You’d be forgiven for thinking my experience in Sardinia was based entirely on Aperol Spritz. But you’d be wrong. There’s also the lesser known Campari Spritz and the even better tasting Hugo Spritz with Sambuca and Elderflower which is simply delicious. Here’s my little guide to this stunning destination:
Sardinia is superrrr close and is just two hours flight from London which is basically only enough time to get the drinks trolley out before you’re coming in for landing.
Where to stay
We stayed at Hotel Carlos in Alghero which was amazing. We had air con which is crucial in the 34 degree heat, an amazing gigantic pool which is literally the best for swimming in plus the hotel served up the most comprehensive breakfast on earth. Yes we’re talking fruit including pineapple and melon, bread so you can toast it to go with everything from jam to marmalade or Nutella, croissants galore, cooked breakfast or even an omelette to order. It was about ten minutes walk from the Old Town, the harbour and the Lido.
What to eat
Alghero is positioned next to a harbour so pick out seafood dishes and roam the back streets for the best choices at better prices. Also check out the pizzas, we went to a bar called Pa’Oli to watch the World Cup (England played twice when we were there) and ordered a fabulous salad and shared a vegetarian pizza.
Let’s be honest, no trip to Italy is complete without a visit to the gelaterie. We tried three but our favourite has to be Igloo which was hidden beneath the street along the harbour. I went with chocolate and niccola.
Where to visit
The old town of Alghero is a must – so cute, busy and buzzing with a relaxed vibe where you can stroll along the harbour. The Lido is a nice local beach which bars along it playing chilled out tunes in the evening.
We hired a car and drove to Costa Smerelda which was around 2 and half hours away on an easy dual carriage way across the island. This is the famous destination for the rich and famous with super yachts galore. You can park up and wander down to see the beautiful boats. We also visited a beautiful beach in this area and enjoyed all the bright flowers along the way.
On our second day we travelled to Bosa, the quaint little market town with colourful rooftops and adorable backstreets. This was an hour drive from Alghero and again the roads were straight forward but a little like a racetrack high up in the mountains.
Sardinia is definitely a dream designation and there’s plenty more beaches to see which we didn’t get time to. I would recommend the car as a great way to get around and maybe splitting your time between different locations would be the best way.