Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
This elegant, brand new apartment is located in the quiet residential area of Maria Pia at few steps from "La Pineta" (pine forest), surely one of the best beaches in the surroundings, and a few miles away from Alghero's city centre where you will admire the unique old town with its unforgettable sea front promenade. It is composed of:
1 double bedroom with a double bed,
1 double bedroom with single beds,
1 living room with large cooking area
1 covered terrace
A fifth bed in the living room + a cradle are available. All furniture is new and very nice and functional. Each room has air conditioning. The flat is equipped in the most complete way in order to assure maximum comfort to its guests. In particular you can enjoy the large shadowy terrace with its lovely view, where you can comfortably dine in absolute privacy, or simply rest peacefully for a while. Its strategic location makes the apartment the ideal starting point not only to the Pineta beach, where you can easily get on foot, but also to any other beach, allowing you to avoid an unpleasant, daily waste of time.
Cycle path close by. Private garage available for bicycles and motorbikes (free of charge). Tennis and swimming pool in the vicinity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alghero - Fertilia 7 km, Nearest railway: Alghero 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
The Sardinia region
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 23,821 km².
The island has a typical Mediterranean climate. During the year there are approximately 300 days of sunshine, with a major concentration of rainfall in the winter and autumn,
Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe. Though evidence of human visits date from the Palaeolithic period, permanent settlements only appear much later in the Neolithic age, around 6,000 BC.
From about 1800 BC onwards, villages were built around the round tower-fortresses called NURAGHI , which were often reinforced and enlarged with battlements. The boundaries of tribal territories were guarded by smaller lookout nuraghi erected on strategic hills commanding a view of other territories. Today nuraghi are one of the most remarkable peculiarity of the Sardinian landscapes, dotted by some 7,000 buildings of the kind. Among them the outstanding nuragic complex of Barumini "Su Nuraxi" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sardinia has three international airports (Alghero Airport, Olbia - Costa Smeralda Airport, and Cagliari-Elmas Airport) connected with the principal Italian cities and many European destinations, mainly in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain, and Germany, and two regional airports (Oristano-Fenosu Airport and Tortolì Airport). Several low-cost air companies operate on the island. Meridiana Fly is an airline based in the airport of Olbia; its development in the 1960s followed the development of the resort village of Porto Cervo in the north east part of the island,a well known vacation spot among billionaires and movie stars worldwide.
Sardinia is one of two Italian regions whose inhabitants have been recognised as a popolo (a distinct people) by a local statue.
The most spoken languages in Sardinia are Sardinian and Italian. Sardinian is a Romance language of Latin origin, influenced by Catalan, Spanish and indigenous (Nuraghe) elements with some roots from Phoenician and Etruscan. Curiously enough, Alghero is the only place in Italy where Catalan is spoken.
A range of different cakes, pastries, meals, dishes and sweets which are common elements of Sardinian cuisine. Rock lobster, scampi, botargo, squid, tuna, sardines and other seafood figure prominently in Sardinian cuisine. Suckling pig and wild boar are roasted on the spit or boiled in stews of beans and vegetables, thickened with bread. Herbs such as mint and myrtle are used. Much Sardinian bread is made dry, which keeps longer than high-moisture breads. Those are baked as well, including civraxiu, coccoi pinatus, a highly decorative bread and pistoccu made with flour and water only, originally meant for herders, but often served at home with tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic and a strong chees
Sardinia is home to a wide variety of rare or uncommon animals and native plants and animals, such as a few species of mammals: the Mediterranean Monk Seal, the Giara's Horse , the Albino Donkey, the Mouflon, the Sardinian Deer, the Sardinian fox, and the wild boar. Conversely, Sardinia lacks many common species such as the viper and the marmot, which are found everywhere else on the European continent. Sardinia has four endemic subspecies of birds found nowhere else in the world: its Great Spotted Woodpecker (ssp harterti), Great Tit (ssp ecki), Chaffinch (ssp sarda), and Eurasian Jay (ssp ichnusae). It also shares a further 10 endemic subspecies of bird with Corsica.
The island has some environmental laws, and after an enormous plan of reforestation has become the Italian region with the largest forest extension, with 1,213,250 hectares of woods. The Regional Landscape Plan prohibits new building activities on the coast (except in urban centres), next to forests, lakes or other environmental or cultural sites and the Coastal conservation agency ensures the protection of natural areas on the precious Sardinian coast.
Natural parks and reserves
Sardinia has three national parks:
1. Asinara National Park;
2. Archipelago of La Maddalena's National Park;
3. Gennargentu National Park.
Ten regional parks:
4. Parco del Limbara
5. Parco del Marghine e Goceano
6. Parco del Sinis - Montiferru
7. Parco del Monte Arci
8. Parco della Giara di Gesturi
9. Parco del Monte Linas - Oridda - Marganai
10. Parco dei Sette Fratelli - Monte Genas
11. Parco del Sulcis
Parco naturale regionale di Porto Conte
Parco regionale Molentargius - Saline
There are 60 wildlife reserves, 5 W.W.F oases, and 25 natural monuments.
Alghero (l'Alguer in Catalan), is a town of about 42,000 inhabitants in north - western Sardinia.
The area of today's Alghero has been settled since pre-historic times. The Nuraghe civilisation was present in the area around 1500 BC.
Traces of Phoenician buildings have been found not far from the city.
History and culture
Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port, founded around 1102 by the Genoese Doria family, who ruled it for centuries. In 1353 it was captured by the Aragonese, and could later grow thanks to the arrival of Catalan colonists. The subsequent Spanish Habsburgs' dominion, which brought some stylish elegance to the city, ended in 1702. In 1720 Alghero and Sardinia were handed over to the Piedmont based House of Savoy.
A minority of people in Alghero speak a Catalan dialect, introduced when Catalan invaders repopulated the town after capturing the city from the Genoese in 1353 and subsequently expelling the Sardinian population. Catalan was replaced as the official language by Spanish in the 17th century, then by Italian. The most recent linguistic research conducted showed that 22.4% of the population speak Algherese Catalan as a first language.
Holidays in Alghero
Alghero is recognised as the most singular and attractive of the holiday resorts in Sardinia, and it as
become increasingly popular in recent years, yet the city still retains its distinctive Catalan character, derived from the influence of Pedro IV of Aragon who seized control of the town in the mid-fourteenth century and embarked on an intense period of colonization from Spain.
Today, Alghero manages to combine its role of tourist city with that of a thriving marina. This enables it to maintain a year round economy outside of the busy summer months.
To the north of the marina lay several fine sandy beaches of all sizes which provide a wide range of choice.
Really outstanding its historic centre with its fascinating old walled town on the sea front containing a labyrinthic network of narrow lanes, most of which are free from vehicles.
These play host to numerous hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants that preserve Alghero's reputation for excellent seafood.
Visitors to the city will find that the area around Alghero provides plenty of opportunities for day trips and the best known of these is undoubtedly the cave complex of Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune's Grotto). It is one of the most charming in Europe and located only 15 km to the west on the peninsular of Capo Caccia. It's advisable though to get there by sea: the trip aboard the ferry offers spectacular views of the coastline, culminating in the breathtaking visit to the isle of Foradada. To the north of Neptune's Grotto, the abandoned mine at Argentiera is recognised by UNESCO as an important example of industrial archaeology in Sardinia. Further on at the north western tip of the Island, Stintino is renowned for its stunning beach "la Pelosa".
Heading south from Alghero, a trip along the remote coastline of Oristano leads to the interesting medieval town of Bosa.
The area surrounding Alghero also contains several important prehistoric sites. Nuraghe di Palmavera is the best preserved nuraghic complex in the region and the older Anghelu Ruju, near Alghero airport (Fertilia), is a necropolis consisting of around forty burial chambers.