Famous for its stunning landscapes, crystal clear waters and white sands, Alghero lies on the North West coast of the island and is a historic walled town with a pretty harbour and fabulous coastline. The 'Centro Storico' or 'Old Town' is the hub of Alghero and is called Barcelonetta or 'Little Barcelona' with streets named in both Catalan and Italian. In fact, you'll often hear the locals shouting out to their neighbours in the local Catalan dialect. Surrounded by the ancient walls or 'Bastioni' overlooking the sea, Alghero's narrow cobbled streets are the perfect place to explore and unwind. The magnificent Santa Maria Cathedral and the churches of San Francesco and San Michele are an architectural delight, whilst the many piazzas offer the chance to simply sit and sip a cappuccino and watch the world go by. Shop till you drop in the boutique filled streets and then take a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants followed by an ice cream from one of the gelaterias and then a stroll along the seafront.
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Most restaurants in Sardinia will serve fresh and quality produce, along with Italian wine. Seafood is always a good option, especially when by the coast - ask to see your fish before it is cooked for you. Also, whilst in Alghero, try the Seadas - fritters stuffed with cheese and lemon peel and topped with Sardinian honey.
The nightlife in Alghero is quite relaxed and relatively low-key, but you will find an array of good bars and restaurants to spend your evenings over a quality meal and a few drinks. You will find somewhere to spend the evening to cater for all tastes, from an Irish pub, friendly local Italian places, relaxed lounge bars and stylish cocktails bars with live music. Many places will cater for you to sit outside, so you can enjoy the warmth of the summer evenings and the sunset over the harbour.
An exclusive type of red coral, found only off the coast of Sardinia can be found in the towns jewellery shops.
There are a few winerys in the area of Alghero, however the closest being Santa Maria la Palma. A family-run winery with Sardinian vineyards, the estate produces wine and grappas for you to sample and purchase.
The Alghero marina is a large natural port, situated just along from the cathedral and city walls. From here you can take a boat trip to Neptune's Grotto, a series of marine caves located on the imposing cliff of Capo Caccia.
Le Bombarde amusement park for families is close to the beach of Le Bombarde, which offers different play areas for children, and a cafe for mums and dads.
Spend an afternoon meandering around the winding streets of the historical old town and its Piazza Civica, an open square lined with boutique shops an restaurants. Follow on with a stroll along the city walls, originally built to protect against maritime threats. From the height of the walls you can enjoy stunning views out towards Capo Caccia and Neptune's Grotto.
The five chapels of Cattedrale di Santa Maria, dedicated to the virgin Mary, can be found in all it's gothic glory at Piazza del Duomo. It was founded in the 14th century and has recently been refurbished. If feeling fit, you can wind your way up the bell tower!
Porto Conte National Park and Capo Caccia extends from the north of Alghero and round the coastline, until it is almost opposite the town. The Capo Caccia is a marine protected area of limestone cliffs, that juts out of the land with views looking back onto Alghero. The national park is a perfect place to walk with the family, exploring the flora and fauna, bird watching and taking in the beautiful scenery.
Take in the medieval Catalan influenced architecture, found all around the old town.
Ten pin bowling, Bike hire, Cycle route, Fishing, Bird watching
Sail boats, Scuba diving, Snorkelling
Festa Sant Miquellocal event
A great, three-day celebration of the town's patron saint. The streets of Alghero are filled with theatre shows, music concerts and food stalls and fireworks are let off in the evening.
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