When is the best time to visit Alghero?
Climate, Average temperatures and precipitation
Alghero’s climate is warm and temperate. Winter is rainy and has an average temperature of 10 ° C, January is the relatively coldest month, while summer is dry and hot with a maximum of 30 ° C in August. Spring is pleasant and with a few days of rain (except in April), unlike autumn which is a rainy season, especially in the month of November when about 90mm of precipitation fall.
In any case, this period has a welcoming climate with more or less 17 ° C.
The months of the year when the water of the sea is most beautiful, with about 25 ° C, are July, August and September.
Alghero in Spring
Spring is quite pleasant, with maximum temperatures around 18 ° C and minimum temperatures of 10 ° C. The season is not particularly rainy, only in April there are 10 days of precipitation. The sea is undoubtedly cold, in May it reaches 18 ° C and remains, a temperature too low for swimming (unless you’re very brave of course).
In spring it is wonderful to admire the vegetation in full bloom in its infinity of colors and perfumes, accompanied by a time neither too hot nor too cold. So an ideal time to discover Alghero on foot, walking through its streets and its historic center, even by bike, or taking boat trips.
The event not to be missed is “Emotions of Spring” at the park of Porto Conte: 11 weekends (from March to May) with numerous entertainment initiatives and exhibitions, concerts and entertainment. Also, you might think of spending the Easter weekend in Alghero, since Easter is very much felt and celebrated in a particularly evocative way. In May the famous Alghero – Scala Piccada car race is held and the Shepherd shearing party is held, organized by various agritourisms.
Alghero in Summer
The summer in Alghero is hot, with averages of 23 ° C: in July and August the maximum temperatures reach 30 ° C, the minimum 18 may reach intense heat waves that increase the heat even more. The period is dry and, in about 2 days of rain, the rainfall is 10mm.
In the summer months the city gives its best: sun and sea, good food and unforgettable sunsets … so enjoy a good bathe and relax on the beach!
There are many events: in June there is the San Giovanni Fair with gastronomic and commercial stands. For film lovers, the unmissable event is the Sardinia Film Festival, from the end of June to mid-July, with fifteen uninterrupted days of events including projections, focus, meetings with authors and protagonists of national and international cinema.
In July there is the festival of the song “Una cancò per estiu” (a song for the summer), while towards the end of the month Birralguer is held – an event dedicated to Sardinian craft beers, food and wine and quality cuisine . Also in July there is the party of the Sant Crist de la Costera del Coral (of the Holy Christ of the coral coast), during which there is a procession of boats and a characteristic submarine mass.
Furthermore, on the first Sunday of August we celebrate Our Lady of Mercy, with a regatta of boats, the launch of crowns of flowers from ships and airplanes, and other events. Finally in mid-August, from the port you can admire the famous fireworks display, followed by a band concert and a huge fish grill on the piers.
Alghero in Autumn
Autumn has very pleasant temperatures, especially between September and October, with a maximum of 25 ° C, in November they fall to 17 ° C; the minimums are about 15 ° C. The season is rainy, mainly in November with 90mm of rainfall.
In September, the water is still hot at 24 ° C and drops 2 degrees in October. Consequently, at the beginning of the season the advice is to go on the enchanting beaches, like the Bombarde which is 10km from Alghero. If you are driving, you can move on the most beautiful beach in the area: La Pelosa in Stintino, about 45km away. In the evening, walk along the ramparts and enjoy the sunset over the sea, perhaps sipping an aperitif.
At the end of September there is the festival of San Michele Arcangelo, the patron saint of the city, with religious rites and with the performance of artists and musicians from Alghero. Other important festivals take place in the towns near the city and, among these, I recommend the Feast of Santa Maria La Palma and the Madonna Stella Maris Festival, near Porto Conte.
Alghero in Winter
Winter in Alghero is mild, with a maximum of 14 ° C and a minimum of around 6 ° C. Snow is a rare event. It is a period that sees a lot of rainfall compared to the rest of the year, especially in December, which is as rainy as November.
In this season time is best spent visiting the museums, such as the Archaeological Museum and the Coral Museum, which tells the fascinating journey in the marine ecosystem and in the history of the precious coral.
Between January and February there are interesting underwater fishing competitions and there is the Philatelic and Numismatic Exhibition which advertises the “Catalan” image of Alghero. Also in this period the Carnival Week takes place, with parades of floats, bands and folklore groups.
Worth a visit is the festival of “Lu Boga Marì”, a gastronomic review of the sea urchin held between January and February, the best time for sea urchins.
Finally, it is worth celebrating the Christmas holidays and especially the New Year’s Eve (Cap d’Any d’Alguer) in Alghero, where they organize different entertainment shows and concerts in the squares, up to the grand finale of the New Year’s Eve with a wonderful fireworks display over the sea.
When is the cheapest time to visit Alghero?
The cheapest months in Alghero are May, June, September and October. It will be possible to save on the cost of transport (which in July and August touch unimaginable figures) and on the prices of airline tickets or ferries, as they suffer sharp drops.