The Basilica of San Gavino, jewel of the Romanesque Style in Sardinia and the only one in Italy to be projected with two apses facing each other, stands majestically on the hill of Monte Agellu, in the southern part of the city of Porto Torres, center of about 23,000 inhabitants located on the Gulf of Asinara and seat of the Asinara National Park.
The town is the main tourist and commercial port in the north-western Sardinia and is connected with the mainland, France and Spain through various shipping routes. One with Genoa secured by the shipping company Tirrenia, while GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) provides this service for some periods of the year. The line from Propriano / Ajaccio and Marseille is active thanks to MCM-La Meridionale and the Civitavecchia-Porto Torres-Barcelona link is provided throughout the year by Grimaldi Lines. We also note the seasonal line to Toulon and Porto Vecchio by Corsica-Sardinia Ferries.
Thanks to Porto Torres central position, from this city you can easily reach, by car or by public transports, all the most important tourist destinations of northern Sardinia: Alghero, with its fortified ramparts and its magnificent beaches, is about 30 km (twice a day, through the public line ARST coach, it has also assured the connection with the nearby Fertilia airport); same distance separates Porto Torres from the village of Stintino, with the wonderful Pelosa beach and Castelsardo, with its characteristic medieval fortress. Cagliari, Oristano and mountainous areas of Barbagia can be reached instead taking the SS 131, the island's main thoroughfare.