Alghero Car Rental

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Alghero is on the north-western coast of Sardinia, in the province of Sassari, and provides a perfect and peaceful alternative to the “millionaire’s playground” of the Costa Smerelda. The town has a long and fascinating history, and has been occupied by many different armies down the centuries, including the Phoenicians, Arabs, Byzantines and Catalans. One result is that the Catalan language is the co-official language in the city, and street signs are in Italian and Catalan. The centre of the city is a maze of cobbled streets, many of them pedestrianized, offering a variety of mouth-watering places to eat, as well as fashion boutiques and wine shops. Alghero Airport is only 7 ½ miles from the town, so car rental in Alghero couldn’t be easier – find the best deals on and arrange to pick up your rental car at the airport when you arrive.

Things to Do in Alghero

The town itself is best explored on foot, and the walled city and old town are full of delights, including the beautiful 16th century cathedral, the Chiesa del San Francesco, and the seven towers that dominate the centre. Walking the city walls at sunset is an unmissable experience, ending at the Spanish fortification, the Forte de la Magdelena. The hero of Italy’s unification, Giuseppe Garibaldi, landed here in 1855, and is commemorated on a plaque.

Top 3 Must See: Alghero

  • Alghero Walled City and Seven Towers

  • Neptunes Grotto

  • Anghelu Ruju

Outside the town, a car is essential for exploring the rugged and wild interior of the island, and for discovering the many glorious white-sand beaches. No visit to the area is complete without taking a boat trip from Alghero to Neptune’s Grotto, a cave system with extraordinary rock formations, set in the dramatic cliffs of the coastline. There are more than three hundred underwater caves on the Capo Caccia promontory, giving wonderful opportunities for guided scuba diving, and cave-diving. The Spiaggia Mugoni is only a short drive from Alghero, and is considered to be one of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches in the area. For those interested in the history of the area, a visit to Anghelu Ruju Neolithic tombs will make a fascinating trip.

Drive Around Alghero

The trip from Alghero airport to the city is very straightforward, and having arranged your car rental you can enjoy a scenic drive on the SP44 and 42 directly to the town. Motorists are recommended not to drive into the centre, much of which is pedestrianized, but to find a parking space on the outskirts of the town. Italian law requires drivers to carry personal ID, licence and car documents with them at all times, and to drive with your lights on. If you are planning to explore the interior, a good map of the island might be more useful than satnav , and remember to take care on the narrow and twisting mountain roads.

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