Located on the northwestern coast of Sardinia, Alghero is a magnificent medieval town, ringed by honey-coloured ramparts and imposing towers. Ruled by the Spanish for hundreds of years, it’s often called Sardinia’s Barceloneta (Little Barcelona), and residents still speak a Catalan dialect, as well as Italian.
The town is a tangle of grand palaces and narrow alleyways, lying alongside pearl-white sandy beaches, with 5 kilometres of sand stretching out from the picturesque marina. Alghero holidays combine drinks in sun-dappled piazzas with boat trips, water sports and basking on the beach. This is a spectacular section of coastline, where there are cathedral-like sea caves and grottos hollowed out beneath cliffs a short distance from the town.
Holidays to Alghero offer so much to see and do, as well as plenty of scope for pure relaxation, that travellers return year after year to this standout destination on the beautiful island of Sardinia.
Walk the walls
There’s a pedestrianised path running around the top of the city walls, and walking along it is a wonderful way to explore the city and enjoy the sea views.
There are few day trips as dreamy as taking a kayak tour in the turquoise sea, exploring the Sardinian coast with its cliffs and grottos.
Explore the old centre
Alghero has a fascinating historic centre, so take a wander to see its 16th-century cathedral and the colourfully tiled Sant Miquel’s Dome, then climb the Porta Terra tower.