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David and Louise

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, Italian

Well-equipped ground floor apt in the historic centre of Alghero, free WIFI

4 Reviews
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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Alghero - Old Town Apartment

Beautiful self-catering apt in the heart of the Alghero Old Town with free WiFi

Fully booked in August, 2 weeks left in September and October.

Fully equipped ground-floor apartment with free WiFi in the romantic heart of Alghero's historic old town with all amenities, bars, restaurants, market, shopping, theater, etc close by.

The famous Bastioni sea wall is a 2 min stroll away and the harbour, marina and beach only 5 to 10 mins on foot. Alghero is home to many artists, one of whom has decorated the apartment with murals.

The apartment is in the traditional Alghero Old Town style. It is accessed from the cobbled street, and it has only one window and no outside space. The front door has a shutter that can be locked from the inside to allow more light in, as well as a large metal security gate that means the large front doors can be left open if so desired. It has a powerful air conditioning unit and a large wall mounted fan. Its thick walls keeps it cooler in summer and snug in winter.

The apartment consists of a double bedroom, bathroom with shower and kitchen/living room. It has a king-size bed, one single sofa bed, and one sofa in the lounge that does not convert. It has a large LCD TV, DVD player, HiFi, PlayStation and games, induction hob, combi microwave-convection oven, kettle, washing machine, under-counter fridge-freezer, etc. Rental includes free WiFi, beach towels, and use of some beach equipment.

This well-equipped apartment is ideal for city or beach breaks or as a base for exploring the island. At 35 m², it is best suited for 2 to 3 , or 4 if the sofa is used as a cot or small bed.

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SPOTLIGHT:

Summer in Alghero sizzles!

In summer it is all about the beaches, and people taking full advantage of the stunning weather.

Of course, all the other Alghero attractions remain, should you need a day off from sea and sand.

May/June and September/October have always been our favourite times of the year to go to Alghero. Alas, now that the kids are at school we can no longer take advantage of the cheaper flights, fabulous weather (hot, but not quite scorching), and the considerably thinner crowds.

So if you are not tied to the school holidays, why not consider coming to fabulous Alghero in May/June or September/October?

DON'T FORGET: St Michael's Day festival at the end of September.

St Michael is the patron saint of Alghero. Festivities take place over a number of days and include a 30 min fireworks display is the historic port at 20:30, early enough for the kids to attend, bands in the piazzas, nightly street stalls with arts, crafts, torrone (local nougat), etc, street entertainers, and good times by all. Take advantage of the late summer sunshine, temperatures that often reach around 30 degrees, and the lower prices as the season winds down slowly.

New Year (Capo D' Anno) is fantastic, with stages in most of the piazzas in the Old Town playing a variety of live music, with street entertainers everywhere.

Bars and restaurant are full to the brim, with people coming in from miles around, and most places serve special set menus that are not too expensive.

Then there is the massive fireworks display in the harbour at midnight, which kicks off the next phase of the party (usually a well-known perfomer with live band on a big stage in the harbour) lasting well into the early hours.

Late winter and carnival

There are many religious festivals all over Sardinia, with many of them centered around Alghero. Many colourful religious processions, a children's carnival in February, people with whips in scary masks wandering around in the winter sun - what more could you ask for in the off-season, when everything is cheap and the crowds are mostly local?

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Sardinia and Alghero history:

While Sardinia was settled about 6000 years ago (archaeological sites, such as the mysterious Nuraghe villages and burial sites, are everywhere), the town of Alghero was founded in 1102 AD by the Genovese and remained under Doria control for centuries. After that the Catalan-Aragonese took over in 1353, and Alghero stayed under Catalan/Spanish control until the 18th Century, in the period acquiring its distinct ‘Gothic’ architecture and Catalan feel, and its nickname 'Barcelonetta'. Street names are still in Catalan and Italian, and along with Italian and Sardinian (which is a language quite close to Latin) Catalan is still spoken in Alghero. This unique blend of Italian and Catalan is reflected not just in the Alghero architecture, but also in its cuisine and cultural practices, such as the Easter processions, Carnival, and other festivities.

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About the owners

When we bought this apartment, we were living and working in London, so escaping to Alghero five or six times a year, whether for a long weekend or a whole month, was glorious, just the tonic we needed. Even now after many years and dozens of visit, when the taxi drops us in the Piazza Teatro thirty meters from out front door and we smell that sweet, fresh sea air (and maybe some fried garlic and tomato), all worries just drop away.

Sardinia magic:

We wanted a place in Sardinia, which is one of the most beautiful and interesting places on earth - so what more can we say? It's got the great weather, the stunning architecture, the white beaches and turquoise sea, the fresh food and the local vino, the friendly people and the vibrant culture. It's very peaceful, and everything tastes better here. I kid you not, this is literally true, the local veggetables and olive oil are fantastic, no doubt due to the extra sun and rich soil.

Alghero Old Town magic:

We wanted something in the Old Town, which we love. Alghero is nice wherever you are (OK, there are some uninspiring neighborhoods further out), but the Old Town is something truly special. We have traveled widely and have seen lots of places, but the Old Town ('centro storico') was where we wanted to come back to again and again.

The apartment we were looking for had to be near everything (no car needed), but still be quiet and peaceful during the day (to work from home, sometimes for a few weeks on end) and at night (to sleep!), and this apartment offered that.

It also has high ceilings, some stunning design features (artfully exposed brickwork, the terracotta floor, murals, the vaulted ceiling in the bedroom), and yet all the modern amenities.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
David and Louise (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks English, Italian

What makes this apartment unique

Groundfloor convenience:

With shopping bags etc, a ground floor apartment is really convenient, and quite rare in the Old Town. And with the old folks visiting regularly, the often steep and narrow staircases in other apartment buildings can be difficult, and just wouldn't have suited us.

Here, we simply walk in, lock the front gate leaving the baby buggy and our beach stuff and sandy shoes in the little lobby area, and we're home. No traipsing up and down dark, steep staircases, no worries about where to park the buggy.

Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

Well-equipped ground floor apt in the historic centre of Alghero, free WIFI
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
5

Best Holidays Ever

  • 5 of 5

Very beautiful holidays in Alghero ! Louise & David thank you for your welcome, your help, and all your advices to visit Sardaigna

Thanks a lot

Audrey & Manu form France

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, it was an absolute pleasure having you here with us. We are so glad that your holiday was a success. Do come again!
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5

We felt right at home!

  • 5 of 5

Dear David and Louise

We had a wonderful time in your little Alghero apartment, and will recommend it to everyone here planing a trip back to the Old Country.

All in all, a more than adequate stopover on our grand tour with all the comforts of home. We loved the powerful shower after a day at the beach, and the beach towels were especially handy. Somehow we did not think the weather in May would be so very very good.

Locally, we loved the Cathedral at the end of the street, and the restaurant at the other end, Ardoinos - fabulous local fare.

And the sea wall is just wonderful.

Must sees in the area are: the Noraghe ruins, Neptune's Cave, and of course all those beaches.

Once again, thanks for a wonderful time,

Jim and Bessie from Newark

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We're glad we could help make your big European trip memorable. Do come again!
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5

A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

It was great to stay in the old city with so many interesting and different restaurants within easy reach. The flat was small but very clean and well furnished and we could easily walk to the local vegetable and fish markets and cook wonderful fresh food at home if we wanted to. The flat is at street level and as an older couple we appreciated not to have to negotiate steep flights of stairs as has been the case in other places we have stayed. We will definitely be recommending this flat to our friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we're always happy to hear from our guests. Very glad you enjoyed your stay, and please come again! (Don't forget the 10% discount we give to all our repeat customers, in addition to any other offers we may be running at the time).
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A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at this apartment in Alghero! The location is awesome in the center of old Alghero, surrounded by lots of shops and restaurants.

After long days at the beach it was always a pleasure to come back home, because the apartment stayed nice and cool during the hot days and is really comfortable.

Louise and David were great hosts! They helped us organize our late arrival and gave us some advice what to see and how to get around! It helped us enjoy our holidays as we had more time relaxing than trying to figure out how to get there... ;-)

Thanks for a wonderful time!

Conny and Maike from Germany

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review, and do come again. We are so glad you had a good time. It is always nice to hear from a satisfied guest. Your pleasure is our business....
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Location

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Alghero Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Mill Inn
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Porto Torres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Alghero Golf Club
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Alghero
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
SP12 Sassari to Gagliari
Nearest Restaurant
80 Metres
Arduino (was Andreini)
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Alghero Beach
Car: not necessary

The fine Alghero architecture in the old town is Catalan and worth the trip alone. Historical ruins, nature reserves, pristine beaches and quaint villages are close by and if you love spectacular vistas of mountain and sea, you will find them here. If you are feeling energetic, explore the spectacular Neptune’s Grotto in the morning, then stop off at a Nuraghe necropolis on your way to lunch at a nearby artichoke festival; then spend the afternoon swimming in clear emerald waters before heading for an aperitif in the old harbour; then finish off the day by tucking into delicious seafood or authentic Sardinian suckling pig; or just grab a pizza. Unless you prefer a more leisurely pace: shop at the local market, stroll through the old town admiring the architecture, then wander off to the beach for a swim before heading home for a home-cooked meal; finally, promenade along the sea wall like a local and grab some home-made Italian ice cream the likes of which you will not find elsewhere.

Other Activities: Sardinian cookery classes, Italian lessons (stroll and talk)

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Alghero, Alghero Town

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
High season (August)
1 Aug 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
£395
£1,300
 
 
Mid season (late summer)
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
£135
for 3 nights
From
£45
£225
£775
 
 
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£120
for 3 nights
From
£40
£198
£650
 
 
Mid season (spring)
8 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£135
for 3 nights
From
£45
£225
£775
 
 
Mid season (early summer)
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£165
for 3 nights
From
£55
£260
£875
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£120
for 3 nights
From
£40
£198
£650
 

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Alghero in Sassari province

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 35 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The bathroom has an extra-wide shower, a large basin, toilet, and a bidet. There is an electric clothes dryer and a lit mirror cabinet with sockets for shavers.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The apartment has very high ceilings throughout, and there is a mix of traditional arched ceiling and wood paneling, as well as some artfully exposed brickwork showing off the medieval stone (see the photos). The bed is the Italian 'Matrimoniale' size bed, which is 165 cm (66 in) wide, and the widest bed that is generally available in Italy. There is a mural at the back of the bedroom complementing the arched ceiling and exposed brickwork. There is a built-in cupboard with hanging space, as well as two chests of drawers and a comfortable Ikea-style rocking chair. In addition, a single sleeper couch, and an orginary sofa in the living area, so this apartment can accommodate up to 3 people. ( 4 with a cot) However, the apartment is a typical Alghero holiday apartment, so it's not huge. It is best suited for couples, or couples with kids, or very good friends.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This bolt hole in the Old Town is better equipped than most apartments in Sardinia. The owners spend a lot of time here, so have made the place comfortable for themselves. The bed has an excellent quality mattress, and the large micro/convection and washing machine (5 kg capacity) are brand new as of 2011. Also, there is a powerful fan, a dehumidifier, heaters for winter, and air-conditioning for summer. The large wall-mounted Sony TV gets all the digital Italian channels, and there are quite a few DVDs and CDs on the shelves; as are books, many of which left by previous guests. And there's a Sony PS2 with quite a few games. Also, there are plenty of proper, large beach towels for guests to use, as well as other beach equipment, like toys, an umbrella, and beach chairs. Oh, and the WiFi broadband is also free. As to the kitchen area, there is a four-ring gas hob with extractor fan, a microwave/convection oven, and lots of pots and pans. And there is a real kettle.

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