One of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities is the town of Alghero. The town hasn’t given up its unique character and independent spirit, although its population can almost quadruple in July and August. It’s animated historic center is a terrific place to hang out, and with so many excellent restaurants and bars, it makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beautiful spots of the nearby Riviera del Corallo.
The main focus of attention is the picturesque and preserved Centro Storico. Below it, are yachts and the marina with its long, sandy beaches. A form of medieval Catalan is still spoken in the area, and several street signs and menus are still written in both Catalan and Italian.
1. Best beaches around
In the town of Alghero, is the beach of Las Tronas, along the Valencia seafront. It consists of two sections, Las Tronas 1 and Las Tronas 2 and owes its name to the throne-shaped forms of two cylindrical rocks on the coast. The beach forms a wide arch, framed by a small green cape. The cove of Las Tronas 2 consists of flat rocks and a concrete platform, built to extend the accessibility of the smaller coastal stretch of Las Tronas 1. Both bays are equipped with many amenities.
The beaches of Las Tronas 1 and 2 offer amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and bars. The area is popular with divers, who have the opportunity to visit a rich underwater world, full of surprises. Along both beaches, you can rent chairs, umbrellas or pedal boats, so you can go off and explore the coastline. These fun amenities make the bay an ideal place for families.
Website: Las Tronas
2. Most characteristic beach
Punta Negra Beach is one of the most characteristic beaches of the Alghero coastline. It is made up of fine sand with a gently sloping sandy shore, with several rocky sections. Punta Negra Beach is framed by rocks and Mediterranean bush and has talcum powder sand, combined with clean and clear water, which makes the beach an ideal destination for its charm. Part of the beach is in front of the hotel of the same name, called the Hotel Punta Negra. Because of its fine sand, it has become very popular among tourists.
Punta Negra Beach
Website: Punta Negra Beach
3. Shallow water and large beach area
Fertilia Beach, with its large beach and shallow water, is extremely popular with tourists. There is a hotel, bar and restaurant, as well as a small beach business where you can rent chairs, umbrellas and pedal boats. The beach also has wheelchair access, with a parking area and an area for camping. On really windy days, the sea offers fun for fans who enjoy surfing and windsurfing. It is also a favorite among divers, for its depths.
Website: Fertilia Beach
4. The loveliest of beaches
Buongiorno e buon fine settimana, allora, ci vediamo il primo Giugno? 😄Posted by Lido San Giovanni on Saturday, 1 April 2017
The Lido San Giovanni Beach is considered one of the loveliest beaches on the coast of Alghero. It is very popular for its beauty and proximity to the city, but also for being equipped with so many amenities. It’s a beach that provides comfort and convenience for swimmers, who can spend all day on the beach, relaxing on beach chairs and under an umbrella. You can even stay overnight at the hotel, which has a bar and a lovely restaurant.
If you’re seeking more adventure, the beach is equipped for camping. The Lido Beach is suitable for families with children, as there is a water playground. Divers also enjoy this beach to observe its underwater wonders. It is handicapped accessible, as well.
This wide beach, bordered by a row of palm trees and fine white sand, has water in an extraordinary shade of blue.
Spiaggia del Lido di San Giovanni
Address: Via Lido, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Website: Spiaggia del Lido di San Giovanni
5. Visit the Capo Caccia Lighthouse and Neptune's Grotto
The Capo Caccia Lighthouse is a square, solidly-built building, dating back to 1864. It is a lightning and storm-proof structure and it stands on the very edge of the bluff. If you pay close attention, every five seconds, the lighthouse sends out a flash visible 56.3 kilometers (34 miles) away, which helps in navigating the local vessels.
The lighthouse is a constant and continues to function in good weather and bad. It cannot nor will it ever be switched off, as it still protects any passing ship. A lighthouse keeper lives here and has a never ending job that is unique and very solitary.
Neptune’s Caves are not only famous but also the largest caves in the region. They extend for about 4 km (2.5 miles), but for safety reasons, visitors can only access a part of them. They are an important tourist destination, welcoming visitors from all over the world. The history of the Caves of Neptune dates back to prehistoric times. It suggests that they were formed about 2 million years ago and were almost certainly used by prehistoric people.
Address: Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Conte, Località Capo Caccia, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Website: Neptune’s Grotto (in Italian)
6. Get up close to dolphins
While visiting the lighthouse and Neptune’s Caves you should also check out the dolphins. There is a species of dolphins that frequent the sea here, attracted by the fish and they approach the coast in great numbers. These dolphins, common in the Mediterranean, are very playful, sociable and can jump up to 7 meters (23 feet) high. There are tours in the area, that will take you out to see the dolphins, up close.
Neptuno's Caves Dolphins Tour
Address: FRECCE delle Grotte di Antonio Piccinnu
Website: Neptuno’s Caves Dolphins Tour
7. The Coral Museum
Coral jewelry art Bracelet, made in Italy in the 19th centuryPosted by CREATIVE MUSEUM on Friday, 10 February 2017
Alghero is known for its red coral jewelry. The Coral Museum is set in a 19th-century mansion, near the Piazza Sulis, the sea front promenade village of Constantine. It tells the history and significance of the ancient practice of harvesting the red coral for which Alghero is renowned and exhibits old photos of the equipment and boats used in the harvest, as well as objects made from the coral and some videos with narration in English and Italian. It also goes into great depth about the history, culture and identity that the red coral has provided, for Alghero. The red coral also has a religious purpose, in connection with blood and therefore signifies life.
The Coral Musuem
Address: Via XX Settembre, 8, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Website: The Coral Musuem
Alghero is truly one of a kind
If you enjoy all-inclusive vacations, then coming to Alghero could be a great place for you to visit. There are so many beaches to choose from, as well as fantastic restaurants, bars, and hotels. This is a place where you can relax by day on the beach and if you want to explore in the afternoon, you have plenty of options that will keep you busy.
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