This compact city is full of fascinating history, with its Catalan past that gives it the nickname of 'Little Barcelona'. At Alghero Cathedral, admire the striking 16th century architecture and take time to find respite from the outside world for a while. At Nuraghe Palmavera, you'll unearth the ruins of ancient towns from the Bronze Age in a stunning archaeological site. The main tower is believed to date from as far back as the 15th century B.C! When it's time to kick back and relax, head to the golden sands of Bombarde Beach and discover the turquoise waters that Sardinia is famous for. Maria Pia is another beach close to the town centre of Alghero, which is very calm and a favourite for walkers and joggers looking to keep fit in the great outdoors.
The wonderful thing about Alghero car rental is the opportunity to explore the breadth of this beloved island. Indeed, Sardinia is full of gorgeous towns and coastlines, and you can drive all the way from Alghero in the north west to the capital, Cagliari, in the south in under three hours. Perhaps head out early for a day trip and get amazing views of this stunning city from the 'Tower of the Elephant'. The Archaeological Museum tells a fascinating story of the island's past, too. Alternatively, stick near the north west coastlines and take your friends or family on a hiking tour to explore the area. Thrill seekers can get the best views in the island by mountain climbing or cycling up to the nearby peaks. The Marine Reserve close to Alghero is one of the very best places in the world to scuba dive, too, so don't miss the opportunity while you're here.
Officially a city, Alghero is nevertheless quite a compact place, with around 44,000 inhabitants. You'll find walking around the centre and port an easy and pleasant experience, especially in the warm Sardinian sun. There are plenty of great local restaurants slightly off the beaten path, so be sure to walk around the areas just outside the centre to discover them. The landscape mixes mountainous and forested geographies, especially at the Porto Conte Natural Regional Park close by. It's easy to drive to and from town and well worth seeing to appreciate the best of Sardinia's beautiful nature. Sardinian cuisine is one of the main attractions here too of course, with an emphasis on fresh fish, panada meat pies, handmade fregola pasta and salami, which are among the regional specialities to enjoy.
You’ve seen the highlights of Alghero, so it’s time to explore. Where will you go? Read on to discover which attractions are close by... You can drive out to see mountains covered with pine forests, the beaches at Isola Rossa and Stintino, and the medieval fortress at Bosa. It would take nearly eight hours on public transport to reach the beaches of Isola Rossa from Algerho. Luckily, you’ve got a hire car, so you can be there in 90 minutes. While it’s still a lengthy journey, the red island (not actually an island at all) is a haven for beach lovers and those looking for fun in the surf. A range of water sports are on offer in Isola Rossa and the area is also home to the biggest water park on the island. If you’re travelling with kids, the cries of “are we there yet?” will fade from memory when you all tackle the slides, pools and lazy river at Aqua Fantasy. If it’s more beautiful beaches you are after, Stintino is only an hour’s drive north of Alghero.