Boasting cobbled lanes and cafe-lined piazzas, Alghero is home to a picturesque historic centre enclosed by honey-coloured sea walls. Yachts bob in the marina as sandy beaches, seafront fortifications and quaint ice cream parlours showcase distinctive Catalan character.
Things to do in Alghero
Stroll around Alghero’s atmospheric old town to discover boutiques, restaurants and waterfront ramparts. Admire the 16th-century Alghero Cathedral and its impressive Catalan-Gothic architecture or climb the Torre di Porta Terra tower for views of the entire city.
Enjoy a day of sunshine at one of the many beaches that surround Alghero. Maria Pia Beach is backed by emerald pine trees and is ideal for swimming. Speranza Beach is great for families with its serene stretch of sand, while surfers might enjoy the waves at Porto Ferro.
History enthusiasts will want to see the prehistoric Neptune’s Caves, which allow explorers to access a part of four kilometres of mesmerising sea caves. For the best vantage points, head to the “Goat’s Step’s” that are carved into the cliff face and offer dramatic coastal landscapes.
Unwind from your outdoor adventures at Mabrouk restaurant, where you can indulge in Catalan lobster, the town’s signature dish. If you’re looking for a dose of retail therapy, shop for coral jewellery and Italian fashion on Via Roma, the old quarter’s main shopping streets.
Getting around Alghero
Alghero is best navigated by car, while there is a direct bus that travels to Cagliari. Alghero Airport is eight kilometres from the city centre, while the Alghero train station is 15 minutes away on foot.