Recognised as the most authentically Italian resort of Sardinia, the town of Alghero offers holidaymakers pristine beaches, intriguing historical heritage and a palpable Catalan culture due to Spanish colonisation. The languid labyrinth of narrow lanes in the Old Quarter is free from vehicles therefore offers explorers respite from modern metropolis while the glittering surface of the marina is filled with affluent yachts waiting to be chartered. Astounding architecture and sumptuous Sardinian specialities ensure Alghero will astound and amaze.
The irrefutable historical highlight of the city are the glittering and golden Sea Walls, steeped in Medieval and colonial history; walking the entirety of the walls allows explorers to observe the sea and cityscape simultaneously, while also discovering defensive towers, medieval gateways and looming forts along the way. Next, absorb the awe inspiring quality of Chiesa di San Francesco, with its opulent marble altar, wooden sculptures and gleaming sandstone columns. For panoramic city vista, duck through the grandiose Gothic doorway to ascend the step of Campanile, an imposing bell tower that exemplifies Catalan-Gothic architecture.
A unique and dynamic insight into marine biology is offered at The Coral Museum, a small house dedicated to coral’s integral role in the commerce, customs and traditions of the city, Here, coral art hangs beside exhibitions detailing coral harvest methods, and exhibitions include a voyage in the ecosystem of a coral reef.
One of Sardinia’s most prominent dishes is the tender and tantalising porchtto, a spit roast pork cooked to utter perfection and designed to melt in the mouth. The crunchiest and most flavoursome example of this Sardinian speciality is undoubtedly served at Trattoria Lo Romani, an elegant and atmospheric restaurant that truly epitomises the spirit of Italian dining. (Via Principe Umberto, 29, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy, +39 079 973 8479)