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Alghero from a cruise ship

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Alghero from a cruise ship

We will be in Alghero on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 9AM – 5PM. Since we tender in, probably won’t be able to get ashore until 10AM. This forum has convinced me that the bus is the way to go for Neptune’s Grotto, steps and all.

From the cruise ship dock, how/where do I catch the bus? Also where can I find the bus schedules?

Time permitting, after the Grotto, we would like to wander around the old town and take in some of the historical sights. How do we get from the bus stop to Old Town and then how do we get from Old Town back to the pier?

Also, where can I find a "walking map" for Old Town and back to the cruise ship pier?

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1. Re: Alghero from a cruise ship

First of all, are you sure that your cruise ship docks at Alghero and not at Porto Torres? Alghero is not a deep water port, and large ships dock at Porto Torres. Are you being transported landside by a smaller craft from the cruise ship moored in the Bay of Alghero?

The only bus from Alghero to Neptune's Grotto (located at Capocaccia) during the off-season runs at 9:15 a.m. (arrives 10:05). From June through September, there is a second bus at 15:10 to the Grotto, with the return bus to Alghero at 18:05, thereby allowing 2 hours to visit the site.

However, you should be able to take a boat tour from the Alghero Marina (where small pleasure boats dock) which will transport you to the Grotto and back, and then you can take the 45-minute tour of the Grotto.

BEWARE: in rough seas, the small boats will not risk docking at the Grotto (danger of injury to passengers and damage to the boat), and you will have paid the fare without actually gaining entry to the site. You'll see the entrance to the Grotto and the lovely coastline, making the trip not entirely a waste of time. There is no refund of the boat fare in this event.

Alghero's Old Town is adjacent to the Marina Dock. The old Town Walls are less than 30 yards from the Dock. You can visit it easily in one or two hours (at most). The main bus stop and ticket kiosk is 200 yards from the entrance to the Old Town, making Alghero a particularly easy destination to visit with public transportation.

It takes less than 15 minutes (round-trip) to walk the full length of the Bastions along the sea wall, a singularly splendid experience.

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Edited: 03 January 2010, 14:49
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2. Re: Alghero from a cruise ship

If you find that you've exhausted your interest in Alghero after a walking tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (including a stop for lunch in the Old Town), here is an idea of how to "round out" the remainder of the afternoon, before re-boarding your cruise ship:

Take an easy bus ride along the Bay to Porto Conte (and back). The bus leaves from the main bus stop along Via Catalogna at 15:00, returning in Alghero at 16:15. It's a 35-minute scenic bus ride to Porto Conte, with a 5-minute turnaround. The bus drives by the Hotel dei Pini, one of Alghero's favorite along the beautiful Spiagge delle Bombarde. The fare is only 2 or 3 Euros round-trip. I've taken this trip on this bus, and can recommend it, particularly if you have nothing better to do after having visited Alghero's Old Town in the morning/early afternoon. One of Sardinia's most lovely "nuraghe" prehistoric stone dwellings is located about 500 meters from the Bivio Bombarde intersection (along the bus route between Alghero and Porto Conte). Unfortunately, you would have only 35 minutes to get off the bus at this intersection, walk to the nuraghe, and walk back to the intersection in time for the return bus at 16:00.

If you really want to see the nuraghe, you could rent a car or better yet a motor scooter from the rental agencies at the Port (you could also drive yourself all the way to Capocaccia), without being tied to the limited bus schedule.

Edited: 03 January 2010, 15:51
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3. Re: Alghero from a cruise ship

Cruises usually stay in the bay of Alghero, you will arrive in the marina by the lifeboats. You can have a free walking map at tourist office at Piazza di Porta Terra, 3 minutes walk from the marina. For the Neptunes cave u can choose: take turistic boat or bus (bus is cheap but when is not season is not running often). Bus stop is anyway 2 minutes walk from marina, Via Cagliari, next to Public Gardens.

If you have more questions, contact me, happy to help. ciao

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If I'm too late to catch the bus (or it's not running) is there a rental car agency near the cruise port?

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5. Re: Alghero from a cruise ship

Hi,

you have AVIS (http://www.avisautonoleggio.it/Autonoleggio/Europa/Italia/Alghero/Alghero-(SS)-Piazza-Sulis-9) and a couple of local car rentals (www.algherocarhire.com and www.autoexpressalghero.com, both with info in English) right in the marina area (some minutes of walking distance).

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6. Re: Alghero from a cruise ship

There is. It is called Nolauto, 2 minutes from your dock. There is another too, in harbour area, called Farris.

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