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.
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21 Jul 2014
"Perfect apartment for family who is looking for a quiet holiday!"
Booking process and contact with owners (Sabrina and Piedro) has been very easy and straight forward! Apartment was super clean, modern and has everything you need. If you travel with kids bring DVD… More
16 Sep 2012
"An excellent holiday in an excellent location"
Siamo in tre Mamma Roberta, Papà Alfio e Niccolo', 7 anni. Abbiamo soggiornato ad Alghero nell'agosto 2012. La nostra scelta è stata mirata, in quanto avevamo visitato l'alloggio nel marzo scorso insieme ad altri sia in Alghero che a Stintino. La posizioni è decisamente ottimale e grazie alle biciclette che i proprietari mettono a disposizione, nonostante il traffico di Agosto, ci si può tranquillamente muovere senza alcun affano nella ricerca del parcheggio (basta un palo per assicurare le bici….). La spiaggia si raggiunge a piedi in meno di 10 minuti, e che spiaggia! Maria Pia è un arenile bellissimo, molto ben vivibile dal punto di vista dell'affollamento, che non ha nulla da invidiare alle Bombarde o il Lazzaretto, dove invece la bellezza della location è, almeno per noi, decisamente guastata dalla presenza di un numero elevatissimo di “cafoni”, peraltro impossibili da evitare dato il periodo. L'appartamento è molto confortevole, di elevata qualità nell'arredamento e negli accessori a disposizione, con un terrazzino che è stato da noi molto sfruttato sia per i pasti che per il relax. Il Sig. Pietro, sempre molto disponibile ma comunque discreto nella sua presenza, ci ha dato dei preziosi consigli che abbiamo seguito con piacere anche se abbiamo comunque voluto fare qualche esperienza non suggerita. In conclusione il mix di posizione/confort/costo aggiunto alla bellezza di Alghero e alla cortesia e disponibilità dei suoi cittadini non possono che farci attribuire a questa vacanza un voto molto positivo, non propriamente l'eccellenza ma sicuramente solo a causa del “periodaccio” delle quindicina di ferragosto. Solamente una richiesta che farei al Sig. Pietro: perché non mettere a disposizione per l'auto l'ampia autorimessa? Lasciare l'auto perennemente al sole a in balia degli eventi atmosferici ci ha creato un po' di disagio.
15 Sep 2012
"WOW ... Fantastic Five Star Accomodation and Location"
We were very impressed with the professionalism of Pietro and Sarbrina from the moment we made the initial enquiry. The communication thereafter was excellent. Although the apartment was not supposed be available for occupancy until 3pm the day we arrived, Pietro kindly arranged for us to move in at 10.30 am. Pietro sent us details of directions from the Airport and when we arrived we were met by Pietro and his daughter. The warm welcome we received surpassed anything we have experienced while holidaying abroad. Pietro who speaks excellent English explained all the facilities, and spent a lot of time showing us the best locations, beaches, restaurants in Alghero and the best areas to visit in Alghero. To our surprise Pietro offered to take us on a sight seeing tour of the Alghero region. For over two hours we were taken the most beautiful sights by Pietro.
The apartment is exactly as in the website; spotless and equipped to the highest standards. This is truly 5 star accommodation. It is located within 10 minutes drive from the airport, 10 minutes walk to 4 KM Maria Pia beach and within walking distance to the fabulous town of Alghero.
Anyone looking for a relaxing holiday, in 5 star accommodation within easy reach of the airport, beaches, Alghero, a base to explore the beautiful sights around Alghero or other parts of Sardinia, then this is the perfect apartment and location.
We had a fantastic holiday, in a great apartment, location and a most welcoming and helpful owner. We will definitely consider coming back to Pietro and Sabrina.
22 Jul 2012
"Well located holiday accomodation in delightful Alghero"
I stayed in Pietro's flat for a week with my wife and 2 teenage children.We had a great week in this charming part of Sardinia and I would definitely go back to Alghero in future. Pietro was very… More
14 Apr 2012
"Spotless Apartment 5-10 minutes walk from the beautiful Maria Pia beach."
Lovely new apartement only a 5-10 minute walk from the Maria Pia beach. Communication with the owners Piotr and Sabrina was excellent right from the minute we first enquired about booking. Initially there was no kettle but after a quick phonecall to Piotr we were soon provided with one. We also recieved lots of friendly advice about where to visit, where to eat etc. The apartment itself is new and very clean. It was more than adequate in size for myself, my husband and our young daughter. There is a spacious balcony/terrace although it wasn't quite warm enough to use when we were there!
The walk to the centre of the old town is aprroximately 30 minutes which for us wasn't a problem as we preferred to be closer to Maria Pia beach.
Anyone staying at this apartment should turn right straight out of the apartment block and then right again along the side of the apartment block next door. From here it is a lovely walk to Maria Pia beach which also takes you past the excellent local sporting facilities which include a public, outdoor swimming pool. Please don't walk onto the main road as it takes much longer - as we found out!
The only downsides to the apartment are that there is building work on a new block next door, this wasn't a problem for us as we were out all day, and the nearest shop is about a 20 minute walk away. These are minor complaints that certainly wouldn't put us off from booking this apartment again.
A fantastic holiday, a great apartment and a welcoming and helpful owner.
1 Nov 2011
Absolutely new and spotless, spacious and furnished with taste, this flat provides all the comforts (aircon, washing machine, fully equipped kitchen) for a perfect stay.
The terrace is my favourite feature, very large and ideal for lunch and dinner or just to have a cigarette with a chilled glass of wine.
Every detail was taken care of, there was plenty of fresh towels and bed linen and all the cleaning products you needed.
The stategic location, very close to the best beaches of Alghero and only a short walk from the city center is an added bonus.
The owner, Pietro, very kind and never tired to give us informations suggested great restaurants, beaches and places to see.
What else can I say? Lets just hope to find it available next time we visit Sardinia!
22 Sep 2011
"See you next year. It was wonderful, great, perfect"
Landlord of apartment was very friendly. Accommodation was perfect. Just the only thing that bothered us, was building work.
Thank you so much! it's such a pleasure to see how our hosts appreciate our property and our job. Fortunately those building works are coming to an end, and from now on it will be possible to enjoy again one of the best quality of the house: the silence of our peaceful quarter.
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