Alghero is a beautiful medieval town in northwest Sardinia that dates all the way back to early 12th-century. Once a military stronghold due to its strategic location by the Mediterranean Sea, it is today a booming resort town that draws visitors to its golden beaches and its charming town. The Catalan influence remains strong in Alghero, despite it being nearly three centuries since the occupiers vacated the town. Ramparts armed with formidable catapults are still visible along the defensive seawalls. Within the old town, cobblestone paths lead you towards bustling piazzas, winding past narrow rows of sandy-colored buildings. There are also a number of lively cafes and restaurants serving excellent traditional local fare.
Here, we offer 10 bases from which you can start exploring the cultural and natural gems of the port town.
Ornately furnished rooms, wraparound sea view, and the Gothic Santa Maria Cathedral just ten minutes away, Villa Mosca is a lovingly restored Art-Nouveau mansion with wonderful amenities and ambience on offer. It is too easy to spend a balmy morning on the mansion’s red-tiled terrace. Feel the warm sea breeze caress your cheeks as you sip a cool drink on the lounge chairs, or enjoy a wholesome breakfast as you watch the city stir beneath you.
Address: Via Antonio Gramsci 17, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 214 USD
Hotel Angedras is understated elegance. Located 800 m (2,625 feet) from the historic centre, the hotel is far enough away from the noise, yet close enough to stroll to Alghero’s famous sights. The country estate turned hotel is set in the open, whitewashed style classic of the Mediterranean. Muted in its decor, light wood furniture imbibes the rooms with a homely feel while tall, glass balcony doors lets in summer light that illuminates the space from dawn to dusk. The hotel also offers bicycle rental services for visitors wishing to explore the scenic area on two wheels. Fun fact: Angedras is Sardegna (as Sardinia is also known) spelled backwards.
Address: Via Frank 2, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 151 USD
Villas Las Tronas Hotel & Spa was once the opulent residence of an Italian royal family. Built in 1880, it sits atop a rocky promontory, giving guests a magnificent view of the sea from the terrace. Aside from an indoor salt water pool and an outdoor pool deck, the villa also has a reserved corner on the sea just for guests.
Luxury is evident in every detail of the hotel, the halls of Villas Las Tronas are decked with polished marble floors, dark wood furniture, and chandeliers hanging down from the lofty ceilings. If these are not enough to convince you of the hotel’s magnificence, perhaps its notable guest list, which includes Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Italian royal family, might.
Villa Las Tronas Hotel & Spa
Address: Lungomare Valencia 1, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 740 USD
Alghero Resort Country Hotel is an 18th-century estate first owned by Domenico Maria Simon, a San Bartolo man who fell in love with Alghero when visiting his relatives and decided to move there permanently. Located 3 km (1.8 mi) away from the main city, the resort is perfect for those seeking an escape from the crowds.
Surrounded by tranquil olive groves and vineyards, the hotel is an oasis of green in the countryside. The original aesthetics of the estate are preserved in the wooden beams cutting across minimally adorned rooms, and other furnishings sourced from local craftsmen around Sardinia. To add to the soothing tone of the place, Alghero Resort offers a whole range of spa and wellness treatments for visitors to truly unwind.
Alghero Resort Country Hotel
Address: Str. Vicinale Carrabuffas, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 150 USD
Bienestar Maison de Charme Guesthouse is a charming bed and breakfast located right in the centre of Alghero town. This new B&B pays homage to the local style with deep set stone walls and arches. Paired with wood panelling and earth-hued furniture, each room has been carefully designed to evoke warmth amidst modern comforts. Alghero port is a short 700 m (2,297 ft) away, and the heritage sites of the old town is even more accessible if you rent a bicycle from the guesthouse.
Bienestar Maison de Charme Guesthouse
Address: Via La Marmora 94, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 138 USD
Fiore Penthouse is a well-equipped but unassuming apartment near the port of Alghero. The 2 bedroom accommodation is painted a classic Mediterranean theme – white canvases with blue tints to brighten the living space. Follow the winding metal staircase tucked in the corner of the balcony, and you will see why this vacation rental is snapped up so quickly in the summer. A stunning view of the beach spreads out below, with turquoise waters and azure skies for as far as your eyes can see. To the left, you can catch a glimpse of the busy marina with yachts bobbing in neat rows. If you are inclined to join the happy hubbub, the port is just a short 500 m (1,640 ft) away.
Price: from 114 USD
Number of Guests: 4
Hotel El Balear is ideal for those who intend to spend most of their time exploring, and only need a simple and clean accomodation to rest for the night. The family run hotel is named after a doomed vessel that ran aground on the Algerian coast in the 19th-century. Service at El Balear though is far from the fate of its namesake. The hotel is highly rated for the friendliness of its staff. As the only 3-star seafront hotel near the town centre, it is one of the most value-for-money accommodations in Alghero’s vicinity.
Hotel El Balear
Address: Via Lungomare Dante 32, 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 93 USD
The bucolic Bonsai Farm is situated at Santa Maria La Palma, 15 km (9.3 mi) north of Alghero. Covering 4 hectares (9.8 acres) of land, the flax-colored buildings of Bonsai are surrounded by orchards, olive groves, and vegetable gardens that afford visitors ample space to roam and explore.
The radiance of summer is brought indoors with walls, curtains, and homeware splashed with the entire spectrum of yellow. At mealtimes, guests are treated to a delectable Mediterranean or Italian course made with locally sourced food produce. Bonsai Farm may be a 20 min drive away from the main town, but there really is no better base from which to experience the dreamy Sardinian countryside.
Address: Santa Maria La Palma, 55 07041 Alghero, Italy (see map)
Price: from 56 USD
The simple title ‘Loft in the main square’ undersells this gem of a property. Minimalist white-washed furnishings augment the vibrance of the pastel-hued walls, while stone and wood accents remind visitors that the apartment is housed after all in a historic building. The loft is located at Piazza Civica, the dynamic square that was once the the administrative centre of the city. Santa Maria Cathedral, as well as the Royal palace, are mere steps away from the front door. With the Loft in the main square, there is no need to compromise on class, comfort, or convenience.
Loft in the main square
Price: from 69 USD
Number of Guests: 4
If you love the spacious layout of a loft, but prefer a more traditional Catalan-style decor, Alghero centro storico vista mare is just for you. The apartment’s windows open up to gorgeous views of the promenade, comparable to any first class seafront hotel. At midday, a generous stream of natural light sets the white walls aglow, yet the flat never heats up because of the cooling floor tiles.
Despite the peacefulness of the place, there are a number of restaurants and clubs just a short stroll away. Piazzas, churches, and beaches are also easily accessed, making Alghero centro storico vista mare a perfect base to start your Sardinian summer vacation.
Alghero centro storico vista mare
Price: from 93 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Get away to Italy's southern coast
Whether you prefer to live like the locals or enjoy the modern luxuries on your holiday, be in the thick of cultural landmarks or away amongst the tranquil landscapes of Sardinia, Alghero has it all. The town has retained its unique character through the years, and now, it invites you to share its magnificent sights and proud heritage.
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