Alghero, in the province of Sassari, is a strongly recommended stop. The city has Catalan connotations, distinguishing it from other cities and villages in Sardinia. There are many monuments to visit – the ancient towers, of which only seven remain standing, the bastions, the Plàia Civica, the mediaeval square of the city, the St Mary’s Cathedral, built in Gothic-Catalan style in the 16th century, and the Plàia del Bisbe, a Neo-classic style square with the Civic Theatre, the Palazzo Vescovile and Casa Doria. The thrilling walks along the bastions of the port are also recommended. From there, the red roofs reaching up to the sky and the marvellous natural creek opening onto the emerald sea can be admired.
This area is also dotted with archaeological finds from distant times; the Palmavera Nuraghe and Anghelu Ruju Necropolis both provide evidence. History and culture lovers will certainly be drawn by the Dolmen, Neolithic funerary constructions, in the province of Sassari. They are formed from blocks of stone set vertically into the ground and covered by a horizontal block. One of the most important is Sa Coveccada, at Mores.
Nuraghe Valley is to the south-east of Sassari with the imposing complex of the Nuragic palace of Santu Antine .
If you’re lucky enough to spend time in the Sassari area in the summer, don’t miss the Festa dei Candelieri, also known as ‘Festha Manna’. After the traditional dressing with votive candles, flags and flowers, the candelieri (symbolic candles) move through the city streets to the rhythm of an accompanying drum. The procession is accompanied by four bands and a great crowd with thousands of tourists mingling with locals who follow it to the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem.