Alghero – Sardegna
Alghero, was my first stop on the Sardegna island last summer, an amazing hotspot.
I am a little too early for my next meeting today at Sellar & Mosca winery. So I have time to visit the beach and do some city sightseen. Alghero (44,000 inhabitants) is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful place. An Spanish-style Old Town. Surrounded on three sides by water. Thick fortress walls and bulky defense towers. The houses and streets of the historic city center are crowded on a small peninsula.
When there is no car race. Life pulsates when the shops are open and crowds of tourists push their way through the narrow streets. Small Barcelona or Barcelonetta, as Alghero is known, was for a long time a stronghold of the Catalans and even today, almost a quarter of the Algherese speak a Catalan dialect.
The history of the city goes back a long way. In 1102 it was might founded by the Doria, that powerful Genoese noble family that ruled the northwest of Sardinia in the Middle Ages.
Although I could not discover that much algae in the water. However, it is written that large seaweed deposits on the coast have shaped the place name. s’Alighera (from alga and -éra) means nothing but algae.
Beaches near Alghero:
North of the old town and the harbor begins the 1 km long, fine sandy city beach. Spiaggia di San Giovanni. Here are most apartment houses and hotels, along the waterfront.
There are also some hotels south of the old town, but the coast here is rocky and the water does not always smell clean.
Other Beaches near the Center:
Spiaggia di Maria Pia
Spiaggia di Poglina
As lucky as I am, on my arrival day there was the legendary car race in Alghero. Surely the reason why less was going on in the old town center at this day.
It takes place once a year at the beginning of June. Do not miss!
To eat and drink:
Rather small. Al Tuguri
At the fortress wall. Macchiavello
If you are already in Alghero. Then you must visit the winery Sella & Mosca. One of the best Sardinian wines.
Please do not hesitate and read my report about my visit at the Alghero winery Sella & Mosca.
There is certainly much more to discover in Alghero. I had spent only one day at this wonderful place.
But it was enough to appreciate this value.
(Batin Mumcu – www.berlinerweinpilot.de)
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