Alghero is one of the most popular towns in Sardinia, during the summer, there are plenty of places to stay from budget hostels to five-star hotels, but you’ll want to book ahead to get the best prices.
Alghero is a charming medieval city, its ochre-coloured walls come to life in the late afternoon, until the sun leaves the horizon. Catalan culture resonates throughout the city. The old city invites you to explore on foot through its narrow streets lined with bars, restaurants and boutiques.
The Catalan Town of Sardinia
Alghero is known locally as L’Alguer, a Catalan name that shows the strong Spanish influence that exists down every street of this town. Alghero has the most spanish feel of any town on the island. The town hall still flies the yellow and red striped flag with pride, announcing their kinship. The Catalan language is still thriving in Alghero, in the streets you are likely to hear Catalan just as often as Italian. Catalan-speaking colonists arrived in 1372 overthrowing the Doria family.
During the Spanish occupation, Alghero grew into a prominent trading city, famous for its ‘red gold’ coral that Alghero artisans sill transforms into stunning works of art and jewellery today. Fortifications were built to defend the port, these towers and bastions are spread out across the sea wall, much less a seaport today but a great place to have an icecream and look out towards Capo Caccia in the distance.
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