Things to Do in Sassari
By: Liz Flynn
Sassari is the second largest city in Sardinia and also a province by the same name. It is located in the northwest of the island and is one of the best cities for tourists as it has fantastic art collections and a diverse history that is influenced by its different rulers since it was established in the 12th-century. If you are visiting Sassari, then here are just some of the things you can see and do during your stay.
Sardinia has just one natural lake, Lake Baratz, and its home is Sassari. The city also has Lake Coghinas, a man-made lake. These provide tourists to with a wide range of leisure activities to enjoy, including boating, lake cruises and a variety of watersports.
Cathedral of St. Nicholas
This religious monument is of both historic and architectural interest as it has been developed over the years in a variety of styles. It was originally built in the 13th-century in a Romanesque style but was then rebuilt in a Gothic style with a Baroque façade. If you are interested in religion, architecture or history, then this cathedral is worth a visit.
The Beaches and Ports
If you go beyond the edge of the city, the province of Sassari boasts some beautiful beaches and some lively ports. The beaches are fantastic places to relax while the ports are a hive of activity. The ports are also a great place to enjoy locally caught seafood dishes in one of the many restaurants and bistros in the area.
Asinara National Park
Sassari lies beside the Asinara National Park and spending a day at the park is a wonderful opportunity to explore the flora and fauna of the island. The park is also home to albino donkeys, which are a symbol of the island. The park has both marine and terrestrial areas and there are a variety of ways you can explore the area. These include trekking, horseback, jeep, and bicycle. You can also try fishing and scuba diving during your visit.
There are two museums that you should make the time to visit in Sassari. The first is Museo Nazionale Sanna and this boasts archaeological and ethnographical sections. The second is Museo della Città and this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about local history.
Local cuisine predominantly uses vegetables as the base for their meals, although lamb, squid, and cuttlefish are also popular ingredients. Sassari is famous for its thick pancakes and Faine alla Genovese Sassu is one of the best places to try these. Another great restaurant where you can try local food in a casual but modern setting is Bistrot Ristorante Sassari.