Excursions from Alghero: the best day trips around Alghero

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Martí Micolau

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Alghero is one of the most beautiful cities in the region.
Capital of the Riviera del Corallo, it is characterized by white beaches and an emerald sea. It is located in the north-west of Sardinia, an area full of coves, rocky promontories surrounded by aromatic Mediterranean scrub, a small pearl waiting to be discovered.
Here are the best day trips around Alghero!


  1. Palmavera Nuragic complex
  2. Argentiera
  3. Neptune's Caves
  4. Asinara National Park
  5. Stintino
  6. User questions and comments

1 - Nuragic complex of Palmavera

Built in a bay by the Romans between the fifteenth and tenth centuries BC, called the port of the Nymphs, this one nuraghe in limestone and sandstone it is one of the most important.

It has been called complex because composed of several towers joined together. Specifically it is composed of: a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of huts. The various parts were built in different phases. A visit to this very interesting nuragic complex will be truly unmissable.

  • Range: 9,5 km
  • it is 9,5 km from Alghero, 17 min by car or by bus 9321, from the station of Alghero Via Catalogna - Get directions
  • 9:00 - 19:00 (from May to September); 9:00 - 18:00 (from April to October); 10:00 - 14:00 (November to March)
  • € 6,00 (archaeological site); € 8,00 (cumulative ticket that allows the visit of Palmavera and Anghelu Ruju)

2 - Argentiera

One of the most fascinating places in Sardinia is this hamlet of Sassari: an ancient mining village directly overlooking the turquoise sea.
Typically Mediterranean vegetation, cliffs overlooking the sea, pristine coves, sandy inlets and an ancient mine in which silver lead and zinc were once extracted. A truly unique and suggestive village.

  • Range: 34 km
  • 34 km away, 47 min by car. Reachable in about three hours by bus, line 9323 from Alghero (via Catalogna) to Sassari, from here line 732 to Argentiera, fares from € 2,00 - Get directions
  • The village can always be visited. The mine has the following opening hours: 9: 00-13: 00/14: 00-17: 00, from Monday to Saturday. Sunday open by appointment
  • free

3 - Neptune's Caves

They rise between cliffs overlooking the sea, on the promontory of Capo Caccia.
These caves are fascinating natural karst formations, dating back to about two million years ago; inside there are concretions of stalactites and stalagmites, a white sand beach and an underground lake.
The caves can be accessed via the escala del cabirol (ladder of the roe deer), consisting of 656 steps, or by boats, through a spectacular marine journey consisting of cliffs overlooking the sea and unforgettable landscapes.

  • Range: 9,3 km
  • 9,3 km away, 39 min drive - Get directions
  • 9: 00-19: 00 (from April to October); 10: 00-15: 00 (from November to March)
  • € 13,00 (adults), € 7,00 (children from 3 to 12 years) € 9,00 (groups, minimum 25 people)

4 - Asinara National Park

Named after the famous albino donkeys that live on the island, which is a real paradise on earth.
Famous for the maximum security prison that was established there in the 60s, since 1997 it has become a protected National Park.
Made up of a main port (Cala Reale), from the Royal Palace, which once belonged to the Savoy family and is now the seat of the Park, from a small church and a single inhabited village: Cala d'oliva. This islet offers coves and wonderful beaches surrounded by the blue sea.

On the island it is possible to visit the former penal colony, inside which, instead of the prisons, there is now a museum.
Both the Asinara Sea Turtle Recovery Center and the Farm Asinara are interesting and both can be visited, where soaps and cosmetics based on donkey milk are produced.

  • Range: 61,5 km
  • it is 61,5 km away, 2 hours 18 minutes by car. We recommend the ferry from Porto Torres to Cala Reale, or from Stintino to Fornelli (€ 15,00 per person). Tickets can be purchased on board and it is not possible to board any vehicle - Get directions
  • always open
  • the museum of the former penal colony is free

5 - Stintino

It is a small village located just over forty minutes from Alghero.
Bathed by the turquoise sea, offers one of the most beautiful Sardinian and European beaches: the Pelosa beach, consisting of white sand and "Caribbean" sea.
Also very beautiful are the beaches of Ezzi Mannu and that of the Saline, the rocky coves of cala Grande and cala Coscia di donnad, the ancient watchtowers such as the Pelosa tower, the Saline tower and the Falcone tower.
Very interesting is the Museum of the Tonnara, which tells the history of the village through clothes, old fishermen's diaries, typical tools of the trap and reproductions of boats.

  • Range: 43 km
  • it is 43 km from Alghero, which can be reached in about 45 minutes by car or a little more by public transport. Sardabus is recommended, from Alghero Garden Giuseppe Manno to StintinoTown Hall - Get directions
  • The village can always be visited. The Tonnara museum remains open from 18:00 to 23:00. On Thursday the morning opening is also scheduled, from 11:00 to 13:00
  • the museum costs € 5,00 for adults, free for under 15 and over 65

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