Alghero is situated on the shores of a bay on the northwest coast of Sardinia where street signs are written in both Italian and Catalan and most of the older generation still speak an Algherian dialect of Catalan. On an island that sometimes seems divided between overdeveloped tourist traps and forbidding wilderness, Alghero offers a wonderful oasis.
A large colorful harbor is filled with fishing sailboats and the city is well preserved behind a sturdy ancient wall marked with numerous towers. The old town is filled with animated piazzas and the old streets are filled with a fresh vibrancy. A lively market fills a parking area right outside of the city walls on a weekly basis. Fresh produce, pungently delicious cheese, cured meats, clothing of all sorts and knock-offs can all be purchased from the bustling stalls.
The architecture and monuments of the old town seem to exude their Catalan origins. Example include: the two bell towers, the architecture of the cathedral and the church of San Francesco and the Gothic Catalan style of many buildings. The old town is a fantastic display of architecture and a spider web of streets displaying craftshop window displays and modern clothing stores. Superb restaurants can be found around every corner. The traditional meeting places, Piazza Civica, Porta Terra and Piazza Sulis, are located in the town’s Gothic Quarter. Many of the buildings have been recently, or are in the process of being, restored.
In the town itself, there is a little train that leaves from the port. The cathedral in Piassa Duomo is worth seeing, as are the other churches. The Palazzo d’Albis is a worthwhile historical site.
Dominating Alghero is Capo Caccia, a huge headland across the bay. Here you will find Neptune's Grotto, a stunning series of caves. The easiest way to get there is by the boats that leave frequently from the port during the warmer seasons and sea permitting. If you have a car, you can drive there, although doing that involves going down (and of course UP) what is charmingly known as the "Goat's Staircase" - 654 steps!
Outside of the old town, extending on either side of the harbor stretches a magnificent 75 km of coastline. The area boasts unspoilt landscape, silver beaches, breathtaking cliffs, indented rocky coastline, lovely coves and superb marine coves. The surrounding area is one of great archaeological and natural interest. The Grottoes of Neptune with their impressive caverns of stalactites and stalagmites, dripping vaults and saline waters create an unreal world in the islands’ most beautiful and famous caves.
Alghero is serviced by several airlines including:
Beware the way locals drive: racing along the narrow and bendy roads in the hills.
Dont miss neptunes grotto located at cappo caccia, a vast grotto reachable by boat trip. There is also the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju one of the most important archeological sites of Sardinia. To read more about things to do in Alghero take a look At these Alghero guides
As in most parts of Italy food in Alghero is an important thing. 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 thier honor around easter. To see some traditional Sardinian recipes for yourself take a look at theSardinia cookbook
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 tht get going at around about midnight.
There are a whole number of possibilities for accommodation in Alghero from bed and breakfasts to Agroturismos(farm stays) and hotels. You may also consider renting an appartment, for direct contact information take a look at Alghero rentals