Alghero is a small town in the province of Sassari in northwestern Sardinia in Italy.
The town of Alghero has been inhabited since pre-historic times. In modern times, Alghero was conquered and inhabited by Catalano-Aragonese rulers from 1353 and subsequently by the Spaniards until the early 18th century.
Following the departure of the Spanish occupants, the island of Sardinia was handed over to the Kingdom of Piedmont and later unified with the rest of Italy in the mid 1800s.
Circa 22% of the population of Alghero speaks a Catalan dialect, introduced when the Catalan invaders repopulated the town after capturing it from the Genoese in the 14th century. It is believed that 90% of the inhabitants of the city have some understanding of this dialect.
Alghero is now a town of only 42,000 inhabitants and it is very popular tourist destination.