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Guide to Alghero

A heady mix of Italian and Catalan in an island resort setting

A Sardinian seaside town with a distinctly Catalan feel, Alghero offers one of the prettiest medieval centres along this stretch of coast.

As the main resort on Sardinia’s northwest coast, Alghero is a busy destination point for visitors on Mediterranean private yacht charter. The focal point of the town is its beautifully preserved centro storico (historic centre) which still displays the town’s rich heritage. It was taken over by Pedro IV of Aragon in 1354 and renamed ‘Barcelonetta’ - remaining under his control until the 1700s when the powerful Italian Savoy family took the helm. But today its Spanish past still runs strongly through the streets, from Gothic palazzos and ornate churches to street signs in both Italian and Catalan.

Its also evident to see the Spanish influence in Alghero’s delicious cuisine, for which the town is well-known for. The historic centre is home to some fantastic bars and restaurants within its robust, golden tinged sea walls and serves as the meeting point for locals and visitor throughout the day. The freshest seafood can be found within La Boqueria, a trattoria within the town’s fish market which brings in catches every day - a perfect spot for lunch.

The northwest coast of Sardinia is also home to the beautiful Riviera del Corallo (Coral Riviera) which is definitely worth a visit during your Italy charter vacation. The area is named after the red coral which is found here and is famous for the network of caves within the rocky headland of Capo Caccia - Grotta di Nettuno. There are also some beautiful beaches here and a scattering of archeological sites while further inland you’ll find two of the island’s main wine producers.

A stop-off in Alghero is a great way to see a different side to Sardinia, feel like one of the locals in its animated historic centre and explore the gems nearby along this patch of coastline. Explore the full selection of crewed Sardinia charter yachts to start planning your trip today.

Reasons to Visit

Visit the restored 14th Century church Chiesa di San Francesco
Take a bike ride over to Le Bombarde beach
Feast on fresh fish in La Boqueria
Explore the caves of Grotta di Nettuno
Soak up the culture of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art

Good For

  • Nightlife
  • Marine Life
  • Nature
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Mountains

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