Alghero is most likely Sardinia’s most touristy town and its own most attractive.
With its colourful bell towers and cobbled streets , its medieval seaside and walls bastions . Yet Alghero started as a Catalan colony and you may still see the Catalan-inscribed street signs of “Little Barcelona”, and eat paella.
Among Alghero’s landmarks may be the Cattedrale di Santa Maria in the Piazza Duomo - a combination of Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic styles with four oversized Doric columns that cover its façade nearly. The portal and campanile are from the initial 1552 construction and modelled following the cathedral in Barcelona.
Nearby in the Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra you will see Spanish jewels, a marble statue of the Madonna della Misericordia, and an accumulation of stamped lithographs of Sardinian Romanesque churches.
Some Eating place Suggestions in Alghero
Perbacco Cafe - on waterfront overlooking the harbor - pasta mainly €25 euro for just two 2 with one glass of wine and water.
Cafe Constantino - on Piazza Civica I believe - very elegant, does piato completo eg. pork/fries/salad or calmari for 10 euro. Best for lunch or perhaps a light supper.
El Putal - catalan style - good veal and pizza, 32 for just two with water and wine.
Ristorante Casablanca - In the old town € 25 for just two 2 courses, water and wine. In old olive store, very interesting with vaulted cielings.
Trattoria Appena Prima - has an outside and inside with different menus and prices (neither cheap) excellent food - seafood salad, steak, veg, dessert, wine and water €70 for just two .
Miques di Mirall - directly on the ocean wall overlooking towards the grotto. Excellent seafood Fritto misto and seafood Fantasia with water and wine €57.50 for just two 2 at lunch.
Most cost effective Car Hire at Alghero Airport
With the extra flights into Alghero come early July - tourists are increasingly being advised to ensure they will have their car hire booked beforehand. One website was discussing a shortage of cars for hire in summer 2015 due to all of the new routes exposed by Ryanair.
In August 2017 we did an instant check of Alghero car hire prices booked online for weekly. From August 8th to August 15th 2017 the comparisons were done on, may 23rd 2017 for seven days car rental.
Auto Europe were supplying a 2 door Fiat Panda with Air conditioning for £180.12 for seven days.
Holiday Autos quoted me £193 Pounds for an Opel Corsa for exactly the same 7 days.
£205.01 Pounds at Hertz Car Hire would get me a Fiat Panda 2 door for the full week. (Paid completely beforehand)
Hertz have a motor car rental desk at Alghero Airport - among the many at the airport.
Hertz car hire prices might not always be the least expensive - however they do appear to have an excellent collection of cars.
Be prepared to be offered Italian made cars such as for example Fiat - be sure you get air-con otherwise you'll bake in the 34 degree summer temperatures.
Europcar had a Fiat Panda 4 door for the price tag on €245.30 Euro (about £279 GBP) almost 100 pounds a lot more than the least expensive quote I obtained.
The costs above were the cheapest priced cars available from each rent a car company at the Alghero Airport on your day I was quoted. Prices changes by the full day and availability too. Book early in order to avoid obtaining a motor car you don’t want or a more costly price.
For those who desire to spend a little more or require a bigger car for the household - the next cars were also available.
Holiday Autos had a VW Caravelle 9 seater minibus for £567 Pounds
£411 pounds would allow you to get a mini cooper convertible from Auto Europe.
Europcar Car Rentals Sardinia
Europcar Car rentals have a desk at Alghero airport in Sardinia Italy.
It is possible to book your vehicle hire beforehand online and pay nothing until once you have returned your vehicle. Book early.
Needless to say - cars drive on the proper in Sardinia - and be prepared to hear several horns being blown in the event that you delay at lights - drivers appear to like blowing horns in Sardinia.
Avis Car Hire Alghero
Avis is another popular car hire company with a desk at Alghero airport.
You're usually better off booking your vehicle hire before you reach Alghero airport, this way you have significantly more chance of obtaining the kind of car you need. Also you steer clear of the hassle and queues at the airport and any potential language problems.
Having an advance booking it is possible to just show the staff the booking confirmation, no problems attempting to translate MPV into Italian.
Tips: Air conditioning in Sardinia is vital in the summertime.
Petrol in Aug 2014 was 1.52 Euro a litre in Alghero.
Many petrol pumps are pre-pay in Sardinia
Taxis from Alghero Airport terminal
You can find buses from Alghero Airport to Alghero town - but a less strenuous solution to travel would be to book your personal private airport transfer. Taxis could be pre booked beforehand at Holiday taxis - so no queuing or waiting online.
Airport Taxis provides a return transfer for around 3 visitors to Alghero for about £70 - That computes at about £23 each for the return journey.
Sure - the bus may be a whole lot cheaper - however the taxi will drop one to the door of one's hotel and pick you up there at the proper time. You don't need to check bus timetables and purchase tickets and discover the bus stop . (Investing in a bus ticket in Alghero isn't as easy as you imagine - you can’t can get on a bus with out a ticket!).
The taxi driver will meet you at arrivals together with your name on a board - and that means you won’t miss them.
Shopping in the Old Town
Alghero is filled with designer clothes shops - both for women and men. Every little street appears to have a minimum of one classy Italian clothes shop onto it. Don’t think all of them are called Saldi - that's Italian for “Sale” - and them all appeared to have a “Sale” on.
Despite having the costs cut supposedly by 50% - many were above my budget. The majority of the social people strolling on the streets were well dressed - not just a football shirt around the corner. The majority of the visitors in Alghero appeared to be Italian - with a scattering of Irish, English and Scandinavians or Germans. Not just a drunken lout or any sign of bad behaviour at all.
For a relaxed , peaceful holiday - Alghero is ideal. If you would like all full day fried breakfasts , happy hours and discos till 4am - then stay away.