Why choose a cruise to Porto Torres?
The small town of Porto Torres contains a surprising amount of fascinating attractions, from ancient churches to archaeological sites and museums. It has a well-connected ferry port where you can take short trips around the coast or to nearby islands. But it’s also a great place for relaxing – enjoy a drink in a shaded square or a seafood meal with an ocean view.
A Porto Torres cruise is also all about the beaches. Spiaggia di Balai is a picturesque beach surrounded by natural forest, and has some overhanging rocks where you can jump into the ocean.
A guide to Porto Torres’ hotspots
Marvel at the Basilica of San Gavino, the oldest and largest Romanic church in Sardinia. The interior is ornately decorated with statues and columns of Byzantine marble. Another fascinating architectural sight is the 14th-century Aragonese Tower near the port, which has a distinctive octagonal shape.
Visit the Antiquarium Turritano, where you can learn all about the history of this area, which dates beyond the Roman times. The area surrounding the museum is also an excavation site, containing the House of the Mosaics among other attractions.
There are lots of pristine beaches to explore – to discover the island’s most beautiful beach, take a shore excursion to La Pelosa on Sardinia’s north-western tip. The talcum-soft sand and turquoise waters are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Italy.
Journey inland to visit the Nuraghe Santu Antine, an ancient megalithic edifice. There are more than 7,000 of these mysterious stone towers all around the island, but this is the largest and most well-preserved.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Porto Torres
The best time to visit Porto Torres
The sun-kissed island of Sardinia is a perfect spot for a summer holiday. In Porto Torres, the temperature in July and August averages around 25°C, but it’s been known to hit a sizzling 30°C. Pack your swimsuit and high-factor sunscreen.
However, if you want a beach holiday outside the busy summer months, Porto Torres is warm and sunny in the months of May, June and September too, with temperatures ranging from 17-24°C.
Did you know?
- In Porto Torres you’ll find a piazza named after Christopher Columbus
- Domus de Janus can be found in Porto Torres – according to local folklore these are inhabited by fairies or witches that only come out at night
- In the 14th century, the city was frequently raided by pirates