Sardinia is without a doubt one of the most blissful, idyllic destinies in Europe, which is why it remains a constant favorite with holiday makers. Packed full of fine sand beaches and waters varying between dreamy, pale blues and vivid turquoises, Sardinia is also rich in archaeological treasures and evidence of its ancient past is scattered through the island.
There are three main points of entry by air: Alghero Fertilia Airport in the northeast, Olbia Airport in the northwest and Cagliari Airport in the south. For those flying into Alghero Airport though a whole host of fears lays in store for those with a spirit of fun and their own means of transportation.
Sardinia Alghero Airport, also known as Fertilia Airport, is located 12km north outside of the city of Alghero, along the SP44. Recently modernized, it saw one million passengers come through its gates last year. Flights from the UK go from Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool and Birmingham and the flight providers are Ryanair and Thomson.
Coming into the small arrivals hall you will find just 2 baggage reclaim carrousels, a few cash machines, tourist kiosk, information desk, post office and small meeting room, while Alghero Airport departures boasts 17 check-in desks and 7 gates. Please note here is no where to store baggage at this airport.
Car hire at Algero Airport is vast with 12 companies located by the arrivals hall. They are AM Service, Avis, Easycar, Europcar, Eurorent, Hertz, Maggiore, Midarent, Ruviolo, Sardinya, Sicily and Thrifty. As with all car hire firms be very clear when getting a quote what is included in the price, as there are often hidden costs which will make a frustrating start to the holiday if you only find out at the check in desk. These can include insurance, tyre and windscreen cover and fuel charges.
If you are not hiring a car then there are plenty of other options for traveling to and from your final destination. Airport transfers provide a particularly swift and efficient way, as a driver meets you in arrivals and whisks you away without any unnecessary waiting around or queuing. A cheaper option is to reserve a seat on the private shuttle bus at Alghero Airport.
By far the most frugal way of traveling, however, is on the airport buses. The bus stop is located 100 meters from the terminal exit and tickets can be bought from the souvenir shop in the arrivals hall. It takes just 20 minutes and less then a euro to get to the city center and other destinations include nearby Sassari, Cagliari, Nuoro, Bosa, Stintino and S. Teresa Galluna. They make several stops along the way but most routes only run during the summer period.
There are no Alghero Airport trains, but you can catch a bus to the nearest station in Alghero from where there are connections all over Sardinia. For taxis, the rank is situated outside arrivals and expect to pay around EUR15.00 to travel into the center of Alghero.
While you are not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes to refreshment and restaurants at Alghero Airport, there's sufficient to see you through. For a quick bite or a drink there's a bar and Kokkos snack bar, while for more substantial fare there is a restaurant which provides hot meals. The shops are just as thin on the ground and consist of a duty-free shop, pharmacy and places to buy local produce, handicrafts and alcohol.