Roadtrip in Sardinia was my very first holiday after moving to London. And what could be a better way to spend the very first pay-cheque in pounds. The plan was to visit three cities, Porto Cervo, Alghero and Cagliari, and to drive as much as possible along the coastline. After landing in Olbia, we picked up our rental car, which was super tiny white Smart and headed to town. Even though we had planned to spend at least half a day there, we decided to go straight to Porto Cervo, which was only 40 minutes away, but because of the stunning landscape and curvy-narrow roads it took us a bit more. But when we finally got there it was truly amazing! We stayed at Bagaglino I Giardini Di Porto Cervo, a boutique hotel which has a huge outdoors space and a generous variety of activities and that makes it a perfect holiday place for families with kids.
The second day in Porto Cervo was busy with discovering the town and the local life. I fell in love with the harbour, full of yachts, that I had admired from the hotel balcony the previous evening. After this we continued driving around the northen coastline and IT WAS STUNNING! The dream was to see the famous Spiaggia Rosa, the Pink Beach, that takes name from the particular pink coral colour of the sand, due to the numerous shells and little fragments of red corals, but unfortunately this experience has to wait for the next visit to Sardinia.
The following days were for Alghero and Cagliari. Alghero, a busy harbour town, where street signs are written in Italian and Catalan, and is full of great restaurants and traditional italian cafes has something to offer even to the most refined taste. And there’s no better way to enjoy all of this than to sip wine while admiring sunset on a rooftop restaurant in the heart of Alghero. Cagliari, on the other hand, reminded me of a typical Italian metropolitan. There, for the first time, I was eventually happy over our choice of the car. On those narrow cobblestone streets in the Old Town one can’t be driving anything else but this super tiny Smart. Also, because of the reconstructions many streets were closed and this put our navigation systems on a real test. After leaving the car to an underground car park we finally had a chance to discover this multilevel, Siena-like city. And once again – it was stunning. Seems that everything connected to Italy is for my liking.
Sardinia – you made me to fall in love with you with your untouched nature, stunning coastline, delicious food and friendly people.