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Alghero bastion

Alghero is a city located on the northwest coast of Sardinia, in the bay of the same name. Alghero was founded by the Genoese at the beginning of the 12th century, and from the 14th to the 18th century it was a Catalan colony. Today, Alghero is the flagship of Sardinian tourism, a mixture of Italian and Catalan culture and architecture, a city full of natural attractions and excellent gastronomy.

Alghero offers its visitors the opportunity to get to know old Sardinia precisely because it is the only city in Sardinia that has preserved its originality and can still show people what it looked like in the Middle Ages.

The striking and beautifully preserved city walls and towers that once served only for defense are today perfectly decorated for a pleasant walk. Paved with stone, the promenade connects magnificent towers along the entire city. One of the eight towers offers a panoramic view of the entire marina.

From the other towers you will see the beautiful sea horizon and Cape Cappo Caccia. The entire promenade is decorated with romantic lamps, restaurants whose terraces are adorned with colorful flowers and musicians who try to convey the Italian charm to all passers-by on violin or accordion. You can also see replicas of defensive cannons or catapults and admire the harmony of stone buildings and the nature that surrounds them.

You can walk through the walls completely free of charge, and this pleasant walk could take several hours

Near the city there is the Porto Conte National Park with the famous megalithic buildings of Nuraghe and the magnificent Neptune's Cave. The city port is the center of events, and in the southern part of the port is the modern Marina di Sant'Elmo with a charter base.

Alghero is known for its beautiful beaches located in and around the city. The most famous beach is Lido, located in the city center, with fine white sand and many restaurants and cafes. Just north of the city is another beautiful sandy beach in the shade of a dense pine forest, Maria Pia. Alghero also has an airport that connects the city with several European destinations in the summer.

Alghero is known for both the finest and highest quality corals. There is an entire coral museum in the city center, and each souvenir shop offers at least one authentic copy, from jewelry to extraordinary sculptures.

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The old town

The old town of Algherou is one of the most fascinating historical parts of Sardinia. Here, in every segment - architecture, customs, language ... the influence of four centuries of Spanish domination is felt. The fortified ramparts along the arranged promenades are a great place for a spectacular view of the coast and the open sea. Be sure to visit the sacral buildings, the unique coral museum that is truly unique here (the city is the center of the so-called Coral Coast) and drink coffee in one of the many cafes in the main city square La Piazza Civica.

You can start your walk around the city from the Torre di Porta Terra. In the tower there is a multimedia exhibition that illustrates the history, culture and traditions of the city from its founding to the present day. From Porta Terra you can walk to the Torre di San Giovanni tower, where temporary exhibitions are held today, and then to the Torre dello Sperone (Asparó Reial). This mighty building, twenty-two meters high, better known as the Sulis Tower, leaves perhaps the strongest impression in the entire fortification system. The tower dominates one of the main squares in the city - Piazza Sulis.

If you are lucky, during a walk through the city wall you will come across another attraction of Alghero - the popular Sardinian musician Soleander.

In the old part of the city it is impossible to pass by small colorful shops. Expensive unique items are sold in the museum shop Agostino Marogna, and in simple souvenir shops you can buy cheap but very sweet memories.

Porto Conte Nature Park

Porto Conte Nature Park is about 20 km from the city and is accessible by car or public transport. It covers the hinterland of the city of Alghero including 60km of coastline made up of sandy beaches in coves separated by steep cliffs. The fauna consists of 150 species of birds and 35 identified species of mammals, including wild horses Giara and albino donkeys. In the park you will find several hiking and biking trails, and after the trip you will find beautiful beaches, of which Porto Fero is particularly interesting, surrounded by mountains and ruins of fortifications. The headquarters of the park "Casa Gioiosa" is located in the hamlet of Tramariglio within the former penal colony.

Capo Caccia ridge and the famous Neptune's Cave

Capo Caccia ridge, which overlooks the bay of Porto Conte, is the most famous part of the park and one of the symbols of the city of Alghero, but also the most attractive viewers of all of Sardinia. Especially spectacular is the path that leads to this cape and the famous Neptune's Cave, which is located at the front of the ridge. If you decide to approach the cave from the mainland by car or bus, you can reach all the way to the most extreme point of Cape Capo Caccia at a height of 180m, and from there to the entrance to the cave leads 656 steps. Access from the sea is possible by vessels from the port of Alghero that take tourists to the entrance to the cave for a price of about 15 Euros.

Alghero Cathedral

The cathedral is the most famous city building, whose history dates back to the 16th century. The oldest part is an octagonal tower with a bell tower, recognizable by the colorful and glittering tiles at the top, typical of Catalan construction. The original style of construction is Catalan Gothic, while later Renaissance and neoclassical elements were added. The cathedral is also known for its unique Christian relics (kept in the cathedral museum), including a tiny children's skull - according to legend, this skull belongs to one of the thousands of babies killed by Herod.

Another church is known for its dome - St. Michael. Near the church is one of the city's best pastry shops.

The Coral Museum

The Coral Museum is located in the lovely Villa Costantino, built in the Art Deco style from 1927 outside the city walls.

Visit many nightclubs

There are many nightclubs on Sulis Square. Here you can not only have fun, but also taste great cocktails.

Drive a rented electric car

Driving around the city in a quiet electric car is the desire of every tourist. Especially if the price is comparable to renting a scooter :)

Palace d'Albis

Palace d'Albis (also known as the Palace of Ferrera), known for the short stay of Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in 1541, on the way to the battle against the Ottoman Empire in Algeria.

Watch the sunsets

The sunsets in Algiers are fantastic! Choose one of the small restaurants on the Marco Polo Bastion promenade and get there with your loved one an hour before sunset. Sit at the table and enjoy the food, wine and beautiful sunset!

Taste Sardinian wines

Many continental Europeans love the red wine "Tanca Farra". We recommend "Sella & Mosca" and "Cannonau". If you prefer beer instead of wine, try the local brand Ichnusa.

The marine aquarium

The aquarium "Mare Nostrum" is especially popular with children - here you have the opportunity to take a closer look at the marine life of the Mediterranean, but also many tropical fish.

Go to one of the restaurants with local Sardinian cuisine

The most popular Alghera restaurant serving traditional Sardinian food and local wine is Trattoria La Saletta.

Via Lido street

There are jogging and cycling trails along the entire Via Lido all the way to the center of Alghero. For those who love daily morning exercise, this street is perfect for that.

Day trips

Sassari

The second largest city in Sardinia, is a lively university and cultural center about 40 km northeast of Alghero. Due to its atmosphere and beautiful buildings in the Catalan-Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical style, you should not miss visiting it. In addition to walking through the main streets and seeing the facades that testify to the rich history and removal of the rulers of this city and island, be sure to visit one of the most important museums in Sardinia - National Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum - Museo Nazionale Giovanni Antonio Sanna and Duomo. Nicholas, whose facade with ornaments from the 17th century is fascinating. The most beautiful and in most cases the starting point for sightseeing is the amazing Piazza d'Italia - the central town square. It has always played a significant role in the life of the city, and today with a monument surrounded by palm trees in the center and spectacular facades of buildings surrounding it, it is an ideal place where tourists inevitably want to refresh themselves in restaurants and cafes. If you want to relax from the city atmosphere and feel the breath of nature, you will do so in one of the many city parks, and it is recommended to be the largest in the city Giardini Pubblici, just 10 minutes walk from Piazza d'Italia.

Lampianu

For even more enjoyment of the nature of Sardinia, head north. The charming village of Lampiano and its beaches, on the west coast of Sardinia, is a hidden gem and offers fascinating landscapes that can be enjoyed by all the senses. Lampiana offers a break from the crowds and is a great place to relax in the sun. Of the hidden small beaches, the most popular is Spiaggia di Rena Majori. A day trip here will give you plenty of opportunities - maybe you can just sunbathe on the beaches or take a walk along the coastal paths and explore hidden caves and coves.

Asinara National Park

Driving further north, about 90km from Alghero, you reach the island of Asinara, which was once a prison, and today is a protected area and national park. Here, nature lovers can enjoy countless hiking trails, enden animal species - primarily albino donkeys, and dwarf wild horses and many species of birds. In addition to the possibility of hiking, on Asinara you will find crystal clear waters perfect for diving.

Nuraghiji

For lovers of history and archeological excavations, Sardinia is a real paradise. Just a few tens of kilometers east of Alghero is the Valley of the Nuraghi, the megalithic buildings of this island dating back to the 1000s of the ancient era, and today are a symbol of indigenous Sardinian culture. These are hive-shaped tower buildings, more than 20 meters high, without foundations and built by stacking stone without any binder material. They are believed to have been temples, royal residences, battle strongholds or ceremonial halls, or most likely all in one. What they all have in common is a strategic position from which the surrounding territory was easily managed.

Bosa

Almost every corner of this town, a former economic center, testifies to the history of this city surrounded by rocky hills, green river valleys and palm trees. Experiencing the heart of the city means exploring the labyrinth of medieval streets in its heart and discovering stone staircases, cobblestones and the facades of buildings painted in pleasant pastel shades. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of the Immacolatare and the Malaspina Castle here. The gilded dome of the cathedral is a popular landmark, standing high on top of a hill above the city, and the castle offers endless views of the city while its interior captivates with the beauty of fifteenth-century frescoes.

Tharros

If you continue your drive south you may find yourself on the coast of the Sinsey Peninsula, amidst the archeological excavations of Tharros, which Ptolemy mentions as one of the most important places on the island. According to the latest theories, the remains of settlements from the Bronze Age are located here, and it is indisputable that it was here that the Phoenicians had a fortress city from the 8th century BC. Still, probably the most interesting will be a walk through the stone remains of Roman culture on this rocky place and imagining what this place once looked like, whose ancient streets with former shops of which you see only foundations and thresholds, you are just walking. The standing pillars of the baths, together with parts of the aqueducts and temples, and the amphitheater overlooking the sea can really help to experience the former splendor and power of this place.

For an even more complete experience of this archeological site, be sure to visit the museums in Oristano near the site, which have numerous collections of artifacts found in Tharros.

Relax on the famous La Pelosa beach in Stintino

If the beaches of Alghera seem small, you can go to one of the best beaches in Sardinia - the enchanting La Pelosa. La Pelosa Beach has earned the nickname "European Caribbean" because of its snow-white coast and azure water surface

The old town

The old town of Algherou is one of the most fascinating historical parts of Sardinia. Here, in every segment - architecture, customs, language ... the influence of four centuries of Spanish domination is felt. The fortified ramparts along the arranged promenades are a great place for a spectacular view of the coast and the open sea. Be sure to visit the sacral buildings, the unique coral museum that is truly unique here (the city is the center of the so-called Coral Coast) and drink coffee in one of the many cafes in the main city square La Piazza Civica.

You can start your walk around the city from the Torre di Porta Terra. In the tower there is a multimedia exhibition that illustrates the history, culture and traditions of the city from its founding to the present day. From Porta Terra you can walk to the Torre di San Giovanni tower, where temporary exhibitions are held today, and then to the Torre dello Sperone (Asparó Reial). This mighty building, twenty-two meters high, better known as the Sulis Tower, leaves perhaps the strongest impression in the entire fortification system. The tower dominates one of the main squares in the city - Piazza Sulis.

If you are lucky, during a walk through the city wall you will come across another attraction of Alghero - the popular Sardinian musician Soleander.

In the old part of the city it is impossible to pass by small colorful shops. Expensive unique items are sold in the museum shop Agostino Marogna, and in simple souvenir shops you can buy cheap but very sweet memories.

Porto Conte Nature Park

Porto Conte Nature Park is about 20 km from the city and is accessible by car or public transport. It covers the hinterland of the city of Alghero including 60km of coastline made up of sandy beaches in coves separated by steep cliffs. The fauna consists of 150 species of birds and 35 identified species of mammals, including wild horses Giara and albino donkeys. In the park you will find several hiking and biking trails, and after the trip you will find beautiful beaches, of which Porto Fero is particularly interesting, surrounded by mountains and ruins of fortifications. The headquarters of the park "Casa Gioiosa" is located in the hamlet of Tramariglio within the former penal colony.

Capo Caccia ridge and the famous Neptune's Cave

Capo Caccia ridge, which overlooks the bay of Porto Conte, is the most famous part of the park and one of the symbols of the city of Alghero, but also the most attractive viewers of all of Sardinia. Especially spectacular is the path that leads to this cape and the famous Neptune's Cave, which is located at the front of the ridge. If you decide to approach the cave from the mainland by car or bus, you can reach all the way to the most extreme point of Cape Capo Caccia at a height of 180m, and from there to the entrance to the cave leads 656 steps. Access from the sea is possible by vessels from the port of Alghero that take tourists to the entrance to the cave for a price of about 15 Euros.

Alghero Cathedral

The cathedral is the most famous city building, whose history dates back to the 16th century. The oldest part is an octagonal tower with a bell tower, recognizable by the colorful and glittering tiles at the top, typical of Catalan construction. The original style of construction is Catalan Gothic, while later Renaissance and neoclassical elements were added. The cathedral is also known for its unique Christian relics (kept in the cathedral museum), including a tiny children's skull - according to legend, this skull belongs to one of the thousands of babies killed by Herod.

Another church is known for its dome - St. Michael. Near the church is one of the city's best pastry shops.

The Coral Museum

The Coral Museum is located in the lovely Villa Costantino, built in the Art Deco style from 1927 outside the city walls.

Visit many nightclubs

There are many nightclubs on Sulis Square. Here you can not only have fun, but also taste great cocktails.

Drive a rented electric car

Driving around the city in a quiet electric car is the desire of every tourist. Especially if the price is comparable to renting a scooter :)

Palace d'Albis

Palace d'Albis (also known as the Palace of Ferrera), known for the short stay of Charles V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in 1541, on the way to the battle against the Ottoman Empire in Algeria.

Watch the sunsets

The sunsets in Algiers are fantastic! Choose one of the small restaurants on the Marco Polo Bastion promenade and get there with your loved one an hour before sunset. Sit at the table and enjoy the food, wine and beautiful sunset!

Taste Sardinian wines

Many continental Europeans love the red wine "Tanca Farra". We recommend "Sella & Mosca" and "Cannonau". If you prefer beer instead of wine, try the local brand Ichnusa.

The marine aquarium

The aquarium "Mare Nostrum" is especially popular with children - here you have the opportunity to take a closer look at the marine life of the Mediterranean, but also many tropical fish.

Go to one of the restaurants with local Sardinian cuisine

The most popular Alghera restaurant serving traditional Sardinian food and local wine is Trattoria La Saletta.

Via Lido street

There are jogging and cycling trails along the entire Via Lido all the way to the center of Alghero. For those who love daily morning exercise, this street is perfect for that.

Day trips

Sassari

The second largest city in Sardinia, is a lively university and cultural center about 40 km northeast of Alghero. Due to its atmosphere and beautiful buildings in the Catalan-Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical style, you should not miss visiting it. In addition to walking through the main streets and seeing the facades that testify to the rich history and removal of the rulers of this city and island, be sure to visit one of the most important museums in Sardinia - National Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum - Museo Nazionale Giovanni Antonio Sanna and Duomo. Nicholas, whose facade with ornaments from the 17th century is fascinating. The most beautiful and in most cases the starting point for sightseeing is the amazing Piazza d'Italia - the central town square. It has always played a significant role in the life of the city, and today with a monument surrounded by palm trees in the center and spectacular facades of buildings surrounding it, it is an ideal place where tourists inevitably want to refresh themselves in restaurants and cafes. If you want to relax from the city atmosphere and feel the breath of nature, you will do so in one of the many city parks, and it is recommended to be the largest in the city Giardini Pubblici, just 10 minutes walk from Piazza d'Italia.

Lampianu

For even more enjoyment of the nature of Sardinia, head north. The charming village of Lampiano and its beaches, on the west coast of Sardinia, is a hidden gem and offers fascinating landscapes that can be enjoyed by all the senses. Lampiana offers a break from the crowds and is a great place to relax in the sun. Of the hidden small beaches, the most popular is Spiaggia di Rena Majori. A day trip here will give you plenty of opportunities - maybe you can just sunbathe on the beaches or take a walk along the coastal paths and explore hidden caves and coves.

Asinara National Park

Driving further north, about 90km from Alghero, you reach the island of Asinara, which was once a prison, and today is a protected area and national park. Here, nature lovers can enjoy countless hiking trails, enden animal species - primarily albino donkeys, and dwarf wild horses and many species of birds. In addition to the possibility of hiking, on Asinara you will find crystal clear waters perfect for diving.

Nuraghiji

For lovers of history and archeological excavations, Sardinia is a real paradise. Just a few tens of kilometers east of Alghero is the Valley of the Nuraghi, the megalithic buildings of this island dating back to the 1000s of the ancient era, and today are a symbol of indigenous Sardinian culture. These are hive-shaped tower buildings, more than 20 meters high, without foundations and built by stacking stone without any binder material. They are believed to have been temples, royal residences, battle strongholds or ceremonial halls, or most likely all in one. What they all have in common is a strategic position from which the surrounding territory was easily managed.

Bosa

Almost every corner of this town, a former economic center, testifies to the history of this city surrounded by rocky hills, green river valleys and palm trees. Experiencing the heart of the city means exploring the labyrinth of medieval streets in its heart and discovering stone staircases, cobblestones and the facades of buildings painted in pleasant pastel shades. Be sure to visit the Cathedral of the Immacolatare and the Malaspina Castle here. The gilded dome of the cathedral is a popular landmark, standing high on top of a hill above the city, and the castle offers endless views of the city while its interior captivates with the beauty of fifteenth-century frescoes.

Tharros

If you continue your drive south you may find yourself on the coast of the Sinsey Peninsula, amidst the archeological excavations of Tharros, which Ptolemy mentions as one of the most important places on the island. According to the latest theories, the remains of settlements from the Bronze Age are located here, and it is indisputable that it was here that the Phoenicians had a fortress city from the 8th century BC. Still, probably the most interesting will be a walk through the stone remains of Roman culture on this rocky place and imagining what this place once looked like, whose ancient streets with former shops of which you see only foundations and thresholds, you are just walking. The standing pillars of the baths, together with parts of the aqueducts and temples, and the amphitheater overlooking the sea can really help to experience the former splendor and power of this place.

For an even more complete experience of this archeological site, be sure to visit the museums in Oristano near the site, which have numerous collections of artifacts found in Tharros.

Relax on the famous La Pelosa beach in Stintino

If the beaches of Alghera seem small, you can go to one of the best beaches in Sardinia - the enchanting La Pelosa. La Pelosa Beach has earned the nickname "European Caribbean" because of its snow-white coast and azure water surface

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