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The surroundings of Alghero are rich in treasures to be discovered: from the places of the ancient history of the Nuragic civilization to the natural beauty of the Porto Conte Park or Neptune fascinating caves at Capo Caccia, the area offers numerous possibilities for cultural visits and explorations in the untouched nature.
The Nuraghi at Palmavera
A visit to this site allows you to explore the most important remnants of Sardinia’s Nuragic culture. The complex is constituted by an ancient tower (keep), to which a bastion was later added. The bastion encloses a secondary tower (with four arrow slits), an outdoor courtyard providing access to the upper floors and a corridor with alcoves.
Neptune’s Caves (Grotte di Nettuno)
Over the course of millennia, karstic geological processes have carved numerous caves out of the Jurassic and Cretaceous limestone of the cliffs of Capo Caccia. These hollowed-out chambers, bona fide miracles of nature, are covered with fantastic concretions. The most famous of the caves – and, indeed, the only ones open to the public – are the so-called ‘Caves of Neptune’ (Grotte di Nettuno), which are a magnet for thousands upon thousands of visitors each year.
Close by, there is the celebrated Grotta Verde (‘Green Cave’), which gave its name to an entire Neolithic culture, as well as the Grotta dei Pizzi e Ricami, the Grotta di Nereo, the Grotta Gea and many more besides – all breathtakingly beautiful, but all off-limits to everyone except speleologists.
The Porto Conte Nature Reserve
Located to the north of the city of Alghero, this nature reserve was lauded by the great Jacques Cousteau as "one of the most delightful spots in the Mediterranean". The reserve extends across 5350 hectares, including 60 km of coastline, stretching from Calich to Lake Baraz and, in the process, providing the perfect showcase for landscapes and seascapes that are utterly unrivalled in Europe.