Alghero, Italy

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Beautiful Alghero

Poking out into the Med from the north-western tip of Sardinia, and, like many port towns in this part of the world, it has nautical history aplenty. It’s been in many hands – Spanish, Genoese and Piedmontese among them – giving the city a rich cosmopolitan feel. Add fabulous beaches and the Italian passion for food and you’ll realise that a holiday here is a feast for more than a few senses.

Destination overview
  Language: Italian
  Currency: Euro
  Time zone: GMT + 1 hour (Summer GMT + 2 hours)
  Flight Time: 2 hours 45
  Holiday type: Beach, Summer sun
  Weather: Average maximum temperature: 16.0C (24 hour average)
Rainfall: 590.5mm a year
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Located on the North West coast, with fabulous beach resort with the escapism of the city walls which still retains its distinctive Catalan character.

Must See:
Neptune’s Grotto might sound like the name of a local tourist trap, but it’s well worth a visit. This huge underground marine cave complex is best reached by boat. You’ll need the guided tour to see it at its best.

Must eat at:
Andreini, in the heart of Alghero’s Old Town, is a great place to come for a meat-fest. Expect local favourites including wild boar, all lubricated by lashings of local wine.

Must be there for:
24th June is the day when the entire town marks the feast day of San Giovanni Battista. You can expect everything from horse racing to late-night skinny dipping!

Well-travelled tips:
Venture further afield and take in the ghost town of Argentiera, an abandoned mining community with an eerily desolate quality.
Take a hike in the evening and you won’t regret it. Head for the battlements high above the harbour and treat yourself to a coffee (or something stronger). The beautiful view, by the way, is free of charge.

Visa:
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Italy.