In just 15 minutes from the airport you can be sitting on the ancient seawalls that border the tiny historic centre of Alghero, sipping a creamy cappuccino from the amicable Gigi at Chez Michel as you gaze upon a perfect piece of Mediterranean sea.
Later in the day you can meander through tiny cobbled streets gazing up at old balconies, crumbling arches and laundry flapping in the breeze. Deserted and silent during siesta, these same streets will ring with chatter as neighbours and visitors alike join the wandering throngs socializing at the passegiata time of the evening.
Why Alghero? Why Sardinia? Invaded by every man that was ever able to build a boat, Sardinia has simply skimmed the best of each culture over the years. You can sit down to the Catalan legacy of paella in Alghero, walk amongst Carthaginian ruins further down the coast at Tharros, or tour the nuraghe, the remnants of some 7,000 bronze-age towers that dot the island. Failing that, you could spend a lazy afternoon tasting old varieties of grapes like the big, fat Monica left behind after a Moorish invasion.
Although Alghero welcomes the tourist, we generally find it's the kind that has to get “off the beaten track” where possible, who wants to experience life as if they lived there and who isn’t afraid to try and talk to the locals… in their language. You will not find Irish-style replica pubs in Alghero, nor kebab joints, nor greasy spoon cafes and thankfully there are no karaoke bars.
Best of all, it enjoys long summers, with a staggering average of 270 sunny days a year in Alghero itself - all the better to take advantage of the many, many unspoilt beaches and crystal clear waters in every shade of blue and green. In a good year you can swim from April to October whilst in winter the mild daytime temperatures average 12ºC albeit capped by a blue sunny sky.