This university town has much to offer beyond Sardinia’s famous beaches and the Mediterranean Sea. To immerse yourself in the true Sardinian way of life, visit the ancient Piazza d’Italia and the 12th-century Cathedral of Saint Nicolas before exploring the nearby wild Asinara Park.
Unpretentious Sassari has a certain disheveled charm. Whilst its history stretches back to the Neolithic Age, today the town is brought alive by its student population. As a result, there are excellent places to chow down on as much Italian food as you like (for a reasonable price), plus plenty of live music on the weekends. Don’t miss the Museo Nazionale Sanna, housed in a crisp-lined Palladian villa, and the beautiful Baroque Duomo in the centre of town. For a place to rest your head, book one of the city’s best hotels with Culture Trip.
Occupying a beautiful 19th-century building, the Cafe Bleu Relais was restored into a chic, Mediterranean guesthouse. Each of the six guest rooms has a bright, simple design, complete with soundproof walls and Netflix on hand. A continental breakfast is included each morning. For a unique view of the island, book one of the B&B’s private boat tours from Castelsardo.
A short walk from Sassari’s city centre – complete with boutique shopping, restaurants and lively bars – 14 B&B is a great option if you want to stay in the heart of the action. The guest suite is found on the first floor of the art nouveau building and has two separate bedrooms over split levels, making it a well-suited option if you’re travelling to the city with family or a group of friends. Expect a delicious array of cakes, bread and croissants for breakfast.
Located in central Sassari, the Hotel Vittorio Emanuele is housed in an old Italian building with shuttered windows and colourful window boxes. Each of the 45 guest rooms features a traditional design, whilst downstairs, Platha de Cothinas, the in-house restaurant, serves up Sardinian classics. One of Vittorio Emanuele’s biggest highlights has to be their private gallery, showcasing an array of original pieces by top local artists.
Slightly removed from the city centre opposite the city’s football stadium, Hotel Marini is a charming four-star hotel with 68 rooms, offering more facilities than smaller hotels in the centre. Outside, you’ll find expansive gardens, plus pets are welcome, too. Rooms range from snug singles to family suites, sleeping up to four.
A quaint bed and breakfast in Sassari, the Album Boutique Rooms are only a short walk from some of Sassari’s best attractions, including the Palazzo Ducale Sassari and Serradimigni Arena. Each spacious guest room has a colourful, more contemporary style than the others on this list, with views across the Sassari cityscape. Book the Deluxe Double with its in-room spa bath for an extra treat.
Well-suited for extended stays in the city, the B&B La Porta Accanto is a great option if you’re looking for that authentic Sardinian experience. The three guest rooms have a cosy and personable design, each with access to a shared kitchen and dining room, creating a home-from-home atmosphere. Based in a residential neighbourhood, the B&B is the perfect retreat after a busy day exploring the city.
A modern holiday apartment in central Sassari, La Terrazza di Anna is a stone’s throw away from the famed Palazzo Ducale. The apartment comes fully furnished with a fitted kitchenette, dedicated living space and well-stocked library. One of the highlights here is the private top-floor terrace, an ideal spot for a cold beer while watching the sunset.
An endearing bed and breakfast just outside Sassari, Villa Malvasio offers a romantic getaway in the picturesque Sardinian countryside. The three guest rooms feature marble floors, rustic furniture and air-conditioning. Breakfast is served daily. Make the most of the activities available, including scuba diving, a visit to an archaeological site or, our personal favourite, a tasting tour of the region’s best food and wine.