Once known as little Barcelona, the Sardinian town of Alghero is well known for its idyllic beaches, near perfect weather and delicious cuisines, amongst other things. The town has a long and fascinating history which stretches right back to the 11th century and this is reflected in its magnificent architecture and historical sites. The historic part of Alghero is a particular favourite amongst tourists due to its wealth of cafés, bars and restaurants lining its narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets. Given the town’s proximity to the sea, it’s hardly surprising that seafood is the town’s culinary speciality and is served in many of its finest and most popular eateries.
Although Alghero is compact and therefore easily travelled around on foot, some of the town’s most sought after sights and attractions are located in outlying areas. Access to your own spacious and comfortable vehicle is therefore advisable. A hatchback should do the trick.
Driving in Sardinia Alghero
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Important things to note
Car parking in Alghero can be problematic. Free parking can however be found close to the marina.
The SS292 runs in a south-easterly direction out of the Alghero, while the SS291 heads north. These two highways connect the town to the rest of Italy.
Although one of the larger settlements in Sardinia, most major services will be available in nearby Sassari and Cagliari.
Highlights & Hotspots
Just outside the town you’ll find Neptune’s Grotto, an impressive sea cave discovered by local fishermen during the 1700s that has since become one of Alghero’s most popular tourist attractions. Featuring a multitude stalactites and stalagmites, guided tours are available every hour either in English or Italian to cater for the cave’s many international visitors.
If you class yourself as an adrenaline junkie, having a go on La Via Ferrata del Cabirol is a must. Located 25 km outside of the town, this climbing route runs along the edge of the limestone Capo Caccia cliff face and is suitable for both experts and amateurs who choose to be accompanied by an expert guide from the town.
Built in the early 1500s, the Palazzo d’Alberis is just one of Alghero’s many ancient buildings. History and culture enthusiasts are sure to be impressed by this stunning example of Aragonese architecture, a style which is particularly hard to come by in Sardinia, or indeed any other part of Italy.
Alghero-Fertilia Airport is located approximately five miles north of the centre. The airport is served by budget airlines such as Ryanair and Wizzair and offers a small selection of domestic and European flights.
To access the airport by car, head north on the SS127, turn left onto the SS291, then bear right onto the SP44 until you reach the airport on your left hand side.