Alghero, the tiny Barcelona: a city by the beach that has inherited its enthusiasm for entertainment from Spain.
Alghero, in the province of Sassari, is a city of Catalan origin, located by the sea in Northwestern Sardinia. It can be easily reached thanks to the airport Alghero-Fertilia just a few kilometers away.
Nice walks along the Bastions by the sea, coral boutiques in the historic city center, a bustling night life that rocks the summer nights and the sandy beaches easily accessible by foot make Alguer a unique and fascinating holiday destination to start your tour of Sardinia.
Alghero, also called Barceloneta, preserves the characteristics of the old Catalan city and is a destination that can be easily enjoyed on foot. It boasts a past and a history that attracts thousands of tourists every season, thanks also to low cost flights.
Things to do in Alghero
Bicycle lanes and the possibility to rent bikes allow you to enjoy Alghero completely without a car.
Among the things to do in the city we suggest trying one of Alghero's specialities: the Catalan-Style Lobster, strongly recommended in any of Aghero's gourmet restaurants.
A visit to the boutique of Antonio Marras, the Sardinian stylist who headed maison Kenzo until 2011 and a boat tour with Andrea Jensen, are three options for a luxury vacation in Alghero.
Diving at Porto Conte in the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia is an amazing experience for those who love diving and those who just want to do a little bit of snorkeling.
Alghero is also perfect for families, thanks also to the amazing Adventure Park Le Ragnatele, an adventure park where children and adults can climb trees following different paths of overhead rope bridges: a great fun and a delicious BBQ at the end, an absolute must.
For those who love exciting trekking and breathtaking views, the Ferrata di Capo Ferrato also called Via Ferrata del Cabirol, is a beautiful trekking itinerary that allows you to venture into a pristine landscape to marvel at the sea from 200 meters.
Things to see in Alghero
Alghero is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway all year round, thanks to the many events organized in the city, for example the Alghero Cap d'Any.
For those who love Catalan-Gothic architecture and monuments, the Church of San Francesco e the Cathedral of Santa Maria are two examples of the city’s Catalan history, which can be also found in the facade of the Palazzo de Ferrara, now Palazzo d'Albis, and in other historical buildings that still show the ancient mullioned windows typical of the Gothic style.
One of the must-see attractions around Alghero is the Grotte di Nettuno, Sardinia’s biggest caves: they can be accessed via the sea or by the Scalinata del Capriolo (Escala del Cabirol), the 656 breathtaking steps that, dropping sheer to the sea , take you to the entrance of the cave, offering a magical itinerary.
Alghero’s best beaches
Alghero boasts many beautiful beaches that leave you spoiled for choice: beaches for families, pristine hidden spots, gay friendly or naturist beaches.
La Speranza beach
La Speranza beach is located south of Alghero, on the scenic road to Bosa. This white sandy beach is perfect for those who love windsurfing or kitesurfing, thanks to the wind that blows here often.
Le Bombarde Beach
Le Bombarde is a beach north of Alghero, a kilometer long with thin sand and a lush vegetation. By the beach there are several isolated coves where one can enjoy a romantic location to sunbathe.
About 5 kilometers from Alghero, the Burantin Beach is a small sandy cove shaped like a heart.
Lido di San Giovanni is the main beach for the locals. It can be visited all year and consists of thin sand and transparent waters. It is perfect for those who come to Alghero without a car.
Maria Pia Beach
Just a few kilometers from Alghero, the little hamlet of Fertilia offers a beautiful beach called Maria Pia: white sand, dunes and a refreshing pinewood.
Porto Ferro. Near the Baratz Lake there is a wide beach that becomes a naturist and gay beach in its last stretch towards the cliff.