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An ancient Catalan burg on the sea of north-western corner of the ancient land of Sardinia. An infinite variety of colours and landscapes, sun and year-round mild temperatures, stories and legends of ancient civilizations, the sound of the ancient Catalan tongue, the allure of sailing, the adventure of extreme sports and much more.
When you walk through Alghero, on its centuries old walls, among its distinctive narrow cobble-stone alleyways, you notice the particular allure that only a seaside city can have. A sea that is always there in the landscape and always at hand, a tourist port where next to large yachts can be seen the colours of the typical fishing boats for local fish; and among the shapes and colours of history, there is an of the infinite variety of places where you can relax and have a restorative break.
Among the cobble-stone streets of the historical centre, in the façade of the palaces, among the mullions and the walled in doors, is hidden the history, the image and identity of Alghero: Catalonia. It is Catalonia in the architectonic and urban details; it is Catalonia in the Catalan spoken by its inhabitants, which is an expression of a feeling of belonging and affinity with the motherland that is still so alive and vital.
In the streets of the old city, the most exclusive shopping district, you can find anything and everything, from the most internationally prestigious name brands, Italian prêt-à-porter, to the most well-known franchise brands, as well as exclusive Alghero coral jewellery made by Sardinian craftsmen.To satisfy your palate, there is no lack of local shops where you can purchase authentic local specialties from our local cuisine.
Difficult not to be seduced by the landscape, the wild, untouched nature and the crystal clear sea, making Hotel El Faro the perfect destination for lovers of scuba diving. Located just 6 miles from Alghero, a seaside resort renowned for its arts and culture, the Hotel is the ideal hub for tourists attracted by nature, but also fascinated by the discovery of history and traditions.
Having reached the port of Alghero, you board the motorboat that will take you to Neptune's Grotto. On the way you can admire the rugged coastline, the cobalt blue sea and the spectacular sheer cliff of Capo Caccia. When you reach the caves you will be impressed by the sight of stalactites and stalagmites created by nature, in a game of light and shadow that will remain forever etched in your memories. Its spaces are spectacular, with large tunnels and crystal clear lakes. Inside, the cave brings together a range of unrivalled natural features making it one of the most interesting and valuable of the entire Mediterranean basin.
From Alghero, travel along the coastal road south towards Bosa. After 28 miles of breath-taking views where the rugged, unspoiled mountains plunge into the sea you get to Bosa. If you are lucky you may encounter the rare griffins in flight that inhabit this stretch of coast. Bosa, the unique Sardinian town, of some importance, situated on a navigable river, allows you to combine the cultural interest of its medieval old town and its monuments, including the imposing Malaspina Castle, with the natural beauty of the beaches and the coast.
Length: 4 hours.
The Nuraghi Valley (typical lunch included)
A morning full of artistic and archaeological visits. Apart from the Museum of Banari, in recent years having become very famous for the quality of displays it houses, you will visit the Nuraghe Santu Antine and Domus de Janas of St. Andrea Priu. Typical lunch in a restaurant/ farm.
On the way back you will make a brief stop at the Basilica of Saccargia.
Length: 8 hours.
Wine and Olive Oil Tasting
A few miles from Alghero you reach an old farmhouse, lovingly restored and used for welcoming travellers who wish to sample local quality products. The owner, the officer oil taster and sommelier will guide you among the rows of vines and olive trees explaining the whole meticulous production process that allows one to achieve excellent niche wines and extraordinary extra virgin olive oil. The tasting is accompanied by typical snacks from small local manufacturers and on-site you will have the chance to buy or have sent to you the products made by this prestigious enterprise. All this happens in a very beautiful and striking backdrop of elegance that characterizes this small, old farm.
Length: 2 hours.
The Emerald Coast is a popular destination for tourists and stunning, glamorous holidays. Enchanting beaches flanked by granite rocks together with luxurious villas and fairy-tale hotels during the summer accommodate leading exponents belonging to national and international Jet Set. You can admire the famous Piazzetta of Porto Cervo, the crystal clear sea frequented by dreamlike yachts and sailboats and the wonderful beaches with extremely white sand where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. Depending on your requirements you can customize this day dedicated to the world's most famous coastline. Length: 10 hours.
Secret Sardinia and lunch with the shepherds
Guided excursion, full day
History, culture and gastronomy are this excursion's ingredients in order to discover the real Sardinia. We will visit the famous nuragic palace of Santu Antine before enjoying a traditional lunch offered by the shepherds during which there will certainly be references to Sardinia’s culture and traditions.