The capital of the northwest corner of Sardinia is Alghero, an island within an island. For eight centuries people here have spoken Catalan, the language of the kings of Aragon and the Spanish colonialists who conquered the area in the 14th century. It’s no accident that the old city high above the sea is called “Barceloneta”, or little Barcelona. Pop into one of the artisan workshops that produce precious red coral from the deep seabed (we recommend a visit to “La Nassa” ).
Moving north we find a series of natural “postcards”: the Capo Caccia marine reserve, the beaches on the bay of Porto Conte and the Cavesof Neptune (easily reached by Frecce delle Grotte di Alghero boats), with an incredible little beach and a lake.