Alghero is one of the most popular resorts on Sardinia, yet retains the charm and atmosphere of a working fishing village. It manages to cater for all tastes, with cultural sites and plenty of amenities.
It is less glitzy than the busy Costa Smeralda on the north east coast of the island, but has plenty to offer those wanting sun, sand and sea - with clean beaches, and a lively clutch of bars and restaurants.
The medieval old town is the most picturesque on Sardinia, and has a fascinating Catalan heritage: a legacy of centuries of Aragon rule. Street signs are in both Italian and Catalan, and much of the architecture is distinctly Spanish.
There are plenty of things to see and do within a short distance of Alghero, and it offers a stylish base for exploring the rest of Sardinia.
Where in the World
Alghero is on the northwest coast of the Italian island of Sardinia, which lies immediately south of Corsica. The resort is 12.8km (8 miles) from Alghero airport, and 172km (107 miles) from the island's capital, Cagliari, in the south.
The 1,000-year-old port sits on a headland, the old town surrounded by a thick medieval wall. Sandy beaches stretch north from the village, while the road south offers dramatic cliff-top views of the sea.
Day Trips - Grotta Di Nettuno
One of the most popular excursions from Alghero is Grotta Di Nettuno oe Neptune's Grotto. This is a spectacular series of connected sea caves located underneath the Cappo Caccia headland. Reached either by car (and an impressive set of 656 steps) or by boat trip from the port.
Alghero offers lovely, unspoilt beaches: long, sandy and etched with cool fragrant pine trees. The longest stretch of sand is just north of the old town, one of the largest beaches being San Giovanni. The coast also offers plenty of possibilities for sailing and diving.