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One of Sardinia's most beautiful medieval cities, Alghero is the main resort in the northwest. Although largely given over to tourism – its population can almost quadruple in July and August – the town hasn't given up its unique character and it retains a proud and independent spirit. Its animated historic centre is a terrific place to hang out, and with so many excellent restaurants and bars, it makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beauty spots of the nearby Riviera del Corallo.

Destination Profile

Alghero is pretty close to Fertilia Airport, which is well connected internationally by the low-cost airways companies such as Ryanair. This makes it possible for thousands of visitors to choose Alghero as an ideal destination. The beauty of the coastline and its surrounding nature, as well as warm temperatures throughout the year, make it easy to explore Alghero on foot. There are three main directions to follow in order to discover the centre of the town: the oldest patway to get through is between Via Gilbert Ferret and Via Roma, continue with the area around the Cathedral of Santa Maria and finally the district surrounding Piazza Civica (Civic Square). Across the seaside, visitors can see the ancient bastions and towers built to protect the city from foreign invasions.

Things To Do

Stroll around Alguer Vella - Walk around the historic center leaving the sea behind your back is one of the first things to do in Alghero. Alguer Vella: the historic centre is called this way by its inhabitants: a succession of cobbled small streets and buildings in Catalan-Aragonese style, surrounded by the walls. In the centre are located the cathedral, some museums, ice-cream parlors, boutiques, restaurants, wine bars and many shops that also sell typical products.

Via Ferrata del Cabirol - Going up the 700 stairs of the Escala del Cabirol is one of the typical things to do in Alghero, especially if it is the first time you visit it. But if you like climbing, we can suggest not to miss the via ferrata del Cabirol, to live a fascinating mixture of sea and mountain.

Visit the Sella & Mosca winery - The culinary tradition of Alghero is, as in the whole Sardinia, strong and well-established. With regards to typical wines, besides a taking part in a tasting of white and red local wines, we suggest you to visit the winery Sella & Mosca, one of the most well-known and appreciated wine producers of the island.

The feast of Bogamarì and the Holy Week - During the events, the Sardinian-Catalan town reveals its traditional and folkloristic side. Among the most important events, that we suggest you to insert in the list of things to do in Alghero, there are the feast of the Bogomarì, that is the feast of the sea urchin organized in March and April, and the rituals of the Holy Week, which for Easter involve a number of Italian and Catalan brotherhoods.

Have a look at Marras’ Boutique - Antonio Marras, a worldly renowned fashion stylist, has a boutique in Piazza Civica, in one of the oldest buildings of the city. Go there to admire Marras’ creations and the location, a great mix of art and fashion.