Sardinia for a week? (no car)

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by fakeplasticgirl, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. fakeplasticgirl

    fakeplasticgirl hysterically useless

    Anybody been to Sardinia before? Would you recommend a week there in September? We were thinking 4 days in the capital Cagliari then a couple of days on the beach (maybe Chia? Is is horribly touristy?)
    is there enough to do? a couple of days relaxing on the beach is nice... after that I get bored!

    Neither of us can drive :rolleyes:
     
  2. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    I did allghero about 15 years ago and it was lovely - nice beach and yhe old town was pretty cool, we rocked up at a bar and found somewhere to stay quite easily. The airport is a short cab ride.
     
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  3. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    I'm heading off to Sardinia next month! Been wanting to go to the island for many years now - researched loads.

    September weather is meant to be fine and many of my Italian mates suggested it's the best time to go (non-peak, less busy etc).

    Sardinia without a car? There's a thread on the very subject on Tripadvisor.
     
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  4. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I loved our holiday in Sardinia. Driving and everything car-related was the worst bit - stressful!

    If you can get a bus out to the beach, then that's everything you need. Concentrate on eating, drinking and watching the world go by.
     
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  5. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    worse bit is coming home to shit food in the UK
     
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  6. fakeplasticgirl

    fakeplasticgirl hysterically useless

    thanks everyone :)
     
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  7. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Space/time supply indicators near to zero

    Alghero is Catalan IIRC, so expect Cat flags & symbols everywhere and has the best pizza I have had in my life outside Naples
     
  8. Maharani

    Maharani Just like Heaven

    Heard the food is God awful. I had a similar experience in Corsica thinking it'd be gourmet but it was frozen fish and iceberg lettuce salads. Not what we expected. Might differ from place to place however.
     
  9. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    How's the planning Fakeppasticgirl?

    I am in Sardinia right now and up in the north, by Costa Smeralda and Golfo Aranci, you need a car.
    There are hundreds of beaches here, including ruins and you need transport to reach each one.

    Food is surprisingly cheap and particularly so if you dine at a Augustino (not suitable for vegetarians). it's like 35 - 50 Euros per head for a 7 course meal including wine - everything is produced by the farmer, meats, wine etc. They also do Porcheddu (their national dish). What's cool is that food starts promptly at 8-8.30pm and you/ other guests eat all at the same time - like a mega big family.

    Let me know how Alghero goes, I'm already planning to revisit this place instead of Lucca, Italy (my spiritual home).
     
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  10. TikkiB

    TikkiB Well-Known Member

    Definitely not my experience - really gorgeous food, plenty of fresh fish and vegetables. Love Sardinia and can't wait to go back, but would echo pp that driving in Sardinia is stressful.
     
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  11. fakeplasticgirl

    fakeplasticgirl hysterically useless

    that sounds awesome. unfortunately planning had to be put on hold due to work commitments :( but still hoping to visit in the near future. I should really learn to drive....!
     
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  12. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    I'd recommend against going if you aren't able to drive.

    As for the driving itself, I can imagine how city drivers will shit themselves as the roads are pretty bendy and narrow.
    But if you're from the country - they're pretty easy (Italian road manners are mellow compared to the Brits and Germans).

    I'm going again next year - 5 days in Golfo Aranci and 6 days in Alghero.
     
  13. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    I am thinking of going to Sardinia, I can drive, but am not confident about driving on the right.

    Are some parts of the island much better for public transport than others?
     
  14. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Driving on the right is easy. I did it for the first time in Sardinia.

    Driving in Sardinia, I found hard. You drive along, it's a 30mph (OK, 50kph) zone in town, everyone generally complies, you leave the town and are into the middle of nowhere, everyone starts tailgating you because you're going slow but there's no signs to say otherwise. You think, oh, it must be national (50/60 mph) now, so you speed up, and then you see another 30 sign with a camera warning, so you don't know what to do. This is why we got overtaken by flatbed trucks on blind bends going up a mountain. I still don't know what the answer is.

    That, some other motoring things (unattended fuel pumps that you have to prepay with banknotes, no change, thus needing to guess how much you need to fill the car) and hiring a car via Rentalcars with a damage waiver, but from the cheapest provider (Goldcar?), with endless warnings from the local guy about what terrible things will happen if you don't take their insurance. Then I kerbed the wheel trims on a brand new car. Ended up being fine.
     
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  15. Virtual Blue

    Virtual Blue ready

    I crashed my car in Sardinia last year.
    But that’s only cos my wife gave me the wrong instructions...she freaked me out and I reversed into someone....

    Good thing is, the car rental company didn’t give a fuck.

    Overall, driving in Sardinia is like driving in country roads in Wales - except you’re going over mountains.
    Can’t wait to visit again.
     
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  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Their public transport system is terrible.
     

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