Excursions from Alghero, Italy

Excursions from Alghero, Italy

Alghero is one of the most beautiful cities in the region . The capital of the Riviera del Corallo is distinguished by its snow-white beaches and emerald sea. It is located in northwest Sardinia, in an area full of coves, rocky headlands surrounded by fragrant Mediterranean bush, a little gem waiting to be discovered. Here are the best day trips around Alghero!

1. Palmavera Nuragic Complex.

Built by the Romans in the bay between the 15th and 10th centuries BC, called the port of nymphs, this nurage of limestone and sandstone is one of the most important . It has been defined as complex because it consists of several towers connected together. Specifically, it consists of: a central body with two towers, a rampart and a village of huts. The different parts were built in different phases. A visit to this very interesting nuraghic complex will be truly unforgettable. Distance: 9,5 km.

  • How to get there: it is 9,5 km from Alghero, 17 minutes by car or bus 9321, from Alghero station Via Catalogna.
  • Schedule: 9:00 – 19:00 (May to September); 9:00 – 18:00 (April to October); 10:00 – 14:00 (November to March).
  • Ticket price: €6.00 (archaeological excavations); €8.00 (combined ticket allowing visits to Palmavera and Angela Rugia).

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1. Palmavera Nuragic Complex.

2. Argentiere.

One of the most charming places in Sardinia is the village of Sassari: an ancient mining village with a direct view of the turquoise sea . Typically Mediterranean vegetation, cliffs overlooking the sea, unspoiled coves, sandy coves and an ancient mine where silver lead and zinc were once mined. A truly unique and impressive village.

  • Distance: 34 km.
  • How to get there: 34 km, 47 minutes by car. It can be reached in about three hours by bus, line 9323 from Alghero (via Catalina) to Sassari, from here on line 732 to Argentiera, fare from 2,00 euros.
  • Schedule: The village can be visited daily. Mine hours are 9:00-13:00/14:00-17:00, Monday through Saturday. Sunday – open by appointment.
  • Ticket price: free of charge.

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2. Argentiere.

3. Neptune Caves.

They rise between rocks overlooking the sea on the cape of Capo Caccia. They are amazing natural karst formations formed about two million years ago, inside there are concretions of stalactites and stalagmites, a beach of white sand and an underground lake. The caves can be accessed through ESCALA del Cabirol (Roe deer stairs, consisting of 656 steps), or by boat, through a spectacular sea route, consisting of rocks overlooking the sea and unforgettable landscapes.

  • Distance: 9,3 km.
  • How to get there: 9,3 km, 39 min. by car.
  • Schedule: 9: 00-19: 00 (April to October); 10: 00-15: 00 (November to March).
  • Ticket price: 13,00 euros (adults), 7,00 euros (children from 3 to 12 years) 9,00 euros (groups, minimum 25 people).

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3. Neptune Caves.

4. Asinara National Park

Named after the famous albino donkeys that live on the island, which is a true paradise on earth. Famous for the high-security prison created here in the 1960s, since 1997 it became a protected national park. Consisting of the main port (Cala Reale), the Royal Palace, which once belonged to Savoie and is now the residence of the park, a small church and the only inhabited village: Cala d’Oliva. This island offers coves and beautiful beaches surrounded by the blue sea. On the island you can visit the former penal colony, inside of which there is now a museum instead of prisons. The Asinara Sea Turtle Recovery Center and the Asinara farm, where soaps and cosmetics based on donkey milk are produced, are also of interest.

  • Distance: 61.5 km.
  • Getting there: 61.5 km, 2 hours 18 minutes by car. We recommend the ferry from Porto Torres to Cala Real or from Stintino to Fornelli (15,00 euros per person). Tickets can be purchased on board.
  • Schedule: always open.
  • Ticket price: the museum of the former colony is free.
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4. Asinara National Park

5. Stintino

It is a small village located a little over forty minutes from Alghero. It is washed by the turquoise sea and offers one of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia and Europe: Pelosa beach, consisting of white sand and “Caribbean” sea. Also very beautiful are the beaches of Ezzi Mannu and Saline, the rocky bays of Cala Grande and Cala Coscia di Donnad and the ancient watchtowers such as Torre della Pelosa, Torre delle Saline and Torre del Falcone. Very interesting is the museum of Tonnara, which tells the history of the village through clothes, old fishermen’s diaries, typical trap tools and reproductions of boats.

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5. Stintino

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Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

kostja ” 18 Jul 2014, 18:44

In August we will be a week in Alghero (Sardinia), in addition to purely beach vacation I would like to see something interesting.

So far I have set near Alghero the so-called cave of Neptune.

Is it worth to go to Sassari by train for half a day? It’s only half an hour away.

1. Costa Smeralda – for a full day 2. Corsica (Bonifacio) – by boat for a full day 3. Bosa and Nuraghe Santu Antine (that’s some ruins, I understand) – for a full day 4. Stintino – for half a day 5. Azinara Island – for the whole day 6. Castelsardo – for half a day

Who has already gone where? Where is it necessary to go, and where, on the contrary, it is not worth it? And another – there are no prices, it says only “depends on the number of participants” – and how do you understand this? At least approximately how much?

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Alex__74 ” 20 Aug 2014, 09:24

kostja wrote (a) 18 Jul 2014, 18:44: In August we will be a week in Alghero (Sardinia), in addition to purely beach vacation would like to see something interesting.

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It’s better to rent a car. Without a car in Sardinia, everything is very sad.

It’s expensive and not worth it.

You can go to Auchan for groceries on the way :-).

You can go there for a week or two, it’s far from Alghero.

You could, but it would be better to go to Corsica separately

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

kostja ” 20 Aug 2014, 10:10 am.

I’m already flying today. Don’t know yet if we will take the car.

In any case, I wrote to that tour agency in Alghero, they wrote me a layout of excursions for the week:

From Monday to Friday included, full day excursion to Stintino, La Pelosa beach. Only bus service departing from Alghero at 08.00 aprox, back to Alghero at 19.00. Price: 15 euro per person Possibility to include the excursion to Asinara Isand by train with an extra fee of 49 euros.

Every Tuesday and Friday, full day excursion to Palau (Sardinia North East). Only bus service departing from Alghero at 07.00 aprox, back to Alghero at 20.30. Price: 20 euro per person Possibility to include the excursion by boat at Arcipelago di La Maddalena with an extra fee of 35 euro, with a light lunch included.

Every Saturday, full day excursion to Costa Smeralda. Only bus service departing from Alghero at 08.00, back to Alghero at 19.00. Price: 25 euro per person.

Every Sunday, full day excursion to Bosa. Only bus service departing from Alghero at 09.00 aprox, back to Alghero at 18.00. Price: 20 euro per person.

I think, in any case, I want to go to Stintino. Only I do not understand, how to get from there to the island of Azinara by train?

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Eine_Nixe ” 21 Aug 2014, 15:10

I liked the Neptune Grottoes, just not in extreme heat, or sailing past the beautiful wild beaches with clear water, not at all fun to sit in the jostle in the sun on the ship. We took a car from Algero, bought a map with planned routes and toured the coast, very beautiful, the maps are sold in tourist kiosks. I would not advise the town beach, it is dirty, I even saw a dead rat in the water there.

Salt splashes glisten on the fence. The gate is already locked. And the sea, fuming and surging and chiseling the dikes, the salty sun has sucked in

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

kostja ” 21 Aug 2014, 16:57

I’m in Alghero. Have only been to the town beach so far, not particularly thrilled either, although there are a lot of locals there. Now going to Maria Pia beach. There are a lot of firms on the seafront, offering excursions by boat to Neptune’s caves for 15 euros. Or for 45 euros all day mini-cruise around Alghero with swimming in the open sea and secluded bays, including breakfast and lunch, plus all drinks, plus a bonus trip to the caves of Neptune. Basically. like this option, I’m thinking of taking it.

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

kostja ” 27 Aug 2014, 00:39

Today we rented a car. At the airport we found a good offer – Volkswagen Polo for 40 euros a day. We took it to Stintino (La Pelosa beach), super!

On the way back stopped at Port Ferrero – in principle, nothing special. But the ships are huge in the port.

Before that we took the train to Sassari. The train from the sixties still seems to be 35 minutes. Round trip tickets cost only 7,20€ per person. There’s not much to see in Sassari, except the basilica and the central square (Plazza d’Italia) with two palaces. One of them is in the Venetian style.

We took a combined excursion for 45 euros: The 1st day is a minicruise for the whole day. It takes us along the coast past the cave of Neptune to the small island Foradada. There is just a giant cave, which can enter in one piece several ships. Then they take you to a secluded cove and snorkeling until evening. Masks and food are included (shrimp pasta, unlimited wine, as well as water and coffee). Local Sardinian liquor is poured for an evening snack. The 2nd day – a boat trip to the cave of Neptune. It costs 15 euros, and for those who took a package for 45 euros – free of charge. The entrance to the cave is paid separately at the entrance for 13 euros. It is worth it, it seems to me. I, at least, was impressed, although I have been in many caves before. The ceilings there are very high. But the crowds of tourists walk there, of course, huge.

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Yulesko ” 27 Aug 2014, 15:04

One of the highlights of our Alghero experience was a day trip on the Andrea Jensen boat. Departs at 10 from Alghero or at 9 from Fertili and the cost of the excursion includes food and drink.

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It’s an old fishing boat with real sails, and sailing is one of the fun things to do on the tour, if you’re lucky with the weather and the wind. Although the owners involve guests in the assembly of the sails and then ride on a separate boat for photos of the boat. Passed and Neptune’s Grottoes and Dante’s Profile, anchored in one of the bays for swimming and snorkeling – masks and fins were also on the boat, although we used our own. Another positive part of this trip was the lack of crowds, there were about 10 of us, which allowed the owners of the boat to address everyone personally, there was no crowding and pandemonium. Lunch was very good and drinks were unlimited, well, within reasonable limits of course.

The beaches in Alghero itself, as many have already written here, are quite crowded. Maria Pia on the road to Fertilla is a very good place, relatively few people and the beach itself is quite large. If you have a car, go to Spiaggia di Mugoni, it was our first beach and I liked it very much. For snorkeling, there are beautiful places around the beach (and hotel) Punto Negro, but not the beach itself, but from the side of the rocks if. The beach itself is pretty crowded, too, because the public part of it is just small. But that’s okay.

Locals say it is beautiful in the town of Bosa and there are good beaches on the way.

I will add more about CastelSarda, here on a nearby branch in the report there are pics and a description. I liked it, too, a beautiful town under the mountain, with a castle, colorful houses, there is a beach. And the road there is also picturesque.

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Alex__74 ” 27 Aug 2014, 15:52

I didn’t like the beaches that way at all. The beaches are open (waves are strong in the wind), there are no coves, parking fees. Costa Smiralda and the east coast rule in that regard. We did not like Neptune`s grotto because it was expensive and we have seen 5 other caves on Sardinia – we liked them more.

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

kostja ” 27 Aug 2014, 16:44

Alex__74 wrote (a) 27 Aug 2014, 15:52: I didn’t like the beaches that way at all. The beaches are open (waves are strong in the wind), there are no coves, parking fees.

Which side do you mean exactly? We were on all the beaches around Alghero and then on La Pelosa near Stintino. There were no waves anywhere.

The mini-cruise dropped us off for snorkeling at this secluded cove, if I’m not mistaken. I can look more precisely later, the photos still have the exact GPS coordinates: https://www.google.de/maps/place/ArchiMete+srl/@40.5759784,8.1613771,114m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8b8b13ce437b587c

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Alex__74 ” 27 Aug 2014, 17:22

Alex__74 wrote (a) 27 Aug 2014, 15:52: I didn’t like the beaches that way at all. The beaches are open (waves are strong in the wind), there are no coves, parking fees.

Which side do you mean exactly? We were on all the beaches around Alghero and then on La Pelosa near Stintino.

We drove all along the coast from Oristano to Santa Teresa Gallure. Near Santa Teresa Gallure and Capo Teste – the beaches are super, on the rest on the west coast we had quite strong waves – the coves there were not really – maybe we were not lucky with the weather. In July were – Sardinia – Corsica 2012. 1600 km by car. There are some pictures of the waves there. When we went to Castelsardo, it was really crazy – 17 degrees and waves a meter high.

The mini-cruise dropped us off for snorkeling in this secluded cove, if I’m not mistaken. I can look more accurately later, the photos still have the exact GPS coordinates: https://www.google.de/maps/place/ArchiMete+srl/@40.5759784,8.1613771,114m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8b8b13ce437b587c

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We were there similarly: there were scary waves elsewhere that day. From the report of that trip – “Looking at the guidebook and going to another beach near Neptune’s Grotto (40.584333,8.257978). Beach: views are great – but no swimming. Shallow, rocks, seaweed, and a bunch of boats at anchor. True, no waves.”

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Re: Day trips from Alghero (Sardinia)

Yulesko ” 28 Aug 2014, 06:47

Alex__74 wrote (a) 27 Aug 2014, 15:52: I didn’t like the beaches that way at all. The beaches are open (waves are strong in the wind), there are no coves, parking fees.

I guess it’s a matter of luck. I am not talking about our first two days when it rained, but then the weather was super and the wind was only once – and yes the sea was very choppy, jellyfish and other creatures, we tried three beaches that day, and only on the third – Maria Pia, could finally swim, as there were almost no waves, good bottom, beach big, that is, crowds “butt to butt” was not. But the rest of the days was very good, although the best swimming is when the boat take out in the coves A parking on the beaches still have to find, though paid though what.

For snorkeling we found places along Lungomare Rovigno in Fertili – right behind the marina, slopes to the water after each villa, stones, few divers and beautiful.

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