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The narrow, cobbled streets of Alghero’s medieval citadel, packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants, slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. Built in a buttery sandstone that glows a soft apricot shade in the setting sun, it’s Sardinia’s most picturesque Old Town. Spanish-style palazzos and street signs in Italian and Catalan reflect its proud heritage - 300 years of Aragon rule. Fringed by pine forests, long sandy beaches, hotels and bars curve away towards green headlands. It’s an idyllic setting.
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Do and see
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.
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.
Piazza Civica
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.
Alghero Fertilia Airport
Alghero Fertilia Airport is about 12 km from town. The public transport company A.R.S.T. has a bus leaving the airport about every 20 minutes. You buy the ticket from the ticket machine which is located inside the terminal and it costs €1 You can also buy the ticket on board the bus but then it costs €1,50. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Taxi from the airport to the city centre takes about 15 minutes and costs about €25 to €30.
Public Transport
Alghero’s Old Town is made for walking, but there are also five different lines (A.R.S.T.) connecting the different areas across town. You can buy tickets at a tabacchi, or from the ticket office inside “Giuseppe Manno' Public Gardens at via Catalogna. Remember to always validate your ticket when you board the vehicle. There are also lines to some of the tourist towns and beaches in the surrounding area. A train also connects Cagliari to Sassari with a branch line to Olbia. Tickets may be booked online at www.trenitalia.com.
You can hail a taxi in one of the many taxi ranks or make a call. The prices might tend to be high, even if the fares are controlled by law, and it can be a good idea to take the bus instead. One of the major taxi companies in town is Radio Taxi.
Mailboxes in Alghero are large and engraved metallic boxes that are red in colour. Stamps can be bought at the post office, tobacconists and at some internet cafés. The main post office is located at:
Alghero pharmacies operate a rotating system for out-of-hours openings. Information is posted in pharmacy windows. The signs are a green cross and the term is Farmacia. You find Fois Antonio Pharmacy at:
Country code: +39 Area code: 079 (always include the zero)
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