"The castle" Castelsardo Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Castelsardo Things to Do: 4 reviews and 9 photos

  Castle on high
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  • Castle on high - Castelsardo
      Castle on high
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  • Reed boats - Castelsardo
      Reed boats
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  • Relaxing outside the walls - Castelsardo
      Relaxing outside the walls
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  • A trebuchet on display - Castelsardo
      A trebuchet on display
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There aren't that many castles in Sardinia so Castelsardo is favoured in that regard.
Castelsardo was founded in the XII century by the Genovese family of Doria. It is situated on the summit of a rocky promontory in a strategic position dominating the harbour. The castle and fortifications were built in this time period. Beginning in the second half of the XV century, Castelsardo belonged to the Aragonians. Today, it's considered an important commercial centre for characteristic craftsmanship and is most famous for its baskets made of woven vegetable fibres.
These types of weaving can be seen in the interesting museum now housed in the castle. I have to say that I was surprised at some of the items on display, none less than the small rafts (pic 2) suitable for poling around inland waters.
Castelsardo's economy is traditionally based on agricultural and fishing, especially lobsters that are later prepared according to the local fishermen's antique recipes.
Its production of woven baskets is one of the Sardinian handicrafts most appreciated all over the world. The techniques of weaving have also been implemented in the fishing industry and are used to make the lobster traps made of various types of reeds and olive branches.

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  • Written Nov 27, 2009
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