Sardinia, a Fiat and a sunny day ... Along the coast of Alghero, we thought we could not find more beautiful views of the coast that came our way. But what a surprise when we got to climb the northwest tip of the island, Capo Caccia. We took our sunglasses and climbed to see what was hidden on the other side of the rocks. A huge rock, a furious Mediterranean sea, an infinite climb, a lost cave and the image of the past in the Gruta of Neptune, the heart of Capo Caccia!
Alghero (o L'Alguer, as the locals call it), is a city that traces its origins back to the Spanish conquest, a fact which noticeable in the local dialect. The city is located on the west coast of Sardinia and rests above the sea upon a beautiful city wall. The most enchanting part about Alghero is that it still retains its medieval character even after all these years. When you visit, you feel at home. As you walk among the red and yellow buildings, you can chat and speak with the people as if they were family. It’s like being in a small village!
Make sure to visit the Caramelle dei Pirati, a small candy shop that looks like a pirate-themed attraction park on the inside. It’s so cool! I always find an excuse to buy some little knick-knack just to enter and have a look around. Also, the Café el Blau on the top floor of the Hotel Catalonia has the best views of the entire city, any time of day.
During your trip to Alghero, I’d also suggest visiting “Le Grotte di Nuttuno,” a cave of stalactites and stalagmites near Capo Caccia which you can reach by both land and sea. I went by boat and, honestly, the ride itself was pretty calm but docking and getting off the boat was quite an adventure!
As far as hotels go, I don’t have any recommendations in particular. There are many hotels in Alghero, but I think the best is Villa Las Tronas (though it’s definitely not cheap!). So, all in all, if you’re in Sardinia, Alghero is a must!
We didn't have a motorcycle, or a car, not even a bike. We went with our surest mode of transportation- our traveler's legs. After visiting the Caves of Neptune, there from the top of the mountain we saw some little crystalline coves of water, green, shining turquoise that looked like it was dancing. We didn't know how many kilometers could have been there, but dazzled by the call of the sea, we started walking. I don't know how long it took us, but those waters were ours. We succumbed to its charms and immersed ourselves for hours. The salt, the sea, the perfect temperature and our bodies united...
Bombarde beach is one of the most famous and visited beach along the Riviera del Corallo and is perfect if you're travelling to Sardinia in search of crystal-clear water and convenience. And you don't need a long walk or complicated drive to reach it, unlike many of Sardinia's best beaches. Starting from Alghero, you need to head north to Fertilia (the city, not the airport) and follow the signs for Porto Conte - Capo Caccia for another mile or so until you see the signs for Bombarde.
The beach itself is undoubtedly lovely: white sand, turquoise water, pine forest, and, in many respects, just as beautiful as any beach in the Caribbean. It has all the amenities you'd expect (bars, restaurants, umbrella rental, etc.) and, of course, a large and convenient parking lot. However, everything has its price: the bay is not very large and you need to get there early to claim your spot. Personally, I think that if you explore the bay you'll be able to find places of equal beauty without so many people.
Also close to Alghero, on the way to Cape Caccia, one can find these kind of coves, beach Dragunara. Another great corner on the island of Sardinia . There was clean and clear waters, a tiny area of rocks where you can snorkel, an exercise zone so you do not miss anything and fantastic scenery. It is a tiny cove, which is impossible to find crowds of people, but you can meet other people. This small beach is around Fertilia, a city that lies between the 2 mentioned at the beginning of Alghero and Capo Caccia. Again the day was unforgettable with my 3 best friends David, George and Lydia . Great memories of this lovely little beach, cove or nook ... whatever you want to call it. Lucky me to have been on top of the sand and into the water, a kind also have done with the people who accompanied me, Jorge (Madrid), David (Huesca) and Lydia, born in Alghero, the center of the island of Cerdegna were as beautiful as they are these waters. Yesterday, reviewing the digital bahul .... I cried and laughed with joy ...., doing one of the things I like.
Any person travelling that goes to Sardinia evidently is going to visit Alghero, which is the capital. Taking a stroll around the center and going towards the port, you going to be able to see magnificant beaches, where there are rocks and land equally. It´s all tranquil and relaxed.
The city of Alghero on the northwest coast of Sardinia has a turbulent history of conquest and attacks, and so the walls are proof at one point in time the city was completely surrounded. Nowadays the side facing the sea is well preserved. It has about 45,000 inhabitants and is colloquially called "Balçaruneta" (Barceloneta in Catalan), as those who settled there were Catalans from Barcelona. l'Alghero is it's official name still today, as old Catalan is still spoken and has been maintained for centuries . The old town of Alghero is of great beauty, with architecture and urban planning similar to the medieval cities under the rule of Aragon. Particularly noteworthy are the walls, circular defensive towers, the gothic "palazzos" like Ferrera, del Pou Salit (the Pozzo salato), Peretti, Guillot, and Neoclassicals like Palazzo Lavagna, Civico, Balata and Simon. The churches are also very beautiful, and among many should be noted the Cathedral of St. Mary from the sixteenth century, Our Lady of Mount Carmel from the seventeenth, the church of San Francesco with a beautiful cloister from the fourteenth century, as well as my favourite, the church of San Michele, with a beautiful polychrome dome.
The 1,200 acres of unspoiled nature that comprise the Porto Conte Regional Park make up one of the most beautiful areas of the Sardinian coast. It's a state-run and managed area full of varied landscapes, towering cliffs above the blue sea, amazing rock formations, green hills, and forests full of conifers and oaks. Because of the variety of landscapes, the Porto Conte Regional Park is the perfect habitat for a variety of animal species, many of them in danger of extinction. The most notable species are wild hare, peregrine falcon, deer, Giara horses, and Asinara donkeys. All of these wonderful animals wander freely through the park and can be spotted provided that you visit the park in the early morning or late afternoon and don't make too much noise.
The historic city of Alghero is worth a relaxed visit. From its walls you can see a coastal route that takes you to Cape Caccia, where at the highest point there is a lighthouse and the famous caves of Neptune below. The route is about 25km, and can also be followed by boat from Alghero, but I preferred to do it by car, as you can stop at places with spectacular views, as you can see in the attached photos. On the road, there are several scenic overlooks that are visited by both tourists and locals because there are also plenty of restaurants in the area at the weekend, so it's the perfect getaway from Alghero.
Sardinia is one of the largest islands in Europe. It´s a mysterious place because most people don´t know about the first natives who lived there. Although at first it seems small, you need to take a few days to visit it, and for that you will need a car. The roads in Sardinia are usually secondary two-way and in some rural places, quite narrow and even tortuous, but in good condition. The only highway that crosses is on the island going north to south through the interior, from Porto Torres (northwest) or Olbia (northeast) to Oristano (Midwest) and Cagliari (168,000 inhabitants, the capital and largest city in the south of the island).
A Caribbean beach in Alghero ... well, that's what it feels like! The beach stretches for about 2 km along the coast. White beach, dunes, shrubs, and a glorious, perfect-looking sea! I was lucky enough to go in spring, when there weren't so many tourists; as I understand, the high season isn't exactly relaxing.
In Sardinia, you'll be surprised how many bikes you see on the roads, the countryside and the cities. Though it cannot compare to the Netherlands, the Sardinians and tourists take advantage of the wonderful nature of the island for walks, especially in the surrounding forests and beaches. It is not uncommon around campsites for people to offer a bike ride. Many caravans carry bikes in the back, and the truth is I'm a little jealous for if you're short on time and you cannot rent one. Speaking of renting, the city of Alghero offers various options, and I suppose other towns and cities do as well.
At the airport in the Sardinian city of Alghero is a helpful Tourist Information Office and I would advise you to visit. Enroute to the airport. Great for reassuring doubts you may have about itineraries, car rental, restaurants, hotels, where to eat or places recommended. Order maps of Sardinia and Alghero City. If you are staying for a short time on the island, ask for are the best routes. Everything depends on the season or your personal preferences: they offer itineraries for beaches (eg, the Emerald Coast) the center of the island (go for it, there are some amazing forests) or for excursions to the famous nuraghis, (a prehistoric edifice typical of this Mediterranean island). Sardinia is one of the largest islands in Europe (almost 24,000 square meters), and if you only have a short amount of time you will have to visit areas near Alghero unless you want to spend the whole day in the car ...
In the fourteenth century, the Aragonese, ve had just conquered Sardinia, found the rich marine flora of the island. Alghero became a landmark, as the place to catch coral. At first, rudimentary methods were used for fishing, marring the seabed and this considerably decimated the amount of coral that was in the Sardinian coast. Now, more respectful and specialized methods are used, using experienced divers. In Alghero you can see lots of jewelry made of coral.
Alghero Airport is the most important airport in the north of Sardinia. It's a small airport, about fifteen minutes from the city by car. It has all the amenities of a modern airport: cafe, places to rest, public phones, tourism office... even though its souvenir selection and typical island products are pretty limited. Just a few very tiny shops and they have the same products that you can find in the city center, but at almost double the price.
With the tourist boom of the 60's, the airport modernized and expanded. In the 80's it turned into a real, respectable airport. The last renovations were completed this year. And, with the success of low-cost companies, Alghero Airport has been able to get the attention of Ryanair, Volareweb, Finnair, Air Italy, Fly Nordic, Flybe and Sterline.
I recommend that when you arrive at this airport you go to the Information and Tourism Office. They'll give you maps and free information. Also, you can rent a car, which more than just a nice idea, is a necessity on this island. Almost everyone does it because it's difficult to move around Sardinia without a car.
In Sardinia if you are fond of archeology you'll be in your element - you can enjoy numerous Nuraghe parks, dolmens, giant tombs, necropolis, museums, ruins of Roman settlements and other archaeological sites. But what are the Nuraghe, I wondered, when I was preparing for my ardinian trip. The Nuraghe are the most mysterious prehistoric structures of this exciting Italian island. You can only find them in this part of the world - globalization has not arrived! There are various theories about who, how and why these buildings were built, but historians have not yet agreed on these issues. These very interesting buildings are scattered throughout the island, if you have time I recommend that you go to see them in one of the many parks that are open to visitors. In the northwest, where I was, you can also visit the Roman bridge Palazzo di Re Barbarian in Porto Torres, the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, the dolmen de Sa Coveccada or Sassari museums or Porto Tórres. If you are close to Alghero, Nuraghe are on the road to Villanova Monteleone (Appiu Nuraghe Archaeological Park) in Fertilia (Nuraghe of Palmaver, near Alghero, to the north, heading for the Grotto of Neptune), between Sassari and Porto Torres in Torralba. There are also many Nuraghe parks in the south central area.
There are numerous palaces and noble homes around Alghero and, in my opinion, the 19th-century Palazzo Simon is one of the best. The palazzo was built in 1865 in a strictly Neoclassical style and has two entrances: one in the center and the other giving access to the interior courtyard. The main facade has eight flat pillars embedded within the walls, with decorations that are quite typical of the time.
This city is located in the northwest of the island of Sardinia in Italy. Over the years it has retained a distinctive medieval atmosphere, and this atmosphere permeates most of the things to see in Alghero. For many, this city is known as the Barceloneta, a name which dates back to colonial times. Immersing yourself in all the places to visit in Alghero will be like travelling to medieval times, when the Crown of Aragon conquered this small village and had huge walls built in the 12th century; today, these are one of the most historic attractions in Alghero.
As this is a small town, you won't need more than a few days to experience all the stuff to do in Alghero, you still won't need more than two days as it's a small town. You can start with the wall, from which there are beautiful views of the city. If you're a lover of history, one of the things to do in Alghero is walk along the city with guide book in hand and soak in all its culture. The old town is another of the many Alghero attractions to visit. It has a beautiful medieval appearance with walls and towers and is an ideal place to grab a drink. You can also take a stroll and see the old houses, which another of the many Alghero activities.
Still looking for what to do in Alghero? Other sights to see include the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Cloister of San Francisco, and the Doria House. Check out minube to learn more about all the great stuff to do in Alghero.