Alghero.......a Catalan / Sardo fusion

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Along the Lido in Alghero
My initial impression of Alghero upon leaving the train station was ......well, not good. By the time I had walked down to the beach to get to the hotel my opinion had changed. Alghero is a laid back slice of Spain with a heaping bowl of Italy. As you walk the lido approaching the old town you get excited by the gothic spires and colorfl tile dome. The fortification wall gives it a fairy tale quality, too.
The town is known as little Barcelona.......and I agree. It's old town will certainly remind you of the gothic quarter in Barcelona. It's narrow streets of limestone built structures make you feel as if you have been transported to another time.
Outside the medieval walls along the port
Shops with goods made by local artists are on every street but, only a few offer truly good quality authentic Sardo crafts. Those shops are a treasure chest full of amazing things.......I found har to resist. I did resist.....a little bit. I did buy an amazing wall hanging of traditional Sardo design and made by hand. I also bought a statue of an ancient Sardo warrior that was inspired by a cave drawing. I had one of the most fantastic meals I have ever had while in Alghero. It was a four course meal at AL TUGURI RISTORANTE. The meal included wine and a flaming desert........I wish it were closer. Every evening I would medieval walls outermost tower and watch the sun set over the Mediteranean and Capo Caccia. What a place to watch the sun set. What peace.
 
 
 
Alghero gets its name from the abundance of seaweed (alghe) in its surrounding waters.
Flowers of Sardegna
  It was known as Algarium in the Middle Ages and Al Alguer and Barcelloneta under Spanish rule.
Alghero 's origins date back to the X Century when the Genoese, with the help of Pisans, turned the Arabs away and obtained land grants from the Judges of Logudoro, one of the groups of judges that governed Sardinia during the Middle Ages.  The Genoese House of Doria took possession of the city at the beginning of the XII Century and held onto it until 1353 when the Catalan fleet defeated Genoa's ships near Porto Conte on the outskirts of Alghero.  The Algherese revolted against the garrison's commanding officer, killing him.  The Spanish responded by sending 12,000 men and 100 galleys to suppress the revolt.  A treaty was signed and the original inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes and allow the town to be settled by Catalan families.
"main street" in Alghero Old town
  Later, when Charles V wished to use the city as an operations base against Saracen pirates, he visited Alghero and was so warmly received by its people that he proclaimed them todos caballeros, a mark of distinction held still held in regard today by the Algherese.  In 1713, when Alghero came under Austrian rule with the Treaty of Utrecht, Spain tried once again to take the city over but was obligated by the Treaty of London to yield Sardinia to the House of Savoy.  Alghero was not again greatly disturbed by foreign influences until it suffered bombings during World War II.  Fearing an invasion by the Allied forces, the Sardinians built bunkers in strategic locations around the city that still stand today as grim reminders of Alghero 's more troubled times.
The old city is closed behind thick fortress walls, interrupted only by solemn towers.
Dome of majorca tiles in Algero
  The old city's stone streets, narrow and bordered by shops, are dotted with randomly spaced and seemingly unplanned tiny piazzas (squares).  The polychrome dome of the church of San Michele and the church of St. Francis' pointed Aragonese tower dominate the city.
The monuments represent the gothic-Catalan style.
Sightseeing begins at Porta a Terra Square, on the eastern margin of the old town that extends into the vast green area of the public gardens where Giuseppe Manno's statue, a historian from Alghero, can be seen.  The monument was made in 1894 by Pietra Canonica.
San Francesco street includes the town's principal meeting place Sulis square where the view of the sea is interrupted by the impressive Espero Reial and Sulis towers.
Along the seaside and at the end of Colombo Way is the recently restored San Giacomo Tower (San Jaume) next to the church of Our Lady of Carmelo from the XVI Century.
Cathedral of Santa Maria

The promenade Marco Polo extends past the bastion of San Giacomo, characteristic for its narrow openings from which canons were once fired.  The seaside opens onto the beautiful panorama of the Algherese roads and the promontory that separates the city from the Porto Conte inlet.  Its headland is called Capo Caccia.
The small tower of Polveriera (or St. Barbara) is past the bastion, where the coast reaches the north-west end of the promontory and the old city is situated.  The coast then turns east, nearing the upper part of the tower of St. Elmo.  From here it's possible to see the pier, the port and the landscape far to the north including the long beach of San Giovanni, the small island of Maddalena, Calic marsh and the colourful mountains of Nurra.
Continuing along Magellano Way and the seaside, you will find the narrow wall passage with a series of arches that seem to close in around the city's antique dock.
Sperone Tower

Continuing on, between the coastline and curved walls, you'll reach the summit in front of the doors that once opened to the sea.  This is one of the historic accesses to the fortified city.  Nearby there are the impressive ruins of the Maddalena Fort where Giuseppe Garibaldi disembarked the 14th of August 1855 as captain of the cargo ship "Il Lombardo".
Entering the old city, the visit starts in Piazza Civica (historically "placa de la Dressana").  Here medieval arches lean against the walls of Count Serra di Sant'Elia's Palace, the House of Savoy's Master of Ceremonies and the deconsecrated church of Rosario from the XVII Century.
Alghero gets its name from the abundance of seaweed (alghe) in its surrounding waters.
Sardo home in Alghero
  It was known as Algarium in the Middle Ages and Al Alguer and Barcelloneta under Spanish rule.
Alghero 's origins date back to the X Century when the Genoese, with the help of Pisans, turned the Arabs away and obtained land grants from the Judges of Logudoro, one of the groups of judges that governed Sardinia during the Middle Ages.  The Genoese House of Doria took possession of the city at the beginning of the XII Century and held onto it until 1353 when the Catalan fleet defeated Genoa's ships near Porto Conte on the outskirts of Alghero.  The Algherese revolted against the garrison's commanding officer, killing him.  The Spanish responded by sending 12,000 men and 100 galleys to suppress the revolt.  A treaty was signed and the original inhabitants were forced to abandon their homes and allow the town to be settled by Catalan families.
A close up view from along the sea just south of Alghero.
  Later, when Charles V wished to use the city as an operations base against Saracen pirates, he visited Alghero and was so warmly received by its people that he proclaimed them todos caballeros, a mark of distinction held still held in regard today by the Algherese.  In 1713, when Alghero came under Austrian rule with the Treaty of Utrecht, Spain tried once again to take the city over but was obligated by the Treaty of London to yield Sardinia to the House of Savoy.  Alghero was not again greatly disturbed by foreign influences until it suffered bombings during World War II.  Fearing an invasion by the Allied forces, the Sardinians built bunkers in strategic locations around the city that still stand today as grim reminders of Alghero 's more troubled times.
The old city is closed behind thick fortress walls, interrupted only by solemn towers.
Doorway along the waterfront
  The old city's stone streets, narrow and bordered by shops, are dotted with randomly spaced and seemingly unplanned tiny piazzas (squares).  The polychrome dome of the church of San Michele and the church of St. Francis' pointed Aragonese tower dominate the city.
The monuments represent the gothic-Catalan style.
Sightseeing begins at Porta a Terra Square, on the eastern margin of the old town that extends into the vast green area of the public gardens where Giuseppe Manno's statue, a historian from Alghero, can be seen.  The monument was made in 1894 by Pietra Canonica.
San Francesco street includes the town's principal meeting place Sulis square where the view of the sea is interrupted by the impressive Espero Reial and Sulis towers.
Along the seaside and at the end of Colombo Way is the recently restored San Giacomo Tower (San Jaume) next to the church of Our Lady of Carmelo from the XVI Century.
Beautiful blue door along the Alghero waterfront

The promenade Marco Polo extends past the bastion of San Giacomo, characteristic for its narrow openings from which canons were once fired.  The seaside opens onto the beautiful panorama of the Algherese roads and the promontory that separates the city from the Porto Conte inlet.  Its headland is called Capo Caccia.
The small tower of Polveriera (or St. Barbara) is past the bastion, where the coast reaches the north-west end of the promontory and the old city is situated.  The coast then turns east, nearing the upper part of the tower of St. Elmo.  From here it's possible to see the pier, the port and the landscape far to the north including the long beach of San Giovanni, the small island of Maddalena, Calic marsh and the colourful mountains of Nurra.
Continuing along Magellano Way and the seaside, you will find the narrow wall passage with a series of arches that seem to close in around the city's antique dock.
Alghero along the medieval fortification wall at the port.

Continuing on, between the coastline and curved walls, you'll reach the summit in front of the doors that once opened to the sea.  This is one of the historic accesses to the fortified city.  Nearby there are the impressive ruins of the Maddalena Fort where Giuseppe Garibaldi disembarked the 14th of August 1855 as captain of the cargo ship "Il Lombardo".
Entering the old city, the visit starts in Piazza Civica (historically "placa de la Dressana").  Here medieval arches lean against the walls of Count Serra di Sant'Elia's Palace, the House of Savoy's Master of Ceremonies and the deconsecrated church of Rosario from the XVII Century.

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Along the Lido in Alghero
Along the Lido in Alghero
Outside the medieval walls along t…
Outside the medieval walls along …
Flowers of Sardegna
Flowers of Sardegna
main street in Alghero Old town
"main street" in Alghero Old town
Dome of majorca tiles in Algero
Dome of majorca tiles in Algero
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Sperone Tower
Sperone Tower
Sardo home in Alghero
Sardo home in Alghero
A close up view from along the sea…
A close up view from along the se…
Doorway along the waterfront
Doorway along the waterfront
Beautiful blue door along the Algh…
Beautiful blue door along the Alg…
Alghero along the medieval fortifi…
Alghero along the medieval fortif…
Sunset at the fortification wall o…
Sunset at the fortification wall …
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Door panel from Alghero
Door panel from Alghero
View of Capo Caccia from Lido
View of Capo Caccia from Lido
Unique door front along the Algher…
Unique door front along the Alghe…
Alghero city crest
Alghero city crest
A view from along the sea looking …
A view from along the sea looking…
Gothic bell tower in old town
Gothic bell tower in old town
Old town
Old town
Old town
Old town
Little cathedral in old town
Little cathedral in old town
Fresco from little cathedral
Fresco from little cathedral
Sardo dryer
Sardo dryer
Balcony close up
Balcony close up
Cathedral of Santa Barbara
Cathedral of Santa Barbara
Sardo design elements on building …
Sardo design elements on building…
Cathedral of San Francesco
Cathedral of San Francesco
Front door panel of Cathedral of S…
Front door panel of Cathedral of …
Medieval wooden detail of Cathedra…
Medieval wooden detail of Cathedr…
Cathedral of San Francesco
Cathedral of San Francesco
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Wooden Statue in the Cathedral of…
Stained glass window in Cathedral …
Stained glass window in Cathedral…
Close up of stained glass window i…
Close up of stained glass window …
Modern building with classic Sardo…
Modern building with classic Sard…
Close up of building with classic …
Close up of building with classic…
Random window in Alghero city cent…
Random window in Alghero city cen…
How about a little dinner???
How about a little dinner???
Marble pulpit in Alghero
Marble pulpit in Alghero
Close up of marble pulpit
Close up of marble pulpit
Altar piece in Alghero
Altar piece in Alghero
Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
18th century wooden carving from C…
18th century wooden carving from …
Sardo crucifix
Sardo crucifix
Sardo crucifix close up
Sardo crucifix close up
18th century Sardo tabernacle.
18th century Sardo tabernacle.
Column detail in Diocesan Museum o…
Column detail in Diocesan Museum …
fresco in the Diocesan Museum of S…
fresco in the Diocesan Museum of …
fresco on the table belonging to t…
fresco on the table belonging to …
fresco on the table belonging to t…
fresco on the table belonging to …
18th century, church of the Virgin…
18th century, church of the Virgi…
18th century, church of the Virgin…
18th century, church of the Virgi…
19th century, baby Jesus, Sicilian…
19th century, baby Jesus, Sicilia…
Diadem with rays, Late 16th centur…
Diadem with rays, Late 16th centu…
Close up of Diadem
Close up of Diadem
Sardo, Jesus with cross,
Sardo, Jesus with cross,
Close up of Jesus with cross
Close up of Jesus with cross
Sorrowful Mary, 18th century, Sardo
Sorrowful Mary, 18th century, Sardo
Close up of Sorrowful Mary
Close up of Sorrowful Mary
Sardo cross
Sardo cross
Saint Michael Archangel, 17th cent…
Saint Michael Archangel, 17th cen…
Close up of Saint Michael Archangel
Close up of Saint Michael Archangel
Monstrance, 17th century, Church o…
Monstrance, 17th century, Church …
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Early 19th century table cross, wo…
Early 19th century table cross, w…
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Close up of table cross
Close up of table cross
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Cathedral of Santa Maria
Marble baroque embelishments at Ca…
Marble baroque embelishments at C…
Marble baroque embelishments at Ca…
Marble baroque embelishments at C…
Alghero Hotels & Accommodations review
Affordable Lido front hotel
This hotel is across the street from the beach. I start off with this because, the photos on their website will lead you to believe that it is ON the … read entire review
Alghero
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