Alghero, Sardinia; Map, Town & Beaches.  Main Map View


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Harbour Port Area Piazza Civica Cathedral Santa Maria
Harbour Port Area Piazza Civica Cathedral Santa Maria

Alghero's port area covers a broad expanse and has bars and cafes on both side of Via Garibaldi. Entrance by car into much of centro storico is restricted and parking often difficult so best to park just outside. You can follow the port around under the bastions and there is an arched passageway into the old town (Piazza Civica) opposite where the boat trips are based. Heading into the old town you will find numerous sights including the Cathedral (Santa Maria).

Historic Cathedral Bell Tower Town Hall Land Gate Piazza Ginnasio
Cathedral Bell Tower Town Hall Land Gate Piazza Ginnasio

Alghero Cathedral's bell tower is particularly notable and finding its location at the rear of the cathedral takes you into the historic narrow streets. The "comune" (town hall) is in Piazza Municipio and heading east you will then find the "Porta Terra" one of Alghero's original landward defences. Piazza Ginnasio is south of here and following Via Carlo Alberto you can leave the old town at Piazza Sulis.

Piazza Sulis Bastioni Pigafetta Bastioni Marco Polo Bastioni Magalloni
Piazza Sulis Bastioni Pigafetta Bastioni Marco Polo Bastioni Magalloni

From Piazza Sulis you can then follow the sea walls (Bastione) back around the old town to the harbour area. This is a favourite for a passegiata (evening stroll) for Alghero residents and tourists alike .


Alghero Beaches & Surroundings

Maria Pia Beach Beach Bay and Town Coast Road to Bosa
Maria Pia Beach Beach Bay and Town Coast Road to Bosa

Alghero's beach areas are found in the lido area or further around at Spiggia dei Bombarde beyond Fertilia. Regular buses run from the town. The coastal drive from Alghero to Bosa is a popular favourite for an excursion.


North of Alghero & Capo Caccia

Road to Capo Caccia Capo Caccia Porto Ferro Lago Baratz
Road to C.Caccia Capo Caccia Porto Ferro Lago Baratz

The area round Capo Caccia is a nature reserve and the drive is a pleasant coastal road. Further north is the stunning (if windy, popular for surfing) beach at Porto Ferro with steep cliffs and defence towers. Just inland is Lago Baratz, popular for birdwatching or just a refreshing walk in its surrounding pineta.


Ancient settlements nr. Alghero; Palmavera & Anghelu Ruju

Palmavera Palmavera Anghelu Ruju Anghelu Ruju
Palmavera Palmavera Anghelu Ruju Anghelu Ruju
On the road to Capo Caccia you will pass the Nuraghic village of Palmavera. There are few nuraghic settlements in this area (most are concentrated in the centre of the island). If you an entry ticket it will also give you admittance to the Necropoli at Anghelu Ruju located literally next to the airport slip road in Fertilia.