At its atmospheric narrow lanes you'll find numerous bars and cafés. Its restaurants are renowned for excellent seafood. The surrounding area brings many delights for those who venture out of the city. These include the famous beaches at La Pelosa - Stintino, the eerily abandoned mining town of Argentiera and the ancient palace complex at Nuraghe di Palmavera.
phone: +39 079 97 90 54address: Largo San Francesco
Aeroporto di AlgheroThe airport (aka Alghero Riviera del Corallo ) is the third busiest in Sardinia. It is serviced by several airlines including: Alitalia, EasyJet, Ryanair.
Connections by regional buses to Alghero (every hour, 20-minute trip), Sassari (9/day, 30-minute trip), Bosa, Nuoro, Macomer, Oristano, Cagliari. In Jun-Sep there are also buses to Stintino, Santa Teresa Gallura. Tickets could be bought at the ARST ticket vending machine.
By carAlghero is easily accessible by road from Sassari, passing by the airport near Fertilia. Another way to get to Alghero is from Bosa, by the sea-side road, which is quite small and steep but has beautiful views.
Stazione di Alghero Sant'AgostinoAlghero station runs trains operated by ARST (former Ferrovie della Sardenia), not to be confused with Ferrovie dello Stato (Trenitalia). These are two separate companies, and you will have to take one of the many daily 35-minute trains from Alghero to Sassari in order to catch a connecting train operated by Trenitalia to another destination such as Cagliari. Tickets must be purchased separately at their respective stations.
Alghero Radio Taxiphone: +39 079 9892928
address: Piazza Duomo, 2Dating back to the 16th century, it is one of the landmarks of the town. Its neo-classical façade was added in the 19th century.
Chiesa di San Francesco15th-century church in Gothic-Catalan style.
Chiesa San MicheleThe church itself is dating back to the XVI century. Its polychrome tiled dome is one of the symbols of the town. It's quite remarkable though that the dome has received this colourful decoration only in 1950s (designed by Antonio Simon Mossa and Filippo Figari)
Parrocchia di Nostra Signora della Mercede
Forte della Maddalena16th-century fort.
address: Piazza Teatro, 1The town theatre opened in 1862. This building is unique as its supporting structure is made of wood.
Palazzo d’AlbisA notable 16th century Gothic building. In 1541 the Emperor Carlos V stayed there.
Palazzo Serra18th-century Baroque building.
Palazzo Lavagna19th-century Neoclassical building.
Palazzo Peretti15th-century Gothic-Catalan palazzo.
Palazzo SimonBuilt in 1865.
Torre di San GiovanniA 16th-century massive defensive tower.
Liberty villas along the Lungomare Dante and the Lungomare Valencia:
Villa Moscaaddress: Lungomare DanteNow a hotel.
Villa las Tronasaddress: Lungomare ValenciaYet another villa, now a hotel.
phone: +390799734045address: Via Carlo Alberto, 72
phone: +390799897502address: Via XX Settembre n. 8The Museum of Coral in the Libery villa.
phone: +39 079 973 3041address: Piazza Duomo
Near Alghero, accessible by car, is the spectacular Capo Caccia/Porte Conte Bay, well worth a visit.
- Scuba diving - The area with the Marine Reserve Capo Caccia/Isola Piana is one of the best dive destinations in Europe.
- Mountain Biking
- Bird watching
Basically, anywhere in town is good, as long as you avoid the tourist restaurants with "il menu turistico".
address: Via Don De Roma, 3A good restaurant where you can try typical dishes. The same management for 30 years.
Embarcaderoaddress: Localita PortoconteA very good restaurant in Portoconte, which serves fish dishes, meat dishes, and pizzas. It has a very nice view of the bay.
Also you should not miss the Bar La Perla in Viale Sardegna. It serves great cappuccino.
In the offseason, rates range from for one person. Expect prices to double in July and August.
phone: +39 340 0777688, +39 3395912476 (English contact)address: old town alghero ambrogio machin 22Typical Latin architecture.
B&B Ramblasphone: +39 347 1813100address: Lido San Giovanni Via Garibaldi, 79/MB&B Alghero
Hotel Angedras Algherophone: +39 079 9735034address: via Frank, 2Three star hotel in a quiet residential street close to the old town, has stylish modern rooms. Hotel shuttle bus to the beach, internet point, high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection, restaurant (on the Bastions in Alghero's Old Town, with sea view).
Villa Las Tronas Hotel & Spaphone: +39 079 981818address: Lungomare Valencia, 1Once the residence of Italian royalty during their holidays in Sardinia, Las Tronas conserves the historic atmosphere of the aristocratic buen retiro, renewing the tradition and charm of the ancient residence. A spectacular position, on the sea-shore. A peaceful, exclusive oasis on a private headland.
El Faro Hotelphone: +39 079 942 010address: Porto Conte, 52, AlgheroLuxury seafront hotel in Porto Conte Bay. The 5-star hotel has the shape of an ocean liner, with its stern laid down on the rocks, enriched by Spanish-style arches and balconies.
phone: +39 079977343address: Strada Provinciale 105Restaurant, bar, swimming pool. The hotel has a small private beach with some rocks.
phone: +39 079 986 555address: Via CarrabuffasHotel is in a converted 18th-century country mansion. Outside the hustle of the city center but only a 10-minute drive to the historic center and beaches. Offers a tranquil setting with pool, tennis courts, and full spa. Breakfast included with dinner service available. Kind staff will help book excursions including the horses next door that roam the outskirts of the property.
Capo CacciaSee Neptune's Grotto, which includes the "Goat's Staircase" and under water the limestone cliffs continue creating the most vaste underwater marine cave system, Nereo Cave is the bigger and famous with its huge halls and tunnels.
phone: +39 079 979054Guided tours (1/2 hour) are in Italian, English and German.
- Tourist agencies organise boat excursions to the other caves: Grotte Navisarda and Attilio Regolo.
FertiliaFertilia is small town in a few kilometres north-east of Alghero. It was built by the Fascist government of Italy in the 1930s, after the draining of the marshes which covered the area. It was planned by the architect Arturo Miraglia and the town still bears some elements of the rationalist style.
- Sassari is a capital of a province -- a good destination for a pleasant half day trip
- Bosa -- a quaint old town further on the South