Hotel Costa Doria, Castelsardo ****
This attractively presented three-star hotel in Sardinia's Sassari province is located in the picturesque coastal village of Castelsardo on the spectacular Gulf of Asinara. The hotel is situated less than 100 metres from the clean, sandy beach, which is surrounded by rugged cliffs and fringed by beautifully clear sea. View hotel
Double rooms from €54
Hotel Rosa dei Venti, Castelsardo ***
This recently built three-star hotel in Sardinia's Sassari province offers hotel and self-catering accommodation in a great location not far from the lovely beach at Lu Bagnu. The picturesque medieval town of Castelsardo on the Asinara Gulf lies just three kilometres away - a wonderful place for a day trip. View hotel
Double rooms from €50
Janus Hotel, Castelsardo ****
This stylish modern four-star hotel in Sardinia's Sassari province has an excellent location on the seafront at La Marina on the island's northwesterly Gulf of Asinara. The charming medieval town of Castelsardo with its wonderful 12th-century castle is close at hand, and the coastline here is dotted with glorious beaches. View hotel
Double rooms from €70
Castelsardo sits on the north-western coast of Sardinia, with Sassari the nearest large town. Alghero and its airport are around 50 kilometres south-west of here. The town was born nearly 1000 years ago as Castelgenovese, its strategically defensible position high on a rocky headland making for a dramatic setting. The 'centro storico' of the town clusters around the ruined castle, and from here you gaze down onto super views of Sardinia's northern coast. Those with good eyesight may, on a clear day, be able to espy distant Corsica.
There are some great restaurants, and a real treat in the local speciality of lobster, as well as good pizzas and pastas. And being less invaded by the Brits than Alghero, prices are low and the centre is blessedly unaffected by tourism. This is still very much a local town, and you'll be eating and drinking in the bars alongside local people. Boating is very popular here, and it's easy to arrange trips around the coast. There's a fine beach at Lu Bagnu, some 3km in the direction of Porto Torres, very popular with Italian holidaymakers from the mainland.
Must-sees include the castle, the 16th century Cattedrale di Sant' Antonio Abate and the Chiesa (church) de Santa Maria. The signature local craft is basket weaving (there is even a basket weave museum, the Museo dell' Intreccio, in town).