Member Postcard: Alghero, Sardinia
Indagare member Eva B. recently visited Alghero, a quaint Italian town on the west coast of Sardinia. Here are her impressions from her trip.
While researching European destination options for my annual mother-daughter trip in June, I was faced with the challenge of finding a place that would be interesting enough if we had bad weather, and would have nice beaches for us to enjoy if there was sun. Wanting to avoid the usual beach cities like Barcelona and Lisbon left me with fairly few options, so I bet on Italy, and came across a town on the western coast of Sardinia called Alghero.
I was pleasantly surprised that as a less popular destination than Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo, Alghero offered much more reasonable hotel rates at ocean view properties. I opted for Villa Mosca (17 Via Gramsci; 39 079 957 7203; www.villamosca.it/en), a boutique hotel with ten rooms on the property, making it feel like we were staying at a private estate. There was a beautiful garden, and we woke up every day to the smell of freshly baked pastries. The two other hotels I considered, Villa Las Tronas (1 Lungomare Valencia; 39 079 981818; www.hotelvillalastronas.com) and Carlos V (24 Via Lungomare Valencia; 39 079 972 0600; www.hotelcarlosv.it), had equally stunning views and probably offered a wider range of amenities, ideal for traveling with kids or a larger group.
We had a mix of weather, so we got to experience two sides of Alghero. The town has a beautiful historical area with great restaurants and shops that kept us busy for hours, and the equally charming Bosa is only 50km south. Neptune’s Grotto is easily accessible from the port, and is an absolute must see if you’re in the area.
The beaches around Alghero are plentiful and can be reached by bike or shuttle. Maria Pia, Le Bombarde and Lazaretto were my favorites, and if you want to venture up further by car, I would recommend Stintino at the tip of the Sardinian peninsula.
One cannot discuss Italy without mentioning the food, which was delicious. With the slogan “Only fish, only fresh, only in the evening,” Mabrouk’s (4 Via Santa Barbara; 39 079 970000) prepares the same menu for all their guests. It was the most expensive meal of the trip, but I’m quite sure I ate three dinners in one sitting. Kings Restaurant (5 Bastioni Marco Polo; 39 079 979650; www.thekingsrestaurant.it) has more reasonable portions and great pasta, and most nights I went to Café Latino (10 Bastioni Magellano; 39 079 976541) for an apéritif.
Alghero ended up being the perfect spot for us to enjoy some culture, gain a few pounds and enjoy serene white beaches!
Read Indagare’s Sardinia destination report