Sassari is Sardinia's second largest city and an important cultural center. It is famous for its numerous fiestas and festivals, and the surrounding coast is full of beautiful beaches where you can relax by the blue sea.
The city was founded in the 10th century and as a refuge for the local people who were plagued by the Saracen invasions. It currently has two faces. On the one hand, it is a traditional Sardinian city with numerous small pubs, traditional cuisine and many handicraft workshops, and on the other, a developing seaside resort.
Among the monuments of the city are numerous churches, including the cathedral bearing Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance features, the Romanesque church of Santa Maria di Betlem and the 16th-century university buildings. The heart of Sassari is the bustling Piazza d'Italia, where the entertainment life of the locals is focused.
The Sassari area offers tourists attractions in the form of beautiful beaches. Some of them are wide and sandy, others tucked into small bays guarantee seclusion and privacy. The most famous beaches in the area are Cossi Beach, Cala dell'Argentiera Beach, Porto Ferro Beach, Ampurias Beach and Cala Moresca Beach.