Alghero Travel Guide

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Alghero Highlights

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     Peerless old town charm, beach and trip options 

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     too much people in jul-aug 

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     Very nice place for a sun or cultural holiday. 

Alghero Things to Do

  • Excursions around Alghero

    Updating this tip June 2013 - Dune Viaggi is across the road now, still on Via XX Setembre, 87If 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...

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  • Nettuno Caves

    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...

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  • Daytrips by boat

    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.

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  • San Michele church

    This neoclassical church in the southern part of the old town is well known for its beautiful dome adorned with color tiles that draw geometric shapes.

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  • Torre da Porta Terra

    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.

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  • The seaside walls

    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).

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Alghero Restaurants

  • Trattoria Caragol

    I am sure this trattoria that I don't recall from our earlier visits to Alghero (most recently 2009) has better to offer than the choice we made so I'm scoring it 3 from 5 but that does not reflect our experience where our choice of main was the let down.On our fourth visit to Sardina we still had not tried the signature porceddu, roast suckling...

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  • Grotta di Nettuno restaurant

    This was a nice saefood restaurant located on the harbour walls, overlooking th yatchs harbour. The entrance is at a narrow alley near the harbour.

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  • Paella

    Due to catalonian influence, paella is a typical dish of the town. You can find it anywhere, but the best places we found for it were ate the seaside walls. There were many nice terraces on the "bastioni" and they all had great (and not expensive) paella dishes.

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Alghero Nightlife

  • Kings Bar

    This was more a "sunset activity". After visiting the old town we went to see the sunset at the Bastioni Marco Polo, by the seaside walls. There we found this Kings Bar, with these wonderful "chaisses longes" where we sat for a drink and enjoyed the sunset. They served meals and dinners too, and night drinks too. It is a nice place even at night as...

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  • Caffe in the Centro Storico

    Diva is a cafe with seats indoors and outdoors, waitress service indoors and outdoors, very central on Via Roma at #40 in the Centro Storico, looking onto a cobbled square Pizza MunicipioJust always very relxaing any time I was in it alone or together None

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  • formerly Canguro Grigio

    Il Vecchio Dado 2007 - date is a re-branding of the Canguro Grigio; archived tip follows:Alghero is not especially well suited for partying all night and tripping the light fantastic, but is well served by the Italian and Mediterranean cafe culture.This "Grey Kangaroo" is a live music venue with waiter service on the pavement cafe. The evening's...

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Alghero Transportation

  • Airport

    We arrived to the island by plane directly from Madrid with Ryanair. The airport is not far from the city, like 15-20 minutes. There are public buses that leave every hour or so.

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  • Boats for the Nettuno Caves

    The boats to visit the Nettuno Caves leave from the main harbour. There is a ticket counter where the small yatches are, selling tickets for the many trips to the caves.Ask first, as if the sea is not calm, the boats could be cancelled.

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  • From the Airport

    Orange colored bus (FdS) via Fertilia to city center (Porta Terra, Via Cagliari /Via Vittorio Emanuele), you need to buy the ticket before (at the airport: small vending machine next to tobacco shop, city center: ticket office in Via Catalogna / Via Cagliari, in Fertilia: bakery in Via Pola near bus stop), € 0,70, every hour on the hour from the...

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Alghero Shopping

  • cheap snacks and alcohol

    cheap aldi style shop just next to mcds (sinposted all over old town)Use this for sandwiches and snacks and alcohol.

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  • Supermarket shop for provisions

    This is the largest supermarket in Alghero for provisions such as drinks and snacks as well as batteries toielteries sunscreen..... I'd say larger than the Iperstandia and some way larger than 15 Sisa stores. What you need for the hotel room or the beach supermarket prices

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  • Gents Ladies Childrens Shoes

    Shoe shopping not my thing at all so i have to take it on advice that this is a place to pick up some Italian shoes at a bargain Shoes! EU20 up

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Alghero Local Customs

  • The catalonian influence

    You can easily see the catalonian influence in Alghero (not in the rest of Sardegna). Street names, restaurant menus, churches... and there were even radio programmes in catalonian

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  • Vini e Birre

    From Alghero, Torbato is a white wine, easy to drink and aromatic, it goes particularly well with fish (and salads) - just as well as seafood and fish are staples for the Algherese visitor! The 2005 was very nice, Oristano is the next large local producer of wine in Sardegna after Alghero.Local Sardinian beer is ichnusa, pleasant bottled or on...

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Alghero Warnings and Dangers

  • parking

    if you park on blue spaces you will get a ticket on your windscreen from a scruffy student in a high viz jacket, pay the small charge to them or park elsewhere!

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  • Refueling

    Be aware that most, if not all of the garages close for a couple of hours in the afternoon, and have only a automatic pump available which takes notes only. This can be very awkward if like us you've got to fill up your hire car before returning it.

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  • When in a hurry...

    Service is not the fastest so if you are in a hurry to leave, make sure you ask for the bill well in advance. At some restaurants you may not see the waiter again after he has taken your plate away after the main course, so make sure you order everything you want every time he/she comes over!

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Alghero Tourist Traps

  • The intrigue of Alghero toilets

    I'm not sure if it's the Alghero sense of humour, but if you or your friends feel the need to use the toilet in bars or restaurants allow plenty of time....The flush button can be hidden in the most unlikely of places. It became quite a topic of conversation in our party. "It was on a peddle a bit like a Singer sewing machine"..."I didn't find it...

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  • None

    We found everyone so friendly. One day we were walking along a road and a car pulled up offering a lift, the 2 guys didnt speak much enlish but we jumped in anyway. Instead of stopping at the beach we wanted to stop at , they took us to their house where all the neighbours turned up and gave us loads of food and wine, as only the Italians know how,...

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Alghero Off The Beaten Path

  • A special address for good fish and meat...

    Quintilio is a 'must' for local people in Alghero, the secret address that everybody would know. This quite hidden kiosk on Calabona coast offers an unusual dinner front of breathtaking Coral Gulf: with about 20 euros you can eat all fresh daily seafood or grilled meat you want, served with a huge portion of fresh salad and perfused with local...

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  • Bar Dragunara

    This may be nearer Fertilia than Alghero but was certainly located at neither !The boat trip to Neptune's Grotto stopped here - I don't know if that is de rigeur or just because the grotto was shut due to choppy seas.Other people had driven to this spot, presumably from Fertilia

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  • The Roman Bridge, Fertilia

    The Roman Bridge can be found between Alghero & Fertillia. It actually dates back to medieval times.Sadly, it is now only half it's original length & is a crumbling ruin. It had to be partly demolished to make way for it’s replacement, a larger modern structure that is much more practical in these modern times.

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Alghero Sports & Outdoors

  • Porto Conte Beach

    If you are looking for a nice beach outside the city, not so crowded, Porto Conte is a good option. You can reach it by public bus. Ask at the tourist info. The buses leave from the park in front of tourist info.It is not a marvellous beach, and the waters are too calm , as it is inside a bay, but it's not too crowded. There are a few hotels there...

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  • Diving in Alghero

    We find by chance a very nice diving club on beach of Alghero, "via Lido 4" (15 minutes from the centertown). For a very good price we had a very personal service : only the 3 of us in the boat, you choose your diving sites (it was a great pleasure to dive in the Porto Conte Natural Parc : the wonderfull Nereo cave, other smaller caves and a lot of...

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  • Diving on the caves...

    Excursions on the Porto Conte Natural Parc. Immersions on falesias and caves to see several mediterranean fishes species or marine vegetation. Nocturnal immersions are also possible. The organization provides equipments and excursions on request.All levels diving courses with Divemasters and aid instructors; licences of Didactics NASE, CMAS and...

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Alghero Favorites

  • Alghero: other curiosities

    Have a look at those pictures to see some other curiosities... (Castle hotel, Church, Cave of the old centre).Hotel 'Villa Las Tronas' was built at the end of the 19th century. It was the residence of the Italian Royalty during their holidays in Sardinia until the 1940s. It's now a luxurious hotel with controlled access.

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  • Alghero's Port

    You may discover the harbour either from the coastal road, for instance when you arrive from the airport, or through one of the gates, entrances to the old city centre or from the walls surrounding this city centre.

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  • Alghero: Typical streets

    Streets in the old town centre of Alghero are typical. There are nearly all stone paved and so narrow, it's difficult and unpleasant to drive a car although they are allowed and used!Houses are colourful with Venetian shutters, sometimes with hanging linen.Notice in the pictures other particularities in Alghero: wandering cats, street names in two...

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