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Alghero is different. Here, people speak neither Italian, nor Sardinian, but a unique Catalan dialect called Algherese. This city is a linguistic island within the Island of Sardinia. Thanks to the local dialect, Alghero is sometimes called Barceloneta (Little Barcelona).

Alghero, home to around 45,000 people during winter and five times that during summer, and which used to be an isolated medieval stronghold, is now one of the most beautiful Sardinian cities and the liveliest of resorts with the largest number of services to suit everyone’s pocket. And these services, unlike in many other Mediterranean resorts, will not be thrust upon you – the locals are very proud, genuinely hospitable and not given to pestering others.

Alghero
Photo taken by Roman Königshofer | Flickr.  Alghero

Visiting this city, taking a walk down Alghero’s beautiful Old Town streets, trying sea urchin dishes, and drinking Vermentino (a local white wine) while watching a majestic sunset from a panoramic promenade (Bastioni) – are all indispensable parts of a visit in Sardinia.

The name of Alghero comes from the word “alghe” which means “seaweed”. Every year, the sea floods the local shoreline with heaps of seaweed, chock full of important minerals, which are used by gardeners as fertiliser to this day.

Alghero
Photo taken by Anna & Michal | Flickr.  Alghero

The city is also called Coral Riviera, as Alghero’s depths are rich in red coral – rare polyp – branches. Unfortunately, the only way to distinguish between red coral and plastic jewellery sold in souvenir shops is to go by price and certificates.

This part of the island is characterised by small beaches, such as the close-by Pineta Maria Pia or the Mugoni Beach, located just 12 km away from the city, and small white sandy bays, such as Bombarde and Lazaretto, which are very popular with diving and sailing enthusiasts. Alghero is also known among lovers of deep water diving, as the sea here is characterised by underwater cliffs of varying difficulty.

Alghero night life
Photo taken by intellicaviar | Flickr.  Alghero night life

The largest cliff is just a few metres above sea level, and Neptune’s Grotto, located on the cliff, is one of the most famous tourist attractions on the island and the entire Mediterranean. This fascinating natural wonder can be reached by boat, although it is cheaper and more memorable to do it by taking stairs chiselled into the side of Cape Escala del Cabirol Cappo Caccia. Get a bottle of water, take your camera and go for it!

Hiking enthusiasts will be enraptured by the paths and slopes of Punta Giglio and Porticciolo. Those who are interested can also go on a tour and tasting at one of the country’s largest wineries – Sella e Mosca.

And if you’ve always been fascinated with Caribbean beaches, but never had the money to visit them – Sardinia’s fantastic La Pelosa Beach, characterised by flour-white sand and crystal-clear waters, is sure to bring you seaside ecstasy.

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