Upon visiting the ancient town of Alghero on the island of Sardinia, with its cobbled squares and yellowed buildings, one is immediately struck by the remnants of its Catalan past. In fact before coming under the rule of Italy, this town – now an attractive coastal resort – was home to colonists sailing east from Catalonia and later to their Spanish conquerors. This mish-mash of cultures has left Alghero a town of churches built in numerous styles and a sense of many feet having walked the cobbled streets beneath your feet.
The island of Sardinia is renowned for having more hours of daylight than anywhere else in Italy; with the typical Mediterranean climate of long, hot summer days and mild, wet winters. Alghero makes a perfect summer break with its beautiful sandy beach and water sports, while the fact it positively drips with culture ensures that there is plenty to do beyond swimming if you are interested in visiting at a cooler time of year with perhaps less tourists. A trip to Alghero is perfect for families and couples looking to find a relaxing yet exciting town that showcases the best things Italy has to offer – warm sunshine, incredible food and beautiful landscapes.
Holiday in Alghero
You can get a very good taste of the local culture by simply strolling the narrow streets and historic piazzas of Old Town Alghero, by visiting a gelato stand or sitting outside an old-style café; soaking up the sun and sipping on vino. But if you would like to delve deeper into the town’s ancient legacy, consider walking further out and exploring the remnants of the walls which used to fortify this important seafront port, now a bustling marina. The abandoned coastal mining town of Argentiera is now a UNESCO protected cultural site, offering a riveting look into the ancient lives of the islanders.
The Grotta Di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto) is a stalactite-filled cave where you can take a guided tour through lit pathways. This cave is a unique and thoroughly impressive marvel.
Once you have had your fill of ruins, caves, 14th century churches and older sights; grab a towel and find a spot on the fine, sandy beach of Alghero. The water is warm, the sun is usually hot and there are a variety of water sports for you and the kids to choose from including kite surfing and boat tours around the island.
The Campanile bell tower is the perfect spot to end a day, and is the utmost pinnacle of spots from which to enjoy a Sardinian sunset, one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see.
Renting holiday accommodation in Alghero
When deciding on where to stay in Alghero, it is important to think about the type of holiday you would like to be having. For those who want to spend time with the people they care about, whether this is a loved one, friends or family; then nothing beats the idea of staying in a holiday rental. This gives you a lot more chances to choose exactly what you want: would you prefer a seafront villa with its own balcony overlooking the Mediterranean, or a funky apartment in the historic centre of town? Being a thriving marina, there is plenty of fresh seafood to buy in the local markets; so why not bring some back to your home, cook it in your kitchen, and enjoy it with your companions in your dining room?