This wonderful city is a very popular holiday resort on the island of Sardinia. We will help you decide when to go sailing in Alghero. We will also give you some advice on how to plan a one-week-long sailing trip. Take our advice, and let the beauty of Alghero enchant you with its beautiful landscape.
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Locations of Alghero
The city of Alghero is located in Italy, in the province of Sassari in the Sardinia region. It can be found on the northwestern part of the island. It shares its borders with Olmedo, Putifigari, Sassari, Uri and Villanova Monteleone.
History of Alghero
The city was established in 1102 by a family from Genova called Doria. In 1353, the Aragons defeated the Genoan fleet at the Capo Caccia. After a long siege, the inhabitants of Alghero were relocated on the Balearic Islands, and the city was repopulated by the inhabitants of Northeastern Spain. This is where the Catalan dialect and Spanish influence come from.
Weather in Alghero
Sardinia, the wonderful island where Alghero can be found, has typical Mediterranean weather. Summers are long and hot, while the winter is wet. In July and August, the average temperature is 24-25°C. The major winds here are the Mistral and the Sirocco. Several wind turbines have been built, benefiting from the windy climate. If you are mainly interested in swimming, the weather is ideal between the end of May and the beginning of September. If you prefer more active recreation and hiking, it is also worth visiting the place in the spring and autumn periods.
Main sights in Alghero
The Grotta di Nettuno – Neptun’s Cave – is one of the most beautiful dripstone caves on the Adriatic Sea. According to the experts, you can only see 500 meters of the 4 kilometre-long section. The salty pond of Neptun’s Cave and the route leading to it are both very nice. You can access the spot on the Escala del Cabriol, which means 656 stairs.
Are you a fan of scuba diving? We especially recommend you to visit the Grotto Pizzi e Ricami then. It is special due to the fact that the colour of the crystal clear water becomes turquoise because of the light. You can explore the breathtaking place wearing a diving suit, under the supervision of a guide.
Gastronomy of Alghero
There are great restaurants in the city. You can choose from the fish and meat dishes, which are very popular; they are usually served roasted. Local cuisine is characterised by Mediterranean spices and wines. If you visit Alghero, try the Catalan style lobster, the agliata sauce or the spaghetti with sea urchins. As for beverages, you should taste the Torbato di Alghero DOC white wine. It is perfect for seafood. Are you craving dessert? Gelato – Italian ice cream – is especially delicious and sweet in Sardinia.
Beaches in Alghero
There are sandy shores and crystal clear, blue sea in the city. Explore the best beaches!
Spiaggia del Lido di San Giovanni
You can access the city beach of Alghero easily on foot. It has a 1.5-kilometre-long sandy beach. Locals and tourists both love it. It is especially popular among families with small children. You can visit the Marina di Sant’Elmo port and the small island called Isolda Della Maddalena from the beach. There are great bars and restaurants along the boardwalk.
Spiaggia di Maria Pia
You can find the beach only a few kilometres from the city centre. It has a 1200-metre-long white sandy beach. Due to its slowly deepening water, families with small children often visit the place. We can rent sunshades and lounges, and choose from refreshing drinks and ice creams at the snack bars. The pines behind the beach are perfect for a picnic.
Boat rental in Alghero
Porto di Alghero
The harbour of Alghero is protected by old town walls and can accommodate 400 yachts. Guests can enjoy the following services during their stay. They will welcome visitors on arrival and help you navigate through the harbour by boat and docking as well. All-day surveillance is also provided thanks to security systems so you can safely discover the beauty of the island. Water, electricity and wi-fi are also available. They are equipped with showers and toilets, a post office and technical assistance for their guests every day. Read about sailing in Alghero, or boat rental in Alghero
Marina di Cagliari
Marina di Cagliari is in the city’s inner dock, right in the historic city centre. It’s just a few minutes away from the train station and the international airport too. Marina di Cagliari is one of the largest and most equipped ports in Italy. Due to its geographical location, it is also a very important tourist and commercial centre. In total it can accommodate more than 5, 000 yachts, from which 18 can be up to 55 meters in length. The port provides comfortable accommodation for passengers, such as wi-fi, restaurants, and logistic assistance. Read about sailing in Cagliari or yacht charter in Cagliari
Port of Bosa
The port of Bosa has 120 moorings, and the maximum allowed length of boats is 30 metres. It is a protected well, and they provide water, electricity and fuel. You can eat nearby, and there is a supermarket, too. Info about sailing in Bosa, or rent a boat in Bosa.
Port of Carloforte
Carloforte is another beautiful city on the island of Sardinia. It has a magical effect on tourists during any period of the year. The Marina Sifredi port has 250 moorings. They accept boats and sailboats even with a length of 60 metres. Information about sailing in Carloforte, or Carloforte yacht charters
Porto di Santa Teresa Gallura
There are 700 permanent berths for boats with a maximum length of 45 metres. The sea bottom is 5 metres deep. The perfectly protected port offers great services, and there is a great bar and a restaurant nearby. Information about Santa Teresa Gallura sailing, or boat rental in Santa Teresa Gallura
Porto Cervo Marina
The Porto Cervo Marina is one of the best-equipped ports on the Adriatic Sea; it can be found at Costa Smeralda. It is protected perfectly, and it is famous for its great services. They have 700 moorings for boats with a size of 6–100 metres. They provide water and electricity at every port.
If you would like to go sailing around the island of Sardinia, you should explore the other wonderful sights nearby, leaving from Alghero. Capo Caccia, Stintino, Asinara Island and Castelsardo are all perfect destinations. Find yacht routes in Sardinia or choose another Sardinia yacht charter.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Alghero. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Alghero shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Alghero shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a boat in Alghero, and cruise around Alghero
Day 1. Alghero – Porto Conte 14.49 km (9.00 mi), Day 2. Porto Conte – Argentiara 30.96 km (19.24 mi), Day 3. Argentiara – Stintino 37.04 km (23.02 mi), Day 4. Stintino – Porto Torres 20.50 km (12.74 mi), Day 5. Porto Torres – Castelsardo 29.31 km (18.21 mi), Day 6. Castelsardo – Asinara island (Cala d’Oliva) 36, 49 km (22, 67 mi), Day 7. Asinara island (Cala d’Oliva) – Natural Park of Porto Conte – Alghero 94, 97 km (59, 01 mi).
Read more about Alghero sailing
Day 1. Alghero – Bosa 35.63 km (22.14 mi), Day 2. Bosa – Santa Caterina di Pittinuri 21, 65 km (13, 45 mi), Day 3. Santa Caterina di Pittinuri – San Giovanni di Sinis 31, 35 km (19, 48 mi), Day 4. San Giovanni di Sinis – Oristano (Marina di Torre Grande) 11, 57 km (7, 19 mi), Day 5. Oristano (Marina di Torre Grande) – Buggerru 58, 42 km (36, 30 mi), Day 6. Buggerru – Portoscuso 26, 67 km (16, 57 mi), Day 7. Portoscuso – Mandriola – Alghero 154, 02 km (95, 71 mi)