Flights: Ryanair ( flies to Alghero from London Stansted between April and October. Thomson Airways ( connects Alghero with London Gatwick and Manchester between May and October. Alternatively take any flight to Milan or Rome from where there are frequent flights. Transfers: Alghero’s airport is 7.5 miles from the centre of town, a 20-minute local bus ride. Drivers should park up as soon as possible, as the old town streets are mainly pedestrianised.


Cruises: Ships and ferries dock at Porto Torres, an industrial centre some 22 miles north of Alghero, and not worth hanging about in. Five or six local buses daily connect the two towns in around an hour.

Getting around: Car rental agencies in Porto Torres include Sardinya (00 39 079 291113; at the Stazione Marittima at the bottom of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. In Alghero, try Avis, which has agencies at the airport (00 39 079 935064; and in town at Via Garibaldi 87 (00 39 079 914 4557).