Italy · 8 Days · 29 Moments · August 2018

19 August 2018

Arrivederci bella Sardegna! ❀️ It was a great week full of breathtaking views and places, delicious Italian food and gelato and wonderful memories.
Before going to the airport I made another stop at Capo Caccia to enjoy the seaview for the last time until my next vacation. I stayed there for about an hour and then it started to rain on my way to the airport. Lucky me that the weather turns bad at the end of my vacation and not during the past week! πŸ˜€
Last stop before going to the airport is Alghero again. I really like this town. I'm having lunch here and some of the delicious ice cream I had here the first time. Nice finish to a great vacation! ☺️
Last day... 😯 I already checked out and drove to Sassari, which is the second largest town of Sardinia and one of the oldest. The largest town is Cagliari in the south. Sassari is known for it's collection of art and it's university, which is the biggest of the island. After seeing so many nice seaside villages and towns, this feels like being in a really big city. Well, after all its got about 100.000 more inhabitants than my hometown NC Bregenz. πŸ˜„

18 August 2018

Miracles happen! I found a beautiful beach which is not so crowded. Spent a couple of hours here but now a thunderstorm is approaching. Already saw some lightning. But it was a nice morning and afternoon at the end of my vacation. Swimming here was fun too. Totally different from all those bays. Here were a lot of waves to jump around. 😊
Stintino is another cute little seaside village. Maybe it's because it's Saturday or because everyone is at the beach, but it's really nice and quiet here. After the coffee break I strolled around the harbor and the center. And now let's see what else there is to discover.
I could get used to having coffee with a seaview and a salty breeze. β˜•πŸŒž
Today I went to Stintino. Right now I'm at the beach of Pelosa, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the north. But although it's only 9am,it's already very crowded. But the landscape here is interesting. Completely different than towards the east side. There is a national park which can only be reached by boat. Maybe I'll go there. But first coffee. πŸ™‚

17 August 2018

I have to say that the tour was fun and the stops and views along the trip perfect. But during this time of the year it's mass tourism. Too many people everywhere. I really want to come back during a more quiet time of the year. Then I hope to see more places like the one in this picture. Finally a wonderful beach and no people... There had to be something wrong. πŸ˜‰ Well, turns out that this beach is protected. It's the "Spiaggi Rosa", the pink beach, of Isola Budelli. The sand looks pink due to pieces of a certain coral.
Fourth and last stop - Beach of Cala Santa Maria Another one of the countless gorgeous spots of this area.
Third stop - The natural swimming pools of Budelli These natural pools are actually the water between the islands and rocks in front of Isola Budelli. Today there were so many boats and yachts but I used my imagination to blend them out and take in the beauty of nature.
Second stop - Beach of Cala Corsara at Isola Spargi It's a beautiful beach but too crowded again. But once in the water, I enjoyed the beautiful surroundings.
First stop - La Maddalena. As I was here on Wednesday, I decided to take the bus tour instead of walking through the center again. Right decision! The bus took us all the way up and we had a perfect view from the top over La Maddalena and the surroundings.
I'm on the boat. πŸ˜€ Driving early was nice and seeing the sunrise (something that rarely happens πŸ˜‰) made getting up early less hard. The boat will leave at 10am and return around 5.30pm. There are stops at La Maddalena and three beaches. Today will be another wonderful day.

16 August 2018

Last stop for today is Baja Sardinia. Cute seaside village. I'm gonna have another coffee here and then make my way back to Castelsardo. I saw so many amazingly beautiful places today! But I'm already really excited about tomorrow's boat trip at La Maddalena. πŸ˜€πŸš€πŸŠ
This was the beach I just went to to cool down. Next time I'll come in one of those yachts. πŸ˜‰
Another stop to swim at another beautiful beach. Pictures will follow. It's very crowded again. But I'm enjoying the sun and sea and ignoring the mass of people. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž
After the crowds appeared again at Capo Testa, I left the beach and walked around again. It felt like millions of cars were coming to Capo Testa. So I drove back to Santa Teresa Gallura, but couldn't find a parking spot there. Well, as I still had all afternoon, I drove on to Porto Cervo, the capital of the Costa Smeralda. This is the place for the rich and famous... Not my world... πŸ˜‚ I'm having coffee here and then I'm gonna look for those famous beaches which gave the Costa Smeralda its name.
I found the paradise on earth! 😍 I have no words for the beauty of this place and the amazing nature! I went hiking through these rocks and found a small beach which is not too crowded. Found myself a spot in the shade. But before chilling out I'll jump into this blue water. 😊
Today I got up early and I'm already on the way to Santa Teresa Gallura and Capo Testa. I just started off and on the other side of Castelsardo I just had to stop to take a picture of this perfect view of the "backside" of Castelsardo. And the sunset last night wasn't bad either. πŸ˜‰

15 August 2018

Back at the port of La Maddalena after taking the Strada Panoramica with breathtaking views. Unfortunately, the weather isn't so nice. It's very cloudy. But for a walk around the seaport it's fine. πŸ™‚ But as there are so many amazingly beautiful beaches and things to see, I booked a boat trip for a whole day on Friday. This trip will give me a different point of view of this gorgeous island.
Hello from Caprera! I took the ferry to La Maddalena today and drove around a bit. Then I crossed the bridge to Caprera where I went to the museum of Giuseppe Garibaldi and then, after driving around this island for a while, I went to one of the many beautiful beaches. However, I only took a quick dip as today is Ferragosto, a big national holiday here in Italy. The beaches are crowded! I'll rather drive and walk around La Maddalena for a while before taking the ferry back.

14 August 2018

Wow... Amazing! A beautiful grotta! And a great workout. There are 654 stairs to walk down to the grotta. And guess what...yes... you have to walk 654 stairs up again. πŸ˜‚To say I'm sweating is an understatement. πŸ˜… But the view over the Mediterranean Sea along those stairs is worth every step.
Driving to Alghero today was the right decision. Here the sun was stronger and most of the dark clouds disappeared. πŸ˜ƒ I walked through the old town of Alghero and along the city wall and the harbor. What a charming place! Next stop... Grotta di Nettuno.
Coffee break in Porto Torres. β˜• Nothing exciting to see here apart from ferries and a small church built on a rock at the cliff.
Today it's cloudy and there might even be a thunder storm according to the weather forecast. But a storm at the beachside can be nice too. πŸ˜‰ For now it's still sunny and hot and I decided to take a road trip today and skip the beaches. First stop was the Roccia Dell'Elefante, a natural piece of art which was created by erosion and wind. It's a famous landmark in the area around Castelsardo and thousands of years old. Inside are two neolithic graves.

13 August 2018

After my walk around the village, which already took me half way up the hill, I decided to visit the Castello. It was built in the 13th century and today it's a museum for the art of weaving which is typical for Castelsardo. From up there I also had an amazing view over Castelsardo.
After a good breakfast with sea view, I went for a walk around the nice little village Castelsardo. The weather is perfect for me... Sunny and hot with a nice breeze. 😎🌞

12 August 2018

I finally made it. First the flight was delayed, then the luggage took forever to arrive. Then I had to wait 30 minutes for my rental car and drive about 80km through the dark. πŸ˜‚ Got lost once but in the end I made it to Castelsardo and found the hotel right away. I have a Fiat 500 rental car which for me is the perfect car to drive around islands. But the parking here at the hotel is tiny! Did they make it for matchbox cars??? A guy had to help me get into the narrow parking spot and I had to help him. He had a Fiat 500 too. πŸ˜„ I wonder how I'll get out of the parking lot without damage... 😏 Unpacking now and then off to bed. From tomorrow on I'll be busy exploring the north of this beautiful island!