Cala Porticciolo // ©
La spiaggia di Mugoni // ©
La spiaggia di Mugoni // ©

Beaches in short

A brief collection of the best known and most easily reached beaches via land. The Alghero coastline extends for almost 90 Km, with beaches and rocky formations for all tastes.

From north to south an infinite variety of scenery is on offer: vast sandy gold and white beaches, enchanting coves framed by the colors of the Mediterranean nature, soft sand dunes shaped by the wind…
Very easily reached via land, whereas others are reached exclusively via the sea, or, for cycling and hiking enthusiasts, by bike or on foot. All you have to do is go one of the thousands of the often hidden paths that open up among the greenery of the Mediterranean scrub brush to suddenly find yourself among thousands of hues of blue.

1.  The coastline north of the city (Alghero - Capo Caccia)

1. Punta Negra

Just a few steps from the town of Fertilia, in a delightful inlet surrounded by picturesque reefs and bordered by a luxuriant pine forest, can be found the Punta Negra beach. Part of the beach is reserved for guests staying at the Punta Negra Hotel.

Composition: Sand and rock

Type of Sand: Light-colored

Services: Restaurant, coffee shop, hotel

How to get there: From the centre, follow the directions for Fertilia by going along Via Lido and Viale Primo Maggio. Pass the bridge and the traffic light and carry on for another 500 meters. Turn left just before you get to the hotel.

2. Le Bombarde

One of the most renowned and fashionable beaches of the Riviera. One of the best equipped for entertainment, sports and relaxation. The white sandy beach is caressed by wonderful turquoise-colored water. The beach is free and equipped. Behind it lies a lush pine forest. For those who would like to avoid crowded beaches, the area is also full of less-frequented coves and reefs.

Composition: Sand and rock

Type of sand: White

Services: Equipped beach with facilities such as bathing establishment, boat rental, diving center, sailing lessons, restaurants and coffee shops, hotels

How to get there: From the center follow the directions to Fertilia on the SS 127 bis, just after the sign indicating Km 44, you will see signs for the beach.

3. Il Lazzaretto

Perfectly nestled among the thousand greens of the Mediterranean scrublands, it is overlooked by the Lazzaretto Tower.
The wide fine, sandy beach is a bright white color (for the most part equipped), is surrounded by a series of sand, pebble and reef inlets caressed by crystalline waters and protected from wind.

Composition: Sand and reef

Type of sand: Light-colored sand

Services: Equipped beach with facilities and bathing establishments, boat rental, diving, coffee shop.

How to get there: Go along the SS 127 bis until you are 700 meters from the turn-off for Le Bombarde. You will see the beach road for Lazzaretto. You will reach a large car park, right on the beach.

4. Baia di Porto Conte - Mugoni

Porto Conte is a wide inlet along the northern coast of the “Riviera del Corallo'. The Porto Conte Gulf, previously known as Nymphaeus Portus (Bay of the Nymphs) is bordered by the Faro, Bollo and Tramariglio towers and overlooked by the imposing cliff of Capo Caccia. In the bay, whose coast runs about 6 km in length is situated the expanse of Mugoni beach, which is surrounded by a dense forest of pine eucalyptus trees.

Composition: Sand

Type of sand: Gold-colored

Services: Equipped beaches with bathing establishment, boat rental, diving and coffee shop.

How to get there: Mugoni is located in the Porto Conte area. It can be reached via the Aglhero-Capo Caccia coastal road. About 8 km before Capo Caccia, you will see to the left the sign for the beach.

5. Tramariglio

From the greens of the Mediterranean vegetation stands out a seventeenth-century tower overlooking the small bay of Tramariglio. Just a few minutes from the imposing cliffs of Capo Caccia is a small equipped tourists' port and a small and tranquil golden sand and pebble beach. Behind the beach lies a forest, host to a splendid oasis of replanted fauna called the “Le Prigionette' (The Small Prisons).

Composition: Sand and pebble

Type of sand: Gold colored

Services: Tourists' port

How to get there: Tramariglio may be reached via SS 127 bis. At the fork for Porto Conte and Capo Caccia, take a right toward Capo Caccia. Pass Mugoni beach and the Villagio Baia di Conte on the left and keep going on the coastal road. The small port is visible from the road.

6. Cala Dragunara

At the foot of the Capo Caccia cliffs, nestled in Mediterranean scrub, lies Cala Dragunara (Dragunara Cove). Close to the cove can be found the Grotta della Medusa (Medusa's Grotto), in which Neolithic artifacts have been discovered, and the Ighiotitoio di Dragunara (Dragunara Ponor). From the Cala Dragunura – above which stands the Bollo tower – there is ferry service to Neptune's Grotto.
Services available: Coffee shope – Ferry line for Neptune's Grotto.

Composition: Sand and reefs

Type of sand: Gold colored.

Services: Equipped beach (lounge chair, beach umbrella) coffee shop.

How to get there: The cove may be reached from Fertilia by taking the SS 127 Bis and following the SP 55 toward Capo Caccia.

7. Porticciolo

Situated on the northwestern coast of Porticciolo Cove is a half-crescent of sand perfectly ensconced amongst the colors and scents of the Mediterranean scrub. During the spring, when nature comes back to life, it is a veritable explosion of colors. With its shallow waters and rocky bottoms that give the waters a green and azure hue, it closed off to the north by a cliff and overlooked by the lookout tower “Porticciolo'. From the beach, made up of sand and pebbles, you can take in the cliff sides of Punta Cristallo.

Composition: Sand and pebbles

Type of sand: Gold colored

Services: -

How to get there: Take the SS 127 bis. When you reach the turn-off for Capo Caccia, turn right and follow the signs.

8. Porto Ferro

Large free beach, situated on the border between Alghero and Sassari, bordered by large dunes. It is located near the Baratz Lake, the only natural lake in Sardinia and valuable nature area. A path connects the beach to the lake area. Beaten by Mistral winds, the beach is a favoured by surfers.

Composition: Sand

Type of Sand: Gold colored

Services: Coffee shop, restaurant

How to get there: It lies about 20 km from Alghero and is reached by going in the direction of Santa Maria La Palma from Fertilia on the SS 291. You turn left on SP 55 bis and follow the signs for Porto Ferro.

9. Lido di Alghero

It is the extensive beach of the entire coastline, a long tongue of white sand that begins with the San Giovanni beach and leads up to the Lido Novelli, and along with the Maria Pia beach, reaches the doors of the burg Fertilia.
The shallow sloping of the sandy sea floor and the tranquility of the waters make this beach the perfect place for families with small children. The beach is equipped in almost its entire length and offers all kinds of service.

Composition: Sand

Kind of Sand: White

Services: Beach with facilities and bathing establishments, restaurants and coffee shops, hotels.

How to get there: Just a short walk from the historical centre. Follow the directions for the Lido and go along the Lungomare Barcellona, following its foot and bike path.

10. Maria Pia

White sandy dunes, centuries old junipers sculpted by winds and various kinds of plants typical of the Mediterranean scrub dot the scenery of this beach. The shallow water and sandy bottom, as well as the possibility of finding shade in the Maria Pia pine forest make it a nice place for spending an entire day of relaxation, in a valuable oasis of green. Just a few hundred metres from the city, along the coastal road linking Alghero to the town of Fertilia.

Composition: Sand and dunes

Type of sand: White

Services: Beach with facilities and bathing establishments, restaurants and coffee shops, hotels.

How to arrive: Easily reached from the historical centre. Follow the directions for the Lido and go along the Lungomare Barcellona and carry on toward Fertilia along Viale Primo Maggio. To reach the beach, you must go through the Maria Pia pine forest.

2.  The coastline south of the city (Alghero - Bosa)

11. Calabona

Located in the immediate outskirts of town, close to one of the most evocative view areas of the Riviera del Corallo, the “Balaguer' hill, the area of Calabona is made up of small coves and hidden inlets, at times sandy, at times pebble. As with other locations on the southern coast, Cala Bona was not too long ago used as a sandstone quarry, whose stone was used to build up the historical centre. To the right of the beach can be found the interesting natural cave known as “Grotta di Costa' (Coastal Grotto), which is host to a tranquil and cosy little beach.

Composition: Sand and low reefs

Type of sand: Dark

Services: -

How to get there: From the centre of the city, follow signs for Bosa. The entrance is to the right, just before the bridge.

12. Cala Burantìn

Ensconed among the reefs and beaches south of the city, it consists of two gold-colored sand beaches. It is one of the favourite destinations of boaters because of the tranquility and beauty of its waters. It is not easily reached via land. You will have to leave the car on the road and continue on foot for nearly 1 km.

Composition: Sand and low reefs

Type of sand: Gold colored

Services: -

How to get there: To reach the area, you will have to go along the Alghero-Bosa coastal road until you reach the fifth KM just before the military base “Poglina' and from there continue on foot for approximately 1 km.

13. La Speranza

Approximately 8 km from the city in the splendid Alghero-Bosa coastline in the Poglina area, at the border between Alghero and Villanova Monteleone is found the beach Speranza, predominately made up of pebble and amber-colored sand. As it exposed to Scirocco, Mezzogiorno and Libeccio winds, on windy days it is visited by surfing enthusiasts.

Composition: Sand, pebbles and shallow reefs.

Type of sand: Gold colored.

Services: Equipped beach with bathing establishment, coffee shop and restaurant.

How to get there: It can be reached by taking the “provinciale' Bosa-Alghero. About 8 km from Alghero you will see the signs for the beach immediately after the signs for Villanova Monteleone.

3.  The urban beach

14. Lungomare

The “Lungomare Dante' and “Valencia' are host to some small and tranquil city beaches. At the feet of the walled city, among the reefs that for centuries had guranteed the defence of Alghero, it is possible to enjoy the relaxation and tranquility of the small beaches next to Villa Sant'Elia (Villa Las Tronas), between the reefs of the “Trò' or the “Riservato'.