Holidays in Sardinia - a real adventure, exciting and unforgettable. This paradise is ready to open its arms to all those who like to bask on the beach, go hiking or cycling, go in for water sports and make excursions to the most wonderful corners of the planet.
Every year more and more tourists come here who want to spend at least a few days in a wonderful paradise. The island offers many resort areas to choose from and a huge amount of entertainment.
Island of sardinia
What is Sardinia? This is the island of the Mediterranean, the island part of Italy, which is famous for its mild climate, almost two hundred meters of beaches and comfortable rest. The northeastern part of the island is a prestigious area where the houses and villas of the most famous and wealthy people from around the world are located.
According to an ancient and very beautiful story, the island of Sardinia appeared from the footprint of the great Creator when he stepped into the water. The resulting piece of land had a bizarre shape, and unusually beautiful nature appeared on its surface: white sandy beaches, flower fields, crystal clear lakes and lush greenery. This is how this corner appears before all those who decide to visit it. Alghero is on the list of cities that you should definitely visit on the island.
Alghero City, Sardinia: Location
Alghero is located in the province of Sassari, its population reaches 44 thousand people. This is one of the main cities of Sardinia, as there is an international airport.
The coastline of the city is called Riviera del Corallo - "Coral Riviera". Here lives a large colony of red corals, which made the city of Alghero famous far beyond Italy. The collection and sale of corals are of great importance in the life of Sardinia - both economic and cultural.
The Spaniards have long influenced the development of the culture and language of Alghero residents, so the streets here have double names, and many residents speak two languages fluently.
Alghero extends on the very shore of the sea, so the climate here is quite mild, and two capes (Punto Giglio and Capo Caccia) reliably protect the city from strong winds.
In winter, the weather in Alghero is quite warm: the average temperature often stops at -10 o C. In summer, the thermometer rises to +22 o C.
The nature of the city and its environs
The rich landscape is represented by cliffs with sharp and flat stones, sandy beaches, luxurious Mediterranean vegetation. Vast olive groves grow around the town.
The territory of Cape Capo Caccio is popular due to the large number of caves and gorges, most of which are still poorly studied. The most famous of them is the cave of Neptune with hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites. The territory of this cape has recently turned into a reserve.
The shores of Sardinia in Alghero are in great demand among divers. Diving allows you to see the incredible beauty of the underwater world: corals, eels, moray eels, huge lobsters and many other underwater inhabitants. Even the most sophisticated divers will surely want to see with their own eyes the Nereus Grotto - the largest sea cave in all of Europe.
Algerov in Sardinia is not only a paradise for divers, there are many natural attractions for those who are not going to dive with a mask and scuba diving.
Cape Capo Caccia is a cliff, the shape of which is very similar to the silhouette of a sleeping giant. It is from there that you can admire the magnificent landscapes and visit the magnificent caves in the nature reserve.
Preserve Noah's Ark (Arcadi Noè). This place fully justifies its poetic name. In a small area there are a large number of animals and birds of various species. Pink gulls, kestrels, cormorants, peregrine falcons and many other birds nest here. Often you can find groups of wild boars, wild horses, fallow deer.
After exploring the natural beauties of the island, be sure to visit the famous historical sites that will tell you about the rich cultural heritage of Sardinia.
Cathedral of Alghero. This building is located in the historic city center and is considered its main building. It is often called the symbol and main attraction of Alghero. The cathedral was built in the XVI century. The building is made in the style of the late Renaissance, and the interior is fascinating and delights with its grandeur and luxury.
- Church of St. Michael. The famous Chiesa di San Michele, like the previous cathedral, is located in the historic city center. It was first mentioned in the XIV century, and now has become one of the local attractions. Its hallmark is an octagonal dome, fully covered with bright colored ceramic tiles.
Nurag Palmavera (megalithic complex). A few kilometers from the city of Alghero is a monument of the Bronze and Iron Age. The oldest part of this building is the central limestone tower.
Beach vacations are one of the main reasons why thousands of tourists come to Sardinia every year. Sassari Province (where Alghero is located) is famous for its luxurious beaches. Italians and residents of European countries like to come here. Quite often you can meet Russian-speaking travelers here, as many tour operators are actively promoting this tourist destination.
There are several beaches on the Coral Riviera in Alghero.
Spiaggia del Lido. Central city beach. The coast here is covered with fine pure golden sand, the water is crystal clear. This option is perfect for families with children - the entrance to the water is gentle.
Maria Pia. This beach is located somewhat south of the previous one. Here, too, you can relax on the fine sand. This place is suitable for those who want to relax without fuss, savages. However, there are well-equipped swimming areas.
Burantin. This beach is 5 km north of Alghero. In addition to fine golden sand and warm waves, Burantin is famous for its bizarre shape, very reminiscent of the heart.
Regardless of which beach the tourists choose to relax, they are guaranteed a great mood and plenty of entertainment. On the beach you can go yachting, go boating or water skiing, scuba diving, and try surfing. There are many bars on the beaches where you can enjoy a cocktail and have a bite to eat.
Here you can rent equipment for water sports. Moreover, an experienced instructor will certainly teach everyone to dive or surf. Even if the vacationer is going to stand on the board for the first time, he will certainly expect success and lots of impressions.
After relaxing on the beach and trips to the sights, tourists will surely look for what to see in Alghero yet. There is enough entertainment here. For a family trip, it is recommended to visit Luna Park, which is located on the territory of the port.
Children will be delighted with going to the aquarium - this wonderful museum of fauna is located in the city. Here you will see huge turtles, moray eels, poisonous stone fish, sharks and many more unusual tropical fish.
You can have a great time on horseback riding, traveling on a yacht or canoe.
There are also entertainment for adults. On Sulis Square there are many night clubs and incendiary night discos. Particular attention should be paid to the clubs: Maracaibo Cocktail Bar and Bar Gilbert. Here you can not only have fun, but also try great cocktails.
Before deciding where to stay in Alghero, select your preferred comfort level and calculate your budget. Remember that the cost of living is affected by the distance to the beach and the city center. It is also important what features of accommodation the hotel offers (all-inclusive, only breakfast, no meals).
If the task is to relax inexpensively, it makes sense to choose three-star hotels in Sardinia in Alghero.
So, accommodation at Hotel Villa Piras is estimated at about 90 euros. This hotel is located in a quiet area, only a 20-minute walk to the city center.
Hotel Domominore also offers budget rooms (about 80 euros). This option is suitable for those who want to settle near the airport. In this case, it may be inconvenient to have a long distance to the city center.
Hotel Pa Blanc offers rooms with an en-suite bathroom and a shared kitchen. This option of accommodation will appeal to couples with children, because in the kitchen you can always cook a suitable dish for the child.
More comfortable rooms are offered by 4-star hotels. In these apartments, the cost per night varies between 130-170 euros. Among the most popular:
Hotel Corte Rosada,
Hotel Oasis (located near Marina Pia Beach).
Anyone who is accustomed to relax with chic will surely appreciate 5-star hotels with top-level service. The price of accommodation per night is from 190 euros. The list of such hotels included:
Villa Las Tronas Hotel & Spa.
As a rule, such hotels offer all-inclusive services, so guests are unlikely to lack anything.
Holidays in Alghero (as well as throughout the island of Sardinia) can be called a real trip to paradise. In addition to the mild climate and breathtaking landscapes, tourists will find entertainment for every taste and budget.
Alghero, a walled city
You can start a walk around the city from the tower of Torre di Porta Terra - this is where travelers who came to Alghero by land entered the city. The tower has a multimedia exhibition illustrating the history, culture and traditions of the city from its foundation to the present day. From Porta Terra you can walk to the tower of Torre di San Giovanni, where temporary exhibitions are held these days, and then to Torre dello Sperone (Asparo Reyal). This powerful twenty-two-meter-tall structure, better known as the Sulis Tower, is perhaps the most impressive in the entire fortification system. The tower dominates one of the main squares of the city - Piazza Sulis (piazza Sulis).
This is the center of the city’s nightlife, here are some of the oldest and most famous institutions of the era of the first tourist boom - then, in the 60s. of the last century, Alghero earned himself the title of Golden Gate of Sardinian Tourism. Since then, the square has been redesigned, new fashionable places have appeared here, and today it is still an important reference point for both local residents and tourists.
Then you can go along the bastions of Christopher Columbus to the octagonal tower of Torre di San Giacomo, after which the bastions of Marco Polo begin - one of the most original areas of the old city. This is a string of houses and buildings facing the sea, forming an architectural contour in a true Mediterranean spirit.
Boardwalks at the bastions, where you can meet both locals and tourists, are one of the favorite places for leisure, entertainment and walks: on these long promenades you can enjoy magnificent panoramas of the entire bay. Cafes and restaurants in the open air come to life here, where you can slowly sip an aperitif or try traditional dishes of local cuisine, the taste of which will enrich the gentle sea breeze.
At the northern end of the Marco Polo bastions, there are two towers: on the right - the cylindrical shape of Torre della Polveriera, and on the right - Garita Reial or Torre della Lanterna, which once served as a beacon for ships in the bay. A few meters further is the tower of Torre di Sant’Elmo, known as the "Madonna" (in honor of the statue crowning her). Having walked to the end of the last of the bastions with a view of the city overlooking the tourist port, which is filled with stalls and street performers in the summer, we find ourselves at the stairs that will lead us through Porta a Mare (Porto Salve) to the main square of Alghero , Piazza Civica. These are the buildings where various local authorities once met: for example, in the Catalan-Gothic Palazzo de Ferrera, the governors who ruled the city often visited the representatives of the royal family, who came to Alghero for some official celebration, in Caza de La Ciutat met with the city council, and admirals who anchored in Alghero Bay lived in the royal customs building (Duan Reil).
Do not have to get bored here and lovers go shopping. At Piazza Civica you can find a number of the best ateliers and shops of the city. So, the eminent stylist Antonio Marras chose this square for his boutique, placing his collection in an interior made up of antique furniture and antiques. They talk about travels, people and cultures, and this is very characteristic of Alghero and Sardinia in general.
However, Alghero is not only history: in the vicinity of the city you will find some of the best beaches in all of Sardinia.
Lido San Giovanni can be recognized as one of the most spectacular beaches of the entire Alghero coast. A wide sandy bed, separated from the city by palm trees, with the finest white sand, is washed by a sea of magnificent azure hues.
The beach in Lido San Giovanni is very loved not only for its beauty and proximity to the city, but also because it has all the necessary infrastructure. Sea lovers can spend at least a whole day here, renting a sunbed and umbrella.
The beach in Punta Negra is one of the most unusual on the coast. The sand here is light and shallow, the bottom is also covered with sand, although stones sometimes appear. Around the beach are cliffs overgrown with Mediterranean shrubs. The sand on the beach is so shallow that it seems as if you are stepping on a talcum cloud, and the water is clean and transparent, part of the beach is owned by the hotel of the same name, located immediately behind it.
This is one of the most beautiful beaches around Alghero. He owes his name to the tower that dominates the bay. The beach is located in the middle of sandstone cliffs and a green area that separates it from Bombard beach. Its beauty attracts many tourists every year, and the services available here in large numbers allow you to make your vacation as comfortable as possible.
The beach of Dragunara is dominated by the bulk of Cape Capo Caccia, which covers Porto Conte Bay from the west. It is covered with thin gilded sand. At some points, the sea, incredibly clear and transparent, is painted in colors that change from azure to emerald green.
There is a small marina where there are vessels going to the nearby Neptune Grotto, as well as a small convenient parking zone. The bottom here is rich in mysterious gorges that diving enthusiasts adore. People with disabilities can easily use the beach. In the bay you can rent a deck chair and an umbrella, as well as a snack.
Cape Capo Caccia and the island of Isola Piana
The sea area around Cape Kapach-Kachcha is characterized by calcareous cliffs dotted with grottoes and gorges. You can get here by the road along the coast from Alghero to Fertilia: you need to get to the Gulf of Porto Conte, at the fork, turn left and then to the square where you can park. Ptolemy called the Porto Conte Bay itself “Port of Nymph” for the purity of the local waters. Cape Punta del Giglio and Cape Capo Caccia itself are located nearby. After Mugoni Bay, you will find a stretch of coast rich in capes composed of karst rocks.
On the eastern side of Capo Caccia, the Green Grotto (Grotta Verde) opens, closed for general inspection, but accessible by special permission. The name of the grotto is associated with a layer of mosses and lichens covering the rocks at the entrance, and it owes its fame to the evidence of prehistoric civilization in Sardinia: it is estimated that 7,000 years ago the dead were buried in this grotto.
The coast around Punta del Giglio and Capo Caccia - this paradise of underwater grottoes. Under the breakwater of Capo Caccia, the "Grotto of Neptune" lurks, where you can get by sea or by land, through Escala del Cabirol (elevation difference 110 m), it has stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Another grotto is dedicated to another sea deity, Nereus, and it is located under water, it consists of a number of passages and caves. This is the most famous underwater grotto in Sardinia. Here coral grows, which branches into red colonies, which can be distinguished already at a depth of 5-6 meters.
To the north, behind the limestone community of Kapo Kachcha, there is Cape Punta Kristallo, where the peregrine falcon and vulture live, and the ledges of the cliffs majestically hang over the sea at an altitude of over 300 meters.
Alghero cuisine with its sophistication and rich tastes gives out Spanish and Catalan influence, which is superimposed on the local Sardinian tradition. The most famous dishes in Alghero are, without a doubt, fish dishes that can tell a lot about the culinary traditions of this ancient sea city.
Lobster (Llagosta). Lobster, known in Alghero from ancient times, is the basic ingredient of local cuisine, the taste of which is appreciated throughout the world. Traditional dishes from it are Catalan lobster, Algerian lobster, spaghetti or linguine with lobster.
Sea urchin (Bogamarì) This is another integral component of Alghero's cuisine. Its red flesh, the taste of which cannot be confused with anything, best retains its properties if it is eaten raw, with fresh bread and a glass of good local wine. At the beginning of each year, a holiday takes place here - the sea urchin sagra, when all guests are treated to this delicacy. Also made from it spaghetti with a hedgehog.
Fish soup (Copatza o cassola de peix). This is one of the traditional dishes that once formed the diet of fishermen, and today replenished the repertoire of local chefs - both in the traditional form and in more sophisticated interpretations. It is served with croutons, fried in an oven, or traditional biscuits. It is also worth trying the wonderful broths of crustaceans and seafood.
Garlic Sause (Allada). Aliyata is Alghero's signature sauce. The main ingredients are sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and vinegar. This sauce is often served fried or boiled fish. The most famous dishes with “alata” are “alata” from octopus, “alata” from boiled or fried stingray, “alata” from cat sharks, “alata” from fried fish.
And finally, desserts. Manjare in Bianco- This is a cream of condensed milk with wheat or rice starch and lemon zest for flavor. "Catalan cream" - This is a complex dessert with cinnamon and caramel.
There are also many wines, many of Sardinia’s most striking tastes can be tasted in Alghero: these are Cannonau, Vermentino, and Monica, and, of course, the old variety of Canyulari, which is grown only in a limited area of northwestern Sardinia.
You can also note Torbato, in whose aroma a part of Catalan history is stored. The Phoenician merchants brought him to Spain, and the Catalans themselves to the Alghero in the 14th century.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the ethnographic museum "Sella and Mosca", which is located in the same winery. Among the most famous wines that are produced here, one can distinguish Angelo Rudge (seasoned Kannonau) and Vamenno di Sardinia.
Alghero Riviera del Corallo International Airport is located only 10 km from the city center. You can get to it in a few minutes by car, taxi or regular bus. Direct flights from major Italian and many European airports fly here.
The closest passenger port to Alghero is Porto Torres (about 40 km), which in turn can be accessed from Barcelona, Genoa, Marseille, Civitavecchia, Tolone, Ajaccio and Propriano.
Information on the Alghero Turismo website
The tourist port of Alghero is at your service all year round, it is equipped with modern equipment and allows you to anchor yachts of various kinds up to 60 meters in length.
Information on the Alghero Turismo website
Tourist department: Area of Porta Terra, 9 (Piazza Porta Terra, 9)
3. Relax on the famous La Pelosa beach in Stintino
If the beaches of Alghero seem small, then you can go to one of the best beaches in Sardinia - the bewitching La Pelosa.
La Pelosa Beach in Sardinia
You can rent a car to get from Alghero to La Pelosa Beach. However, this beach is easily accessible by bus: from Alghero we go to Porto Torres (1 hour, price 2.50 euros). For example, in 12-50 with Bia Catalonia. Then in Porto Torres we transfer to the bus to Stintino, for example, at 14-10 (1 hour, price 3.10 euros).
The last return bus leaves the beach at 20-00. Tickets are better to buy immediately in Alghero at the Bia Catalonia bus station, there and back.
Tip: buy bus tickets to Alghero at the box office in Bia Catalonia, right there and back. You can buy tickets from the driver, but it will be 2-3 times more expensive.
When you get tired of sunbathing and swimming, discover the most beautiful places nearby - this is what to see in Alghero:
4. Take a trip to the Grotto of Neptune (Grotto di Neptuno)
A rare tourist in Alghero will avoid a visit to Neptune's Grotto. The place is really picturesque and definitely deserves attention.
In the photo: descent to the Grotto of Neptune. Alghero, Sardinia
You can visit the peninsula and the grotto both by sea with an excursion on different boats from the port of Alghero, and by land (by car or bus). No matter how you are taken there, remember that the entrance to the cave itself is paid (13 euros) and this fee is not included in the ticket for the boat to the Neptune Grotto.
How to get from Alghero to Grott Neptup on your own:
9-15 bus goes from Bia Catalonia to Capo Caccia, take 50 minutes to the final stop, ticket price is 1.30 euros (for one one way) - immediately buy tickets there and back at the ticket office.
The same bus will be on the final until 12-00. It’s best to return to Alghero on it - it turns out that you will spend 2 hours at the Grotto, it’s enough to see everything. In August-September, more buses go to the grotto; the schedule can be found on Bia Catalonia.
8. Watch the sunset from the terrace of one of the restaurants on the ramparts
The sunsets in Alghero are fantastically beautiful! Choose one of the small restaurants on the Bastioni Marco Polo embankment and come there with your loved one an hour before sunset.
In the photo: dinner with sunset view
Sit back at a table on the street and enjoy your meal, wine and beautiful sunset!
9. Listen to a street musician
If you're lucky, then walking along the city wall, you will meet another attraction of Alghero - the popular musician Soleandro in Sardinia (listen to on youtube here), who sings right on the street.
Pleasant melodies organically complement the atmosphere of Alghero. You can sit nearby and enjoy the sea, music and wonderful atmosphere. Then buy a disc with music and immediately get an autograph of the musician. Do not miss!
11. Take a ride on a rented electric car
A ride around the city in a silent electric car is a normal desire for a normal tourist in Alghero. Especially if the price is comparable to renting a scooter :) First, by the way, check how long the batteries last.
For those who are serious about riding in Sardinia, you need to rent a bigger car.
In the old part of the city it is impossible to pass by small colorful shops. By the way, Alghero is a coral Riviera and coral jewelry is made here. Expensive unique products are sold in the Agostino Marogna Museum and Museum, and in simple souvenir shops you can buy inexpensive, but very cute jewelry for memory.
13. Sardinian wines
For beginners, I recommend remembering two names: “Sella & Mosca” and “Cannonau”. For some inexplicable reason, tourists like white wines in Alghero more than red ones :) Nevertheless, many mainland Europeans go to Alghero for a few sessions with red wine “Tanca Farra”.
If you prefer beer instead of wine, then try the local brand Ichnusa (Iknuza is read), unfiltered.
Sardinian beer Ichnusa
14. Arrange a one-day excursion to the town of Bosa
Just an hour away by bus, south of Alghero there is a wonderful colorful town of Bosa with colorful houses and a fortress on a hill. If you have time, spend half a day there. Climb up the mountain to the old fortress, take a walk along the narrow ancient streets.
How to get to Bosa: the bus starts at 11-50 with Bia Catalonia, an hour to go,
ticket price 7.40 euros (round trip for one).
You can return on the 17-hour bus from the same stop where you arrive.
Other excursions in Alghero:
15. Go to one of the restaurants with local Sardinian cuisine
The most popular restaurant, Alghero, which serves traditional Sardinian dishes and local wine, Trattoria La Saletta, even locals like to dine here, so it is better to reserve places in advance.
Restaurant La Saletta in Alghero
I recommend ordering the “Degustacione menu” for 20 euros, which includes snacks, wine and “Crispy pork” (pork in a crispy crust, served with a side dish).
Traditional Sardinian dish at La Saletta Restaurant
By the way, the high season in Alghero is August, September. And the best months for those who do not like crowds of tourists - the end of April, May and October - in the afternoon the weather is ideal for a beach holiday, and in the evenings it becomes cool and it is so pleasant to walk along the streets of the old city. All photos in this post are Alghero in mid-October.
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