Alghero, with its westerly facing aspect, treats visitors to stunning mediterranean sunsets.

Promenaders on the old town walls can enjoy wonderful views towards the Capo Caccia headland.

Alghero marina. Boat trips leave for Neptune’s Grotto from the quayside to the right.

The marina, situated beside the old town, is home to a mixed fleet of leisure and fishing boats.

Just behind the Bastione La Maddalena, Piazza Civica is one of the larger open spaces in the old town.

Popular with tourists, Via Carlo Alberto hosts a number of bars, boutiques and jewellery shops.

The Church of San Francesco on Carlo Alberto. One of the finest Catalan examples in Sardinia.

The old town’s massive ramparts were built in the 12th century during the period of rule by Genoa.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria campanile (bell tower) as seen from the lanes behind.

Entrance to the campanile. The cathedral was only consecrated in 1730, some 400 years after its foundation.

One of the defensive towers interpersed along the city walls, built to guard against attack from the sea.

The Lido, Alghero’s main beach, is lined with hotels and stetches the 3 miles to Fertilia.