Updating this tip June 2013 - Dune Viaggi is across the road now, still on Via XX Setembre, 87
If you need to check in for a flight, get boarding cards printed etc. they offer this service, I do not know what they take for it. End of May early june still very vey eraly season and no trips or excursions organized, but Bosa is one to do under your own steam anyway - see my new Bosa page for travel info
There are as of 2007 a few players in providing escursioni - day trips and half day trips around Alghero and Northern (predominantly Northwestern) Sardinia.
On 14th August there is a one-off trip to Sassari's Candeleri - covered in my Sassari pages, but probably as easy certainly cheaper to go under your owen steam.
We did Stintino (half day trip , on my Stintino page) and Costa Smeralda, a full day's tour of the North East and Emerald Coast.
Other trips are boat trips, Castelsardo (half day - trying to do this 2009 trip) and Bosa (full day).
Be aware that sometimes if they do not realize minimum numbers the trip gets cancelled the night before - they will fax your hotel.
The web link I provided is dated 2006 and has a _2005 part of the web address - was all still going August 2007, the same trips will be available if there has been a rebranding or through a competitior if DuneViaggi n olonger do trips/ excursions
These caves are really worth the visit for the caves itself and for the place where they are located. They are at the bottom of some gorgeous cliffs in the north coast about 15 kms outside the city.
If you visit them by boat, the boat leaves you at the very entrance, by sea. If you go by land, you will have to descend kilometric stairs along the cliff to go to the bottom of it and then find the cave entrance.
The interior is just a normal cave illuminated and with the stalactites and stalacmites you can find in any cave of this kind, but what I found incredible was the setting.
Be careful and buy the ticket ON TOP of the cliff, there is no ticket entrance at the bottom and you won't like climbing back the 630 steps just to buy the tickets!!
There are many boats at the local harbour offering daytrips in the northern coast of the area. You can go snorkeling, visit the further beaches or visit the Neptuno Caves. In most of them lunch is included. You can make reservations at the harbour the previuos evening.
This is one of the little remains of the inland city walls. It is a round tower at the entrance of the old town. Nowadays it houses some exhibitions and a souvenir shop. In front of it you can find the tourist info.
The seaside of Alghero is surrounded by city walls. The inner part of the wall has been destroyed due to expansion of the city, but the sea walls are well preserved and walking along there in sunset is a wonderful experience (during the day is too hot).
The city of Cagliari is really rich in monuments and history. One absolutely must visit the Quartiere Castello, with its typical medieval lanes, in the same style of the white limestone Towers that emerge from the old town centre. Finally we advice visitors to see, especially in the evening while drinking a good aperitif, the St Croce Bastion, from where visitors can admire the Gulf of Cagliari and the nearby Elephant Tower.
The 4-1/2-hour tour began with a bus ride to the Nuraghe Palmavera, one of several thousand prehistoric ruins on the island of Sardinia. The Nuraghe Palmavera consists of two towers that date back to 1100 B.C. Our guide gave us a rundown on the site, explaining that the ancient Sardinians were contemporaries of the Etruscans who exported bronze items to locations throughout the Mediterranean.
We rented a scooter for 30 euro a day and spent the day buzzing around the outskirts of Alghero. It's a great way to sightsee the area!
There are rental places all over Alghero so just choose whatever is closest to where you are.
Its a very nice coastline to Bosa, mostly rocky some tiny beaches, and Bosa is a small old town with a Castle (mostly destroyed) on a hill.
Go there by bus from Alghero, Via Catalogna corner Via Cagliari (get return ticket, € 5,50 at the ticket office there)
By boat the excusion takes 2,5 hour frequent departures, € 14, nice boatride, but a lot of people in the Grotta (€ 12 entry fee), you can also go by bus or rented bicycle (from € 8 per day), but you have then a long stairway to climb.
Walking down the "goat stairway" in Capo Caccia to Grotta di Nettuno is just an exhilarating experience. It was well worth the 656 steps down and back up again. I didn't take the boat there, so can't comment. We kept stopping to take photos of the views but it took us about 12 mins to walk back up. I think on average, you can expect to walk back up in about 15 - 20 mins. Don't miss the grotto as well. There isn't a conducted tour but a recorded commentary.
The Grotta di Nettuno is about 10 miles / 15 km from Alghero along the Capo Caccia. it is a spectacular cave full of unique rock formations and stalactites.
Best way is to sail here - by Nava Sardi, see transport tip - but do make sure teh sea is like a duck pond as it will be closed due to no safe access if AT ALL choppy. Took us 2 atempts at sailing to get entry - if not accessible you will go sailing around rhe Capo Caccia and probably stop at the Bar Dragunura spot (see off the beaten path tip).
Also accessible by hire bike taxi or bus and a walk down the stairs form the cliff face - just be sure you're OKwiththe climb abck up. (Choppier seas mean still no access this way either)
Note that you pay for entry and tour over and above the boat trip - not expensive though.
Sulis tower was built over a previous spanish tower, called Espero' Reial. This circular tower dates back to XIV century and its interior is divided in two huge superimposed rooms, covered by vaults. One helicoidal staircase allows to reach the second floor.
Since XIX century the name of the tower has been associated to kalaritan jurist Vincenzo Sulis, here confined through conspiracy and treason suspects.
The house was built in early XVI century by catalan workers. It's a fully-sandstone building; windows have been integrated in a small-columned prospect and dazzlingly decorated with catalan gothic and renaissance themes.
This palace was once called 'Casa Doria' (Doria's house), relating to family which Alghero foundation in XIII century has been often associated to. But probably real owner was the Bishop Ambrogio Machin: he lived here during XVII century.
This building dates from XV century. It's a rare piece of civil gothic architecture and still keeps single and double lancet windows, and a portal in local sandstone.
First owners were De Ferrera merchants, a rich catalan family; but some years later palace was sold to Albis family, then to Arcayne.
Making a stopover in Alghero with his 40 ships, after Algeri battle in 1541, Emperor Carlos V lived in this building during winter months; it seems that Emperor, coming forward one of the windows, referred to people in the crowded place (most of them had helped him during the battle) saying 'Estode todos caballeros' (be all gentlemen).