The port is very near the town's center.
Printable map to take along.
Porto Torres lies along the Gulf of Asinara (an inlet of the Mediterranean) at the mouth of the Mannu River, just northwest of Sassari city, for which it is the port. Originally a Phoenician port, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians and by the Romans, who called it Turris Libisonis.
The marina is the heart of the civic harbor in Porto Torres and overlooks the gulf of Asinara. It is 9 miles from Stintino, 10 miles from Cala Reale on Asinara Island and 13 miles from Castelsardo.
Today, ancient Turris Libysonis still preserves a large part of its ancient Roman structures; aqueducts, sewers, thermal baths, the forum and a few temples are in good condition and the bridge on the Mannu river can still be used. The Roman antiquities are certainly the city's main attraction, considered a pole of vital importance for Sardinian commerce and industry.
The harbor – a modern construction - is quite visible from the Balai Beach, famous because it is home to the San Gavino Basilica, which rises on a cave dedicated to the saint. Porto Torres is a very interesting city able to capture the attention of its visitors.
You will be tempted to embark on a ferry for Asinara – certainly the main excursion in this area. For the last few years, Asinara has been a natural park but in true fact has always been a prison; activities such as fishing the sea bed being prohibited, today it is one of the richest in the world. This allows divers with oxygen tanks enjoy - here more than in any other place - the fascination of the underwater world.
Sardinian Railways cover the Alghero-Porto Torres-Palau-Macomer-Nuoro lines.
Tip: Il Trenino Verde: these special tourist trains operate between June and September only in the following routes: Mandas/ Arbatax; Isili/ Sorgono; Macomer/ Bosa; Nulvi/ Tempio/ Palau. They are an excellent way to discover Sardinian hinterland. These trains with vintage wagons from 1913 and steam locomotives from the 1930s, run between spectacular mountain gorges of breathtaking beauty and otherwise unreachable areas. These are memorable train journeys that will make you feel as if you have taken a step back in time (think D.H. Lawrence in the "Sea and Sardinia" book).
Sassari, Sardinia's second largest town, the capital of the province of the same name, lies on a limestone plateau, in the northwest of the island, some 15km/9mi south of the Golfo dell'Asinara. Sassari is an archiepiscopal see and a university town as well as an important commercial and administrative center. Two well-known festivals are celebrated in Sassari, the Cavalcata Sarda (riding competitions and procession with historical costumes) in May and the Festa dei Candelieri on August 14th. The hub of the town's traffic is the palm-shaded Piazza Cavallino de Honestis, immediately southeast of which is the large Piazza d'Italia, with a monument to Victor Emmanuel II and a modern Prefecture.
Supermarket and shops are close to Marina di Porto Torres as are restaurants.
Language: Sardu (Sardinian) and Italian.
Internet Access - Wi-Fi near the Marina.
Emergency number: 112
Most shops and businesses in Italy open from Monday to Saturday from around 8am until 1pm, and from about 4pm until 7pm, though many shops close on Saturday afternoons and Monday mornings, and in the south the day can begin and end an hour later. In the north some businesses work to a 9am-5pm day to facilitate international dealings. Traditionally, everything except bars and restaurants closes on Sunday, though most towns have a pasticceria open in the mornings, while in large cities and tourist areas, Sunday opening is becoming more common.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
January 6 (Epiphany)
Pasquetta (Easter Monday)
April 25 (Liberation Day)
May 1 (Labour Day)
August 15 ( Ferragosto ; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
November 1 ( Ognissanti ; All Souls Day)
December 8 ( Immaccolata ; Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
December 25 ( Natale ; Christmas)
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