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.
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, and then climb back up again!
This necropolis from pre-nuragic times 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 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 gem. It is located about an hour from Alghero, so pack a picnic and let this be a day-trip.
Bosa is a small romantic town on the west coast of Sardinia about one hour from Alghero. Stroll down 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. The ride itself from Alghero along the sea is already worth it.
This outdoor adventure park is a fun visit for both adults and children. With total 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.
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.
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 include boat hiring and sunbeds, and for those who wish to spend more than one day here there are also hotels close by.
The imposing 16th-century walls that surrounded the city are still largely intact, and provide a stunning backdrop to the whole city, especially along the seafront. The ramparts, called bastioni, house numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, which are great for a drink at sunset in the evening breeze.
Forte della Maddalena, a fortification that makes up part of the city walls, once overlooked the marina. Today only bits of it remain, but these bits are still impressive and imposing. Be sure to visit and catch a glimpse of what the city's old defences once looked like.
The bay of Porto Conte is home to a natural reserve full of breathtaking vistas and natural wonders. From the limestone cliffs of Punta Giglio and Capo Caccia to countless hills, creeks and plains, the reserve is a nature lover's dream, with plenty of opportunities to hike, explore, bird watch, and much more.
Located in the Porto Conte bay, this Nuragic site, discovered as recently as the 1980's, held some of the most amazing archaeological findings on the island of Sardinia, including Greek and Pheonician ceramics. A testament to the region's culture and history, this site makes for an interesting visit.
The Museo Archeologico della Città takes visitors on a journey through the long and fascinating history of the area, from pre-historic records, through the Nuraghic period, to more recent historical developments in the Phoenician and Roman periods. History and archaeology buffs will not want to miss these exhibits.
The Museum Casa Manno gives visitors a taste of a more recent history, the 18th and 19th centuries, through the life of historian and Alghero native Guiseppe Manno. The exposition's 11 rooms take you through interactive multimedia displays and exhibits, making it engaging for children as well.
This great beach is well within reach from the city centre, which makes it very popular in the summer months, though it never gets too crowded to enjoy. There are sun beds for rent, as well as plenty of facilities like restaurants, cafes and shops, everything you might need for a day at the beach.
The Mirador has an ideal location on the city ramparts. Enjoy all areas of the restaurant: the upstairs terrace for sunset watching, the stylish interior decor, the candlelit outdoor tables in the evening. They offer great fish, delicious spaghetti with lobster and friendly service.
Built along a sunny Mediterranean lunch spot with a menu that should please vegetarians is Trattoria Maristella. This restaurant is lively and popular among locals, who highly recommend the pasta with mussels, and don't miss the chance to try one of their wonderful homemade desserts.
Ristorante Gioberti is a very popular place among locals for its quality food, good service and varied menu. Seafood is the main attraction, but there are plenty of options if you like something different. It is recommended to book in advance if you want to avoid the queue that often builds up.
The wonderfully friendly staff at Enhorabona are always happy to explain every detail of the menu options, which are primarily seafood-based, with a healthy dose of traditional Sardinian cuisine. Portion sizes are quite generous, and the meals consistently get great reviews for flavour, presentation and freshness.
The menu at Il Corallo is centred around innovative antipasti and pizza, as well as primi and secondi and some meat dishes. The wine selection is also great and always pairs well with the food, and enjoying it all in this small but cosy restaurant is a great way to spend an evening.
La Piadina del Pozzo is probably the best place in Alghero to grab a quick bite on the go. The menu consists of delicious piadinas and paninis with varied options of meat, cheese, vegetables and sauce. It is recommended to try unusual sounding combinations for a surprising and always pleasing experience.
Trattoria Lo Romanì gets a lot of things right. The setting is stunning, with pastel coloured walls and gentle lighting setting the mood, the service is friendly and attentive, and the food is great. But what it does best is the porchetto, a traditional Sardinian spit-roasted pork dish, which is better here than anywhere else.
Wander just a bit outside the old town to this lovely restaurant where owner Gianni and his staff will make you feel like part of the family. Be sure to book in advance as it often gets packed, which is understandable given the excellent quality of the food and reasonable prices. Try the tuna risotto, steak and aubergine, or pasta filled with mint and Sardinian cheese.
Chef Luisa and her staff have crafted an interesting menu with a huge variety of options that keeps regulars coming back to try them all. The gourmet burgers are a particular highlight (even the buns are homemade), but there are many fish dishes as well as vegetarian options well worth trying.
Since 1971 this bar has served sandwiches and salads on the main boulevard of Alghero. It is famous for its fresh focaccias with a variety of fillings. Try their most popular Focaccia del Milese with fresh tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, rocket salad, onions, pancetta (cured belly of pork) and a special sauce made from a secret recipe.
Often touted as the best gelato in the city by locals and visitors alike, Passione Gelato boasts an impressive array of flavours, including typically Italian concoctions like tiramisu, biscotti and panna cotta. Whichever flavour you choose, it is sure to be creamy, refreshing and delicious.
BOBA Caffe is a great no-nonsense cafe that, unlike some cafes in the areas with heavy tourist activity, will not try to usher you out as soon as you've finished your coffee. You can relax and linger over a cappuccino or fresh fruit smoothie and savour one of their donuts or pastries.
Surrounded by green on all sides and just steps from the beach, Merenderia boasts a wonderful location and provides an ideal setting in which to enjoy their products. While their breakfasts come highly recommended, the cheese and meat platters are the real highlight of the Merenderia menu.
Demon Caffe may be some distance from the old part of the city, but locals and visitors alike make the journey here quite simply because Demon Caffe has the best coffee in town. The prices are also among the lowest in Alghero, and the expertly prepared drinks are always served with a smile.
Based on a philosophy of quality and kindness, Mill Inn, located in the Old Town of Alghero, is a great pub and cocktail bar, where the bartenders are very efficient and provide quick and friendly service. They make really good cocktails, boasting especially tasty margaritas. They also have free WiFi.
Miques de Mirall (Pieces of Mirror) is located close to the old city wall by the ocean. They offer average priced food and their staff are friendly. The best time to visit this place is mid-summer. All in all, the ambiance is clean, efficient and welcoming.
Planet Caffé is a great place for live music. It is a dynamic bar considered to be the best place for laying back and treating oneself. The place organizes karaoke for those who love to sing and it also features live DJ’s on Friday and Saturday evenings. They also offer free WiFi access.
Sweet Pan Bacchus Marongiu Emmanue is a bakery known for selling a wide selection of pastries and confectionery. They produce handmade and homemade chocolates, artisan breads, and other gift ideas. Go there to enjoy their traditional cakes, pastries and fine wines.
In Piazza Civica you can find a fashion designer boutique named Antonio Marras. The place opened its doors in 2005 and exposed its impressive interiors and fabrics. The brands found here include Alessandro Gilles, Antonio Marras, Daniel Fiesoli and many more. Services include personalized tailoring for clothing. Moreover, the boutique offers a free tax service for customers from the area outside the EU.
Conad Superstore is considered to be the largest supermarket in Alghero. It provides everything from drinks and snacks to everyday necessities. Departments here include Banco Meats and Cheese, Meat Free Service, Orchard Fruit Bulk, and many more. Prices are also budget-friendly with convenient services for everyone.
Test your bargaining skills at the central market in Alghero, where the freshest fruit and vegetables are for sale from local producers and farmers. The explosion of colours, fragrances and flavours here is impressive. The fish and meat market next door also offers fresh and exquisite cuts of meat.
As the name suggests, Casa del Formaggio is all about cheese. Fine and artisanal cheeses line the walls of this small shop, and the variety is certainly impressive. The staff is happy to guide you towards one that might suit your tastes, so be sure to use their expertise.
Alghero Fertilia Airport is located 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. You can also buy the ticket on board the bus but then it costs slightly more. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Taxis from the airport to the city centre take about 15 minutes.
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 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.