Alghero is an amazing city on the island of Sardinia which is part of Italy. Located on the Northwest coast of the island, it is charming, beautiful and full of delicious wine and food. After maybe the worst flight on likely the oldest trans-Atlantic plane still in operation (it had phones in the arm rest!), Jason and I headed right to Alghero to start our Sardinian holiday.
After a quick nap, we headed out to the main downtown area to get something to eat. We stumbled upon a pizza place in the main plaza and started with the most delicious prosciutto and mozzarella ball you could imagine. It was so fresh and probably the size of a grapefruit. As we were sipping our carafe of wine each (hey, it was cheaper than water!) we watched as a running race made its way through the square. At 9 o’clock at night. They sure do things differently in Sardinia. At least instead of Gatorade, they pass around cups of wine!
The main town is full of adorable winding streets and even cuter little shops. Each looking more unique than the next.From clothing shops to jewelry shops carrying the local coral designs to home decor full of traditional rugs and pillows, Alghero is a dream. Jason and I spent a few hours just getting lost in the maze of the city.
We stayed at the nicest hotel of our trip in Alghero. Villas Las Tronas was our own little castle on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Jason and I are generally of the hostel or low budget hotel mindset when we travel, so this was definitely a splurge for us. The location and the grounds were magical. There were all these private nooks and areas all around the grounds that were so fun to explore.
The highlight of our time in Alghero was easily the night we drove about 30 km outside the main city to a farm for dinner. This wasn’t just any farm, but Sa Mandra, an agricultural oasis that serves only the most delicious and freshest foods grown on their property. There is no menu, but a set list of 10 or more courses that you will be served along with delicious Sardinian wines. They do have a vegetarian menu if you are interested. When you arrive, you are shown to an area where you can have aperitifs by the fireplace. The fireplace is where they roast their suckling pig. It was kind of amazing to see it all come together. After that you are shown to your table where you are served one amazing dish after another. The entire meal was delicious, but the suckling pig was easily the best thing I have ever tasted. It managed to be tender, crispy, salty and sweet all in one bite. I only wish it wasn’t the last course to be served! Jason and I agreed that this was the best meal we’ve eaten our entire lives. The really shocking part was each of our meals (wine included!) only cost €40 each. I can spend more than that at happy hour.
Our only disappointment with Alghero was that we were only able to spend a couple of days there. We left so many places undiscovered. When we planned out this trip it didn’t even make our short list. I’m so happy we decided to add this amazing town to our itinerary – we can’t wait to go back!