Port Torres is a popular holiday resort on the northwest coast of the lovely Mediterranean island of Sardinia. It is part of Italy and the main language is Italian, although English is widely spoken in Sassari Province. You may also hear a little Sardinian spoken by the locals too. There are plenty of villas, beach apartments and self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets and most are close to the sandy beach and shops. Porto Torres villas can also be rented outside the town to take advantage of the quiet Sardinian countryside.
Porto Torres was a sizeable city even in Roman times and the Roman antiquities are a major attraction, along with the beach and diving sites. Visitors will love the rich and diverse Sardinian cuisine of seafood and Italian dishes.
Most people visit Porto Torres for the sandy beaches, which are beautifully set in bays along the coastline. The beaches are a delight on which to sit, with golden sand and clear blue waters setting the perfect beach scene.
The most popular excursion from Porto Torres is a day trip by ferry to the island of Asinara. This island was formerly a prison, so fishing in the area was prohibited and this has resulted in it becoming one of the richest seabeds in the world – ideal for divers to explore. Corals, anemones, starfish, octopus, moray eels and many other fish can be seen in this underwater park. The whole of the island is a National Park, and along with the prolific birdlife, visitors can see the small white donkeys which are native to the island.
The ancient Roman city of Porto Torres was known as Turris Libyssonis. Some ancient remains can still be seen, including the existing port, the aqueduct, the forum and some temples which are still in good condition. Other ancient remains can be seen in the Palazzo del Re Barbaro, including the charming Holy Trinity of Saccargia church. The Barbaric King’s Palace was the most important thermal bath building, dating back to the 1st century. Even the new Town Hall was formerly the Duke of Asinara Palace.
One of the most important Roman buildings which still remains in Porto Torres is the Basilica of St Gavino. The basilica dates back to the 11th century, along with the nearby Necropolis which has more than 20 burial chambers hewn out of the rock.
The bridge over the Mannu River is also a Roman structure, and is still in use today. There are no less than 8 museums in and around Porto Torres. The Turritano Antiquarium holds an interesting collection of artifacts and is well worth a visit.
Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, windy summers and very mild winters. Coastal plains are drier and warmer than the mountains, which may see snow in the wintertime.
The nearest airport to Porto Torres, Sardinia is Fertilia airport which is about 10 miles south of the town. It has frequent flights from 9 Italian airports and 15 international destinations making travel from the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe very easy.