Located in the Gulf of Asinara, north of Castelsardo, Valledoria sprang up in 1961 from the merger of a number of hamlets of Castelsardo and Sedini, on what was once the site of the old Roman city of Codes. The place name means Valley of the Dorias, the family of Figurina nobles who built a castle here to defend their property in around the XIII century, which today towers over the valley crossed by the River Coghinas. Over the last thirty years, Valledoria has been opening up to tourism, thanks to the building of a number of accommodation facilities and the enlargement of the services offered to tourists, who can find enchanting beaches and plenty of entertainment here. Furthermore, the village is an excellent starting-point for short trips to see the historical-artistic and natural beauties of the North of Sardinia, and the same wild landscape that frames the little village.
Valledoria offers its tourists 20 kilometres of marvellous beaches, which join the cliffs of Castelsardo to the rocks of the Isola Rossa(Red Island). You can go scuba-diving in its azure-blue waters or go windsurfing, ensuring a holiday full of fun and suggestion in this coastal zone. For those who wish to take a dive into nature, the surroundings of the village are absolutely fascinating, dotted with luxuriant forests, rivers and lakes of sparkling water and mountains which provide charm to these wonderful panoramas. Furthermore in winter, the area is also home to various kinds of ornithological species, like white-headed ducks, seagulls and herons, while among the reed thickets of rushes, larch, reed-mace, tamarisks and willows along the river banks, we find plenty of nests of wild-fowl, water-rails, coots and moor-hens.