The North West
A popular destination for visitors with its airport Alghero is a town with strong Spanish influence, inculding a Catalan dialect and traditions. The old town ‘Ciutat Vella’, Santa Marina Cathedral , San Michele church and the fortresses offer much to explore. Close to the town are beautiful beaches, including Spiagga di San Giovanni and Spiagga di Maria Pia accessible by bus. The famous Grotto di Nettuno can be visited below Capo Caccia headlands (654 steps or take a boat). There is a spectacular 30 mile coast road between Alghero and Bosa with breath taking views and colonies of griffon vultures.
About 10 km north of Alghero is The Nuraghe di Palmavera, one of the largest and most important Nuraghic sites on the island of Sardinia. Another ancient site near Alghero is Anghelu Ruju which is a prehistoric site dating back to the Ozieri Culture of the Late Neolithic (3300 BC). At the extreme north western tip of Sardinia is the small resort town of Stintino and the popular beach at La Pelosa.