Alghero, Sardinia

This all dates way back to when the town was taken over by travelling merchants from Barcelona. Local food and language still has strong Catalan elements and the historic Catalan Church of San Francesco, with its ceramic dome and Gothic belltower, is one of Algheros major historic sites. Others include the Magdelena fort overlooking the network of narrow cobbled streets at the heart of the atmospheric old town near Alghero cruise port. Through beautiful countryside full of olive groves, you can visit local vineyards. Alternatively, head for the Capo Caccio headland, which affords superb views of the rugged coastline. Further on is the intriguing prehistoric site of Nuraghe Palmavera with its 50 circular stone cottage-like constructions.