Places of interest
There's something for everyone in and around Alghero.
Here you will find a list of just some of the places of interest and entertainment on offer in and around Alghero.
Golf – just a few miles from the village of Fertilia (part of Greater Alghero), there is a 9-hole golf course.
Neptune's Caves (Le Grotte di Nettuno) – famous caves located under the promontory of Capo Caccia, which can be reached either by sea or on land via the staircase known as the "Escala de Cabirol".
The Nuraghe Palmavera and the Necropoli of Anghelo Ruju and domus de janas – Some of the most important archaeological sites from the Nuragic era, with guided tours.
The Romana villa of Saint Imbenia at Porto Conte and the necropolis of Santu Pedru - along with road for Ittiri, beyond the fork for Olmedo.
Le Ragnatele - Adventure playground for children at Le Bombarde beach – a fantastic playpark that allows youngsters to climb trees, option for outdoor barbeque.
Riviera del Corallo Go Kart track – an illuminated track that you can race round to your heart's content at the wheel of a go kart.
Boat trips - Numerous options for making by the most of the Gulf of Alghero by sea, with the possibility of lunch on board, sport fishing and tourist fishing.
Hire of boats and inflatables – To personalise your day at the seaside and visit all of the smallest and most evocative inlets.
Watersports – On the coast off Alghero, you can throw yourself into every imaginable waterproof, and lessons are available for most of them, too.
Options include: sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, snorkelling and canoeing.
Alghero is renowned above as the location for the Porto Conte Marine Park, which plays host to myriad under-sea marvels, and for its limestone coast, which includes a great many caves to visit.
Terrestrial sports – Horse-riding: less than a mile from the hotel, there is an equestrian centre where you can take lessons from qualified instructors (for adults and children) or explore the countryside on horseback. - Cycling: (bikes can be hired either at the hotel or in town): in Alghero, there is a cycle routs that criss-crosses its way across the city, and stretches all the way to Le Bombarde beach. Also on offer are skating, trekking, jogging and rambling.
You can explore the Porto Conte Regional Park, on foot, by bike or on horseback (prior booking required ).
The park enables you to catch sight of a plethora of flora and fauna in the wild, such as Giara horses, white donkeys, boar, turtles, fallow deer and Sardinian deer, as well as numerous birds and seabirds.
WITHIN ONE HOUR BY CAR
Nearby, less than 50km from Alghero, there are numerous places worth visiting, such as the quant town of Bosa along the coast, directly south of Alghero, which is known as the site of the Malaspina castle, the River Temo (the only navigable river in Sardinia) and its crafts (particularly the delicate lace worked by the local women, the art of which is passed down across the generations).
From Bosa, it is easy to reach Villanova Monteleone, an ancient town rich in history, situated between the mountains behind Alghero, which affords breathtaking views of the oak and chestnut forests, and above all towards Alghero on the panoramic road that leads down to the town. This road, known as the "Scala Picada", has been used for 50 years multiple times per year for national high-speed motor races, the most famous of which is the "Corallo Rally".
To the north of Alghero, you come to Stintino, an ancient fishing village that plays host to the celebrated beach of La Pelosa, situated across from Piana island, a beach of fine white sand with crystal-clear, transparent water that could easily be in the Caribbean! Moreover, from Stintino you can take the ferry to visit, on the same day, the island of Asinara, which was previously infamous as the site of a high-security prison and now entirely given over to a National Park. The island includes a number of unique sites of uncontaminated nature.
To the north-east, you come to Castelsardo, a picturesque town with a wonderful historical centre within the walls of the castle ont the hill, which is very well-known as a centre for Sardinian crafts.