Alghero Airport – also known as the Alghero-Fertilia Airport – serves the city of Alghero in the northern Sardinian region, which is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy. Though the airport serves mainly domestic scheduled flights (it also connects to a handful of international destinations, but many of them are seasonal or chartered flights), it receives over 900,000 passengers yearly due to Sardinia’s reputation as a top tourist destination with its turquoise seas, white sandy beaches and amazing wine. It is one of 3 airports that serve the Sardinia region, the others being Olbia Airport and Cagliari Airport.
Located about 12km northwest of Alghero, getting from the airport to the city is relatively hassle-free. Tourists can take the local public bus that will bring them all the way into the town centre for a small fee, or grab a taxi outside the airport for a faster and more convenient ride to their hotel direct. Taxi fares will set you back by about 20-25 Euros, while a bus ride costs less than 1 Euro.
Once in Alghero, bikes are a popular mode of transport. What better way is there to explore the small city covered in sunshine for more hours than any other part of Italy? Alternatively, buses and trains also run within the city, and tourists can buy either single tickets or day tickets depending on their own requirements.
What to see and do
Sardinia is known for its generous endowment of natural beauty, but also boasts a rich and colourful history – and some of the best parts are preserved in Alghero’s Old Town. Complete with XVI Century Towers, cathedrals with bell towers and ancient piazzas, you’ll feel like you have gone back in time. Start your walk from the tower of Porta Terra, the entrance to the city, and continue your visit to old churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary and various saints; you may even be able to climb up to the bell towers in the right season. From there, carry on to witness the old digs of Alghero’s ancient people, and manoeuver the narrow streets of the old Jewish Neighbourhood.
After immersing in the past, pull yourself back to the present with a visit to one of the natural wonders of the Mediterranean basin, the Cave of Neptune. This stunning grotto is one of the most-visited tourist attractions, and can only be accessed via a boat or – for those on foot – after ascending the ‘Billy Goat Stairs’ – 660 steps cut into a cliff side. Once you’re there, though, it’d all be worth it – how many other places boast a huge, magical shimmering lake within a cave? On top of it (literally) are vast stalagmites that have formed rainwater vats that became valuable water sources for nesting birds. And that isn’t even the main feature – a quick descent brings you to the magnificent columns of even bigger stalagmites and a sandy beach, all within the same cave.
For those looking for a bit of an adrenaline rush, a climb on the ‘Via Ferrata del Cabirol’ will give you just that. More than 200 metres high, the climbing route runs along the limestone cliff face of Capo Caccia and consists of natural ledges that vary widely in width – sometimes the ledge is enormous, and sometimes it becomes so narrow as to be nonexistent. Not to worry, though – a few iron handholds will help you tiptoe your way through the narrower parts. Recommended only for the brave and nimble.