Nestled in the beautiful coastline of West Sardinia, is the town of Bosa. Set amidst a stunning locale with rocky hills, green valleys, palm trees, Italian architecture and the pristine Mediterranean coast, Bosa provides a perfect escape from a busy life in the city. The cobbled streets, the imposing palazzos with their traditional balconies, piazzas and cafe’s teeming with people and the historic town square together capture what can only be called the true Mediterranean spirit. When in Bosa, you can experience a town that is steeped in heritage, true to its roots and infused with hidden charm. It is a town where time stands still, while you soak in the abundant history and beautiful surroundings. Bosa is situated about 40 kilometers south of Alghero on the western coast of Sardinia. It was set up along the banks of the River Temo (Fiume Temo) which has its source at a lake named Lago del Temo, 21 kilometers north-east of the seaside village. Bosa was once an important royal town and a hub of economic activity and even today, along the river, you will come across the ruins of ancient tanneries. Once upon a time, these tanneries used to produce fine leather which would then be exported all over Europe. To experience the heart of the town, is to explore the maze of medieval streets in the town centre which only emphasize the rich heritage of this place, for it is here you will find many stone staircases, cobbled walkways and facades painted in happy pastel shades that evoke images of another era from a long time ago. Life is vibrant in the town where busy locals hurry past the midst of their daily activities and where the beautiful River Temo flows alongside the stunning Malaspina castle and into the sea. Serene and always scenic, the hills around Bosa form a perfect backdrop to what is truly a most memorable Mediterranean moment. And then there is the Cattedrale della Immacolatare and above mentioned Malaspina castle, the colorful gilded dome of the cathedral is a popular landmark, while standing tall on a hilltop overlooking the town, the castle offers unrivalled views of the city and a decorative interior including specimens of exotic Italian craftsmanship and stunning fifteenth century frescos. Just outside the town, many pristine and secluded beaches are within easy reach, as too is the Bosa Marina beach, an ideal place to watch the sun set in the evening as the sun sets into the sea and the sky changes its color to hues of pink and orange. Further along the coast, you will come across a number of beautiful beaches, some with dramatic limestone sculpture, some with alcoves and some overrun by vegetation. Yet, the beauty of each beach in unique and breathtaking in its own way. An undiscovered gem on the western coast of Sardinia and a town which has adopted all contemporary amenities without letting go of its rich cultural history; Bosa is the perfect Mediterranean escapade and a destination rich with new experiences.
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Where to Stay in Bosa - Top Picks
Corte Fiorita Albergo Diffuso
When you consider where to stay in Bosa, Corte Fiorita Albergo Diffuso is one of the most elegant Bosa Hotels with an excellent location. Sitting next to the River Temo, you can expect stunning river views from the terrace on top of the building while the central location also ensures the main attractions are within easy reach. Although this hotel in Bosa is relatively small, it is often the subject of excellent online reviews which point to the comfortable nature of the accommodation. At the same time, this is also quite a historic structure in the town, and the hotel is separated into two sections, with the second building being just a few minutes away. That being said, the hotel transports bags between these buildings using a golf cart, so rest assured this is not an inconvenience. While the hotel is historic, the interior is decorated in such a way that modern comfort is guaranteed and consists of free Wi-Fi throughout each building. Healthy breakfasts can be expected, and the same can be said for any visit to the restaurant next door, while as already mentioned, there is a terrace on top of the hotel, and many of the rooms feature beautiful views of the river. With this in mind, the sleeping quarters are impressive with a bright, modern design and a particularly spacious bathroom in each room. Some are complimented with a balcony, but regardless, they are often the subject of five-star reviews. Air conditioning, safety deposit boxes and other useful facilities can also be found in every room. With such a central location and white sandy beaches just a short distance away, it would seem that Corte Fiorita Albergo Diffuso is nicely primed as one of the best hotels in Bosa.
Aghinas Albergo Diffuso
Aghinas Albergo Diffuso is situated in one of the historical buildings in Bosa with the 17th Century Tower being a defining annex of the hotel. Interestingly, the hotel is also known for producing wine, but the comfortable features and central location of the hotel is usually the subject of excellent feedback. Featuring free Wi-Fi throughout, along with air conditioning, flat screen TV, and spacious bathrooms, Aghinas has all the regular features you might expect in a hotel in Bosa. That being said, the Mediterranean décor is particularly impressive with antique floors and custom made bed covers offering an insight into the intricate design of the hotel. And then there are the friendly faces, for the staff at Aghinas Albergo Diffuso is often referred to as being the highlight for many visitors who stay in this hotel in Bosa. Furthermore, the mini bar, comfortable beds, and shared kitchen ensure the hotel is just as comfortable as it is attractive. At the same time, if you do not want to make your own breakfast, there is a fantastic bakery next door and being in the center of the old town, the hotel is also surrounded by alternative places to eat. With this in mind, Aghinas Albergo Diffuso is nicely situated to explore the surrounding area with the beach just a few kilometers away and many attractions including the Castle and river nearby. In fact, for those who want a little bit more activity during their stay in Bosa, the opportunity to go wine tasting, diving and even cycling is further reason to make this your priority regarding where to stay in Bosa.
Palazzo Sa Pischedda
Situated at just a fifteen-minute walk from the main beach, Palazzo Sa Pischedda is another hotel in Bosa which has an extremely enticing location. Furthermore, the beautiful views of Temo River are accompanied by an excellent Sardinian Restaurant which makes this boutique hotel one of the most sought-after hotels in Bosa. Located inside the Art Nouveau building, this is one of the most historical hotels in Bosa where many frescoes point to the fact that the building was constructed during the initial emergence of commercial times in Bosa. It must be said that even just walking amidst these frescoes evokes a distinct sense of the charm, culture, and traditions of the village itself. Featuring a beautiful and bright Mediterranean style, Palazzo Sa Pischedda is furnished quite elegantly in comparison with other hotels in the village. In this regard, you can expect Iroko wood furnishing and impressive parquet floors throughout. Many of the rooms also consist of a private balcony or porch which opens out onto spectacular river views. As already mentioned, the hotel restaurant is sublime and offers a nice variety of local dishes in a beautiful setting on the outdoor terrace. Many guests also compliment the fresh fruits and general provision of breakfast every morning. In many ways, the convenience of this restaurant is one of the best things about a stay at this hotel in Bosa, for even the friendly staff are always on hand to organize tours in the local area including boat hire at Bosa Marina just a few kilometers away.
Things to Do in Bosa
Visit Il Castello di Bosa
Sardinia is home to some of the most ancient remnants in Europe, and this intriguing castle is the perfect example of a Middle Age structure in the Mediterranean. Built during the 12th century by the Malaspina family, the castle features tall, imposing walls and iconic towers. Furthermore, inside you can check out a small church which is home to some ancient frescoes including a particularly striking account of St George slaying an ominous dragon. In case you might be asking yourself, this region was often the subject of interest from marauding Saracen armies and the castle was intended to keep a watchful eye over the area. However, when you first glimpse this impressive structure, it is easy to see why these attackers were never successful. Malaspina Castle sits high up on a hill over Bosa town, and although this is quite a popular thing to do in Bosa, it is also one of the most affordable with only a small entry fee required. Either way, when it comes to local history and iconic attractions, Il Castello di Bosa is indeed worth the visit.
Paragliding, SUP, and Pilates at NuAdventure
An encounter with NuAdventure is known as one of the more active things to do in Bosa. At the same time, there are three options regarding the nature of this encounter which include paragliding, Pilates and stand up paddle (SUP). As you might expect, Sardinia is also an incredible place to experience these activities with stunning mountains providing panoramic views to accompany the paragliding and stunning wilderness offering the perfect surroundings for a stand-up paddle adventure. In fact, few destinations have the favorable Mediterranean weather and rugged coastline which make these escapes so much more enjoyable. However, there is much more than just landscapes for the local scenery also includes some particularly rare griffon eagles. Furthermore, the local guides are highly professional and often complimented for their entertaining nature. On the other hand, participating in Pilates is another popular option with NuAdventure and a slightly more relaxing way to combine light activity with the great outdoors. Indeed, while relaxation and sunbathing are often the main objectives for visitors to Sardinia, taking a walk on the wild side with NuAdventure is an opportunity to enjoy a different perspective of the island.
Horseback Riding at S'Abba Druche Horses
When visiting Sardinia, the temptation to relax and unwind is often so tempting that many other aspects of the island are missed. That is to say, the stunning resorts and exotic beaches are undoubtedly a highlight, but there are specific activities which offer visitors an entirely different type of encounter. Located just a short distance from the town, horse riding is one of the most popular things to do in Bosa. Known locally as S’Abba Druche Horses, this organization is home to some beautiful breeds and a genuinely enchanting route to travel on horseback. For example, both archaeological sites and World War II remnants surround the town while the stunning scenery includes luscious forest and sublime coastline. Whether visitors might be advanced or entirely new to horse riding, there are three routes which require a varying degree of experience. Furthermore, professional instructors are always on hand to ensure everyone is comfortable with the horse and speed of the adventure. In many ways, it could be said that horse riding is not just one of the best things to do in Bosa but also the best way to connect with nature on one of this most primitive form of transport.
Chiesa di San Pietro
Go up the left bank of Fiume Temo river for about 1.5 kilometers, and you'll find Chiesa di San Pietro, a pretty Catholic church located in the rural area of Calameda. Its facade dates back to the end of the 13th century and is attributed to architect and sculptor Anselmo da Como. The church, flanked by a Roman-style bell tower bell, is dedicated to the Saints Peter and Paul. Chiesa di San Pietro is one of the oldest Romanesque churches in Sardinia, and one of the most prestigious examples of Romanesque architecture. Interestingly, on the north side of the church, there's a fenced cemetery that has been revealed after Archaeological excavations. The old church can be easily accessed by car, boat or on foot.
Bosa Restaurants - Where to Eat
Locanda di Corte (Italian Food, Traditional Sardinian Food)
Locanda di Corte is one of the most authentic restaurants in Oristano and the perfect introduction to life in this charming pocket of the island. In front of a very antiquated exterior, the outdoor terrace is slightly packed yet cozy while the menu is full of all the delights you might expect with a typical Sardinian eatery. This is quite a compact setting where many guests are tightly placed in a rather small space but make no mistake, this adds to the atmosphere. In fact, the ambiance at Locanda di Corte is often the subject of online reviews and well maintained by the friendly staff. As for the food, you will find a vast array of starter options with pickled vegetables, cold fish, and prawns being particularly popular. The dry meats and cheese platter is another treat and comes with freshly baked pieces of bread and local honey. Furthermore, the main course is just as varied, and whether you opt for seafood or pasta, this is one restaurant in Oristano that will not disappoint.
Biancospino (Traditional Sardinian Food)
Biancospino is the kind of place that visitors consider a hidden gem, and indeed, this restaurant in Oristano is remarkably small which makes it hard to find. At the back of the restaurant, a small laneway is graced by some small dining tables, and this also seems to be a highlight for those who dine at Biancospino. After all, when looking for a small town experience on the island of Sardinia, the most obvious attractions or places are often void of this same charm. As for the food experience, the menu at Biancospino is home to amazing pasta, fish, rabbit and seafood dishes. While many of these have a contemporary touch, the style is typically Sardinian and traditional in every way. In many ways, this is also one of the more value-driven restaurants in Oristano, for the ingredients are locally grown, and as described by many guests, the five-star food experience is available for the price of a 3-star restaurant. Finally, the friendly owner and waiting staff go to every length to make guests feel welcome, and while there may not be a wine list in Biancospino, this absence will most often go unnoticed to the satisfied guests who seem to return here night after night during their stay in town.
Ristorante Sa Pischedda (Seafood, Pizza)
This restaurant is part of the above-mentioned boutique hotel Palazzo Sa Pischedda, and one of the most sought-after restaurants in Oristano. With this in mind, this is a somewhat different eatery in comparison with the quaint restaurants around town, and you will find ample space which is particularly useful for groups. That is to say, while the atmosphere is pleasant at Ristorante Sa Pischedda, there is not the “homely” feel that you normally find elsewhere in town. At the same time, this is merely an alternative approach, and the cuisine speaks for itself. Although pizza is popular here, you should find that the seafood options are especially appealing. Indeed, from seafood ravioli to freshly grilled swordfish, there are many seafood options on the menu, but then the pasta is also complimented on a regular basis. While we mention the spacious setting inside, there is also a lovely garden outside the hotel which is often a better place to enjoy lunch or an evening meal. Either way, Ristorante Sa Pischedda may not have the same ambiance as other eateries in the area, but the food experience makes this one of the best restaurants in Oristano.
How To Get To Bosa
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The nearest airport to Bosa is Aeroporto di Alghero-Fertilia, located about 45 kilometers north-west of the village. To get to Bosa via the fastest route by car, just head south on the Strada Statale 127bis once you've left the airport. Once you’ve reached the center of Alghero, continue on the Strada Provinciale 105. This coastal road will change into the Strada Provinciale 49, which will guide you to Bosa Marina. It’s a scenic drive, as these roads occasionally bend away from the hills towards the coastline. The total trip shouldn’t be much longer than one hour.