By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Sardinia is part of Italy, while its neighbor Corsica is part of France.
But Italian Sardinia is closer to France at the narrow strait near Corsica than it is to Italy. (Although, French Corsica is closer to Italy than France.)
And much of the architecture and a bit of the culture is still heavily influenced by the Spanish and the Habsburgs who ruled here for many centuries.
The Ozieri culture was here in the 4th millennium BC; while the Nuraghe civilization was active about 1500 BC. Scattered around Sardinia are thousands of megalithic ruins known as nuraghes in Sardinian or nuraghi in Italian.
The name is believed to come from an old word meaning heap of stones, or confusingly, a cavity in the earth. In any case, they are usually located in panoramic or strategic locations; about 8,000 have been cataloged. Historians say perhaps 30,000 once existed.
They date from the middle of the Bronze Age (18th-15th centuries BC). Many were still in use when Rome arrived in the 2nd century BC.
Alghero at the island’s northwest corner is an intriguing place to explore, a time capsule of many civilizations.
This year’s seemingly endless summer continues, with midday temperatures in the 80s. Today, Wednesday, is market day in Alghero and we walked along the beachfront Lido to Viale Sardegna. The aroma of dozens of types of local cheeses advertised the location of the market a few blocks away.
MARKET DAY IN ALGHERO
Here are some views of Alghero from previous visits.
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