Alghero: A Small City with a Fascinating History and Culture – 01/2014

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    Alghero is a small city located in the northwest of Sardinia with a population of approximately 50,000 people. Ancient settlements in the city date back thousands of years, but the city itself was founded in 1102.

    Getting to the city is possible by plane (there is an airport!), bus, or train from Sassari. The train option is the most interesting because it is serviced by a private company with a train that feels like a toy train. However, there is a nuance with the schedule, which we learned later, directly at the station – the train does not run on Sundays and is replaced by a bus from the nearby bus station. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    In the 14th century, Alghero was conquered by the Catalans, who held power for almost four centuries. This naturally affected many aspects, including language – Catalan is considered a second native language for many residents. The locals refer to the city as “Barceloneta” – little Barcelona, which is somewhat controversial.

    Despite its small size, Alghero is a beautiful city with a rich history and a unique culture. The historic center, enclosed within its walls, is an enchanting place to explore. It is full of narrow streets, old buildings, and impressive landmarks, such as the Torre del Portal, the Palazzo d’Albis, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The city also boasts a picturesque port, where you can find colorful boats and fresh seafood restaurants.

    One of the main attractions in Alghero is the Neptune’s Grotto, located on the Capo Caccia promontory, about 25 kilometers from the city. This cave is a true wonder of nature, with breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites, underground lakes, and stunning views of the sea.

    Another interesting place to visit is the Anghelu Ruju Necropolis, located about 12 kilometers from the city. This ancient burial site dates back to the Nuragic civilization, which inhabited Sardinia from the Bronze Age to the Roman era. The site consists of more than 40 tombs, some of which are accessible to visitors.

    Alghero is also famous for its cuisine, which combines traditional Sardinian dishes with Catalan influences. Some of the must-try dishes include fregola, a type of pasta made with semolina flour and clams, and lobster alla catalana, a delicious lobster dish cooked with tomatoes, onions, and peppers.

    In conclusion, Alghero is a gem of a city in Sardinia, with a unique history, culture, and cuisine. It is definitely worth a visit, whether you are interested in history, nature, or just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

    Вид на Альгеро
    Бастион Torre di Sulis o de l'Esperò Reial, 16 в.
    Бастион Torre San Giacomo
    Bastioni Marco Polo
    Rada di Alghero - залив Альгеро
    Вид на Cattedrale di Santa Maria
    Bastioni Pigafetta
    Porto di Sant'Elmo
    Старый город
    Carrer de Bonario
    Без Альфы - никак
    Собор Альгеро
    Зелёная зона
    Типичная Италия
    Ещё более типичная Италия
    Портовый закат.
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