Holidays in Alghero: beaches and sights

Located on the north-western coast, Alghero is one of the most popular and strategic tourist destinations in Sardinia, thanks also to its airport that connects the island with several European citites.

 

The beaches

 

Alghero has one of the longest sandy coastlines of Sardinia; its 80 km of shoreline also includes some of the most stunning and famous beaches in Sardinia:

– The Lido of San Giovanni, located in the city centre.

Maria Pia, set between Alghero and Fertilia, with its sandy dunes covered with centuries-old junipers.

Lazzaretto: ten coves of white, thin sand and breathtakingly coloured water.

Le Bombarde: characterised by transparent sea water and a sandy seabed, it has always been a top destination for families with children, young people and surfers.

Cala Dragunara, located in the bay of Capo Caccia offers also a small kiosk for refreshments.

– Tramariglio, near the research centre Corisa, scarcely crowded in summer and with a sloping seabed, suitable for children.

Porto Ferro: a windy beach that features high waves, amd therefore a popular destination for surfers and windsurfers, where dogs are allowed too. The northern part, near the White Tower, is a naturists beach.

Mugoni, with its golden sand and a calm crystal clear sea, is an oasis totally sheltered from the Mistral wind.

 

Attractions

 

Most of the coast is part of the protected marine area of Capo Caccia – Isola Piana, where the historical and natural treasure is preserved, including the Neptune Grottoes, accessible through the Escala del Cabirol (640 steps offering a spectacular view of the blue sea of the Coral Riviera) or also by ferry boat, from the tourist marina in Alghero.

The promontory of Capo Caccia offers marvellous and evocative sunsets, perfect for photographers.

The natural park of Porto Conte is the ideal setting for long walks among the Mediterranean scrub and woods. The paths leading to Punta Giglio and the coastal towers are a must for trekking enthusiasts.

Several archaeological sites are also worth visiting: the domus de Janas of Santu Perdu, the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju and the complexes of Palmavera and Sant’Imbenia.

The old town centre is the most charming part of Alghero: a labyrinth of narrow streets that lead to small squares full of life, where the Catalan origins of the town are still clearly recognizable. You can enjoy spectacular sunsets overlooking the sea while strolling along the ancient ramparts.

Alghero is also famous for its red coral, which craftsmen combine with gold to create beautiful and unique jewellery made of Sardinian filigree.

 

Typical dishes

 

The typical dishes of Alghero are closely linked to its Catalan heritage and its maritime location: you can taste the mouthwatering Paella all’algherese, Spaghetti alla Bottarga (fish roe, typically of the flathead grey mullet or tuna), l’agliata (fish seasoned with a savory sauce made with tomatoes, garlic and winegar), the famous lobster alla Catalana (with tomatoes, onions, lemon, and winegar), sea urchins (bogamarì), the copatza de peix (a tasty fish soup), and also some other traditional Sardinian dishes, such as roasted suckling pig, culurgiones, and gnocchi with wild boar ragout sauce.

Don’t miss the pleasure of tasting the wines produced by the well-known local wineries to pair these delicious specialities.