"Alghero" Alghero by Catspjm

Alghero Travel Guide: 178 reviews and 361 photos

Alghero was one of the most surprising places I've visited in Italy. Like most V.T users there is a fair amount of pounding the guide books before I visit anywhere. Everything I read commented on the enormous Catalan influence and that the town has become known as 'Little Barcelona'. Why?? Lol
For basically a tourist destination, I found it to be one of the most 'authentically Italian' towns I've come across. Unlike Sorrento or Florence, 90% of the accents you hear will be Italian and the majority of the tourist trade is from the Italian mainland.
The old town and the Centro storico are breath taking. Miles of cobbled streets that you can wander round for hours in a feeling of total safety, with the security of knowing that because the town is actually quite compact, you are never more than a few minutes from a main street or square. Stop every so often in one of these squares and have a coffee, have a Sambuca, have a pastry. It pays to slow down and soon you will be reminded what life really is all about.
The old port really is worth seeing. Still very much a working marina with yachts big and small jostling for position to enjoy the delights of Alghero.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Authentic, relaxed, inexpensive
  • Cons:English not just as widely spoken as mainland Italy
  • In a nutshell:Makes you wonder why you put up with the daily 9 - 5 grind back home.
  • Last visit to Alghero: Sep 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2006
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  • May 29, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    With your photos and review of Alghero, I can't wait till I go, it sounds lovely. Wondering which part of Sardinia has the lovely blue sea as seen in your photos.

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    May 12, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Hi Peter, seems I was here a year ago! GOing back 6 August. Surely not speaking English is no 'Con-" ?!?

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    Mar 19, 2006 at 3:22 PM

    Excellent tips & pics! I have been considering a visit to Alghero for quite a while now, & I think you have finally convinced me to go for it! Thanks! Marion.

  • Pina's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2004 at 1:21 AM

    Nice page Peter...:o)

  • Beograd's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2004 at 1:50 PM

    You seem to have enjoyed Alghero very much. Nice page Peter

  • RitchiS1's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2004 at 11:07 AM

    love the great pics in your travelogues

  • whitneyone's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2003 at 7:03 PM

    Oh i want to lay near the cliff..right on the sand! Bellisimo! (did i spell that right?)

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2003 at 9:14 PM

    Your photos make me want to go here!

  • mauro_pd's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2003 at 9:34 AM

    quite polite about Carlos V ... IMHO it is simply awful :-)

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2003 at 5:32 AM

    Wonderful spot you found! The beaches look perfect! We love to stoll the street with coffee! Great page! Thanks :-)

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