Alghero and Bosa
Come to the “Little Barcelona” with its transparent water
From Stintino it is fairly easy to reach Alghero, also known as “little Barcelona” for its catalan linguistic roots. Near Alghero there are the famous (and crowded, but access is free) beaches of Le Bombarde and Il Lazzaretto. A bit further away and harder to reach, the gorgeous Argentiera beach, with its transparent water. Near Alghero there also is Capocaccia, from where you can access the Neptune Caves (you can walk down the over 600 steps, and then back up, to keep extra fit).
South of Alghero, about 40 minutes by car, there is Bosa, a lovely colorfoul small town on the river Temo. From the Castle of Malaspina you can admire a great view of the river, the beach and of the entire city.
There are many hotels and b&bs in Alghero, geared to all budgets: it is a top tourist destination. It is worth visiting but if you decide to do so, book in advance as rooms sell out quickly. There are also a number of camping sites: among them La Mariposa, Camping Village Laguna Blu, and Torre del Porticciolo.
Do not miss a sunset walk on the beautiful bastion overlooking the sea, and across the small streets of the historic centre, with its many lovely shops and boutiques. You can eat in one of the many restaurants. For a good pizza, go to Il Vecchio Mulino. If you are in search of a romantic atmosphere, Quintilio is right outside town and has a spectacular view over the city, the bay and up to Capo Caccia. Go there at sunset, for an aperitif or for a light (and a bit expensive) dinner of fresh seafood. For after dinner drinks go to Baraonda.
by Claudia Tavani