Christmas is one of the most magical and cherished seasons; that time of year when cities are filled with decorations and every street glitters with coloured lights.
Alghero is a city that never stops. In fact, it is one of the few in Sardinia that is still a popular destination at this time of year and offers an unforgettable holiday, even in winter.
Despite it being Christmas, Sardinia is the land of the sun, so don’t expect snow or the arctic cold here. If you are lucky, you will wake up each morning to warm weather and blue skies with not a cloud in sight.
Shows, exhibitions and concerts run throughout the month of December. You can find a full calendar of activities by clicking here. Needless to say, there are plenty of Christmas markets to make the atmosphere even more fun and festive.
Thirteen kilometres from Alghero is Olmedo, a small village in the province of Sassari where, every year, a nativity scene made of bread is displayed. This unique sight is created by local artisans. It features around 160 characters, with new ones added each year. You can view the “crib of bread” at the historic church of Nostra Signora di Talia.
Another must-see event if you visit Sardinia later in the year is Autumn in Barbagia.
It is one of the island’s most important events and is hotly anticipated by all Sardinians. It takes place in the heart of Sardinia in the Nuoro area, which is about an hour and a half / two hours from Alghero, but the drive is well worth it.
The event runs from September to December. Each weekend, the streets of every town in the Nuoro municipality are transformed into a whirlwind of costumes, food, typical Sardinian dancing and cantu a tenòre (traditional Sardinian singing). Culture, food and entertainment take centre stage at this entertaining event enjoyed by families and friends and that leaves tourists in awe.
Sardinia is seen mainly as a summer destination, yet it is also home to wild landscapes and very ancient history. By visiting it out of season, such as at Christmas, outsiders can to get more in touch with a culture and history that are unlike anything else in the world.