Imagine a pristine medieval village on a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean just off the coast of Italy. Picture cobblestone streets completely pedestrianized, lined with dozens of cafés, restaurants, resorts, and hotels. Envision perfect beaches, fresh seafood, and an unspoiled panoramic view of mountains, the Mediterranean, and lush vegetation. All of this can be found in one place: Alghero.
The town is situated on the northwestern coast of Sardinia, the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. This is one of the premier tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, and coming here means you are after one thing and one thing only: the perfect Mediterranean vacation. With a history dating back to at least 1500 BC, Alghero has long been an important place in the history of the Mediterranean region due to its position in the sea, and history has been passed down over the centuries to create this picturesque coastal retreat. While it's true that the summer months can make the town a little crowded with tourists—to the point that some people prefer to avoid this place entirely during the peak traveling months of June through August—there is enough to keep you occupied that you barely have time to pay attention to everyone else.
There are a variety of things to do while you are in Alghero. For starters, you can simply enjoy the atmosphere of the city, complete with its medieval setting and historic old city. But beyond that there are the beaches themselves, not to mention plenty of mountainous countryside surrounding allowing for access to biking, hiking, climbing, or just enjoying nature. Whether you choose to simply relax on the beach, explore one of the nearby cave systems, go scuba diving in what is rated as one of the best diving locations in Europe, or relax in the comfort of your hotel or resort, Alghero can provide exactly what you are looking for when it comes to a Mediterranean adventure.