With a medieval city centre, a beautiful marina, lovely sandy beaches with activities such as kitesurfing and plenty of historical sights to visit, a trip to Alghero will never be boring.
The 16th-century Duomo is mainly Catalan-Gothic and Renaissance, although you wouldn’t guess that from its Doric-columned frontage. Inside are peach-coloured walls, 18th-century chapels, and impressive Baroque marble balustrades before the statue-filled high altar.
This art museum is located in the former Rosario church, next to the Cathedral and it is the ideal setting for an array of priceless religious art. They also showcase African sacred paintings and art works.
The tower – the remains of the main land gate entrance into the old city – houses a bookshop on the ground floor. Upstairs, touch screens provide a virtual journey through Alghero’s history, and a top floor terrace offers panoramic city and harbour views.
Chiesa de San Fransesco is an enchanting, restored 14th-century church with a mix of Romanesque, Gothic and late Renaissance style. It also provides a tranquil cloister where summer concerts are held.
If you walk through the Port a Mare (Sea Gate) from the harbour you will end up at this oblong, and often very crowded, piazza. It is overseen by the grand, late-medieval Catalan façade of the Palazzo d’Albis.
Tour boats leave the harbour for Capo Caccia and the amazing Neptune caves, with 20m-long stalagmite and stalactite formations decorating a cave lake. Alternatively, take the bus to Capo Caccia and negotiate the steep and dramatic 656 steps down to the caves, then climb back up again!
This is the ruins of a nuraghe (stone tower) village dating from 1500 BC. This is one of the most important historical sites on Sardinia and here you can see the central limestone tower and remnants of circular dwellings.
This necropolis from pre-nuragic time is located 9 km from the town of Alghero. 37 tombs, some of them decorated with bull's heads can be visited here. Just 1 km from the ruins, you can visit a small museum, Museo e Tenuta Vitivinicola, which shows replicas of some of the findings.