghero-Fertilia airport in the north along a coastal road that offers panoramic scenery. As you descend from the hills and into the town, you can see the castle presiding over the vivid, multi-coloured cluster of medieval dwellings that surround it on the slopes beneath. The surrounding hilltops seem to completely enclose the valley and town, dwarfing them so that they appear to be in miniature. Over to the right, you can just make out the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea. The other main road link leads south towards the provincial capital of the same name, Oristano, host of the famous Sardinian equestrian tournament Sa Sartiglia which is over 500 year old.

Agriculture, fishing and more recently tourism play an important part in the daily life and commerce of Bosa. It is situated in the valley of the river Temo, which runs into the Mediterranean at Bosa and is Sardinia's longest navigable river.

Bosa itself has everything you need for your holiday break – supermarkets, restaurants, bars and shops – all within easy reach of our holiday home, Dommu Asuletta. But step off the main street and it is idyllically calm and quiet too.

The medieval Centro Storico of Bosa

In August, the town is at its most vibrant, especially in the evenings when locals and tourists alike fill the narrow streets or take a seat in the squares to listen to music and watch the world go by.

At other times of the year, the town is quieter but the people are no less friendly. Explore the enchanting old town (Centro Storico) of Bosa in peace, taking in the sleepy alleyways and passages, transporting you back to days gone by.

Bosa Marina and its beach

Bosa Marina is about 2km from Dommu Asuletta. There is plenty of parking for cars (should you decide to rent a hire car or you can hire a bicycle or take a taxi). In peak season, there is a little bus that runs from Piazza IV Novembre (in front of the chemist on the corner of Via Guissepe Manno) to the beach about 3 times in the mornings and back again in the late afternoon.

The beach is safe and an ideal choice for a family holiday. It is popular with Italians and you won't hear too many non-italian voices. There are many holiday activities to enjoy from scuba diving, wind-surfing and water sports to more sedate pursuits like pedallo hire or sunbathing – take your pick.

There are excellent places to eat, from Ristorante Chelo, with its popular beach-view terrace to the more laid-back beach bars for affordable but delicious snacks.

The Little Green Train, Bosa

A tourist train, Il Trenino Verde (The Little Green Train) departs from Bosa Marina on a captivating scenic passage to local Macomer, a trip not to be missed when you visit this delightful coastal town.