Cruise Port Atlas | Alghero (Sardinia), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Alghero (Sardinia), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Alghero (Sardinia): Windstar, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea, Cunard

Key Attractions: Alghero Cathedral, St. Francis Church, Bastions and Towers, Lido Beach, Le Bombarde Beach, Lazzaretto Beach, Porto Conte Diving Center, Mugoni Beach, Nuraghe Palmavera, Anghelu Ruju necropolis, Saint Imbenia Nuraghe, Phoenician ruins, Neptune's Cave, Nereo Cave, Grotta di Ricami, Porto Conte Park rock climbing and hiking

Alghero Attractions

Port to Old Town / Cathedral - 0.2 KM, 2 minute walk
Port to St. Francis Church - 0.5 KM, 2 minutes, 5 minute walk
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Alghero is a small port and offers visitors a compact and lovely historic old town just south of the large yacht marina. It is surrounded by walls and a tower on the seaside. Within the walls are several historic churches including the Alghero Cathedral, built in the 16th-18th centuries in a Catalan Gothic style, but with a Neo-Classical entrance added during the 19th century. In the 14th century, the older St. Francis Church and Convent was built in a Gothic style as well.

     

   

Photo of Alghero Cathedral Altar by David Blaikie, Photo of Catalan Seawall by scarabeo150

Alghero Area Beaches and Watersports

Port to Lido Beach - 2.5 KM, 9 minutes, 20 minute walk
Port to Le Bombarde Beach - 9 KM, 22 minutes
Port to Lazzaretto Beach - 2.5 KM, 22 minutes
Port to Porto Conte Diving Center - 2.5 KM, 26 minutes
Port to Mugoni Beach - 2.5 KM, 27 minutes
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Just north of the port is the Lido, a long popular beach with restaurants, bars and water sports. The farther from the city you get, the less developed the beach. Going northwest past the Lido is a resort area known as Le Bombarde, considered one of the best beaches in Italy, especially for families as the water is very shallow and there are nice facilities. Just a little farther from town is the less developed Lazzaretto Beach. In the Porto Conte Bay is Mugoni Beach, with great views of Capo Caccio. Snorkeling is a great experience at most beaches in the area and there are a large number of Scuba Dive Operators working from Maristella in Porto Conte Bay.

        

   

Photo of Alghero's Lido Beach by jimmyroq

Archaeological Attractions

Port to Anghelu Ruju Necropolis - 10 KM, 21 minutes
Port to Palmavera Nuraghe - 11 KM, 25 minutes
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The Nuraghic peoples that constructed towers over much of Sardinia were prehistoric and still inscrutable. Built between 1900 and 700 BCE, the towers served an unknown purpose and there is little direct evidence of their function. Certainly one role they played was as watchtowers for early warning of the invasion of neighboring tribes and possibly seafaring visitors. There are several important Nuraghes near Alghero including Palmavera and Saint Imbenia. Prior to the Nuraghic peoples, there were less advanced Neolithic peoples and the necropolis at Anghelu Ruju is a set of underground tomb chambers created over a period of over a millennium beginning around 3000 BCE. Sometime after the decline of Nuraghic civilization, the Phoenicians arrived in the vicinity of Alghero and left some minor sites where tours are offered.

     

   

Photo of Palmavera Nuraghe by Thorkild C. Bog-Hansen

Neptune's Cave

Port to Neptune's Cave, Nereo Cave, Grotta di Ricami - 25 KM, 26 minutes
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Neptune's Cave is at the water's edge at the base of the cliff on the west side of Capo Caccia. This large cavern can be reached two ways. The low water entrance is popular with scuba divers and provides a stunning entry into the large cave. In the 20th century there was a precarious stairway cut into the cliff-face with 654 steps. Tours are conducted with up to 200 visitors allowed into the cavern at a time. The stairway is called the Goat's Stairs. Neptune's Cave is only the largest and most famous of the caves at the base of the cliffs. Several others offer access to divers, such as Nereo's Cave, a short distance from Neptune's Cave. On the eastern side of the cape is the Grotta di Ricami which is open to public tours.

        

   

Photos of Neptune's Grotto and of Goats Stairs by Tobias Helfrich

Outdoor Activities

Port to Capo Caccia - 25 KM, 36 minutes
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The rugged terrain and dramatic views in the Porto Conte Regional Park offer a wide range of outdoor activities for those looking for an adventure. Beyond visits to the caves, hikes and rock climbing are offered. Jacques Cousteau described the park area as one of the most beautiful in Europe and the rugged coast, inland hills, and lakes offer visitors an opportunity to experience unspoiled Sardinia with its flora and fauna.

        

   

Photo of Capo Caccia by Marco Busdraghi

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

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