Falling in love with Sardinia (part 1)
Sardinia is the second island in the Mediterranean sea. Because of its geographic position in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and its resources, especially the mining resources, Sardinia has always represented the colonizers' destination. Sardinia is a very ancient island rich in history and legends and everywhere there are traces of human settlements dated from the Neolithic Age. The climate allows to have a very long summer season, from April to November. Sardinia is politically divided into 4 provinces; Cagliari, Nuoro, Oristano and Sassari.
My trip started in the lovely old town of Alghero, one of Sardinia's most beautiful medieval cities. The Catalan influence is huge owing to the arrival of Catalan colonists back in the 1300's. Today, Catalan remains the official language of Alghero, alongside Italian, making it unique to anywhere else in Italy.
After a very rocky start; our hire car broke down just 16km from Olbia airport and we had to wait nearly 2 hours in the blistering sun until we could be towed back to the airport for a new car! With that behind us we drove through torrential rain and thunder storms with lightning appearing to strike the road before us, finally reaching our first stop the Alghero Resort Country Hotel. What a gem, a real oasis in a hot, desert like landscape and only a few miles from Alghero city centre.
And then the sun appeared....
Our plans to explore that afternoon were scuppered by two 10 year olds wanting to dive straight in to the cool pool... With temperatures in the high 30's and being hot and bothered from our little breakdown, the only thing for us to do was to join them.
After lunch, we left Porto Ferro for the coastal drive from Alghero to Bosa, said to resemble the pacific coastal highway in California.
I was completely charmed by the sellers at the side of the road who had turned their driveway over to a mini market stall, I couldn't resist stopping for some fresh sun ripened fruit.
On the way back we lifted the sails and cruised with the breeze, a truly magical moment that we'll never forget. Children took turns to ride in the hammock up front, while Tim and Juliano took us out in the dinghy to get a few shots!