Sardinia, an island of striking beauty, is simply made for a memorable holiday. The emerald colour of the sea together with the wild, pure nature inhabited by deer and wild horses dominates this unique place. There is no better way of exploring this Mediterranean gem than picking up a car hire in Alghero, a town situated in north-western Sardinia. This romantic town will welcome you with its cobblestone streets, vibrant squares and old, colourful houses. If you are into sandy coves and bays, rocky cliffs and turquoise sea, the North of the island is just the place for you. Auto Europe guarantees the best deal in the car rental market. Moreover, due to our extensive network of partners, we can offer you a great choice of vehicles for your holiday. With a car hire from Auto Europe you will most certainly get familiar with Sardinia at your own pace.
As Sardinia, with its 9,300 sqm, is about the size of Wales, it will take you only 4 hours to drive from the southern to the northern part of the island. It is fairly easy to drive in Sardinia - the traffic is not as heavy as in the UK. The only exception in the busy summer months may be Cagliari, the capital of the island. Pick up your car hire in Alghero and drive approximately two hours up to Olbia or reach Cagliari in less than two hours with your car hire. It is worth noting that many petrol stations accept only cash or local cards. There are no toll motorways on the island, but there are plenty of rather narrow roads winding through the hilly terrain. Please click here to find out more about driving in Italy.
Alghero has a wide choice of parking areas - the free one can be found on the Lungomare Barcellona, situated at the beginning of the Lido and right opposite the port. Free public car parks are also located in the port itself, and they are divided into two zones. One is managed by the town council, and it offers free parking for tourists while the second one is managed by the port authorities and, as such, is intended exclusively for boat and yacht owners. It can be used only with the permission of the Nautical Authorities. Throughout the town there are parking areas that are free of charge if indicated by white lines. Blue lines indicate parking spots that must be paid for, while yellow lines mark the areas where parking is strictly forbidden. The medieval centre of the town is a "limited traffic zone", therefore it is only accessible to authorized vehicles.
The coastal stretch in north-western Sardinia that extends to Alghero is famous for its red coral caught in its waters, used for making jewelry and ornaments since the ancient times. Hence its name - The Coral Riviera. Alghero is thought to be its tourist capital. This remarkable, historic town is surrounded by the most diverse landscapes; crystal clear sea, rocks, honey-coloured houses and vineyards stretching down to the sea make only part of its exquisite scenery. Alghero's varied surroundings include sandy beaches, a multitude of solitary bays, dense pinewoods and amazing grottos accessible only by boat. In spring the countryside around the town blooms and in autumn the scenery changes its colour, which makes every season perfect for a visit.
The island of Sardinia has more sunshine hours than any other region in Italy. Alghero often sees long dry summer months and short mild winters. However, although it generally has a typical Mediterranean climate, due to its northern position, it sees more rain during the winter than the rest of Sardinia. The wind known as "Mistral" can help during the summer, when temperatures reach soaring 40°C at times.
Alghero's Fertilia Airport is located approximately 5 miles north-west from Alghero. Together with Olbia and Cagliari it serves the island of Sardinia. The new construction projects in order to expand and renovate the terminal are in progress. Altogether 15 airlines fly to 40 most popular European destinations. Most of the airlines are low cost and some also offer seasonal charter flights.
Fertilia Airport (AHO)
Address: Regione Nuraghe Biancu, 07041 Alghero Sassari,Italy
Telephone: +39 079 935282
The town of Alghero is served by local buses throughout five daily bus routes. The ticketing system is simple and straight-forward; bus tickets must be purchased before the ride at authorised retailers (newsagent's shops and tobacconists) and validated by a machine on the bus or the driver. It is not possible to purchase tickets on board. Be sure to buy and validate a ticket as spot checks are rather frequent.