Alghero – Medieval Port Town with Catalan Roots
Location: Sardinian Resort on the Northwestern Coast
This resort town is located on the north-west coast of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea and is part of the province of Sassari. As one of the most visited locations in Sardinia, it is easy to access. Most visitors arrive by plane, as there is an airport with regular flight service from throughout Europe. There is car-hiring service for driving around the island, and there is also public transportation. It is also accessible by boat, train, and bus.
Culture: Step Back in Time in the Charming City Center
Due to the long history of the island, there are many historical buildings that provide models of various architectural styles throughout the town. Strolling through the town center takes visitors back to the medieval era, especially as many of the remnants of the old city wall and fortress remain. The Alghero Cathedral began construction in 1570, although it was only finally complete in the 1700s. Its original style is Catalan-Gothic, although there are other areas in late Renaissance and Neo-Classical style. There are several other older churches that still remain, as well as remnants of other ancient buildings.
Activities: Diving Underwater Caves in the Mediterranean
Alghero offers many opportunities on its shores for swimming, relaxing, and enjoying the Mediterranean. It provides a gateway to several areas north-west for studying the geology and biology of the area, as well as enjoying caving, diving, cave diving, climbing, and trekking. The surrounding area has more than 300 discovered caves both above and under water. The most famous is the nearby Neptune's Grote, which can be accessed by ferries and a steeped path from the land. Scuba divers enjoy the Nereo Cave, the largest underwater cave in the Mediterranean Sea.