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|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Alghero 500 m|
|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|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
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.