What to see in Alghero in 3 days

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Alghero is one of the most beautiful and best known cities in Sardinia. Also known as the coral city, is located in the north-west of the island. A mix of white beaches and crystal clear sea and history. Over time, many populations followed one another such as Phoenicians, Romans and Spaniards who left their mark, especially in the architecture of the city. In summary: culture, museums, sea, good food, art, events, nightlife, here you will find all this. A city capable of stealing everyone's heart. Here are some tips and some useful information on what to see in Alghero in 3 days.


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  4. How much does a weekend in Alghero cost
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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Coral Museum, San Giovanni Tower

Let's start with breakfast at the Caffè de Pazzi, a very particular place in the style where you can enjoy an excellent breakfast. First stop of the day on Coral Museum: located inside the elegant '900 villa in Art Nouveau style, the main theme of this exhibition is coral, which over the years has become one of the symbols and main resources of the city. Renovated in 2016, here you can discover the history of Alghero and all the historical, economic and scientific aspects and many curiosities related to corallium rubrum. If you are a diving lover, in the following days you can also organize some in the areas you will see here in the museum. The Museum is open all day, from Monday to Sunday from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 19:30. The entrance ticket costs € 3,00, reduced € 2,00.

Once the visit is over, just a few steps away, there is the Tower of San Giovanni. Walking through the historic center you will come across several walls and bastions: Alghero, in fact, is one of the few cities in Italy to have preserved the walls and ramparts that surrounded it almost intact. The Tower of San Giovanni is part of this complex: it was the "middle" tower between the current Piazza Porta Terra, which corresponds to the ancient Porta Rejal, entrance coming from Sassari, and the Porta di Sulis, overlooking the sea.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, historic center, Spanish towers and bastions, Cathedral of Santa Maria

A short distance from the Tower of San Giovanni, you can find the Typical Street Food Alghero, a local and fryer specialized in Sardinian street food (menu from € 10,00)

We continue the tour, which will include all Towers and the Spanish ramparts of Alghero.
Small curiosity: the ramparts are named after four of the greatest navigators in history.
The tour starts from Sulis Tower, located directly on the coast, from here you can enjoy a beautiful view. It takes its name from Vicenzo Sulis, who was locked inside for 22 years following the bloody night battle that took place between 5 and 6 May 1412. Continuing along the coast you will find yourself on the first ramparts, the Cristoforo Colombo bastions and will lead you to the Tower of San Giacomo, which takes its name from the Spanish king James I the Conqueror, who went to visit Alghero. It is also called "Tower of the dogs", as for a period it was used as a municipal kennel. From here, the Marco Polo ramparts.

Take a small detour to admire the Catalan-Gothic style of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, symbol of the city (10:30 - 13:00 / 16:00 - 18:30. Summer months from 19:00 to 21:30. Admission € 3,00).

Returning to the coast, you will find yourself on Pigafetta ramparts, to admire the Tower of Sant'Elmo: takes its name from the Holy Navigator, to whom a statue placed on top of the tower is dedicated. From here you can admire a beautiful view of the port and the city. Last but not least, i Magellan ramparts, which lead back to the historic center and end in Porta Salve, near the sixteenth century D'Albis Palace.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

Dinner at Pizzeria Lu Furat, near the Town Hall and Piazza Civica. With a rustic style, you can eat excellent pizzas, but also typical products of the Sardinian tradition, such as farinata or seadas (price € 8,00 / 10,00 per person)
For the evening the possibilities are many: the premises of Old Town they fill up and everyone is ready to party. In fact, Alghero is also known for its nightlife. Get into the spirit too and sit at a table to drink some good beer or a cocktail. If, on the other hand, you want to be a little quiet, you can walk on the ramparts, the atmosphere created in the evening is really very romantic.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: Coral Museum (full € 3,00 - reduced € 2,00), Tower of San Giovanni, historic center, Spanish Towers and Bastions, Cathedral of Santa Maria (€ 3,00), historic center
  • Alghero: 2 hours private walking tour with guide
  • Breakfast at Caffè de 'Pazzi (Get directions), Lunch at Tipico (Get directions), Dinner at Pizzeria Lu Furat (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Palmavera Nuragic complex

For the second day we advise you to go a little out of the center, then rent a car, so you will be more free in your travels. Alternatively there are public buses.
The first stop is the nuragic complex of Palmavera, immediately after breakfast at The Melting Pot, Sergio Garofali's little bar. Here you can drink a coffee with a beautiful view directly on the sea.
Located inside the Porto Conte Park, reachable with the ALFA line in 42 minutes, the complex is evidence of the presence of the Nuragic civilization, dates back to about 4.000 years ago, the first buildings date back to around the 50th-150th century BC. Defined as a complex nuraghe, that is, made up of several connected towers, it is made up of blocks of limestone and sandstone. About 200 huts can be seen today, but it is estimated that the village once consisted of to huts.
The complex has the following opening hours: from May to September from 9:00 to 19:00, from April to October from 9:00 to 18:00, from November to March from 10:00 to 14:00 (cost of ticket € 6,00)

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Porto Conte, Porto Conte Tower, beach / Punta del Giglio

Subsequently, continuing along the SS217bis, you will arrive in Porto Conte, reachable by bus with the 9321 line in about 18 minutes. After having lunch at Il Galeone di Radovini Marzia, and having tasted delicious dishes based on fresh fish (from € 10,00 / 15,00 per person), set off to discover the Porto Conte Park. Proceeding along via Porto Conte, you will pass the Porto Conte Marina and you will arrive at the New Tower of Porto Conte, belonging to a complex of towers that from the early Middle Ages up to about the mid-nineteenth century were part of the defensive, sighting and communication system of the Sardinian coasts.

For the rest of the afternoon you could relax in one of the many hidden beaches, such as Baia delle Ninfee beach, or at the Lazzaretto beach, perfect for spending hours in total relaxation. Alternative: if you don't want to spend the afternoon on the beach, or if you are simply a sporty person who loves contact with nature, we recommend you to explore the forest complex of Punta Giglio. Composed of 5 different trekking paths that allow you to turn the promontory well and discover its rich variety of animal and plant species. We recommend that you go up to Punta del Giglio, one of the natural wonders of this area.

3 - Evening Dinner, Barcelona seafront and Lido beach, Maracaibo venue

In the evening stop in Lido area. For dinner we recommend the Enhorabona Restaurant, a beautiful place directly overlooking the seafront, where you can choose between land dishes and seafood dishes cooked with the freshest raw materials (around € 20,00 per person).
For the evening enjoy a nice walk on the Barcelona seafront and stop for a drink at the club Maracaibo, which is located directly on the Lido beach. Here you will find excellent cocktails and a very festive atmosphere. It is no coincidence that this is one of the landmarks of Alghero's nightlife.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 40,5 km / 57 min by car
  • Places visited: Palmavera Nuragic complex (€ 6,00), Porto Conte, Porto Conte Tower, beach / Punta del Giglio, Barcelona seafront and Lido beach
  • Breakfast at The Melting Pot (Get directions), Lunch at Il Galeone (Get directions), Dinner at Enhorabona (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Roman Villa and Nuragic Village of Sant'Imbenia

Last day in this little corner of paradise. And today we go even further, we go to Capo Caccia, about 20 kilometers from Alghero, reachable by bus with the 9321 line in 40 minutes, or by car along the SS127bis. For breakfast we recommend La Stalla beach, in the beautiful Palm Beach. Have a coffee right on the beach and then reach the first destination of the day.

We are talking about nuragic village of Sant'Imbenia and the remains of a Villa Romana which overlooked the sea directly. The remains of this villa were brought to light following a series of excavations that took place between 1994 and 2005. The nuragic village, on the other hand, dates back to the Middle Bronze Age, then 1500/1300 BC and was probably inhabited until the 10th century BC The site is open on Sundays from 00:18 to 00:55. Once the visit is over, take the road again and continue to follow the provincial road .

2 - Afternoon; Lunch, Capo Caccia, Neptune's Grotto

For lunch, go to the Nuvola restaurant. Here you can eat delicious fish dishes in a particular place (prices from € 15,00 / 20,00 per person).

You can dedicate the afternoon to exploring the promontory of Capo Caccia, a huge karst rock overlooking the sea. This place is the furthest point of the north west coast and the seabed is curled with a precious variety of red coral. In this area, moreover, is the cave of Nereo, perfect place for diving enthusiasts. If you want you can relax in the small but beautiful beach of Cala Dragunara, from which boats also depart for exploring the area, including Neptune's Caves, among the largest marine cavities in Italy. The entrance on foot is found going down theEscala del cabirol, or "scale of the roe" in Catalan. Here you will have to go down for about 654 steps located on the western ridge of the promontory. You will discover wild Sardinia, you will be in close contact with nature, an absolutely unforgettable experience.

3 - Evening: Dinner, historic center

Return to Old Town of Alghero and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the coral city for one last evening. For dinner we recommend the Trattoria Pizzeria Rejal. In addition to the pizzas, this place offers various fish dishes, born from the fusion of two cultures: traditional Sardinian cuisine and Catalan cuisine. One of the main dishes of the place is the Paella de Marisco (prices from € 20,00 per person)
And for the evening we can advise you to enjoy your last moments in Alghero, to experience for the last time the nightlife that is only found here or to walk on the ramparts on the first day.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 39,4 km / 1 h 16 min by car
  • Places visited: Roman Villa and Nuragic Village of Sant'Imbenia, Capo Caccia, Neptune's Grotto, historic center
  • Breakfast at La Stalla Beach (Get directions), Lunch at La Nuvola Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Trattoria Rejal (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Alghero cost

Alghero is truly a city within everyone's reach. There are many places where you can eat really good food at a more than fair price. If you are a person who is passionate about diving and snorkeling, bear in mind that these activities may cost more. Also, budget a little money for car rental, but the city is full of amazing offers. In summary, these are the costs you will have to face for 3 days in the coral city:

  • Costs to eat: about € 40,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 10,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 30,00 per person (if you also rent a car)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 60,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 15,00 per person per day
  • Total cost of a weekend in Alghero: from € 350,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Alghero: Mediterranean climate; rainy and mild winters and dry and very hot summers, with numerous events throughout the area. Spring is the best time, temperatures are very pleasant and rains are almost non-existent, except in April. If the sea is your goal, the best months are July, August and September, when the water has a temperature of around 25 ° - find out more
  • the reference airport is the Alghero-Fertilia airport, just 10 kilometers from the city center, reachable by taxi in about 25 minutes with an average cost of € 22,00; by bus, paying € 1,00 with the ALFA line Flights starting from € 137,00 -
  • in the historic center if you want to stay close to the beaches and nightlife, this area is completely pedestrian; in the Lido San Giovanni area, right on the beach, ideal especially if you are a family; Maria Pia area, a bit more expensive than the Lido; Porto Conte, perfect for spending a few days immersed in nature. Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot, to visit the historic center as the area is pedestrianized. To reach the beaches and surrounding areas, use the bus. There are 5 different lines operating from 6:00 to 24:00, with a cost of € 1,00 for a 90-minute ticket, or € 2,50 for a day ticket - find out more
  • Car rental: ideal for moving easily out of the center, car or motorbike rental could be a really good idea to consider, especially if you don't want to stick to bus timetables

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