Sardinia is an island of extraordinary natural beauty. It lies in the heart of the Mediterranean off the west coast of mainland Italy and white sandy beaches adorn its
1800 km coastline. The interior of the island features vast stretches of uncontaminated nature. Low Mediterranean vegetation in exotically varied colors and scents alternates with forests of
century-old trees unique to Sardinia. Springtime offers a special treat as the hills alight with the blazoned yellow of our gorse bush groves.
Historically, Sardinia has been en route for the most important civilizations of the Mediterranean. Different cultures have dominated this land for centuries, leaving remnants of their lifestyles and local traditions. The first traces of man date back to the lower Paleolithic period. The native Nuragic civilisation (from 2000 BC until the Roman invasion of 238 AD) has left an inheritance of over 7000 “nuraghi“ (round stone dwellings) scattered all over Sardinia.
Sardinia is an island that, once visited, remains indelibly in the heart. DH Lawrence in "The Sea and Sardinia" wrote in 1921 that "Sardinia is left outside of time and history". To an extent, this is still true today.
Alghero, situated on the Northwest "Coral Riviera" of Sardinia, is considered by many to be the most fascinating town on the island. It was founded by the Genovese Doria family during the first half of the 12th century. Because of its strategically important position, in 1354 the Counts of Barcelona conquered the town and Alghero was repopulated by people of Catalan-Aragon origin. This domination lasted over four hundred years and is clearly visible in the architecture of Alghero’s intriguing old town and in the locally spoken dialect.
Alghero today is a bustling little town which offers more than just beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald waters. Our unique history, traditions, architecture, and evolved social diversity hosted by an enticingly mild climate and all the comforts of home make Alghero a fascinating place to visit all year round.
Please consult the website of the Office of Tourism to read about cultural events and festivities taking place in Alghero.
Neptune's Caves at Capo Caccia can be reached by boat or bus. Concerts and fairs in the summer.
Grape and olive harvests are always an occasion for festivities. Don't miss out on "Cortes Apertes" - autumn in Barbagia!