Official language: Italian
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
A 20-minute car ride north of Alghero will lead you to the Azienda Agricola Leda' d'Ittiri, the vineyard where you can taste the tipple and learn more about wine-making processes.
In the Alghero Marina, several companies organize few-hour boat trips around the island. You can spot dolphins playing in the water or even majestic whales.
The old part of the town is known as Barcelonetta (“Little Barcelona”). Even today the streets here have names in two languages – Spanish and Italian.
Alghero is a Catalan city on the Italian island. The fusion of two cultures, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming locals are what make this city so special. Some praise the perfect conditions to practice water sports, while others like the atmosphere of cozy narrow streets.
The city lies on the west coast of Sardinia. Nearly half of its residents use the archaic version of Catalan language. They’re descendants of colonists from Catalonia who settled here in the 14th century and pushed the natives inland. New inhabitants had a profound influence on how Alghero is shaped today – they established, for instance, the street grid which is very characteristic of Catalan architecture. Do you want to see the city panorama? Just go up one of the observation towers – Torre Sulis, Porta Terra, or San Giovanni – and admire the view.
Summer and fall are perfect to enjoy the sun and relax on the beach. In the wintertime, Alghero celebrates the end of the Carnival. Colorful parades, masquerades, and horse shows are organized in different parts of the city.
For a unique experience take a trip to Capo Caccia and explore limestone cliffs riddled with caves and fissures. The most attractive way goes through the Neptune's Grotto. The surrounding area is known for its fantastic diving conditions. There are many diving centers in Alghero, offering equipment to rent as well as the lessons for beginners.
Local cuisine has been influenced by the Catalans too. In the heart of the city, in SardOa Aperitivo di Vino restaurant you can try the best tapas with Spanish sliced meat, served together with local wine. The finest paella is to be found in Trattoria Rejal located at the very beginning of Via Antonio Gramsci. The place is also known as the delicious seafood restaurant (keep in mind that the lobster needs to be arranged the day before). It is also worth popping into Mos Tapas Restaurant – it’s right next door. Besides the excellent food, you can enjoy the sunset there.
Are you the local food enthusiast? On every Wednesday morning, on Viale Sardegna, a weekly street market is held; you can get some regional specialties here. If you’re looking for a wine to buy, step into a winery or enoteca (Italian wine shop). When visiting the latter one, bring your own bottle to get it filled up straight from the barrels.