Alghero on the west coast of Sardinia is a famous, well-preserved, historic medieval town. Tourists from all over the world come to stroll its narrow, cobbled streets and visit Alghero's famed necropolis, some eight kilometres away. The best way to get there is by car. The same applies to the picturesque beaches along the coast road to Bosa. In a hire car you can also drive to the mountainous hinterland, where you can leave your car in dedicated parking spaces at the head of each trail and explore nature on foot. The landscape is particularly worth seeing around Villanova Monteleone and Lago del Temo.
Alghero is the best place to pick up your car booked through TUI Cars. With TUI cars you benefit from inclusive fully comprehensive insurance and the refund of any excess paid in the event of damage. You can pick up the vehicle at the airport or in one of the many car rental offices in Alghero.
Explore Alghero’s sights by car
The Anghelu Ruju necropolis, about eight kilometres north of the city centre, is one of the special attractions of Alghero. The necropolis was built by the Bonnanaro culture and its predecessors, the Ozieri, who lived in Sardinia between 3400 and 2700 BC and were of Catalan origin. The site includes 37 Domus de Jana pre-Nuragic chamber tombs cut into the limestone and a single grave.
In the Mediterranean region the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is considered to be one of the largest and most important of all, mainly because it was never raided by tomb robbers. This may be due to their type of structure, which differs from other sites found on the island: in this case the grave chambers are mostly buried well underground. Many of the finds, such as daggers, silver rings and pearls, can be seen in the National Museum of Cagliari. By following the SS127 road you can reach this major necropolis in a few minutes by car from Alghero.
Information for travellers in Sardinia
As in mainland Italy the speed limits on Sardinia are 50 km/h in built-up areas and 90 km/h on country roads. On motorways you can drive at a maximum of 130 km/h. As a holidaymaker, you should always observe the traffic regulations. Hefty fines apply in the event of infringements, and if the fine exceeds 70 euro the authorities are empowered to force collection in other European countries. Fines can quickly mount up; illegal parking alone costs 40 euros.
The alcohol limit is 0.5 mg/ml in Sardinia. In the mountains buses always have priority, no matter the direction. It is obligatory at all times to have a warning triangle, first aid box and high visibility waistcoat in the car. Just to be sure, please check when you pick up the car. In the event of an accident or damage to the hire car, please call the police and car rental office immediately. In the case of breakdowns in a hire care in Alghero and the surrounding area, call the ACI breakdown service by dialling 116.