Sardinia’s north coast welcomes you to the port of the beautiful port of Alghero, easily one of the prettiest and most fascinating destinations the island possesses. Straight away you will notice the Spanish influences here just as much as the Italian, which date back to when merchants from Barcelona travelled here. The Catalan elements flow throughout especially when you see the historic Catalan Church of San Francesco, instantly recognisable due to the sublime ceramic dome and spectacular Gothic bell tower. This is one of Aghero’s most historic and celebrated sites, remaining to this day a popular attraction for all cruise passengers.
Close to the cruise port itself is another fascinating historic site of Alghero, the Magdelena fort, which overlooks the cobbled streets and is situated in the heart of the old town. It is the old town that exudes character and traditional charm, making it one of the most thrilling places to see.
Excursions here are fantastic and really give you the chance to enjoy Sardinia to the fullest. Take in the sumptuous scenery and even sample the local wines at the wonderful vineyards, the choice is yours. One of the best lookout points here is the headland of Capo Caccia, often a popular location to capture a stunning photograph of the area as the coastline stretches right out in front of you with the cliffs below plummeting into cascading waters underneath. If the light is kind and it hits you right you can also capture the Caves of Neptune below you.
For wine sampling, there is no finer location to visit than Leda d’Ittiri, considered one of Italy’s finest wine estates and situated at the feet of Monte Doglia. Here you can take in the 18 hectares of olive orchards and vineyards as well as appreciate the bay of Porto Conte.
A great excursion opportunity when visiting here is to enjoy the tremendous scenery of Alghero by boat. Many cruise lines now offer this excellent option and you can enjoy sun and sea aboard a relaxing boat adventure along the North West coast, Riviera del Corallo. This excursion is all about witnessing the striking coves and mysterious caves along the way.
You may prefer to just relax and unwind during your visit here and for this there is no finer place than a beach. Once again Sardinia has it covered as you can head for the wonderful Palm Beach, one of Alghero’s loveliest beach settings. The golden sands here are truly exquisite and lead into glistening blue waters. This is the ideal place to lay back and unwind for the perfect day of serenity under the blissful Mediterranean sunshine.