the city centre – the old town
Alghero is the most characteristic tourist resort on the North West Coast. Solitary creeks, small bays with white sandy beaches over an emerald-green sea.
The mild climate, the crystal-clear water, the delicate scents of the Mediterranean vegetation invite the tourist to spend a pleasant and relaxing holiday.
The historical centre is one of the most interesting in Sardinia: its origins can be traced back to about 1300 than remarked by the Catalan civilization. The imposing town walls, the refined historical palaces, the old churches – together with the local restaurants, souvenir shops and the bars make the old town the most vivid parts of the city.
As you leave Alghero heading north you go past the Lido di San Giovanni along the road to Maria Pia Beach, and get to the village of Fertilia. From there you can reach the Bombarde Beach (Spiaggia delle Bombarde) and the Lazzaretto Beach, the latter being characterised by a tower (1600)
PORTO CONTE – CAPO CACCIA
Alghero’s environs offer several interesting archeological destinations and naturalistic excursions. The Neptune Grottoes can be reached by boat sailing past Capo Galera (Galera Promontory) and Punta Giglio towards Capo Caccia, justly famous for its spectacular rocks and cliffs. Here, in one of the most breathtaking panoramic sites in Sardinia, is the Escala del Cabirol (the Cabirol Staircase) – with its 656 steps – which allows you to reach the above-mentioned Grottoes directly from the promontory.
Tours can be organised all over the area as the latter is rich of prehistoric remains and villages (the so-called nuraghi) and the domus dejanas.
Alghero: images of Sardinia
One of Sardinia’s most beautiful cities, Alghero is the main resort in the northwest. The animated historic centre is a the perfect place to hang out, and with so many excellent restaurants and bars, it makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beauty spots.
Enclosed by the seawalls, this is a tightly knit enclave of shady cobbled streets. Below, the marina and long, sandy beaches curve away to the north. Presiding over a Spanish atmosphere, a hangover of the city’s past as a Catalan colony. Even today, after more than three centuries, a form of Catalan (Algherese) is still spoken, and street signs and public places are often written in both Catalan and Italian.