Sardinia - travel tips, places to go, things to see

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by rennie, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    Im thinking of where to go on holiday this summer and I spotted a cheap flight to Sardinia... Alghero to be more precise...
    ive looked at pics on the internet n it looks beautiful! Anyone been/know more about it...

    TELL ME! what to expect/where to stay/what to do etc. :)
     
  2. craigxcraig

    craigxcraig Prefers 'cxc'

    My girlfriend and I went there a couple of summers back and had a fantastic time. we too just booked a flight and arrived mid morning - Alghero is a real bonus as only 10euros from the airport (not sure what it is now?) Alghero has a gorgeous centre with some decent bars/'restaurants etc. We got an appartment in the old part of town and think we were paying about £25 per night for a a decent room with kitchen, cooker, washing machine etc - my girlfriend may have his number..... You can also get car hire quite easy and head off exploring....
     
  3. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    Ooooh that sounds nice!!! If you can PM me that number, it'll be great craigxcraig! :cool:

    I've been looking at hotel prices n the cheapest stuff, about a km away from the old town is around 350pounds for a week... i think it's a bit much.
     
  4. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    i've found this interesting website appartments in Alghero. It looks like they're all booked for rooms so will have o fork out a bit extra for an appartment. still, it's central n cheap!
     
  5. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    ooh...I'm going there first week in June for a cycling holiday... renting bikes from a bloke in Alghero and then cycling up and down the hills!

    They have great "agriturismo" places... where you basically stay on farms and they feed you their produce..... :D

    If you google agriturismo, Sardinia you'll see what I mean...
     
  6. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    i saw that when looking for accomodation... i really want to go to the beach n mooch around the town, hence looking for somethin cheap n central. Have a good time!
     
  7. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic

    Sardinia is breathtakingly beautiful. I was fortunate enough to spend two summers there, years ago as a student. The scenery is magnificent, and theres loads of pre-historic burial sites 'nuraghi' to visit (if thats your thing) and some great luna -esque landscapes, and of course the coast line is great especially if you're into boats.
    Mmmm. I feel all wistful now.
     
  8. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    i don't mind lunarscapes at all... im really just interested in having a chilled out time, walking around the Old town in Alghero, going to the beach, eating some nice food, soaking up the atmoshpere, n going for a trip or two to the interior. any beaches around Alghero anyone can reccommend? (sandy please!)
     
  9. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic

    Gotta say, I never saw much sand, but I was mostly in the North.
     
  10. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    nooooo, alghero where we're hoping to stay is in the NW.... :( :mad:
    perhaps now is the time to get a guide book n plan this properly. before i book the accomodation.
     
  11. hannah

    hannah Member

    Hey,

    Spent a few days between Christmas and New Year in Alghero and had a really nice time. Would highly recommend it. There are some beautiful sandy beaches a bus ride from the town. A visit to Neptunes Caves is a must, although 650 steps carved into the side of a cliff is a bit hairy. Visit the local tourist info place for everything you need to know. They are famed for being helpful, although he did get us lost in the middle of nowhere! The guy will literally walk you to the bus stop. We caught a bus to Sissaria which is a city about an hour way but jumped straight back on the bus half hour later. Alghero is much nicer. Would love to go back in the summer and enjoy the beaches. Oh, and was surprised how cheap it was.
     
  12. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    thanks hannah... glad u enjoyed it! I found this one beach taht's supposed to be amazing... outside of Alghero on the way to Fontina.. it's called maria pia... sand dunes n pine trees!
     
  13. dum dum

    dum dum zzzzz

    Bingo.
     
  14. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    cos u don't do enough cycling as it is, huh? :mad:
     
  15. tim

    tim EXPLODED TIM! (Help me!!!)

    Most of the locals speak a Catalan as their first language, rather than Sardinian or Italian.
     
  16. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    we'll have to communicate in signs then... I know some Italian but no Spanish at all. French, anyone?
     
  17. tim

    tim EXPLODED TIM! (Help me!!!)

    I'm sure they'll all speak Italian too. If they're like Catalan Catalans though they will get shirty if you think that Catalan is the same as Spanish.
     
  18. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Blimey!! Are you stalking me? :eek: :D

    So there will be a sizeable Brixton contingent cycling around Algerho first week in June huh??? Wonder if we'll bump into each other.... I'll the one pushing the bike up the steep bits....

    BTW... who are you getting your bike from. I've found one bloke who's renting me a bike (was tempted to get a tandem off him :D ).... but only the one... what about you??
     
  19. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    don't you worry gaijingirl, dum dum ain't going nowhere on a bike on his holidays... i ain't gonna let him! ;) :rolleyes:
     
  20. zora

    zora true to the crab

    That's the one I was going to mention - so far I only know it from the guidebook as well, I'm not going to sardinia till late ausgust but just booked my flights yesterday and am sooo excited :D . That beach sounds lovely and is at a walkable (well if you make it a daytrip, about, it's 5-6 miles) or easily cyclable :p distance.

    I'm gonna be camping and apparently the campsite in alghero is directly on a beach.

    mmmm and I looked at descriptions and pics of all that gorgeous yummy fresh food!

    Can't wait! Have a great time everyone who's going!
     
  21. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    You too Zora! will let you know how our trip goes... I spoke to a girl who's from the area around Alghero on saturday and she reccommended a restaurant called Jamaica inn... apparently cheap and very good.
     
  22. solstice

    solstice New Member

    People in Alghero surely speak Italian.. Catalan is not their first language, it is just a dialect which mix spanish and sardinian, that not everyone can speak..
    you will find lots of people which speak English too, being a very touristic place..

    Alghero is in fact very expensive, got already very expensive last year ( a dinner 40 euro at least) and I am sure will be even more expensive this year (at least comparing to the past)

    Beaches are very crowded, sometimes even hard to find a little square to place your towel.. you can't lie down and just relax to enjoy the sun and the sound of the sea.. you will get lots of sand from all the people going up and down, and will be like being in a market where everybody shouts..

    Much better opting for other destinations.. Sardinia is just too small and can't cope with all the tourists that go there each year, it has not got nor services nor resources enough (like water.. mind it, if you really still decide to go, don't waste it, please!)

    Sissaria is actually Sassari, and there you can have at least a good genuine proper Sardinian meal, not being so touristic as Alghero.. (where the food is not so great neither, even paying a lot for it..
     
  23. Choc

    Choc Well-Known Member

    this is an interesting thread,although above post limits the vorfreude a little bit again. too many tourists are never very any good isn't it.
     
  24. solstice

    solstice New Member

    yea, I see.. I limited the "vorfreude".. and I apologise.. no very nice, without further explanations.. I just get a bit scared by the fact that Sardinia is becoming more and more a touristic place and also always more expensive.. last year I was shocked by the bill I got in one of my favourite restaurant in Alghero and disappointed by the food.. and it is very sad to see the beaches so crowded, as they were a market.. on top of that seeing the beaches becoming smaller, the water less transparent..
    But it is true it is a beautiful place, and it is worth to go.. and to compensate my 'negativity' I will tell some nice, not too much crowded places, where to go.. one is the beach of Porto Ferro. It has a very impressive landscape, but a bit far from Alghero town, 18Km North of Alghero.. hope you can reach it. You need to go until the end of the beach where there is a tower to really appreciate its beauty and avoid Sundays.. that counts for any beach.. above all at the Bombarde, the most crowded and trendy beach of Alghero
    You could think about visiting Bosa (42 km south) from Alghero, the road by the seaside is beautiful. Bosa is less crowded than Alghero and it has got a castle, a river, nice beaches. The places to explore are on the road from Alghero, respectevely Torre Argentina, Cumpultitu, S'abba Drucche, good area also for birdwatching.
    More you go South, less crowded places you will find.
    But Alghero is the best, in terms of services and night life.. just too too crowded..
    Have a nice holiday

    A Sardinian
     
  25. Choc

    Choc Well-Known Member

    no, i mean i really agree. high prices too many tourists....not good especially for the locals.

    anyway, a friend of mine told me ealier that she went to alghero last week with her mother. they went for 5 days with a car (euro 180) straight from the airport. got around a lot. really quiet and beautiful beaches etc. hotels were a bit expensive about euro 60 for a double. but otherwise all really nice...sounds pretty good really

    :)
     
  26. solstice

    solstice New Member

    Now it is a good period to go, but I meant the summer period, I think it's been mentioned August in earlier posts, which is a really busy month, followed by July.. but yes, I should have add that other months are pretty OK. Even June and September.. but people prefer to go July-August because the weather is nicer. All above the tourism from Italy.. summer holiday are all pretty concentrated on August, which is terrible for Sardinia..
    I appreciated you got my point, but I thought anyway I had a bit exagerated, while people were so entusiast about their holiday...
     
  27. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    it's good to have different perspectives solstice... and intially, i'd thought of going to alghero ath the end of August... bu we're now off two months earlier so fingers crossed it won't be too busy!
     
  28. Choc

    Choc Well-Known Member

    well, i think you made a really valuable point. i for one would deffo try to avoid these busy month since i know about them now.

    i think another good option could be camping like zora has mentioned.
     
  29. zora

    zora true to the crab

    Yep, I am bit worried about August - it literally said in all guidebooks I checked to avoid that month at all cost because it gets so incredibly busy. (And hot, and I'm not so good with heat...)But i'm going for the very last few days of August and into september and was hoping that the italian school hols might be over by then...

    I am also planning to not just flop on the beach in alghero the whole time but hopefully see some other parts of the island but there's plenty of time to look into that.

    And, of course, Solstice, the points you make are very valid but sadly true of most holidays that involve air travel etc. Mind you, at least we are not going on golfing holidays in some desert region where shitloads of water are being used to keep the golf course nice and green...
     
  30. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    incidentally, if we want to hire a car for a day n go sightseeing does would my US driving license be accepted?
     

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