We live in a quiet neighborhood, very close to the seafront promenade. With its 44,000 inhabitants, it is the 5th largest city of Sardinia. Alghero is the island’s main harbour town, home to Fertilia airport and one of its best-loved cities for the popular walkway along the port’s bastions, the red roofs that touch the sky and the gorgeous natural bay that flows into the emerald sea. The shoreline is some 90 km long and known as the Coral Riviera, home to a major colony of the finest coral. The most famous beach here is Le Bombarde, blessed with crystalline water and a clean sandy bottom, it is a favourite destination of families, young people and surfing enthusiasts. Just a kilometre away is Lazzaretto, ten inlets with soft sandy beaches. A bit further away in the bay of Porto Conte is the leisurely Mugoni beach, graced with golden sand and the still waters of a sea that is always calm and crystalline, a completely protected oasis. The shoreline at the city’s centre, on the other hand, is home to the splendid Lido di San Giovanni beach, while just outside of town are the Maria Piadunes, dotted with centuries-old juniper trees. Much of the coastline is within the protected marine zone of Capo Caccia – Isola Piana, where hundreds of treasures are safeguarded, including the grotta di Nettuno, which can be reached over land via the Escala del Cabriol, and by sea with boats that depart from the harbour.
The Porto Conte park will amaze you with its expanses of Mediterranean brush, dense woods and the laguna del Calich. The domus de Janas of santu Perdu, the Anghelu Ruju necropolis and the complexes of Palmavera and sant’Imbenia bear witness to Alghero’s prehistoric origins, starting in the Neolithic era. The historical centre is the city’s most interesting area, a labyrinth of narrow streets that connect piazzas bustling with life. The yellow walls and ancient houses echo the Catalan origins of the city. As do the churches: the Cathedral of Santa Maria (XVI century), the churches of Carmelo (late XVII century) with its great gilded retablo, that of San Michele with its coloured ceramic dome, and the late Renaissance Sant’Anna (1735). If it’s culture you’re after, then visit Casa Manno, a research centre full of important paintings, furniture, books and manuscripts. Alghero is famous for its fine coral, which is used locally with gold to make every manner of adornment. Do stop in at the Museo del Corallo and learn more about the history of coral and how it is used. The big event in 2017 will be the opening race of the great multi-city Giro d’Italia cycling event. Another great time to be here is at Cap d’Any de l’Alguer, or “New Years at Alghero,” when a myriad of shows enliven the city centre. The most passionate time of year is Holy Week, with heartfelt religious rites from the Spanish tradition.
Bosa is 45 minutes from Alghero ; is a fabulous village where history and modernity come together generating curiosity and fascination.The Old Village, also known as Sa Costa, lies around the Serravalle Castle, built by the Malaspinas between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Easily accessible on foot, it will reward you by showing you the charm of the town from a scenic location that will remain forever in your memory.
Bosa Marina is instead the beach resort most loved by tourists according to Blue Guide 2015, which gives it a record 5 sails including it among the places with the most beautiful sea. The poetic Lungotemo promenade with the Ponte Vecchio and the beaches of S'Abba Druche, Portu Managu, Turas and Cumpoltitu make it one of the most renowned places for natural beauty.
Bosa is also a place of great culinary and craftsmanship tradition that welcomes you with a fine glass of Malvasia. The excellences of the village include jewelry from coral fished in the sea, baskets of Asphodel, fabrics and the filet of ancient feminine knowledge.
You will find many churches and monuments in the Village. Spend a little time at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the town's Cathedral, featuring beautiful frescoes. Within the walls of Serravalle castle stands the church of Our Lady de Sos Regnos Altos, embellished with a set of frescoes dating back to 1370. The Romanesque church of San Pietro Extramuros stands a short distance from the village, in the rural locality of Calmedia. Make sure to take a stroll in the medieval district of Sa Costa and take pictures of Sa funtana manna, a nineteenth century monument made of red trachyte.
If you enjoy hiking or birdwatching, you will love the natural wealth offered by Capo Marrargiu Bio-marine Park and the Nature Reserve of Badde Aggiosu, Marrargiu and Monte Mannu.
Bosa is also famous for its Carnival, known as Karrasegare. The "S'Attitidu" procession features a group of black masks lamenting theatrically while holding a doll in their arms, symbolizing the newly born holiday.
Castelsardo is 45 minutes from Alghero. It may have been the legendary Tibula of Roman times, but by the Middle Ages it was already an impenetrable centuries-old fortress protected by thick walls and 17 towers, until the advent of modern weaponry. The original nucleus of Castelsardo grew up around the castle of the Dorias, which tradition dates to 1102, although it was probably constructed in the late XIII century. Today it is the seat of the lovely Museo dell’Intreccio Mediterraneo (or Museum of the Crossroads of the Mediterranean), one of the most visited museums in all of Sardinia. In the early XVI century the castle was renamed Castillo Aragonés and became the seat of the bishopric until the Cathedral of Sant’Antonio Abate was built in 1586. This amazing building has a bell tower perched over the sea, is graced with a gleaming ceramic dome and houses crypts in the basement, which in turn are home to the Maestro di Castelsardo museum. During the reign of the Savoy dynasty, the town was given the name it has today. It belongs to the Most Beautiful Towns of Italy Association and its noble fortifications – the bastions and steep stairs – remain intact. The city tour includes not-to-be-missed visits of its religious and historical buildings, like the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Benedictine monastery, the bishopric, palazzo La Loggia, which since 1111 has served as City Hall, and the Palazzo Eleonora d’Arborea.
The town’s most characteristic events take place during Holy Week, when religious rites with a Spanish flair involve just about everyone. Lunissanti, on the Monday after Palm Sunday, is heartfelt and picturesque, especially at dawn when a long procession heads towards the Basilica of Nostra Signora di Tergu. After sundown, the town is illuminated by torches and sacred chanting fills the air. The Prucissioni that take place on Holy Thursday and the Lu Lcravamentu on Friday are also not to be missed. The town celebrates its patron saint, St. Anthony, on 17 January with great bonfires. But there is more to this town than cultural tradition, there are archaeological sites and natural monuments to be visited as well: the nuraghe Paddaju, the pre-Nuragic megalithic walls at Monte Ossoni and, just four kilometres from town, the domus de Janas, raised bull horn decorations and the roccia dell’Elefante. This stretch of shoreline is made predominantly of high red bluffs, but there are some beaches too, including Marina di Castelsardo, at the entrance to town, and Lu Bagnubeach, some two and a half kilometres away and protected by cliffs topped with green. The sandy shore boasts crystal clear water dotted with flat rocks. Windsurf and sailing enthusiasts should not miss punta La Capra, a natural pool set between the sea and the shore. Local restaurants feature fresh catch: lobster, crayfish, crab, sea urchin and shellfish.
The Argentiera is 45 minutes from Alghero. An abandoned mining village and a cove from the sea with silver reflections. The Argentiera is one of the most adventurous and fascinating places that the territory of Sassari offers. Here once lead, silver and zinc were extracted. It was the end of the nineteenth century when the village began its activities, closed in 1962, but even today, for lovers of industrial archaeology you can admire a unique place in the world that is part of the Geomineral, Historical and Environmental Park of Sardinia, recognized by UNESCO. All this is set in a frame of silver stones and lapped by two wide beaches with clear and transparent water. The impact as soon as you arrive is sure to have an effect. Of those places that you see and remain in your heart. The pitch-pine wooden washhouse, the buildings and the small church, built in the 1940s right on top of a long staircase dominating the entire settlement, the cinema just a few steps from the sea. Everything here reminds us that this place was once a microcosm where people used to work and live. It is as if souls continued to protect this place and every day, looking towards the sea, admire its extraordinary beauty.
Until June 2019 the Mining Museum will be open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday open by appointment). For more information visit the LandWorks website
The beaches, with their shallow waters, are suitable for children's games, while the depths of the cove are ideal for diving enthusiasts. It has a large car park, a refreshment point (during the summer) and is easily accessible by disabled people. The Mining Museum has architectural barriers.
The Stintino is 45 minutes from Alghero. In the Gulf of Asinara, in the extreme northwestern part of Sardinia, there is a tropical beach, one of the most beautiful in Europe and a natural paradise where fine sand and very shallow waters invite you to enjoy a totally relaxing time
Fine, pure white sand, a transparent seabed, ankle-deep water for tens of metres, turquoise and blue colours of a sea that blends with the sky and a captivating landscape offered by the surrounding towers. The beach of La Pelosa lies between the Capo Falcone sea stacks, theIsola Pianaisland and Asinara, which protect it from the force of the open sea: it is a tropical paradise that will make you feel like you are in a film. This is how tourists from all over the world, after having visited it, define this perfect environment with its natural and historical elements competing with each other.During a holiday in the north of Sardinia, a visit to the iconic beach of Stintino is a must. This beach is universally considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
Thanks to a natural barrier, the water is always calm, even when the northwesterly mistral wind is blowing hard. The surrounding Mediterranean scrub, particularly the junipers, reminds you that you are in Sardinia, despite the Caribbean appearance. Opposite the beach, there is an islet with an Aragonese tower dating back to 1578. It is the symbol of La Pelosa and you can get to it on foot, after crossing another delightful little cove, that of La Pelosetta, situated next to its 'big sister'. The area is watched over by the ancient Saracen Torre del Falcone (Tower of the Falcon). Opposite it, is the Isola Piana (Flat Island), once a place where livestock grazed and swam to dry land, pulled by large boats. The island is so flat that it does not in any way obstruct the view of the majestic Asinara cliffs that stand tall behind it. You will be able to explore the fascinating and mysterious island-park, where time seems to stand still, by setting out from the tourist port of Stintino or from the pier of Ancora onthe motor vessels or dinghies of authorized operators.
The evocative little village in the Stintino area is approximately five kilometers from the La Pelosa beach and is also connected by shuttle bus services. In the village and along the road leading to the beach, you will find accommodation facilities and restaurants, where you can savour the local delicacies: lobster and tuna roe above all. Fishing and processing of tuna is one of most ancient local traditions, which you can relive in the Museo del Tonnare. In the Stintino territory, you can also relax in other wonderful areasalong the coast, like on the white pebbles and the dazzling colours of the sea of the extremely long beach of Saline.