Attractions

Top Choice Walls in Alghero

Sea Walls

Alghero's golden sea walls, built around the centro storico by the Aragonese in the 16th century, are a highlight of the town's historic cityscape. Running from Piazza Sulis in the south to Porta a Mare and the mari…
Top Choice Tower in Alghero

Campanile

Rising above the historic centre, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria's 16th-century campanile (bell tower) is one of Alghero's signature landmarks. The tower, accessible through a Gothic doorway on Via Principe Umberto, …
Top Choice Church in Alghero

Chiesa di San Francesco

Alghero's finest church is a model of architectural harmony. Originally built to a Catalan Gothic design in the 14th century, it was later given a Renaissance facelift after it partially collapsed in 1593. Inside, i…
Piazza in Alghero

Piazza Civica

Just inside Porta a Mare, Piazza Civica is Alghero’s showcase square. In a former life it was the administrative heart of the medieval city, but where Spanish aristocrats once met to debate affairs of empire, touris…
Church in Alghero

Chiesa di San Michele

On Via Carlo Alberto, the carrer major of the medieval town, the 17th-century Chiesa di San Michele is best known for its maiolica-tiled dome. The present tiles were laid in the 1960s, but this doesn’t detract from …
Cathedral in Alghero

Cattedrale di Santa Maria

Overlooking Piazza Duomo, Alghero’s oversized Cattedrale di Santa Maria appears out of place with its pompous neoclassical facade and fat Doric columns. An unfortunate 19th-century addition, the facade was the last …
Museum in Alghero

Museo Archeologico della Città di Alghero

The history of human settlement in the Alghero area is charted at this gleaming new archaeological museum, inaugurated in December 2016. Artefacts discovered in nuraghic villages, neolithic caves and Roman shipwreck…
Fort in Alghero

Forte della Maddalena

To the north of the old town, the Forte della Maddalena is the sole survivor of three forts built at the end of the 16th century to bolster the city's land battlements. Its tower, known as the Torre della Maddalena …
Tower in Alghero

Torre di Sulis

Dominating Piazza Sulis, this landmark tower was originally known as the Torre de l'Esperó Reial or Torre dello Sperone (Tower of the Royal Spur). Its current name is a reference to Vincenzo Sulis, a 19th-century Sa…
Tower in Alghero

Torre Porta a Terra

Near the Giardini Pubblici, the 14th-century Torre Porta a Terra is all that remains of Porta a Terra, one of the two main gates into the medieval city. A stumpy 23m-high tower known originally as Porta Reial, it ha…