Located on the north-west coast of Sardinia and about 45 minutes by car from Sassari, Alghero
is considered and known as the "Barceloneta Sarda" or "little Barcelona": not so much from a geographical or tourist point of view, but because in the years it has preserved the use of the Catalan language, so much so that it is recognized as a monitored language both by the Italian Republic and by the Region of Sardinia. Capital of the Riviera del Corallo
, that is a stretch of coast of north-western Sardinia that extends up to Bosa
and so named for the presence of red coral in its waters that is worked to make jewels and ornaments since the times of ancient Rome, Alghero is a center of strong tourist importance, ranking every year among the top ten places in Sardinia visited by foreign tourists. Naturally rich in places of tourist interest of Spanish influence, there is no lack of historical architecture from the Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical periods. Characterized by a system of fortifications that protects the city from the Mediterranean Sea, the so-called "Bastioni di Alghero"
dating back to the 13th century, Alghero is very close to one of the most interesting places on the island: the Porto Conte Regional Natural Park
, a protected area that hosts at its southern end the Neptune Caves
, a popular tourist attraction rich in limestone conformations such as stalactites and stalagmites as well as an underground lake at sea level.