Alghero

Alghero (Catalan: L'Alguer) is a beautiful destination in Sardinia, Italy. It is best known for its beautiful beaches, very good food at reasonable prices, and also for its Catalan origin; in fact, it was known in the past as little Barcelona.

Understand

This historic town is one of the most popular destinations for Sardinia's visitors.

At it's atmospheric narrow lanes you'd numerous bars and cafés. It's restaurants are renowned for excellent seafood. The surrounding area brings many delights for those who venture out of the city. These include the famous beaches at La Pelosa - Stintino, the eerily abandoned mining town of Argentiera and the ancient palace complex at Nuraghe di Palmavera.

Get in

By plane

By car

Alghero is easily accessible by road from Sassari, passing by the airport near Fertilia. Another way to get to Alghero is from Bosa, by the sea-side road, which is quite small and steep but has beautiful views.

By train

Alghero railway station

The railway station is about fifteen minutes walking distance from the centre of town and marina.

By bus

By Taxi

See

Palaces at the old town:

Palazzo d’Albis
The coat of arms at the Palazzo Peretti

Villas in Liberty style along Lungomare Dante and Lungomare Valencia:

Do

The coastal road south of Alghero is beautiful, an unspoilt and protected panorama of sparkling sea, lush vegetation, and rocky mountains. It leads to Bosa, a small medieval town, which has a distinctive and living historic center and many points of interest. Bosa is an ideal spot for a relaxing holiday, as it is friendly and has a character and economy which is not based solely on tourism. Near Alghero, accessible by car, is the spectacular Capo Caccia/Porte Conte Bay, well worth a visit.

Learn

Buy

Alghero is famous with its red coral jewelery as well as silverware.

Eat

As in most parts of Italy food in Alghero is an important thing. The town's fishing port provides seafood fresh from the sea. Make sure that you try Catalan lobster, lobster salad with raw tomatoes and onion. Ricci (sea urchins) are also very popular in Alghero with a festival being held in their honor around February during the "Sagra del Bogamarì". Basically, anywhere in town is good, as long as you avoid the tourist restaurants with "il menu turistico".

Drink

Take in the beautiful views at cafe Latino located on the battlements overlooking the harbour. There are also lots of late night bars on the Lungomare Valencia that get going at around about midnight. Local drinks are limoncello, mirto and some local wines that they serve in all restaurants.

Also you should not miss the Bar La Perla in Viale Sardegna. It serves great cappuccino.

Sleep

There are a whole number of possibilities for accommodation in Alghero from bed and breakfasts to Agroturismos(farm stays) and hotels. You can pick up a list of B&Bs at the friendly Tourist Information office. In the offseason, rates range from E25 - E50 for one person. Expect prices to double in July and August.

A spectacular position, on the sea-shore. A peaceful, exclusive oasis on a private headland. Euro: 220-450.

Go next

  •   Neptune's Grotto (Grotte di Nettuno) (check with Tourist Information Office of Alghero). Apr-Oct daily 9:00-19:00; Nov-Mar daily 10:00-15:00. Guided tours (1/2 hour) are in Italian, English and German. €13 (guided tours only).
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