5 days in Alghero,
Alghero is a city in the north-west of Sardinia, an Italian island situated just below France's Corsica, west of Rome and north of Tunisia. Direct flights from London can be as cheap as £80 return in peak time (check out sky scanner).
Alghero has a beautiful old town with countless restaurants and gelaterias within its castle walls. It is perfect for an authentic Italian trip away, especially as it is known for being a popular holiday destination for Italians from the mainland during the summer months.
Be sure to expect a relaxing break with reliable weather, beautiful beaches and fresh food. Best time to visit: May-October.
What to do?
1. Maria Pia Beach
A stunning beach situated in front of a shaded pine forest. A 30 minute walk from Alghero town. Alternatively, there are cycle lanes along the sea front, and will take you 15 minutes to cycle. Unpack your picnic, put down your towel, take out your book, and set up for the day under a shaded pine tree.
2. Explore Alghero's Old Town
Wander around the old town during the day when the streets are quieter. However, do avoid exploring during siesta time (2-5pm) when monasteries, museums and shops will be closed. Enjoy the evening's bustling atmosphere with an Aperol Spritz. Climb the bell tower at the Alghero Cathedral.
3. Neptune's Grotto
A cave located a 20 minute boat ride from Alghero's port. Something I'd suggest doing if you're not a beach fan, but relatively expensive for what it is (13 euros per adult, 7 euros per child. Both prices excluding the boat journey). A quick warning: there are herds of tourists cramped together waiting to head in.
4. Spiaggia Le Pelosa, Stintino
A Caribbean-looking-beach just an hour away from Alghero via a local bus (5 euros return). Ever been able to buy a new bikini from a stall in the sea whilst swimming in shallow turquoise waters? Now you can. A must-do when in Alghero. However, be prepared for the over-priced but necessary sun-beds (high season: at least 30 euros for 2 beds & an umbrella all day). This beach is UNESCO protected and so the direct use of towels on the sand is prohibited.
Take a day trip to Bolsa
Visit the local vineyards and taste Sardinian wine
Where to eat in Alghero?
£ - Atlantide Pizzeria Bar - Delicious pizza as cheap as 6 euros along the seafront. This restaurant provides a lively atmosphere with great staff, and our cheapest (and favourite) meal by far.
££ - Bella Napoli - A choice of inside or outside dining. The outside space is small but within one of Alghero's main squares. A friendly atmosphere with reasonable prices and extremely tasty food, e.g. Penne alle Bolognese, 11 euro.
£££ - Miques de Mirall - Enjoy a classic Italian 3 course meal filled with seafood spaghetti, meat, and finally some tiramisu whilst admiring the sunset over the Castle walls.