Poking out into the Med from the north-western tip of Sardinia, and, like many port towns in this part of the world, it has nautical history aplenty. It’s been in many hands – Spanish, Genoese and Piedmontese among them – giving the city a rich cosmopolitan feel. Add fabulous beaches and the Italian passion for food and you’ll realise that a holiday here is a feast for more than a few senses.
|Time zone:||GMT + 1 hour (Summer GMT + 2 hours)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 45|
|Holiday type:||Beach, Summer sun|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 16.0°C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 590.5mm a year
Located on the North West coast, with fabulous beach resort with the escapism of the city walls which still retains its distinctive Catalan character.
Neptune’s Grotto might sound like the name of a local tourist trap, but it’s well worth a visit. This huge underground marine cave complex is best reached by boat. You’ll need the guided tour to see it at its best.
Must eat at:
Andreini, in the heart of Alghero’s Old Town, is a great place to come for a meat-fest. Expect local favourites including wild boar, all lubricated by lashings of local wine.
Must be there for:
24th June is the day when the entire town marks the feast day of San Giovanni Battista. You can expect everything from horse racing to late-night skinny dipping!
· Venture further afield and take in the ghost town of Argentiera, an abandoned mining community with an eerily desolate quality.
· Take a hike in the evening and you won’t regret it. Head for the battlements high above the harbour and treat yourself to a coffee (or something stronger). The beautiful view, by the way, is free of charge.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.