If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Alghero, the answer is: ANYTIME!
In fact Alghero, unlike other exclusively seaside towns, offers a number of activities and attractions that can be practiced at any time of the year and not only related to summer tourism.
Starting from the children Carnival, to the Setmana Santa and further on the spring events, it is possible to discover a side of Alghero linked also to culture and slow-tourism.
During the spring, in the Porto Conte natural park, you can take fantastic walks to discover the cliffs, the typical Mediterranean bush and hidden coves.
The summer months of July and August are the most crowded of the year, when the city comes alive with tourists from all over Italy and Europe.
From September onwards, when the Ferragostan crowds are over, you can dedicate yourself to discovering the surroundings area in a more quiet and relaxed way. Thanks to the milder temperatures and the fewer tourists in town, you will have some of the beaches only for you in warm and sunny autumn days. Furthermore until November, Alghero and Sardinia are perfect for hiking holidays.
Getting to the end of the year, there is one more reason to visit Alghero: the Cap de Any (New Year’s Eve). Alghero is the queen of the New Year’s eve celebrations in Sardinia, with parties and shows that last until January.
When is the best time to visit Alghero?
The best times of the year to discover the Catalan city.
Setmana Santa (between March and April)
Easter in Alghero includes the rites of the Holy Week (Setmana Santa) which on the most evocative day, culminate with the Good Friday procession. The city is tinged with red lights among the streets of the old town. An atmosphere of ancient and past, of melancholy and romanticism. The bells of the Cathedral of Santa Maria ring, while the rite of the Esclavament is celebrated.
The women dressed in total black, walk in procession with the farols (candles) reciting the litany in the narrow alleys of the Alguer vella (Old Town). A unique event in Sardinia, when the Catalan culture joins the Sardinian tradition.
Spring is the perfect time to visit Sardinia. Long and sunny days, mild and pleasant temperatures are perfect for hiking, walking and cycling. The beaches are still deserted and if swimming in the sea may be quite extreme, enjoying the first warm sun of the season while lying on the sand may heal your soul and body from the long winter months.
Among the paths of the Porto Conte Park you can make one/half day hikes. We recommend the walk to Cala Barca, a wild scenery close to the cliffs of Capo Caccia.
Generally, in May, many events are held to encourage outdoor activities around Alghero and its surroundings. The event “Monumenti Aperti” offers the opportunity to visit the main historical and archaeological sites for free!
In the event “Emozioni di Primavera” on every weekends between April and June, you can take part to seminars, exibitions, food and wine tastings . The Porto Conte farmers will present their home-made products like wine, cheese, bread, olive oil, honey and much more.
Summertime vacations (July and August)
The heart of summer is dedicated to the beaches and Alghero is the perfect destination for a beach and culture holiday. Among the best times to visit Alghero in the summer, we recommend the first fortnight of July. In fact, during this period the temperatures are perfect for swimming and the massive presence of vacationers has not yet landed on the island.
From the second half of July onwards until the end of August, we have the most popular time of the year. In general, the peak season including the 15th August is best to avoid as it is way too crowded and you’ll risk not to fully enjoy both the beaches and the city.
The Ferragosto in Alghero attracts thousands of people from all over Italy and Europe. The beaches and the historic town become a swarm of tourists who stroll among the stalls and bars .
During August, Alghero becomes one of the main tourist destination in Sardinia, where to enjoy a dinner out on watching the amazing sunsets on Capocaccia.
The most popular beaches of the Riviera del Corallo tends to be very crowded throughout the summer months of July and August. It is advisable to go early in the morning to take place at the Lazzaretto, Le Bombarde, and the dunes of Maria Pia, ones of the most beaufitul beaches in the area.
Autumn in Alghero (September and October)
When is the best time to visit Alghero?
September and October are considered the best months for a holiday in Sardinia. On the less crowded beaches you can better relax and the shorter days offer incredible sunsets. In September, while the summer heat peak has gone, the temperature is ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
In October then, thanks to the milder temperatures, you can dedicate yourself to the discovery of the surrounding area between excursions in the Park, trekking, cycle-tourism, and visits to archaeological sites.
Recommended activities in Alghero
Free Cancellations on all activities!
New Year’s Eve in Alghero (December)
The last event in the Alghero festive calendar, includes the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Throughout the month of December there will be a series of events dedicated to families, with light shows, concerts and exhibitions. The big New Year’s concert is celebrated in the harbor with thousands of people from all over the island. The city’s restaurants and bars welcome visitors with typical menus and local products dedicated to the Christmas period.
Summarizing the best times to visit Alghero: April, May, June, first part of July, September, October and December!
When’s the best time to book a holiday in Alghero?
In recent years, the accommodation options have grown exponentially in the city. There is something for everyone and for any budget: downtown apartments, country villas, B&Bs, farmhouses.
Booking your accommodation well in advance is highly recommended because an high volume of enquiries are received especially for the peak-season months. You can always opt for the free cancellation that gives you more flexibility in the event of a sudden change of programs.
Our rural houses, while located in one of the most beautiful and interesting areas of Alghero, tend to run out of availability for the months of July and August, very soon. Location makes them very popular and much in demand for nature lovers because the proximity to the sea and the quiet and natural environment attract all outdoor enthusiasts!
With us you can find maximum flexibility because we offer free cancellation at any time of the year. If for some reason you are forced to cancel your holiday you will get a 100% refund.
How to get to Alghero?
Alghero-Fertilia airport is only 10 km from the city center and it is connected by the ALFA line bus which get you to Via Catalogna bus station. However, our advice is to visit Alghero by car in order to have more freedom to move between the most intereting sites and hidden beaches.
We recommend to book your car online and collect it at the airport. While you can always find affordable prices, by booking in advance you will definetely get the best rates.
By getting by ferry with your own car, you can choose between the port of Porto Torres which is 35 km away from Alghero or the Olbia port, at approximately, 1h 30 minutes driving. You can check out the offers here:
Hotel and B&Bs in central Alghero
Alghero has many holiday accommodations including apartments, hotels and B&Bs just a few minutes from the old town. On the map you will find the updated rates and availabilities.
Contact us for more information and book your accommodation in Alghero!