Alghero Old Town Walk, Alghero

Alghero is an attractive city overlooking the sea. This unique city sits on the island of Sardinia, at the place where the Sardinian and Catalan people united. Take this self-guided tour to admire the most stunning points of interest in Alghero's Old Town.
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Alghero Old Town Walk Map

Guide Name: Alghero Old Town Walk
Guide Location: Italy » Alghero (See other walking tours in Alghero)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: Dee
Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata)

1) Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Immacolata) (must see)

Alghero Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral was the seat of the Bishop of Alghero from 1503 to 1986, and since 1986 has been that of the Bishop of Alghero-Bosa. Alghero was designated as a diocesan seat in 1503 but construction work on the cathedral did not begin until the 1530's. It was not opened until 1593, and not finished and consecrated until 1730. It is the burial site of the Italian born Duke of Montferrat (1762-1799) and his brother Count of Asti (1766-1802) who died on the island having caught malaria. The church was originally in Catalan-Gothic style, as can be seen in the five chapels and ambulatory of the presbytery, which also includes the octagonal base of the bell tower. The nave and the two aisles are however in Late Renaissance style. In the 19th century a Neo-Classical narthex was added to the facade, which dramatically changed its appearance.

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The Museum of Sacred Art (Il Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra)

2) The Museum of Sacred Art (Il Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra) (must see)

The Museum of Sacred Art is one of the most important museums in Alghero. It is housed in the former Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church. It displays the valuable art collections of the city’s historic churches and cathedrals. Here you can see pieces that represents the cultural and spiritual life of Alghero, including wooden sculptures, paintings, statues and more.
Piazza Civica

3) Piazza Civica (must see)

Piazza Civica is located not far from the Port of Alghero. It is one of the largest and most significant squares in Alghero. Here you can find Palazzo d’Albis, which was once the governor’s palace. Piazza Civica is the place where Holy Roman Emperor Charles V gave his legendary speech to the people before the departure of the Sardinian military to fight the Turks.
Forte della Maddalena

4) Forte della Maddalena (must see)

Maddalena Fort is the only survivor of the original three forts built at this location. It was constructed in the 16th century and was dedicated to Mary Magdalene. The statue of Mary Magdalene stands at the fort, although it is largely unrecognizable due to destruction from the passage of time. Today Maddalena Fort is used as a venue for summer events, jazz festivals and outdoor classical music concerts.
Bastioni Antonio Pigafetta

5) Bastioni Antonio Pigafetta

Bastioni Antonio Pigafetta is located in northern Old Town, between Bastioni Marco Polo and the Tower of Elmo (Torre di Sant'Elmo). It is one of the most fascinating places in the city, and it offers a wonderful view of the Port of Alghero. Here you can also see Torre della Polveriera, another important historical monument. Bastioni Antonio Pigafetta was built as a defensive structure. Although it has been damaged over the centuries, the remains are still impressive.
Bastioni Marco Polo

6) Bastioni Marco Polo (must see)

Bastioni Marco Polo is located between the Tower of St. James (Torre di San Giacomo) and Bastioni Cristoforo Colombo. After significant renovation, Bastioni Marco Polo has become a popular place to visit and to enjoy the sunset. The numerous restaurants and bars in the area also attract the crowds.
St. Francis Church (Chiesa di San Francesco)

7) St. Francis Church (Chiesa di San Francesco) (must see)

Dating back to 1360 and rebuilt in the late 16th century, St. Francis Church is one of the greatest examples of the Gothic-Catalan style in Sardinia. Original Catalan-Gothic parts can be seen over the high altar, the presbytery chapels and the San Sacramento Chapel. The building is made of stone and is characterized by its bell tower from the first half of the 16th century. The facade is ornamented with a lintel of classic style, in which is carved the emblem of the Franciscans surrounded by angels.
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The Civic Theater (Teatro Civico)

8) The Civic Theater (Teatro Civico)

The Civic Theater is located in the heart of Sardinian Square. It was built in 1829 and finished in 1862 by architect Franco Poggi. The last restoration was in 2004, and the stage and auditorium remain true to Poggi's original design. The Civic Theater is one of the most famous places in the city, as it serves as the venue for many cultural and artistic events. The interior of the theater was designed in the Neoclassical style, and the stage is surrounded by beautiful ornaments. The first performance held here was of the opera "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Gaetano Donizetti.
The Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici)

9) The Public Gardens (Giardini Pubblici)

The Public Gardens are located near Forte della Maddalena. The park is famous for its beauty. Take a leisurely stroll through the grounds and enjoy the wide variety of plants and trees. Important monuments such as the Unitat de la Lengua, the Giuseppe Manno monument and the War Memorial can all be found in the gardens.
Torre di Sulis

10) Torre di Sulis

Torre di Sulis, also known as Torre de l'Esperó Rejal, is located in Piazza Sulis. It was built in the 14th century by a local citizen named Vincenzo Sulis. The interior of the tower is separated into two large rooms. Torre de Sulis marks the end of Alghero's Old Town.
Central Market (Mercato Centrale)

11) Central Market (Mercato Centrale)

Central Market is located on Via Sassari, a few minutes away from Torre di San Giovanni. The market provides a unique food shopping experience. People come here to find a variety of ingredients, including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and more.

12) Altromercato

Altromercato is a local shop in Alghero dedicated to supporting southern Italian artisans. Here you can find everything from clothes, bonbonniere boxes and decorative plates to handmade bags, home decorations and other attractive accessories. The store is part of Ctm Altromercato, a nonprofit association of shops worldwide dedicated to spreading the culture of responsible consumption and shopping locally. Altromercato is open daily between 9:30 - 13:00 / 17:00 - 21:00 and it is closed on Sundays.
Tarragona Garden

13) Tarragona Garden

Tarragona Garden is located not far from Piazza Della Mercede. Here you can walk while enjoying the marvelous fragrance of the flowers. Tarragona Garden boasts a variety of different plants, including palms, hibiscus, the bird of paradise flower and more.

Walking Tours in Alghero, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Alghero

Create Your Own Walk in Alghero

Creating your own self-guided walk in Alghero is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Famous Palaces Tour of Alghero

Famous Palaces Tour of Alghero

The historic city of Alghero is home to some of the most significant architectural monuments in Italy. The city's palaces are beautiful examples of the culture and architectural style of centuries past. Take this tour to explore Alghero’s narrow, picturesque streets and its legendary palaces.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Daily Life Tour of Alghero

Daily Life Tour of Alghero

Alghero is a beautiful city that is a wonderful mixture of the old and modern. The gardens, markets, restaurants and beaches of Alghero are just some of the attractions that make the city colorful and full of fun. Take this tour to get a sense of a day in the life of Alghero residents.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Nightlife Tour of Alghero

Nightlife Tour of Alghero

Nightlife in Alghero is mellow but fun. You can try some excellent cocktails at the stylish Cafe Latino with the beautiful harbor in front of you. There are also many cafes and bars where you can have dinner or enjoy an intimate conversation over a cup of coffee. Take this tour to discover the best places for a night out in Alghero.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Places of Worship Tour of Alghero

Places of Worship Tour of Alghero

There are numerous historic churches and cathedrals in Alghero of incomparable design and beauty. Take this walking tour to admire Alghero's Old Town and its ancient places of worship.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Shopping Tour of Alghero

Shopping Tour of Alghero

Old Town Alghero is a maze of narrow, paved streets lined with fabulous specialty shops selling art, jewelry, clothing and tasty treats. Take this tour to discover some of the most remarkable Algherian shops.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Alghero for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Alghero has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Alghero, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.