"Alghero - Where Bari meets Barcelona" Top 5 Page for this destination Alghero by Paisleypaul

Alghero Travel Guide: 183 reviews and 371 photos

Updating on visit #4 in the next days and weeks

Alghero is well served by cheap airlines to its airport, and the beautiful and engaging old town echoes strong Catalan and pre-unification Italian (Pisan, Genoese, Toscan and Piedmontese) influences.
The hotels are still appearing beachfront in the tower crane congested new town, which reflects Alghero's rising holiday star. The centro storico, which hosts the port rather than the lido, has been historically ring fenced by castellated fortifications for centuries, and so the resort can expand without detriment to history - does not happen elsewhere very often !

Centro Storico

Old town in foreground including the fortified walls facing the dock, much favoured area for the passageata. 0ne killometre and more away, the new town develops like any thriving small city

Land lubbers

This is the view approaching the port of the old town, the Cattedrale at Piazza Duomo being the centred tallest point. To the left is the bell tower of the 14th century San Francesco convent, now San Francesco hotel, the only place to stay in the old town. (See hotel tip)

Pleased to say we'll be going for 8 days at the end of August, straight from 9 days on Rome - expect updates!

See related pages on Sassari and Stintino for day trips options

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Peerless old town charm, beach and trip options
  • Cons:Be sure to stay in old town - only one hotel !
  • In a nutshell:Extremely photogenic, back again..and again......
  • Last visit to Alghero: Jun 2013
  • Intro Updated Jun 22, 2013
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  • travelmaven's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Hey...don't give up...I looked at your photos and info on Alghero...Thanks.

  • alectrevor's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Thanks for your reply to forum. Great Alghero page.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    WE have not been to Italian island yet, and your comments and pictures may entice us to try it one day.

  • gildapaolina's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2009 at 2:32 AM

    Hi Paul! Glad to see you love my town so much :)... So, maybe meet you next august!!! Happy weekend, cheers! Gil

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Excellent page! thank you Paul

  • Catspjm's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2007 at 5:04 AM

    Great Alghero page Paul. Glad you enjoyed. We are heading back next August for our 5th visit!

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Hi Paul, I totally agree - Alghero is excellent (as is Sardinia in general). Have fun there! Michael

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2006 at 2:48 PM

    Didn't it have such a lovely serene atmosphere within the central courtyard! I would stay there too next time. Glad you enjoyed Alghero, Marion.

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