Holidays in Alghero: beaches and sights
Alghero is surely one of Sardinia’s most fascinating cities. Capital of the Riviera del Corallo (Coral coast) where ancient traditions are still alive and the old catalan language is still spoken.
Also known as the little Barceloneta, Alghero still has the charm of the old fortified cities by the sea. The historical center, almost entirely a pedestrian area, features towers and boolwarks that overlook the sea. The city also offers many cafès, pubs and restaurants that liven up the cobbled streets, where you can enjoy an aperitif at the sunset or try one of the tasteful local dishes, such as the famous Catalan lobster.
There are several monuments and historical buildings in Alghero that are well worth a visit, such as the charming Palazzo Guillot in via Carlo Alberto, with its blind arcades on the ground floor and Aragonese mullioned windows on the upper floor. The gorgeous Church of San Francesco, dating back to the 14th century, characterised by typical features of the Catalan gothic and Italian Renaissance architectural style.
The red coral is one of the symbols of Alghero, and the city houses a museum dedicated to the Corallium Rubrum. The exhibition gives you the chance to explore the marvellous marine ecosystem that surrounds the city.
Alghero offers many popular events throughout the year, such as the Cap d’Any de l’Alguer, that is the Alghero New Year’s Eve, and the Holy Week, with its charming and mysterious rites and customs that comes from the Spanish tradition.
Alghero boasts numerous natural attractions such as the stunning Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto) which can be accessed by boat or through the Escala del Cabirol (Stairs of Roebuck), with its 656 steps running along the cliff facing the isola Foradada.
Being a seaside city, Alghero offers an endless range of activities linked to the sea, from windsurfing, surfing, and kitesurfing, to water skiing, sailing and sport fishing, and from kayaking to diving.
Alghero: the most beautiful beaches in the nearby
The Costa del Corallo (Coral coast) offers several stretches of white and golden sand, and coves surrounded by Mediterranean bush. Among the most beautiful and easily accessible beaches in the nearby of Alghero, we recommend:
Lido di Alghero, the city beach and the longest stretch of sand of this coast.
Nearby is Maria Pia Beach, dunes of white thin sand with century old junipers, and a crystal clear sea with shallow waters.
Le Bombarde Beach is one of the most famous of the Riviera. One of the most well equipped area for having fun, relaxing and playing sports.
The Porto Ferro Beach is a wide stretch of sand near the Baratz lake, where the Mistral wind blows and therefore very popular among surfers.
Other beaches around Alghero are Mugoni, Porto Conte, Lazzaretto and Cala Dragunara.