Included are suggestions for day trips from Alghero to nearby places such as Neptune's Grotto, Stintino, Bosa, Argentiera, Anghelu Ruju and Nuraghe di Palmavera. The reviews section provides opinion on this part of Sardinia whilst the image galleries will help complete the picture.
Introduction to the CityLocated on the north west coast of Sardinia, holidays to Alghero have become increasingly popular in recent years, yet the city still retains its distinctive Catalan character. This derives from the influence of Pedro IV of Aragon who seized control of the town in the mid-fourteenth century and embarked on an intense period of colonization from Spain.
Today, Alghero manages to combine its role of tourist city with that of a thriving marina. This enables it to maintain a year round economy outside of the busy summer months. To the north of the marina is the fine sandy beach of Alghero which provides good bathing opportunities just a short stroll from the historic centre.
Surrounding AreaVisitors to the city will find that the area around Alghero provides plenty of opportunities for day trips and the best known of these is undoubtedly the cave complex of Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Grotto). It is one of the most breathtaking in Italy and located only 15 km to the west on the peninsular of Capo Caccia.
To the north of Neptune's Grotto, the abandoned mine at Argentiera is recognised by UNESCO as an important example of industrial archaeology in Sardinia. Further on at the north western tip of the Island, Stintino is renowned for its stunning beaches.
Heading south from Alghero, a trip along the remote coastline of Oristano leads to the interesting medieval town of Bosa and its beach resort at Bosa Marina.
The area surrounding Alghero also contains several important prehistoric sites. Nuraghe di Palmavera is the best preserved nuraghic complex in the region and the older Anghelu Ruju, near Alghero airport (Fertilia), is a necropolis consisting of around forty burial chambers.