Sardinia in 2 Days: Alghero & Capo Caccia
I believe traveling is one of the best forms of therapy. I can truly “recover” from day-to-day life by vacationing. Whether it’s a month in South America or a weekend in Copenhagen, traveling always takes my mind off of things and truly inspires me. This post is about that; the need to take a break, leave, discover, and come back feeling refreshed with a clear mind and new ideas.
Day 1 in Sardinia
Start your day with an Italian breakfast: Coffee and a croissant. After the caffeine kick, make your way to the town center with a first stop at the tourist information office for some recommendations.
Alghero is a beautiful coastal city located northwest of Sardinia, Italy. It is known for its stunning beaches, views, and unique Catalan culture. Alghero is a popular destination for tourists looking to experience the unique blend of Italian and Catalan culture. The city is home to several historical sites, including the Torre della Pelosa, a 16th-century tower built by the Spanish, and the Alghero Cathedral, which dates back to the 13th century.
The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of bars, restaurants, and clubs to explore. Visitors can also take advantage of the city’s many outdoor activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and windsurfing. Alghero is an excellent destination for those looking to experience a unique mix of Italian and Catalan culture, with plenty of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained. Alghero has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an exciting night out.
Once you are all informed, slowly start your walk around the center. If you are an early bird, the streets will be empty, so you can take all the photos you want :). The center is beautiful, with its narrow cobbled streets, flowers hanging from almost every balcony, and the omnipresent pink bicycle motif (we were there a few days before Giro d’Italia began).
The streets are filled with colorful buildings and friendly locals. I stopped at a few shops to pick up some souvenirs and was pleasantly surprised by the prices.
Stop at a terrace and grab a cappuccino when you start feeling tired. We were offered one by the owner of a terrace where we asked to take some pictures. In return, he wanted to take pictures of me and maybe use them for promotion. Not sure I made a good deal there :).
At noon, grab a pizza at La Furat situated in the center. Try the truffle one; it’s heaven :). Follow lunch with a digestive walk by the sea and people-watching, and if you have not had enough calories yet, get a gelato. It never disappoints.
End your day with an epic dinner at Al Vecchio Mulino. I loved everything about this place: the atmosphere, the service, the food, the wine, and the prices. The food was absolutely delicious, and I savored every bite.
Day 2 in Sardinia
Wake up early to catch the bus to Capo Caccia, about 30 minutes from the town of Alghero.
Capo Caccia is a stunningly beautiful headland on the northwest coast of Sardinia, Italy. This breathtakingly scenic spot is known for its sheer cliffs that drop straight into the Mediterranean Sea. The cliffs are home to some of the most stunning natural formations in the world, including the Grotta di Nettuno, a stunning sea cave that is one of the largest and most impressive in the Mediterranean.
The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including rare species of birds, dolphins, and whales. Visitors to Capo Caccia can take a boat tour of the area to explore the stunning coastline and its many caves, or they can take a cable car ride to the top of the cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking views.
When you arrive, visit the cave or take a stroll using the same route the bus takes when heading back to town. Stop on the way to admire the view and take some sun.
We took a boat tour around the area, admiring the stunning cliffs and coves along the way. The trip’s highlight was the Grotta di Nettuno, a massive cave carved out of limestone cliffs. We could explore the caves and take in the breathtaking views of the sea from inside.
Grotta di Nettuno
The Grotta di Nettuno is one of the most impressive natural caves in the world. The entrance to the cave is a wide opening that leads to a large chamber filled with incredible rock formations. The cave’s walls are adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, and the floor is covered with crystal-clear pools of water. The cave is illuminated by natural light, which creates a breathtaking atmosphere.
We were in awe of the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites that lined the cave walls and the beautiful colors of the rocks. The cave was lit with colorful lights, making it even more breathtaking. We spent a few hours exploring the cave, enjoying the stunning views and admiring the area’s natural beauty.
Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Conte
After an hour’s walk, you will reach Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Conte where you can either go for another trek inside the park or wait for the bus back to Alghero.
The Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Conte is a stunning natural park in Sardinia, Italy. It is a protected area of over 10,000 hectares and is home to various rare and endangered species. The park is made up of several different habitats, including coastal areas, forests, and wetlands.
Visitors to the park can explore its many trails, take in the stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, and enjoy a variety of activities such as bird watching, horseback riding, and mountain biking. The park also offers a variety of educational programs, including guided tours and lectures on the local flora and fauna. With its beautiful landscapes and abundant wildlife, the Parco Naturale Regionale di Porto Conte is a must-see destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Disclaimer: the route back has parts that could be dangerous due to a limited walking path. Check the road before and be mindful of the cars.
Once back in Alghero, have lunch at the charming La Piadina del Pozzo in the center and indulge in a delicious piadina. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Take a digestive walk by the marina and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at a terrace.
One of the most popular activities is to take a boat tour of the coastline, which offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors can also explore the many historical sites in the area, such as the medieval walls, the Gothic cathedral, and the Baroque churches. For those looking for a more active experience, there are plenty of water sports to enjoy, such as sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. Hiking and cycling are also popular activities, with trails leading to some of the most stunning natural scenery in the region.
Finally, visitors can sample the local cuisine, known for its fresh seafood and traditional Italian dishes. With so much to do, Alghero is the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
Finish the day with a typical Sardinian dinner at trattoria La Saletta. You know you are in the right place when a restaurant is full of locals. After dinner, take one last stroll in the center before calling it a day.