Alghero is a famous holiday destination on the western coast of Sardinia . The City at the ‘Coral Riviera’ ( Riviera del Corallo ) offers its visitors a perfect combination of pristine beaches , a charming old town and many cultural sites. Another highlight is a visit to the flowstone cave Grotte di Nettuno at the Capo Caccia . Its multitude of hotels, restaurants and the international airport make Alghero an ideal destination for a short break on Sardinia.
How to reach Alghero - Transports and travel tips
The international airport of Alghero is a main destination on Sardinia for Ryanair . The company has four flights a week from London-Stanstead to Alghero for prices around £85 for a return flight. The company is demanding a surcharge of £60 per piece of luggage. The airport of Olbia can be an alternative for all flights to the north of Sardinia. EasyJet is offering regular flights from London Gatwick and in summer two flights a week from Bristol to Olbia.
Major car rental companies like Avis, Hertz or Europcars all have agencies at the airport of Alghero. Hertz has deals for compact cars starting at £209.10 per week or for premium cars from £171.55 per day.
There are plenty of bus connections between the airport and Alghero as well as other tourist destinations in the north. A one way ticket from the airport to the city centre is €0,70 (around £0,60).
Alghero - Hotels, Restaurants and Nightlife
Alghero is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Sardinia for visitors from the UK. Accordingly there are plenty of deals and bargains for all kinds of accommodation on websites like Expedia or Ebookers.
- The most elegant and luxurious Hotel in Alghero is the Villa Las Tronas Hotel & Spa . The former summer property of the Italian Royal Family is well equipped with a restaurant, pools and a Beauty & fitness area. Conference rooms and a transfer service to the airport are available. Expedia has deals for one week for two persons from £1.500 .
- A budget option right in the centre of Alghero is the Three-Star-Hotel Margherita in Via Sassari. The hotel offers breakfast on the terrace with sea view, babysitting service and a spa in the basement. Rates for one night in a double room from £80.80 in the month of June.
- A recommended restaurant in Alghero is the Faine Les Monges in Via Sant'Erasmo 14. Here you can enjoy traditional Sardinian food in the elegant atmosphere of an medival Palazzo in the old harbor.
- The best place to drink some cocktails and dance the night away in Alghero is the trendy bar Miques De Murall in Via Giuseppe Mann 14.
Alghero - Beaches, Activities and Attractions
Alghero on the western coast of Sardinia is close to several wonderful beaches .
The beaches of Cala di Porticciolo and Mugoni are both inside romantic bays and thus protected from the wind. This makes them perfect for families with little children. The beach of Le Bombarde on the other side is perfect for water sports. All necessary euipment can be rented on site.
The city of Alghero has a picturesque old town. The major sights include the Cathedral of Santa Maria , whose belfry offers spectacular views. Next to the cathedral is a Museum of Sacral Art . The Chiesa di San Francesco is also worth a visit. In summer a series of concerts is held within this church.
A highlight of every holiday in Alghero is a visit to the flowstone cave
Grotte di Nettuno
. The entrance fee is 10€ (£8,67) for adults and 5€ for children. There are guided tours in English.
There is also a very interesting site from Sardinia’s prehistoric Nuraghe culture close to Alghero. The Nuraghe dei Palmavera consists of the ruine of a palace from around 1.100 B.C as well as several dozen huts and is located 10km outside of the city.