5 good reasons to go to Alghero
To see / do
Culture and history
A tour of the ramparts
Alghero has managed to preserve most of its ramparts, which defended the city for centuries. The bastions, walls and watchtowers date from various periods, but are mostly accessible. They offer excellent views of the city and the sea from above.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery Museum
The famous pilot spent the last months of his life in Corsica and Alghero, Sardinia, before being shot down by the Germans during a reconnaissance mission in 1944. A small museum is dedicated to this great pilot and writer in a beautiful tower overlooking the bay of Porto Conte.
Sardinia is famous for its high quality coral, which is intensely red and very strong. Coral collecting is strictly regulated, which explains its high price, close to that of gold. The jewellers of Alghero make magnificent pieces from this natural Mediterranean treasure. There is even a museum dedicated to it in the town centre.
Basilica di Saccargia
The Basilica is considered the most prestigious Roman church in Sardinia. Its façade and bell tower are particularly impressive, especially as it is located in the middle of the countryside. The walls are streaked with black and white stones characteristic of the Pisan style.
A true natural wonder, this impressive cave is home to a series of salt lakes that have hollowed out the rock. There are two ways to get there: take a small boat from the port of Alghero or climb down the 660 steps dug into the cliff face! As you walk through the chambers, you will discover splendid stalactites, mineral organs and monumental columns.
Rated one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, it seduces visitors with its narrow, slender, pastel-coloured houses. Enjoy a splendid view from the medieval fortress before strolling down its narrow streets. Be sure to walk down to the river where the local tanneries were once located.
A seafood feast
The port of Alghero is one of the largest in Sardinia. Tuna fishing is an ancestral activity in the region. Other specialities of the town include Catalan lobster, sea urchins and the famous Alghero langoustine.
The emblematic cheese of Sardinia is undoubtedly Pecorino. It is simply unmissable and you will find it everywhere in local cuisine. But beware of casu martzu, another sheep's cheese which is supposedly forbidden from being sold and which is home to small inhabitants, if you know what I mean.
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