Smeraldo- Main Square Old Town
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This Jewel of an Apartment is located in Piazza Civica, the Main Square of the Old Town. On the second floor of a 15th Century historic building, Smeraldo mixes the best of the local characteristics and modern contemporary. The apartment has maintained the original wooden beams on the high ceiling and has been renovated with sophisticated modern Italian design including a beautiful staircase.
The local shops, bars and restaurants are all outside the front door. Smeraldo is within walking distance of the port, the ancient bastions of the city and the local beaches.
" Fantastic stay"! The apartment itself is in impeccable condition, clean and very well maintained. The renovation work was very well done. We like this style and it did not disappoint. The flat is located basically near the main square in the old town (Piazza Civica) and literally let out into the main walking area (so you're close to everything). Highly recommended"
Tim, UK, June 2012
" Perfect Holiday! We have spent five days at Smeraldo apartment, and we are very happy. The location in the middle of the old town is perfect: you can visit by foot all the historical center and the port is close to the apartment. The decoration of the house is very nice. Everything is clean and confortable.
Alfredo, Spain, June 2012
" It was all handled in top professional way"!
Thomas and Tine, Denmark, April 2012
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Alghero 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alghero Fertilia 5 km, Nearest railway: Alghero 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
A large floor to ceiling window with a small balcony overlooking the main square bathes the apartment in lots of natural light.
The living area has a modern wood dining table with 4 contemporary chairs, a sofa, storage cupboards and bookshelves.
The beautiful modern deep red kitchen is fully equipped with top of the range appliances and has a Nespresso coffee machine, new cutlery, gas stove with 4 hobs, full size oven, refrigerator/ freezer, microwave, kettle and toaster.
The main bedroom is located in the large loft/mezzanine area and has a king size bed that is conveniently accessible via a beautiful curved wooden staircase height 1.6m. Built in wardrobes and drawers for storage of clothes. Bedside tables and lighting are also built into the walls next to the bed. Cot and high chair available on request.
The bathroom has been elegantly decorated with natural coloured tiles.
Other features include FREE WI-FI, 32" Satellite flat screen TV, LED Lighting, iPod/iPhone docking station with speakers, DVD/CD, DVD Library, Air conditioning, wall safe, interphone, high security door, double glazed windows and washing machine.
|Further details outdoors|
The building is located in the heart of the historic centre, a pedestrian area with only local residents allowed to drive on some of the side streets. If you drive parking is available in the port which is a short walk away while taxis will drop you off at a main historic gate, less than 1 minute walk to the apartment. Bus to/from the airport 2 minutes away. Airport 15 minutes by car. From the port you can catch a ferry to the Grotte di Nettuno.
Bicycle rental is available to ride around town and to the local beaches which are also within walking distance.
The tourist office is a few doors from the apartment. They will be happy to provide you with any information you may need to explore Alghero and surroundings.
Our greeter will meet you on your arrival to let you into the apartment and will also assist you during your stay.
We will offer you our Welcome Gift (which includes a bottle of great chilled Sardinian wine!) and our Welcome book which highlights the key features of the apartment and contains useful information about the neighborhood, local attractions and our favorite restaurants, bars, beaches and walks.
The Sardinia region
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It was first inhabited by man in 6,000 B.C and is known for its rich archaeoligical history. The first settlers were from the Italian mainland and the Iberian peninsula. The Island has a history of invasion with one of the first being the Phoenicians and defended itself against constant coastal raids from the Carthagians, Byzantines and Berbers. In 1354 the Aragons seized Alghero and transformed it into a Catalan city. Visitors will still see elements of the Iberian origins (the Aragons were in power for more than 400 years in Alghero) in the local dialect which is similar to Catalan and can be seen in the dual named street signs. Since the 18th century the Italian royal family used to spend their summer holiday in Alghero.
Sardinia is known as an island of the extremes. Rugged coast lines, turquoise and emerald coloured seas, large areas of pastures and dense mountain ranges in the centre of the Island.
The coastlines around Alghero are stunning with views of Capo Caccia from all angles. A short drive will take one to either Bosa further south or Stintino a bit further north, each of which are rich in local culture and history.
The temperatures in the summer on the coast can average 28 degrees celcius, but can get up to the mid 30's in August. It is possible to swim from May to November as the summer months can extend for about 6/7 months. The spring time is more mild and allow the visitors to appreciate the lush green countryside prior to the arrival of the dry heat of the summer.
Walking historic cobbled stone streets, under the arches and along the walled bastions that protected this city from invasion will captivate your imagination. Alghero is a vibrant, modern city that has a local population year round of approximately 30,000 people. Various cultural events and exhibits take place throughout the year. You can find ancient churches and fortresses as you wander throughout the city. Visitors can also gain an understanding of the local culture by visiting the "Mercato" or Market in the centre of town which is overflowing with local fruits and vegetables, fish that has arrived fresh from the sea that morning, local meats and cheeses from the countryside, and the famous breads (a must have is the pane guttiau...trust us!) and dolce.
Local beaches and restaurants are all within walking distance. Bicycles are also available. For those looking to explore the sites in the vicinity, we recommend renting a car to take you to the cliffs of Capo Caccia, the Grotte di Nettuno or to the beaches of Bombarde or Stintino.
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3 Jul 2014
We stayed at this apartment for a week in June. The apartment is in the centre of the Old Town, walking distance from over 100 restaurants. The apartment itself is very well equipment. The bedroom is … More
17 May 2014
"lovely flat, perfect location."
my wife and I stayed at this flat for around 10 days in early May. Had a splendid holiday but will spare you the details in favour of getting to the facts about the apartment.
CLEAN/MODERN: well equipped, good wi-fi, nice kitchen, good hot shower etc
SETTING: located on the 2nd floor in a really well restored old building.
LOCATION: absolutely perfect. On the junction between, basically, the old town square and the main shopping street. Area is surrounded by restaurants and a couple of hundred yards from the sea
SERVICE: our arrival was delayed from ~2030 until well after 1am. Still got met at the airport and flat with no problem. Handy owner-written guide to the town comes with the booking, very useful for sorting out the first couple of days/nights.
Things to consider...
the staircase to the bedroom is quite tight, and headroom's a bit limited up there. I had to bend over (6 feet tall) to get about. This was no problem for us but might be worth considering if you're not as spry as you'd like.
the perfect location means that you'll get some noise from the street, although the windows are good. Mostly this just adds to the atmosphere, especially during the day. Wasn't a problem for us in the evening and peace is one pair of earplugs away at peak times.
Having such a nice apartment to retire to made a big difference to our holiday. Wouldn't hesitate to book it again.
Thank you very much for your review. We try to take utmost care of our guests so that they can have a great holiday. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciated the functionality of the apartment and the magic atmosphere of the building in the main square of the old town. We love Alghero and we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed Alghero, too. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
11 Nov 2013
"FANTASTIC!!! Five star accommodation and service!"
My friend and I visited Alghero for the first time in July and loved it. The apartment was fantastic! The design was beautiful and the location in the very heart of the old town was absolutely perfect… More
Thank you very much for your fantastic review and for recommending us to family and friends! We are very happy to hear that you had a fabulous holiday. We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed the central location of the apartment in the very heart of the old town and that you also enjoyed the comfort of the bedroom and all the conveniences. We are pleased to hear that we made you feel home well before you had arrived in Alghero! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
27 Jul 2013
"Great apartment in amazing location!"
We stayed in this apartment for 1 week in July 2013. The apartment couldn't have been better. The apartment itself is a one bedroom/mezzanine with the bedroom up a spiral staircase. Overall th… More
Thank you for your wonderful comments and for staying with us. It makes us very happy when our guests love Alghero as much as we do. We hope we can welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards
12 Oct 2012
"Cosy apartment in the heart of the busy old town"
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful week in Alghero. The apartment is brilliantly located right in the heart of the old town and, although small, is stylish, comfortable and very well equipped. Giuseppe could not have been more helpful and informative in advance of our stay. The prearranged taxi from the airport meant we were settled in the apartment in no time, thanks also to the useful provisions (e.g. tea, coffee, wine, etc.) awaiting us! The only downside to Smeraldo is the noise, which I suppose is only to be expected in such a central location. While we enjoyed our trips to the beach etc. it was always great to return to the old town and our cosy home from home. We particularly loved the delicious salamis and cheeses from the friendly guys in the shop called La Cambusa on Vicolo Serra just across from the apartment: just look out for the boar at the door! We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return.
Thank you very much for your comments. We enjoyed having you and your husband as our guests and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Smeraldo. We are sorry you experienced some noise from our neighbor's child who had been ill. We look forward to welcoming you again hopefully soon.
4 Sep 2012
"Lovely Apartment in Great Location"
We stayed at Smeraldo for 10 nights in August and really enjoyed our stay. The apartment was exactly as the owners had described but you have to stay there to appreciate what a great location it is in! The apartment is spotless and the kitchen is really well equipped with a new oven and every utensil you could ask for. The owners were so helpful both before we arrived and also during our stay as they kept in touch to make sure everything was ok.
Thanks Giuseppe and Elizabeth!
The Forde Family
Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Smeraldo and Alghero. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and we look forward to having you back in the future.
13 Aug 2012
"Wonderful apartment and location in beautiful Sardinia."
Thank you Giuseppe and Elizabeth for a fantastic holiday. The apartment really exceeded our expectations and the service was outstanding. The accommodation was clean, well laid out and the location in… More
Thank you for your review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at Smeraldo. It was a pleasure to meet you and your partner. We hope to have you again as our guest in the near future. Kind regards
31 Mar 2012
Stayed in appartment during long weekend holiday. Got all we needed.Place is decorated with great taste and having excellent quality mattress helped to relax even more! Great restaurants or even small shop where you can get some yummy local stuff for an afternoon tapas just around the corner. Town excellent for walks and shopping. Beautifull beaches nice walk away or only a short drive. Owner very helpfull during the booking and the person on the spot as well. Would definitely come back soon!
Thank you Elizabeth & Giuseppe!
We are very happy you and your family had a wonderful time and that you enjoyed the quality of the bedding we provide. We have put quite a bit of attention into this element of our service. Thank you for taking the time to tell us and all of our future guests. We hope we can welcome you back again soon.
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