From the port town of Porto Torres, explore Sardinia’s rugged coastline and white sand beaches, dramatic granite cliffs and wild interior. Visit glamorous seaside towns and quiet medieval villages. For those who want a romantic and dazzlingly beautiful escape, you’ve found it.

On the east side of the island, the fine sand and clear turquoise waters of the stunning Costa Smerelda draw the yachts of the 1% and the paparazzi who follow them. The perfect beaches with their spectacular coves have some of the best swimming in the Mediterranean. Near the iconic Basilica di San Gavino you’ll find Balai Beach. Surrounded by an urban park and bordered by rocky coves, it’s one of the most popular beaches in Porto Torres.

For archaeology fans, there are more interesting things to look for: Sardinia’s mysterious stone Nuraghe. These cone-like rock towers were most likely defensive, dating to 2000 BC. They’re everywhere on Sardinia and only on Sardinia. There’s also a fantastic network of trails to trek – follow one of these to Sardinia’s resplendent mountains, deep gorges, lush forests, and cascading waterfall, you won’t find any paparazzi here.

Basilica di San Gavino

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Basilica di San Gavino

Basilica di San Gavino

Built between 1030 and 1080, Basilica di San Gavino is the largest Romanesque church in Sardinia. This impressive structure features 28 marble columns and stands on the site of ancient pagan burial grounds.

Spiaggia della Pelosa

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Spiaggia della Pelosa

Spiaggia della Pelosa

Just a short drive from Porto Torres city center, Spiaggia della Pelosa is the type of beach you only expect to see in dreams. Salt-white sands border shallow, turquoise blue water while a strange, almost lunar landscape provides an otherwordly backdrop.

Museo & Parco Archeologico

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Museo & Parco Archeologico

Museo & Parco Archeologico

View the excavated remains of Turris Libisonis, the ancient Roman city on which the modern day Porto Torres stands. Highlights include numerous ceramics, busts, marble statues, and mosaics, not to mention an impressive Roman bridge.

Porto Torres (Sardinia), Italy At a glance

Current Weather:
28°C / 82 °F
Mostly Cloudy (Day)
Isolated Thundershowers
Current Time:
7:18:56 pm2018/08/21 19:18:56 pm
Tuesday, August 21
UTC/GMT +02:00
Exchange Rates:
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  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
Size: 102.62 KM2 (39.62 MI2)
Population: 22,289
Density: 217 Pop/KM2 (84 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 39

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