Alghero Top 9
Collected by Sunshine Flint, AFAR Contributor
Via Ambrogio Machin, 26, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Continuing a long tradition of leather manufacturing, this workshop near Porta Terra imports leather and calfskin from Tuscany for its handmade sandals (from 40 a pair). Established after World War II, it offers footwear in jewel-like colors with...
Piazza Civica, 9, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
If you need a special-occasion outfit, head to this medieval palace with vaulted stone ceilings. Filippo Marras, brother of local hero Antonio Marras (long the creative director at the fashion house Kenzo), opened his high-fashion boutique a...
Piazza Sulis, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Before plunging into Alghero's narrow streets, it's worth getting an overview of the city with a walk around its walls. Climb the steps of Porta a Mare, accessed off Banchina Dogana; from here, the cordon of fortifications can be strolled in under...
Via XX Settembre, 8, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
A few steps up leafy Via XX Settembre from Piazza Sulis, an Art Nouveau villa houses a museum focused on the history, geography, biology, economics and even sociology of the "red gold" upon which much of the city's wealth long depended....
Piazza Duomo, 2, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Covered by scaffolding until late 2014, Alghero's main church is now revealed in all its glory, and offers a brief history of religious architecture. Approach it from Via Roma, to the south, and it is a late-Gothic masterpiece; witness it from the...
Località Capo Caccia, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
The Grotte di Nettuno (or Neptune's Caves) is a wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites and freshwater lakes under Capo Caccia, a headland some eight kilometers (five miles) east of Alghero. It can be reached on a 20-minute boat trip from...
Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 110, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
Book a table in advance at this homey husband-and-wife trattoria one street back from the water. Like many Sardinian restaurants, it serves roast suckling pig, but its specialty is seafood. Standout dishes include sautéed clams; risotto with...
Piazza Sulis, 3, 07041 Alghero SS, Italy
For more formal dining, Il Pavone (The Peacock) has a terrace overlooking the sea and an elegant interior. Bruschetta with smoked eel might be followed by spaghetti with sea urchins, made without butter or cream to allow the seafood flavors free...
09080 Nughedu Santa Vittoria OR, Italy
Just 15 minutes by taxi north of the city is one of Sardinia's most important prehistoric sites, the Anghelu Ruju necropolis. Here an outcropping of rock was hewn into seven chamber tombs by the Ozieri people between 3400 and 2700 B.C.E. There are...
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