About Alghero

Easily the prettiest and most interesting of the ports along Sardinias northern coast, Alghero looks as much Spanish - or rather Catalan - as it does Italian.  This all dates way back to when the town was taken over by travelling merchants from Barcelona.

Local food and language still has strong Catalan elements and the historic Catalan Church of San Francesco, with its ceramic dome and Gothic belltower, is one of Algheros major historic sites.  Others include the Magdelena fort overlooking the network of narrow cobbled streets at the heart of the atmospheric old town near Alghero cruise port.

Through beautiful countryside full of olive groves, you can visit local vineyards.  Alternatively, head for the Capo Caccio headland, which affords superb views of the rugged coastline.  Further on is the intriguing prehistoric site of Nuraghe Palmavera with its 50 circular stone cottage-like constructions.


Shore excursions in Alghero

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Alghero and Cheese Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Discover the Iberian charm of Alghero and taste the famous pecorino cheese.

The little city of ancient Alghero today conserves the look of a typical coastal town - unplanned, with narrow and twisting streets. The old town barely covers one-tenth of today’s city, but is a delight to explore on foot. Setting off from Plaza Sulis, you’ll discover Alghero’s ancient Catalan origins as your guide takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the town. Some free time will be given for you to explore the town at leisure before reboarding the coach to head to the ‘Agriturismo’.

Travelling inland and crossing through the countryside you will reach the ‘Agriturismo’, where a local shepherd will demonstrate how pecorino cheese is produced. Sardinian cheesemaking has evolved over the centuries and has been an integral part of Sardinian life for the past 5,000 years. The island makes 80% of Italy’s famous pecorino romano, one of the oldest cheeses around.

After the cheese demonstration, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the other locally produced cheeses as well as some Sardinian snacks and wine.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking, over some cobblestones and uneven surfaces. You are advised to take local currency, sun screen and insect repellent.

Alghero and the Little Train

Activity low

Duration: 0½ hour

Discover Alghero at a leisurely pace with a ride on the little tourist train.

All aboard the small tourist train for a 30 minute narrated ride. Departing from the quayside, the ‘Lo tren de L’Alguer’ (or the little train on wheels) will head up towards a panoramic viewpoint for a short photo stop. Located on a hill called ‘El Tro’, stunning views of the Riviera del Corallo can be enjoyed here.

Sit back and relax on the little train as it winds its way back to the ship through the historic part of Alghero, a town famed for its Catalan origins, that are still preserved today. Along the way your local guide will point out the main places of interest.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by Trolley Train and on foot. There is minimal walking involved on this tour. The train is exclusively chartered for P&O cruises.

Bosa Village and Wine

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the charms of the southern coastal town of Bosa and sample the famous Malvasia wine.

Journey by coach along the dramatic winding coastal road towards Bosa. Situated at the mouth of the River Temo, the town of Bosa has an atmospheric old quarter located at the foot of a hill, which is dominated by the medieval Castle of Serravalle.

Bosa is the centre for the production of olive oils and wines (‘Malvasia’ is particularly famous) and is also well known for lace and ‘filigrana’. Bosa is also a traditional fishing village bisected by the River Temo, Sardinia's only navigable river.

Your walking tour will take you along the waterfront promenade, passing the fisherman’s 2 and 3 story houses with their red tiled roofs. Continue past the church and along the quaint narrow lanes of this medieval town.

Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to sample the typical Malvasia wine at a local café in Bosa.

Relax as your return journey to Alghero takes you back along the same scenic route.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Bosa is around 1½ hours. This tour involves approximately 1 ½ hours of walking over steep, inclined and cobblestoned surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Participants in the wine sampling must be over 18 years of age.

Gulf of Alghero by Boat

Activity lowRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 4 hours

Take in the delights of Sardinia’s coastline and enjoy the sun and sea on this relaxing beach and boat excursion.

Board your motor vessel for a scenic cruise along Sardinia’s stunning north west coast, the Rivera del Corallo. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you pass by some of the 47 miles of coastline.

Dotted along the shoreline you may see some of the intimate coves and mysterious caves, which have been carved out by the pounding sea over the centuries.

A stop at a popular beach along the coast allows you to enjoy the sunshine and take a dip in the inviting crystal-clear waters. Relax and enjoy.

During your boat ride you’ll be offered some light refreshment.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat. Passengers wishing to swim should bring swimwear and a towel. Sardinia is often very hot during the summer months, so protection from the sun is recommended. Those who suffer from motion sickness should note that the waters in the area can sometimes become a little rough.

Kayak Advenure

Activity high

Duration: 4¾ hours

Discover coves, inlets and beaches as you kayak along the Sardinian coastline.

Departing from Alghero, a short minivan transfer will take you to the Kayak Centre at Lazaretto, which is located on the Riviera del Corallo.

Riviera del Corallo is an area of the Sardinian coastline, situated on the plain of Nura, northwest of Alghero. It is named after the red coral which is found in its waters and has been used to make jewellery and ornaments since the times of Ancient Rome.

Upon arrival at the Kayak Centre, you will be fitted with equipment and given a safety briefing before heading off on your guided kayak adventure in the blue waters of this stunning coastline. Discover an abundance of different little coves, inlets and beaches as you kayak along the coast from Capo Galera to Le Bombarde.

After your kayaking experience, you will have some free time to relax on the beach, swim in the turquoise-tinged water or purchase refreshments before your return transfer to the ship

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minivan and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. Pregnant women and passengers under 16 may not participate. The kayaking will last approximately 3 hours and will be adapted according to the skill level and experience of the group. Please take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and non-oil sunscreen. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket.

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