If you are thinking of buying a holiday home or moving here, you are probably wondering, "How is it really to live in Alghero?" That's why we like living here. Well, for starters, we have the sunniest days in Italy with an average of over 300 days a year! The weather is generally good from May to the end of October. Winter is mild, although sometimes the mistral wind blows.
The lifestyle is much more relaxed than, for example, the North European one. Shops are open from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm in winter or up to 22:00 in summer. The Mediterranean climate allows you to spend a lot of time outdoors. The offer of sports activities is varied: swimming, sailing, windsurfing and cycling are the most obvious choices.
he "Old Town" or the "Old Town" is the hub of Alghero and is called Barcellonetta or "Little Barcelona" with bilingual toponyms for the identification of streets and alleys indicated in both Catalan and Italian. Surrounded by ancient walls or 'Bastions' overlooking the sea, the cobbled lanes of Alghero are the perfect place to explore and relax.
The magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Churches of San Francesco and San Michele are an architectural delight, while the numerous squares offer the opportunity to enjoy a break while sipping a good cappuccino. Go shopping in the boutiques of the center and relax with a little "slow food" in one of the many typical restaurants of the city.
There is also a lot to see and do around Alghero. You can visit the famous Grotta di Nettuno, choosing one of the boat trips departing from the port, or diving in one of the secluded and idyllic bays.
You can rent a car and drive along the northern coast from Alghero to Capo Caccia by taking a break at the famous Palmavera nuraghe in the Porto Conte Natural Park, or admire the surrounding landscape: an extraordinary landscape characterized by Mediterranean vegetation, olive groves and vineyards.
Alghero is the gourmet's dream. The food is relatively simple and genuine. The typical dish is the Catalan lobster, but also the Paella, seafood, grilled meat and of course pasta in all its variants. The Mediterranean diet is healthy and is reflected in the famous centenarians of the island! The local farms offer the possibility to enjoy a long lunch or a dinner of homemade cheeses, ham, salami and olives, followed by traditional spit-roasted pork and typical Sardinian sweets.
Getting to Alghero is very simple. The city has an international airport called "Riviera del Corallo" located east of the city, about 12 km from the center. The airport is served by scheduled and charter flights from a number of airlines.
The airport hosts several car rental counters located in the Arrivals Hall and a bus service leaving every 30 minutes from the airport terminal to the center of Alghero. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis available that take about 15 minutes to reach the city.