What you should know before hiring a car in Alghero
|Alghero city centre|
|Riviera del Corallo Airport (AHO): 4 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Alghero: practical information
Where to rent a car in Alghero
Alghero is one of the most popular tourist ports in Italy. It also happens to have some of the cheaper car hire deals around, giving visitors the freedom to tour the region at their own pace. Alghero is located in the perfect place for discovering Sardinia and its stunning coastline. First step, booking a car hire Alghero airport. Choose from Avis, Hertz and Europcar, all located inside the airport terminal.
For a car hire Alghero city, look for signs that say [e]autonoleggio[/em]. You'll find a few near the major port area as well as along Via Vittoria Emanuele in the city centre. They are mostly local Alghero car hire companies, don't be afraid to compare the prices before booking your holidays in Alghero.
Driving in Alghero: parking and other tips
Alghero boasts a relatively small city centre, so you won't need an Alghero rental car to get around the city. Actually, in terms of parking, you can even leave your car on the city centre outskirts and walk to the town's tourists areas in minutes. Cycling is also a popular alternative. Public buses are also quite reliable to get you to the beaches and back from the city centre.
There are two main parking lots in the city for parking: one is at Piazale della Pace, near Barcelona Beach where large tour buses and car can park. The other is in the port area which is largely industrial but offers free parking to the public.
Road trips from Alghero: what to do, what to see
Not far from the city centre lies the spectacular Marine Reserve, one of the best diving destinations in Europe. Alghero is famous for its underwater caves, offering some incredible untouched diving places right on the coast line. Nereo Cave is the largest underwater cave in Europe and takes three dives to explore the whole of it! Beginners can take courses at the Dive Centre before joining a tour to the caves.
Located less than 30 kilometres from Alghero's city centre, Cappo Caccia is one of the most popular attractions in the area. These curious limestone cliffs overlook the sea. At their feet is Neptune's Grotto, admission is €6 per person. There are also beautiful beaches nearby, including Bombarde and Lazzaretto. Feel like a bit of history?Do't miss the Nuraghe Palmavera.
There are 50 kilometres that separate Bosa from Alghero but every step of the way is incredibly scenic and worth the effort. The coastal highway views are right out of a glossy travel magazine, just make sure to pull off to the side if you want to take in the views! This area is perfect for bird watching. Many griffins make their nests here and around Cape Marrargiu.