A crystal blue sea, sun, fresh fish and history. Alghero is the perfect combination of all these things. It will captivate you with its historic centre that still shows signs of the Catalan domination, and the surrounding area is enchanting. With a hire car from Maggiore, you’ll be free to explore the bay and travel to the fabulous out-of-town beaches including Bombarde, Lazzaretto and Mugoni, which are some of the most beautiful on the Riviera del Corallo. If you’re flying into Fertilia, get behind the wheel of a Maggiore hire car and visit these places by car: just follow the signs to Capo Caccia and 2 km further on you’ll find directions to each of the beaches. If you want to experience the pleasure of a beautiful panoramic drive, continue towards Capo Caccia which has a beautiful atmosphere, especially at sunset. Capo Caccia is an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline, where you really should visit the Caves of Neptune, a geological marvel that attracts more than 150,000 visitors each year. If you want an unforgettable experience, visit Stintino, about 35 km from Alghero. You’ll be amazed at the turquoise sea and the incredibly fine sand with its wonderful shades of colour: Stintino is beautiful enough to rival any tropical destination. If you’re looking to discover ancient civilisations, with a hire car from Maggiore you can do just that: start off from the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, one of the largest in Sardinia, and continue towards Baia di Porto Conte visiting the nuragic village of Palmavera or the beautiful nuragic complex of Sant'Imbenia, along the road leading to Capo Caccia.
And last but not least: between one attraction and another don’t forget to try the delicious Sardinian desserts and biscuits: often made with honey, sultanas and nuts, the list is endless, but they include mostaccioli, amaretti, pabassinas, ciambelle, gateau and torrone nougat.
Did you know that Alghero is also known as “Barceloneta” (Little Barcelona)? It’s because of the local dialect, which combines with the Catalan language. The natives of Alghero still speak ancient Catalan today, and the roads are known as “carrer” which would be “via” in Italian.
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