What to see in Alghero in one day

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Joel Fulleda

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Alghero, the city of coral. Located in the northwestern part of the Sardinia, is the fifth city of the island by number of inhabitants and is also one of its gateways, thanks to the presence of the airport.
Already inhabited during the Neolithic period, Alghero during its history has seen a succession of Phoenicians, Romans and Spaniards, of which it still offers tangible evidence in its architecture today.

Alghero is a city full of charm, its strong presence of places of worship, scattered in every corner of the city, of museums and historical testimonies in the open air makes it an excellent destination for all those who love to travel in the sunlight. , perhaps with the smell of the saltiness that invades the streets and squares where they are located. In short, Alghero has it all: culture, sea, sun, food, everything you need for a trip not to be forgotten. For this we propose a one day itinerary in Alghero, which has become the "coral house".


  1. One day itinerary in Alghero: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Alghero: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Alghero: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Alghero: Morning

1- Giuseppe Manno Gardens and Piazza Civica

The morning in Alghero starts from Giuseppe Manno Gardens, the green lung of Alghero. In the immediate vicinity you will find the Try, where you can have breakfast for less than € 5,00. The restaurant is also located very close to the port of the city. From here along the Customs Dock you will arrive at Civic Square, where you will find Palazzo d'Albis. Owned by the Ferreira family and then passed to the Duke of Albis, it was the seat where Charles V stayed in 1541.

2- Diocesan Museum and Cathedral of Santa Maria

Head towards via Manno to visit the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. Housed in the church of the Madonna del Rosario, adjacent to the Cathedral, it was inaugurated in 2000. Inside it contains temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent collection of silver, sculptures and paintings.
Adjacent to the Museum you will find the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Located in the historic center of Alghero, the cathedral of Santa Maria dates back to the sixteenth century and is built through a mixture of various styles among which the Catalan Gothic stands out. On the outside you will notice the Bell tower, which has become one of the symbols of Alghero.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 750 m / 10 min
  • Places visited: Giuseppe Manno Gardens (free), Piazza Civica (free), Palazzo d'Albis (free), Diocesan Museum (€ 4,00), Cathedral of Santa Maria (free)
  • Recommended tours and useful tickets: Guided tour of one day in Alghero between history and gastronomy
  • Where to have breakfast: Try, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 21

One day itinerary in Alghero: Afternoon

1 - Church of San Michele

Continue until you cross the Bastioni di Marco Polo: here you will find the Belvedere of Alghero. Walk up to Via Don Deroma and take Via Doria, which will take you to Piazza Antonio Michele Balzani, where the Church of San Michele, an extraordinary example of Baroque art. Built in 1300, it was the Cathedral of Alghero before the church of Santa Maria was built. For lunch a short distance from San Michele you will find Paco, a place where you can enjoy the local cuisine of Alghero in the historic center. The price is around € 25,00 per person.

2 - Archaeological Museum, Church of San Francesco, Torre di Porta di Terra and Coral Museum

Now go to via Carlo Alberto where you will find the archaeological Museum of the city. Here are the most ancient evidence of human presence in the Alghero area, from the proto-historical to the Roman period. Going north always on Via Carlo Alberto you will arrive in no time at the Church of San Francesco. It is a colossal structure, which saw at least two building phases in which Iberian workers also collaborated.
Now take via Roma and head east, up to Piazza Porta di Terra, where the homonymous tower rises, an ancient "land" entrance to the city. From here, walking on Via Sassari it will be easy to reach Piazza Pino Piras with the Tower of San Giovanni and, not far from here, the Coral Museum and Piazza Sulis. This museum is the home of splendid coral workings. It is a unique museum of its kind, which wants to expose tourists to a path that coincides precisely with that of the city, which has built a real culture on the coral.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,6 km / 20 min
  • Places visited: Church of San Michele (free), Archaeological Museum (€ 6,00 approximately), Church of San Francesco (free), Torre di Porta di Terra (free), Museo del Corallo (free)
  • 2,5-hour private tour with a local guide
  • Where to have lunch: Paco, Largo San Francesco 7

One day itinerary in Alghero: Evening

Dinner and Torre dell'Espero Reial

In the immediate vicinity of Piazza Sulis, in case you are hungry given the dinner time, we recommend you Il Pavone, a place famous for its fish specialties. The price is quite fair, we are talking about € 25,00 per person. After having dinner you could end the evening with a walk towards the Tower of the Espero Reial, dating back to the sixteenth century, and the city's waterfront.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 160 m / 2 min
  • Places visited: Coral Museum, Torre dell'Espero Dejal
  • Where to dine: Il Pavone, Piazza Sulis n. 3

Before leaving: useful tips

Visit Alghero it is not easy: the city can be reached either by car (if you are traveling by ferry) or via the airport. In any case it is an "effort" that is worth doing, even if only for once. Here are some other useful tips for your trip.

  • Getting around: visit the historic center of Alghero on foot
  • Best time: the city is quite humid, avoid visiting it in too hot months
  • How to reach it: the city can be reached via the airport, not far from the city
  • if you decide to extend your visit, consult our offers for accommodation in Alghero

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Alghero is a city full of attractions, but they cannot be seen all in one day. You would risk overloading yourself too much and confusing your memories, so we left some things aside.

  1. Alghero aquarium: very beautiful and characteristic, but better not to waste too much time indoors
  2. Casa Manno Museum: if you don't know who Giuseppe Manno was, it doesn't make much sense to visit a museum dedicated to him
  3. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Valverde: this place is too far to be included in our itinerary

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