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Located on the north west coast of Sardinia, holidays to Alghero have become increasingly popular in recent years, yet the city still retains its distinctive Catalan character. This derives from the influence of Pedro IV of Aragon who seized control of the town in the mid-fourteenth century and embarked on an intense period of colonization from Spain. Today, Alghero manages to combine its role of tourist city with that of a thriving marina. This enables it to maintain a year round economy outside of the busy summer months. To the north of the marina is the fine sandy beach of Alghero which provides good bathing opportunities just a short stroll from the historic centre. Alghero is recognised as the most Italianesque of the holiday resorts in Sardinia with its old walled town on the sea front containing a labyrinthic network of narrow lanes, most of which are free from vehicles.
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