Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Coral fishing

But Alghero also boasts another veritable peculiarity – one that, in the past, was crucial in the development of the city: the "red gold" of the Coral Coast.

 

It is no accident that the coat-of-arms of the city of Alghero features a ’branch of coral": the tradition of coral fishing, which dates from the 11th century (if not even earlier), made the city the most important centre for the coral trade in Sardinia.

 

Today, coral fishing is regulated and entrusted to just a few expert coral fishers, deep-sea divers and "gold" diggers, who collect it by hand.

 

Since antiquity, the presence of corallium rubrum has provided the impulse for the local art of jewellery making: to this day, as you meander through the streets of the town, you are sure to be drawn towards the numerous craft workshops where they work the prized "gold" of the Coral Riviera.