Alghero is a great base camp for discovering North- west Sardinia beaches and oh wow what a diversity – you can get it all: sandy beaches, rice size pebbly beaches, cliffs, caves, surfing and just relaxing laid back spiaggias including the best beach of Italy 2013 voted by TripAdvisor. Clearly my 3 days are too short to see all of them, but here are my Alghero beach TOP 5:
#5 Maria Pia Beach
Just outside Alghero is a famous Maria Pia Beach… famous I guess because it is so close to the city, you can actually catch a local bus or have a long walk to get there. If you go with a car – you’ll find plenty of parking (paid thought). Beach is lovely, backed with a fine white sand dunes and pine forest, color of the sea is not as nice, but if you are in town just for a while – perfect spot to get your first tan and splash into the sea. It might be quite crowded during July and August.
#4 Le Bombarde beach
Bit further from Alghero (10 km) is Le Bombarde Beach, which was highly recommended by the locals… it is a very fine strip of beautiful sand (with some seaweed nasties) and blue waters, surrounded by pine forest and rocks, but it is SO tiny, that in high season you can accidentally roll on your neighbors towels. Half of the beach has restricted access only for the hotel residents, so that makes it even smaller. But all the facilities are there, small beach restaurant, perfectly organized parking (free). How to get there? Take the same road as to Maria Pia Beach and just look for the road signs for Le Bombarde spiaggia (or check the map here).
#3 Mugoni Beach
15 km from Alghero you will find Mugoni beach – amazing, long white sandy beach with crystal clear waters, which as said always remain quite cool. Beach is so long that there will be plenty of space for everybody, there are many bars and restaurant, one of them actually has proper grill. To get to the beach take the road from Alghero towards Capo Caccia and after Porto Conte look for road signs for spiaggia Mugoni. Parking is in a large meadow and it’s free. There are several access points to the beach and one at the beginning of the beach offers also showers and bathroom facilities.
If you get bored from the sun and sea, just 5 km away is a magical Grotta Nettuno and breathtaking path along the cliffs which leads you to the stalactite caves. You can normally take the boat trip from Alghero, BUT, be aware that getting out of boat (and getting back in) can be quite an adventure, as boat gets very close to the cliffs and you have to use a small moving footbridge connecting boat and the the land, while waves are smashing into the cliffs with a force, that makes your heart stop beating – so yes, I would recommend walking, unless you prefer adrenalin rush in your veins.
#2 Porto Ferro beach
And for those who though Sardinia is not for surfing – think again. Porto Ferro beach with decent size waves, golden sand beach – definitively a place to stretch your legs or at least remember your childhood game of jumping over the waves. But take your surfing equipment with you, as you can’t rent anything on the beach. Porto Ferro beach is on the half way to Stintino, just look out for the signs of Porto Ferro spiaggia. Parking is in the pine forest 2 minutes walk from the beach, and it is free.
#1 Stintino beach
Pelosa beach, which is one of the beaches in Stintino, has been voted as one of the most beautiful beaches of Italy, and I couldn’t disagree – beaches here are breathtaking beautiful, small white pebbles so small as rice, turquoise blue waters, I think it is right to compare it with beaches of Caribbean (which I have seen only in pictures). Stintino is 40 km drive from Alghero, follow the signs for Sassari and Stintino and you will find it. You will have to find parking on the roadside, but it’s free… walk to the beach though the dried out salt dunes and you will be there, in your little holiday paradise.