Sunny, stress free Sardinia

July 16, 2012 at 12:24 pm (Travel)

To begin the summer holidays this year it was off to Sardinia for a week.  We randomly found ultra cheap flights with Ryanair (seriously that airline will try and sell you anything!) and decided to take a risk by biting the bullet and just going for it.  Man are we glad that we did.

Our home base for the week was the beautiful town of Castelsardo on the north coast of the island.  We stayed in the 12th century old town and enjoyed exploring the narrow streets.  During the week we had two rules that had to be followed: visiting a beach and having an ice-cream.  You can imagine I was a very happy Katey.  🙂

Luckily we had a hire car which meant we had the opportunity to also explore some of the other areas of the island.  In fact, aimed with our well loved double sided Pop Hits CD we had picked up from the supermarket for 6€, we drove over 1000km.  We soon worked out that every road leads to the town of Sassari and that the signs often do not make sense.  The various road maps we had were not very useful either.  This definitely added to our own delight and sense of exploration and made for some very funny moments in the car.  Martin particularly enjoyed my inability to pronounce any of the town names correctly… in fact I couldn’t even manage to stick with one version for any town and kept coming up with new possibilities.  Took me seriously the whole week to get Castelsardo under control!  😉

During our travels we visited the medieval town of Tempio Pausania, the Necropoli di Anghelu Ruiu, Roccia Dell’Elefante and the Valle Dalla Luna.  The elephant rock was pretty cool and we liked climbing in and out of the old tombs at the Necropoli.  We also visited the Grotto di Nettuno on the stunning Cappo Caccia.  The grotto is 5km long and a magnificent display of stalagmites and stalactites, which make crazy reflections in the underground lake.  To be honest though it was the steep ‘goat stair’ descent and ascent that we found the most breathtaking.  The 656 stairs (only for people in top shape according to my guide book) were carved into the cliff face during the 1950s and provided some of the most dramatic scenery of our trip.

The outing highlight though, was our day visiting the Arcipelago di La Maddalena.  Here we found postcard picture beaches at every corner with that amazing turquoise water one dreams about.  The Panoramico road that circles the island is one of the most beautiful coastal roads I have witnessed.  We beach hopped from beach to beach, finished the day with an ice-cream and simply enjoyed every minute.

Sardinia was simply picture perfect.  It was relaxing, stress free and stunning.  Thank you Martin for a wonderful trip.  Can’t wait for the next one!


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