Pick up your hire car at Alghero airport to enjoy the quiet and understated charms of this Sardinian city.
"We blend the best of our Italian and Catalan heritage into a gorgeous historical town on Italy's second-biggest - but definitely best - island!"
Sicily might have something to say about it, but Sardinia is certainly an alluring destination and Alghero, with its culture, history and great food, is one of its highlights.
With pretty cobbled streets home to excellent bars and restaurants, the vibe is a quaint and relaxing one.
Tourism is big business, and the 42,000 or so locals will offer you a very kindly Sardinian welcome.
A good Mediterranean climate, meaning that in mid-summer temperatures soar well into the 30s, while in winter it averages around 14 degrees during the day.
Malloreddus - a special type of pasta - is good with a tomato and spicy sausage sauce.
For those who choose to believe in Roman mythology, Neptune, God of the Sea, apparently owns some impressive local caves.
Although predominantly Italian, almost a quarter of the locals still speak a regional Algherese, which is a local version of Catalan.
"People from Alghero differ from other Sardinians not only because of the antic Catalan language, but also because they prefer to enjoy the sun, the beaches, and the cafes rather than anything else." - www.sardiniatourism.com
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A whopping great 16th century church with grand pillars, if you're in Alghero you simply can't miss this - even if you tried!
Traffic in the old walled town is restricted to residents' cars, but ample free parking is available for your hire car in the vicinity at Piazzale della Pace and along Via Garibaldi.
Another engaging slice of history, this prehistoric site dates back to around 3300 BC and is home to at least 37 burial tombs.
This is just a few miles from the centre of Alghero and parking is free and easy just by the entrance to the archaeological site.
Like their pals over in Italy, Sardinians are known to be quite religious, and this is yet another one of their splendid churches.
Another old town site, so if you have no luck at Piazzale della Pace, roadside parking is possible just south of the old town on Via Sassari, Via Cagliari and Via XX Settembre. It costs 50 cents per hour.
Another one for the archaeologists, this is the scene of the ruins from a very impressive palace from the 14th century BC.
There's free vehicle parking for visitors along the SS127bis, right by the entrance to the site.
This boasts a long stretch of fine white sand that should satisfy even the most demanding sunbathing expert.
There is plenty of free parking on the streets close to the beach.
" Don't underestimate the heat of the summer months here. If your hire car doesn't come ready-equipped with one, you won't regret investing a few euros in a windshield sunscreen - you can usually buy them from any petrol station. Aside from that you won't have any problems driving in Alghero - it's a small town, easy to get around and the real beauty of a hire car is you can take in the amazing scenery on the roads leading out of the town. "