Wednesday, 29 August 2018

24 hours visiting Alghero, Sardinia


If you have been considering Sardinia, don't consider it anymore, just go! I spent a week on this beautiful island and I can't wait to go back for it's glistening clear sea and white sands. But, I also look forward to visiting it's small harbour towns that are brimming with local cuisine and culture.

Beaches
Lido San Giovanni Beach
The nearest beach to the centre of the city. It's well equipped with restaurants, cafés and bars. However, ask any Sardinian and they will say it's not as good as other beaches on the island! There is a lot of seaweed and sometimes a bad smell. However there are other beautiful beaches and lots to enjoy within the city. I visited here after 6 days on beautiful beaches in Olbia so was more than happy to skip the beaches and head to the port.

Maria Pia Beach
I didn't manage to visit this beach, however if you are looking for beautiful turquoise sea lapping on white sands near the city this is the one to go to!

Views
Visiting the harbour both day and at night is a must. It's beautiful at all hours of the day to be honest, get there at golden hour, have a drink and stay to watch the sun set and the nightlife get going.

Food: 
Breakfast - we were on the quest for vegan croissants which, after a few failed attempts, we managed to find at 7000 café.

Lunch - we ate on the hoof a lot for lunch, there are so many places to choose from, we mainly opted for big breakfasts and big dinners! However, i've heard great things about nautilus.

Dinner - On Danny's recommendation we headed to her favourite spot - Trattoria Lo Romani, Da Vittoria e Gigi. It has the best sea food platter i've ever eaten! It's a starter for two, however, there are 8 dishes and you really won't need anymore food. The hospitality is also superb - upbeat and fun.
Pro tip - book in advance and book even further in advance for a table outside.
Hotel:
We stayed in Residence Europe which is two streets back from the beach and a two minute walk to get there. It's about a 20 minute walk into the city centre. This hotel was really good value; a huge room with a living room and big balcony to sunbathe on.

Attractions:
Of course, the main attraction is the cobbled streets of the city centre. Be sure to venture off onto side streets to find little gems of locally grown and sourced produce. 
As I mentioned, there is some good nightlife along the beaches near the city centre. We didn't manage to stay out in Alghero, mainly from the hangover we had from the night before in Stintino!
There is also all the obvious water sports and boat trips. A bike ride along the seafront and around the town is a beautiful way to explore the city.

It's also possible to explore by horse and carriage. The organisers are really friendly and the horses kept in really good conditions. Being quite into horse riding I wish riding around the city was possible. See my new boyfriend below haha. 
Movida Restaurant has a great view of the harbour and menu to boot.  

I hope this has been helpful in some way! Let me know in the comments if you are planning a trip to the beautiful island of Sardinia!

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