Isola Rossa

a picture of the coastline of Isola Rossa in north Sardinia, Italy. In the background it features the ancient watchtower named Torre Aragonese.
Springtime in Isola Rossa, north Sardinia, Italy. In the background, Torre Aragonese.

About Isola Rossa

a picture of the red island situated in the waters near Isola Rossa in north Sardinia, Italy.
Isola Rossa’s name derives from the little rocky red island situated in front of the village.

Named after the 400 meter long granite rock that sits 500 meters off the coast, Isola Rossa is also known as Red Island, although this is not an island at all. That is to say; this is a charming seaside village on the north coast of Sardinia with magnificent views of the Gulf of Asinara, which is located between Asinara Island, Capo Falcone and the historic town of Castelsardo. The stunning beaches and sleepy nature of the village make Isla Rossa one of the most beautiful places to visit in north Sardinia. If you yearn to encounter a sleepy Italian town with a laidback feel, Isola Rossa is the perfect destination. You will see fishermen casting off from the harbor and a tranquil ambiance throughout the town. The village comes to life with several family-run pizzerias along with local bars, restaurants, markets, and local stores. At lunchtime, visitors can head over to one of the local restaurants and feast over a handful of home-cooked Sardinian cuisines. Most of these restaurants are overlooking the beautiful bay, which makes for an even more stimulating dining experience. After lunch, you can go for a walk in the village and check out some of the local attractions nearby, such as the Spanish watchtower named Torre Aragonese, which dates back to 1595. Interestingly, this lookout was built to protect the village from pirates. Aside from the Spanish watchtower, there are several other interesting sights to check out in Isola Rossa. For example, the strategic location means everything is within easy reach, from archaeological sites to some of the most significant historical sights in the north. Among the most popular attractions in the area are the beaches of the Costa Smeralda and Stintino, as well as the beautiful towns of Santa Teresa Gallura and Alghero. Although Isola Rossa was once an ancient fishing village, it has now become one of the most picturesque tourist villages in Sardinia. However, in spite of the growing number of hotels and a vibrant water sports scene, this is still one of the most authentic coastal villages you’ll find. Bordering the harbor of Isola Rossa is the beautiful beach of Spiaggia del Porto, and the cream-colored sand that arcs around a crescent-shaped bay means this is a favorite for visitors. Furthermore, the shore is dotted with sun loungers and parasols, and there are a couple of bars nearby serving ice-cold beers. On the northeast part of the village is La Marinedda, another beautiful beach known for its ivory colored fine sand and emerald green waters. Surfing enthusiasts would flock to this beach, where there is a surf camp nearby offering surfing lessons to all kinds of tourists. There are also some diving centers within the village that offers diving lessons to interested tourists. In fact, diving at Isola Rossa takes guests to some exciting pockets of the region where sea bass, tuna, and massive schools of barracudas are common. Other activities at the beach include windsurfing and pedal boarding. Overall, this range of activities and beautiful scenery ensure the village of Isola Rossa is one of the most exciting places to visit in north Sardinia.

Where to Stay in Isola Rossa

Hotel Corallo

  • A 4 star Hotel in Isola Rossa, 0.3 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.19 miles.)
a picture of the sun terrace and outdoor pool at Hotel Corallo in Isola Rossa, north Sardinia, Italy.
The large outdoor pool and sun terrace at the four-star Hotel Corallo.

Hotel Corallo is a charming four-star hotel in Isola Rossa, in the northern part of Sardinia. Situated next to the sea in an authentic fishing village, Hotel Corallo is also an ideal base for a vacation in Sardinia. Built in 1964 as a restaurant, this establishment has been welcoming guests for more than 40 years and was run by three generations of family. In 2007, the hotel underwent a major renovation and was developed and modernized to meet the four-star standards. Hotel Corallo has 35 guest rooms and suites, which includes Superior, Deluxe, and Junior Suite rooms. Some rooms come with their own private terrace that opens to the breathtaking views of the sea. There are also several rooms with a balcony that overlooks the stunning Spanish Tower nearby. Each room is furnished in a Mediterranean and contemporary style and fitted with modern facilities, such as air conditioning system, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. Furthermore, each room has an en-suite bathroom that comes with free toiletries, and in the morning, a delightful Italian breakfast is served up to the guests. Hotel Corallo offers an outdoor pool which is set amidst a beautifully landscaped garden with sun decks and areas to relax. There is also a poolside bar serving refreshing drinks and food while the friendly staff is always quick to provide service to guests at the poolside. With a strategic location on the Northern Coast, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the beautiful sandy beaches of Isola Rossa and the very best local restaurants in Isola Rossa. All in all, this is a truly memorable hotel in Sardinia with friendly staff, beautiful décor and a reputation for living up to the expectations of its guests.

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Hotel Gabbiano

  • A 3 star Hotel in Isola Rossa, 0.2 kilometers from the center of town (about 0.12 miles.)
an aerial picture of the harbor in Isola Rossa, north Sardinia, Italy.
Hotel Gabbiano is situated close to the harbor.

Hotel Gabbiano is a three-star hotel in North Sardinia located in the picturesque seaside village known as Isola Rossa. The hotel is just one hundred meters away from the marina and town center while the stunning beaches of Isola Rossa are just a stone throw away. The hotel is situated halfway between Costa Smeralda and Alghero, which provides the perfect starting point for a vacation in Sardinia. Furthermore, this family-run hotel is decorated in a traditional Mediterranean style with pastel interiors and classic style furniture that live up to the three stars above the door. There are 17 private rooms , and each room is furnished with air conditioning, TV, telephone, safe, and a minibar with fridge. Each room also has a private bathroom with free toiletries. Moreover, some of the rooms come with their own balcony that opens to the lovely views of the surrounding area. Meanwhile, you will find a TV lounge next to reception and Wi-Fi access is available for all guests to use free of charge. Run by locals and a team of friendly staff, Hotel Gabbiano is one of the highly rated hotels in Isola Rossa regarding customer service. In fact, you can rest assured that the knowledgeable staff is always happy to provide assistance on how to get to the nearby beaches or other tourist attractions in Isola Rossa. With this in mind, if you need help in booking guided tours and boat rentals, the concierge is often the subject of five-star reviews, and with its central location on the northern coast of Sardinia, the hotel is arguably the perfect base for day trips to the beautiful island of La Maddalena.

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Isola Rossa Restaurants - Where to Eat

Gastronomia Isola Rossa (Seafood, Traditional Sardinian Food)

  • Gastronomia Isola Rossa is located 28 kilometers from the center of the village (about 17.4 miles.)

Gastronomia Isola Rossa is one of the top-rated restaurants in north Sardinia. This family-run restaurant has been in the business for 30 years, and its staff is known for their excellent use of fresh local ingredients in preparing their sumptuous recipes. Every summer, Gastronomia Isola Rossa serves their loyal customers the tastiest of all traditional Gallurese cuisines using fresh and local ingredients that are obtained directly from the restaurant’s small garden. Some of the most famous specialties of Gastronomia Isola Rossa are the Gnocchetti Sardi and Ravioli Galluresi. Both pasta dishes are prepared using handmade portions of pasta. Their customers also love the octopus salad, mussel spaghetti and the Zuppa Gallurese, a traditional Sardinian dish that consists of several layers of bread. Gastronomia Isola Rossa is also one of the best-rated restaurants in Isola Rossa regarding service. A team of professional and friendly locals runs the place, and they would be happy to offer excellent suggestions on what to order and eat. The location is small but cozy, with only a few tables and chairs.

Ristorante La Torre (Seafood, Italian Food)

  • Ristorante La Torre is located 0.2 kilometers from the center of the village (about 0.12 miles.)

Ristorante La Torre is another excellent restaurant in Isola Rossa and finds itself right next to the marina. The restaurant has a beautiful outdoor terrace that overlooks the nearby sea and offers the perfect place to unwind while sampling the most delicious Sardinian dishes. The interior is just as inviting with warm colors and nicely organized furnishings. As for the menu, this consists of seafood and classic Italian dishes. Furthermore, they also have a wide variety of pizzas and a good selection of local and international wine. Some of their favorite most popular recipes are the grilled fish, lobster pasta, and the starter of cold meats and cheeses. Ristorante La Torre is located in a stunning location that overlooks the scenic Marina Isola Rossa, so this is indeed a romantic place to dine with your partner while taking in some truly magnificent sunset views.

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Beaches Near Isola Rossa

There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Isola Rossa. Just click on a link below to find out more!

Isola Rossa Beach

  • Length: 480 meters.
  • Things to do: hiking, pedal boating, scuba diving, snorkelling.
  • ✓ This beach is suitable for families with children.
a picture of the beach of isola rossa near Trinità D’Agultu northern sardinia

Spiaggia Lunga Isola Rossa is the main beach of a small urban village with the same name. The village is situated on a small promontory – characterized by red rocks – that stretches in a northwesterly direction between Costa Paradiso and Castelsardo. The beach offers views of the small marina north of the beach, and Isola Rossa, a small island that lies a few hundred meters off the coast. It’s a well-equipped beach that’s suitable for families with children. At the nearby diving center, you can rent pedal boats, canoes and inflatables. The center also offers a taxi service to the other beaches and coves in this area.

Learn more about Isola Rossa Beach, how to get there, and where to stay.