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The sound of the ancient Catalan language will be your companion as you enjoy all there is to see and do on this part of the coast, like charming sail boat outings, adventurous extreme sports, or simply a day on the beach to relax.

When you walk along its centuries-old walls or down the characteristic cobblestone streets you get a sense of that unique charm that only seaside cities have to offer. The history of Alghero is housed within the centuries-old walls that have always locked out the world both on the side of the land and the sea, tangible in its palace façades, squares and walled gates. Alghero is also characterised by a sense of belonging and community with the Catalan motherland, still alive and kicking today. A holiday in Alghero is a great opportunity to explore the wonders of this stupendous city.

You can start your tour of the city from the historic Torre di Porta Terra gateway, which today houses a multimedia tour that tells the story, customs and ways of the city from its origins to the present date. From Porta Terra we proceed to the Torre di San Giovanni, today home to temporary exhibits and displays, reaching Torre dello Sperone, better known as "Torre di Sulis", that with its 22 m of height is the most imposing tower on the city walls. The tower overlooks one of the city's main squares, Piazza Sulis. A historic meeting point for Alghero's night-life, the square includes some of the oldest and most prestigious venues which symbolise the first boom in Catalan tourism in the 1960s, still today definitely a hub for residents and tourists.

We continue our tour along the Bastioni Cristoforo Colombo ramparts, past the octagonal San Giacomo Tower, entering one of the most characteristic parts of the old town, the Bastioni Marco Polo ramparts, where typical colourful sea fishing structures give a decidedly Mediterranean look. Frequented by Alghero's citizens and tourists, the ramparts are a favourite place for leisure, entertainment and strolls. Cafés and restaurants liven the road, characteristic open-air spaces where you can sip an aperitif or enjoy the flavours of typical local dishes, cheered by the soft sea breeze. After you've covered the last bit of ramparts—the part which guards the city as it overlooks its marina and comes to life in the summer with kiosks and street artists—you'll reach a staircase that passes through the Porta a Mare to Alghero's gathering place: Piazza Civica. Overlooking the square are what once were the most iconic seats of the city's institutions, from the Catalan Gothic contours of the Palazzo de Ferrera (often the abode of the city's governors), to Casa de la Ciutat (where the City Hall is) up to the Palazzo della Dogana, where the captains that moored in the anchorage of Alghero had to check in.

The area around Alghero boasts enchanting nature and extraordinary landscapes, with unspoiled views, nature parks and reserves. From the Parco di Porto Conte to the deep blue of the extraordinary scenery of the Protected Marine Area, between hills and plains, coast and sea, this is the perfect backdrop for playing sports and spending a few hours in the midst of nature. The enchanting setting of Porto Conte Bay, Portus Nimpharum to the ancient Romans, is a perfect example. Among the dense Mediterranean maquis and ancient rocks, various architectures bring back fascinating pieces of history of a territory that has always been inhabited. On the cliffs of Capo Caccia, the promontory that closes the bay to the west, the Grotta Verde opens up. There, various relics and prehistoric paintings have been found on the walls, testifying to the presence of man in the area since the Neolithic Period. Inside the grotto there are gorgeous stalagmites up to 12 m in height covered in plant encrustations and bathed in an evocative greenish light.

The innermost part of the bay features the ruins of the nuraghic village of Sant'Imbenia and the Roman villa at Porto Conte. Discover a place where history and archaeology blend with enchanting, unspoiled landscapes. Check out our holiday packages to Alghero now and get ready for a brand new, unforgettable adventure.

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Where to stay in Alghero

Alghero showing general coastal views

Alghero City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

Alghero City Centre is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Piazza Civica and Alghero Market.

Alghero City Centre
La Pietraia, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

La Pietraia

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

While there might not be top attractions in La Pietraia, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Maria Pia Beach and San Giovanni Beach.

La Pietraia

Top hotels in Alghero

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Soleado
Hotel Soleado
4 out of 5
Via Lido 17-19, Alghero, SS
The price is £161 per night

Located in Lido, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of San Giovanni Beach and Maria Pia Beach. Port of Alghero and Porto Conte ...

3.8/5Good! (313 reviews)

"Polecam Hotel w dobrym miejscu Plaża bardzo ładna"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

Hotel Soleado
Hotel Carlos V & SPA
Hotel Carlos V & SPA
5 out of 5
Lungomare Valencia, 24, Alghero
The price is £193 per night

Situated in Alghero, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Sulis Tower and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Maria Pia Beach. Tarragona Park and Alghero Aquarium are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (271 reviews)

"It was bliss, out of season so a little quieter but that’s our preference :) Beds comfy, short walk to town and home to walk off the yummy food and wine... just a lovely lovely place!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

Hotel Carlos V & SPA
Hotel Corte Rosada Resort&Spa - Adults Only
Hotel Corte Rosada Resort&Spa - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Localita Porto Conte 77, Alghero, SS
The price is £133 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Alghero hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Porto Conte Regional Natural Park and Port Conte Marina. Cala La Bramassa and Mugoni Beach ...

4.2/5Very Good! (242 reviews)

"BIG WIFI problems. We were unable to have any WiFi in our room or anywhere on the property. Another guests told me he thought it was worse for all Apple products. The hotel said their Wifi was spotty??????? The cleaning lady in our room was great. The outdoor pool and beach area was great. The outdoor ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

Hotel Corte Rosada Resort&Spa - Adults Only

Popular places to visit in Alghero

Maria Pia Beach
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Maria Pia Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Maria Pia Beach, a popular beach in Alghero. While you're in the area, stroll along the marina.

Mugoni Beach
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Mugoni Beach

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Fill your days with nature, sporting activities and relaxation at a beautiful sandy beach on the northwest coast of Sardinia.

Bombarde Beach
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Bombarde Beach

5/5(4 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Bombarde Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Alghero. While you're in the area, wander around the parks.

Port of Alghero
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Port of Alghero

4/5(24 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Alghero with a trip to Port of Alghero. While you're in the area, stroll along the beautiful beaches.

San Giovanni Beach
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San Giovanni Beach

3.5/5(2 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, San Giovanni Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Alghero. Stroll along the area's seaside or simply enjoy its bars.

Neptune's Grotto
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Neptune's Grotto

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Neptune's Grotto, a lovely green space in Capo Caccia. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Alghero

Sardinian Home Cooking Class & Meal at a Farmhouse
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Sardinian Home Cooking Class & Meal at a Farmhouse

£59
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Lunch or dinner and cooking demo at a local home in Sassari
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Lunch or dinner and cooking demo at a local home in Sassari

£77
Per adult
Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Sassari
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Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home in Sassari

£131
Per adult
Market, Cook and dine at a Cesarina's home in Sassari
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Market, Cook and dine at a Cesarina's home in Sassari

£190
Per adult
Market tour, lunch or dinner at a Cesarina's home in Sassari
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Market tour, lunch or dinner at a Cesarina's home in Sassari

£131
Per adult
Private Traditional Fresh Pasta Lesson in Alghero
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Private Traditional Fresh Pasta Lesson in Alghero

£74
Per adult

Reviews of Alghero

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Nov 2019

Very out of season in November with many shops and restaurants closed from beginning of November.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

Worth visiting the old town

5/5 - Excellent

Sarah

22 Sep 2019

You must visit the old town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep 2019

A beautiful and lively historic old town with plenty of good restaurants. Lovely to see the sun setting into the sea in the evening by Capo Caccia.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

Beautiful town with lots of shops and restaurant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

A beautiful place to visit!!

Cities near Alghero

Sassari showing a statue or sculpture, a square or plaza and heritage elements

Sassari

Capo Caccia which includes views

Capo Caccia