Alghero - Do & See
Cathedral of Santa Maria
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.
Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
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.
Torre di Porta Terra
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 di San Francesco
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.
Grotta di Nettuno
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!
Nuraghe di Palmavera
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.
Anghelu Ruju Necropolis
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.
La Pelosa Beach
La Pelosa Beach in the fishing village of Stintino is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, maybe the most beautiful of them all, so while you're on Sardinia you shouldn't miss this pearl. It is located about an hour from Alghero so pack a picnic and let this be a day-trip.
Bosa is a romantic small town on the west coast of Sardinia about one hour from Alghero. Stroll in the narrow streets among the pastel coloured houses. On one side of the town you will find a majestic beach and on the other side a river. Take the road along the sea from Alghero, and you will see that only the journey between the two cities will be memorable.
Except watching the famous Elephant Rock, enjoy the delicacies of this Medieval town. In the winter you shouldn't miss the spaghetti with sea urchin and in the summer time, lobster is the dish to order. Castelsardo is located about 70 km north of Alghero.
Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri
On the 18 hectares of Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri, grapes and olives are grown. The landlady are more than happy to take guests around the estate to show the plants and then give them the possibility to try the wines and the olives.
Le Ragnatele Adventure Park
This outdoor adventure park is a fun visit for both adults and children. With a total control of security you will get the chance to transfer yourself between hanging platforms in the trees. Steel cables, Tibetan bridges, cable cars, ropes and ladders will test your courage.
Just a short bike ride from Alghero, you find this beach with all amenities such as toilets, restaurants, sunbeds for rent and plenty of sport activities. You can easily spend a sunny day here.
This place is a recommended visit before sailing to Neptune Cave. It is also a better recommendation to while away the time if the weather does not allow tourists to enjoy other outdoor activities.
Located in the heart of Alghero is Bowling Alghero, where events and promotions are being offered all throughout the week. Its recommended length of visit is for one to two hours.
The Coral Museum
Alghero is known for its red coral, and here at the small Coral Museum you can watch an exhibition on the history of the old tradition where they harvest these water plants. The corals are then used for making unique jewellery, that you can find everywhere on the island.
The water around Sardinia is crystal clear and is perfect for diving. Dive down beneath the surface and explore the marine life together with wrecks dating from Roman times as well as both World Wars. Located within the Marina of Porto Conte, is an exclusive diving centre, Diving Porto Conte, which has 300 berths. Facilities here include a pizza restaurant and bar, well-equipped bathrooms and hot showers, and ample parking spaces.
Agrisport Zia Maria A.S.D.
For motorcycle racing lovers, this place is recommended. They organize motorcycle competitions and events here and they even offer motocross courses for those interested to learn the sport.
This long and sheltered beach is very popular among both tourists and locals. With its crystal clear water and white sand it is also very beautiful. Some of the services you find here is boat hiring and sunbeds and for those who wish to spend more than one day here there are also hotels close by.