What to see in Alghero – the catalan city
Alghero is the most characteristic tourist center of the western coast of northern Sardinia. Solitary coves, small bays with white sandy beaches on an emerald green sea. The mild climate, the crystalline sea, he delicate aromas of the Mediterranean vegetation invite the tourist to spend a pleasant and relaxing holiday.
A Practical Guide To Plan Your Holiday In Alghero
The old town
The historic center is one of the most interesting and fascinating of Sardinia and for those arriving in Alghero it is a must see. The four centuries of Spanish domination (Catalan-Aragonese) still persist in culture, architecture and spoken language, which has left strong Catalan influences. The impressive city walls, the refined historic buildings, the old churches – along with the small restaurants, shops and the many bars make the historic center among the most vibrant parts of the city.
THE COBBLED STONE STREETS IN THE OLD TOWN
Alghero is completely overlooking the sea and is one of the few destinations in Sardinia that combines the charm of the city with the wild of nature thanks to its wonderful beaches
The beach of the city is the long beach of Lido San Giovanni but to reach all the other many beautiful beaches you must head north – beyond the Lido di San Giovanni – towards the hamlet of Fertilia you will find the beautiful dunes of Maria Pia.
Continuing further north towards Porto Conte, you can reach the Le Bombarde beach and Lazzaretto beach, dominated by the famous tower (dating back XV cent) with the beautiful coves and small bays with very transparent water.
Visit Alghero’s best beaches
PORTO CONTE – CAPO CACCIA
The surroundings of Alghero offer several interesting archaeological sites and excursions in the park of Porto Conte. The headquarters of the Park – Casa Gioiosa – is located in the hamlet of Tramariglio inside the former penal colony (which can be visited). Throughout the year, excursions, visits and events are organized for which it is worth visiting Casa Gioiosa to plan trekking activities inside the Park.
Capo Caccia, the famous promontory (which for its figure is called the sleeping giant) overlooking the Porto Conte bay is undoubtedly the symbol of the whole city of Alghero. Reaching the highest point of 180 meters It boasts one of the most evocative viewpoints of Sardinia and the road that leads to Capo Caccia is truly spectacular!
The famous Neptune Caves are located within the promontory of Capo Caccia and can be reached in two ways. By sea starting from the port of Alghero or by land with the car reaching the most extreme point of the promontory of Capo Caccia. Through the staircase – Escala del Cabirol – about 656 steps – you reach the sea level where is the entrance to the Caves of Neptune
ESCALA DEL CABIROL LEADS TO THE GROTTO
Tours can be organized throughout the territory which is rich in prehistoric finds and villages (the so-called nuraghi) and the domus dejanas. The most important archaeological site in Alghero is the Nuragic Village of Palmavera. A nuragic complex among the most well preserved in Sardinia. Open all year for visits.
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