10 things to see absolutely in Alghero

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Martí Micolau

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You say Sardinia and immediately think of white beaches and crystal clear sea, but this region has so much to offer besides the beautiful sea, and a pearl not to be missed is certainly Alghero, one of the most beautiful and well-known cities in Sardinia. Characterized by an Aragonese and Catalan architectural style, it is the "capital" of Riviera del Corallo, 90 km long stretch of coast, characterized by the emerald sea.

Thanks to its versatility, the beauty of its natural resources, the nuraghi and the wonder of its beaches, it is one of the favorite destinations of Sardinian tourism, both for the very young and for families. Let's see together what the 10 things to see absolutely in Alghero.


  1. Spanish towers and ramparts
  2. Neptune's Caves
  3. Cathedral of Santa Maria
  4. Palmavera Nuragic complex
  5. Coral Museum
  6. Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju
  7. Promontory of Capo Caccia
  8. Punta Giglio
  9. Alghero aquarium
  10. Porto Conte
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Spanish towers and bastions

Alghero is a fortified town, one of the few in Italy to have preserved over 70% of its defensive walls, so we recommend a walk along its Ramparts and Towers, a legacy of the past dominations of the Aragonese first and then of the Spanish. We point out the ramparts overlooking the port and the Marco Polo promenade, as well as the defensive towers that surround the city center, including the Torre di Sulis in the square of the same name, then the tower of San Giacomo, the tower of San Giovanni (which today houses the virtual museum of the history of Alghero) and that of the Maddalena.

  • from Alghero station, take the AP, ALFA or AC bus line (about 15-20 minutes).
  • always open
  • free

2 - Neptune's Caves

One of the main naturalistic attractions of the city of Alghero are the magnificent ones grottoes of Neptune, karst formations among the largest in Italy, located in the promontory of Capo Caccia, about 24 km from Alghero. To access it it is possible to do it by land, through a staircase of 656 steps along the wall of the promontory of Capo Caccia, the famous Escala del Cabirol (ladder of the roe deer), or by ferry that leads from the tourist port to the caves. The natural spectacle represented by the stalagmite and stalactite formations is something not to be missed.

  • Directions
  • from April to September 17: every day from 9.00 to 19.00 (last admission) from 18 September: every day from 9.00 to 18.00 (last admission) from November to March: every day from 10.00 to 15.00 (last admission)
  • adults € 13,00 children (3-12 years) € 7,00 groups (min. 25 people) € 9,00; excursion by boat, cost adults € 16,00, children € 8,00, groups € 13,00.

3 - Cathedral of Santa Maria

Dating back to the th century, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, also known by its name Cathedral of Santa Maria with its bell tower it is located in the historic center and is the symbol of the city. The dominant style is the Gothic-Catalan one, however it represents a mixture of different historical and artistic periods. The cathedral and the bell tower can be visited every day, except Wednesdays and Sundays.

  • the Cathedral is located in the historic center, the entrance is on Piazza del Duomo, easily reachable on foot; from the station take the AP line (about 10 minutes).
  • April-May-September-October: 10.30-13.00 / 16.00-18.30; June-July-August: 10.30-13.00 / 19.00-21.30 Closed Wednesday and Sunday
  • € 3,00. Cumulative ticket museum + bell tower € 5,00

4 - Nuragic complex of Palmavera

About 12 km from Alghero, a place that is really worth visiting is the wonderful nuragic complex of Palmavera. Classified as a "complex" nuraghe, that is composed of several towers joined together, this nuragic complex is built with blocks of limestone and sandstone and consists of a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of huts: the buildings were built in several phases and the most ancient structures, dated th-th century BC, are the main tower and some huts. It is a jewel of the Nuragic civilization that you absolutely must not miss.

  • it can be reached by bus line number 9321 (about 30 minutes), from Alghero station.
  • May - September 9.00 - 19.00; April and October 9.00 - 18.00; November - March 10.00 - 14.00
  • € 6,00 per site; € 8,00 cumulative ticket for two areas (Palmavera and Anghelu Ruju)

5 - Coral Museum

Il Coral museum is housed in the beautiful and evocative setting of Villa Costantino, Art Nouveau building of the 900 in the city center. The museum tells the history of the Mediterranean Sea and the exhibition leads the visitor to discover the history, culture and identity of Alghero through the legend of Coral, primary resource of the Alghero sea, used since ancient times and linked to many traditions . A fascinating journey to discover the marine ecosystem and the history of this important living organism.

  • from the station, take the AP, ALFA or AC bus line: the museum can be reached in about 10 minutes.
  • from Monday to Sunday 10.30 - 13.00; 17.00 - 21.00
  • € 3,00 full; € 2,00 reduced

6 - Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju

Alghero is home to the largest complex of prehistoric burial caves in northern Sardinia, which preserves the features of a civilization that lived five millennia ago: we are talking about necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, the largest necropolis in pre-Nuragic Sardinia, characterized by tombs in domus de Janas (house of fairies and witches). Located inland, and less than 10 km from Alghero, the complex came to light in 1903, during the excavations for the construction of a farmhouse, when a human skull and a tripod vase were found; subsequent excavations led to the discovery of 31 hypogea.

  • Directions
  • from Monday to Sunday 10 am - 14 pm
  • € 6,00 per site; € 8,00 cumulative ticket for two areas (Palmavera and Anghelu Ruju)

7 - Promontory of Capo Caccia

At 20 km from Alghero, towards the north west, is the imposing promontory of Capo Caccia, a huge karst rock overlooking the sea that includes a rich deposit of fossils of significant archaeological interest. The promontory marks the furthest point of the north-west coast: a real natural wall in the past, which owes its name to the 800th century nobles who hunted pigeons from the boat here. In the surrounding seabed there is a precious variety of red coral, while the Nereo's cave it is the perfect place for diving enthusiasts. From the promontory of Capo Caccia it is also possible to reach the wonderful ones grottoes of Neptune, through the Escala del Cabirol.

  • Directions
  • always open
  • free admission

8 - Punta Giglio

Punta Giglio is another of the wonderful natural beauties not to be missed during a trip to Alghero, a limestone promontory located within the Porto Conte Regional Natural Park. It is a true naturalistic oasis in the top of which it is possible to admire the cave of the Dasterru, which can be visited with basic speleo equipment, while in the part at sea level there are various underwater caves that can be visited by diving with diving equipment. Punta Giglio is also a destination for trekking enthusiasts, with five paths that allow you to discover its rich variety of animal and plant species

  • Directions
  • always open
  • free admission

9 - Alghero Aquarium

The Alghero aquarium is one of the two aquariums present in Sardinia (the other is in Cala Gonone): it is located in the city center, a few meters from the Sulis Tower. Opened in 1985, the aquarium is divided into several sections and includes a large permanent display of both marine and freshwater fish, in the central tank there are several species of sharks, moreover it is the only aquarium in Italy to host specimens of Stonefish, one of the most poisonous fish in the world.

  • from the station, take the AP, ALFA or AC bus line: the aquarium can be reached in about 15 minutes
  • from Monday to Sunday 9-13; 16-20
  • € 6,00 full; € 4,00 reduced

10 - Porto Conte

The bay of Porto Conte, about 20 km from Alghero, is a natural inlet of the Riviera del Corallo, enclosed between the promontories of Capo Caccia and Punta Giglio and in addition to being a wonderful natural harbor, it is also a Regional Natural Park extending over 5.000 hectares. The coastal part is made up of small inlets, cliffs and the long beach of the Pineta Mugoni beach.

  • from Alghero station take the AC bus line (about 30 minutes); or line 9321 (about 1 hour).
  • always open
  • free admission

Plan your stay in Alghero: Flight, Hotel and Tour

The city of Alghero can be easily explored on foot and the nearby beaches are also easily accessible by bike, on foot or by bus, but it is also an ideal destination for beautiful trips out of town, in the promontories of Capo Caccia and Punta Giglio, as well as the wonderful beaches of Stintino, Le Bombarde etc. There are many hotels available in Alghero, both in the historic center and near the beaches, but given the great beauty of the city and the beaches of the Riviera del Corallo the hoteliers end the availability as early as the spring months.

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