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Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

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Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

Hi,

We're really keen on visiting Sardinia this year, having loved Corsica (Porto Vecchio) and Sicily in the past.

But lots of places look nice and I'm not sure where to start! We are a couple in our late 20s going in early July. It looks like we might have to fly to Olbia but not sure yet. So, we love beautiful beaches, quaint harbour towns with restaurants/bars, good drives up to mountains, a mix of relaxing and exploring (and lots of eating/drinking!)

Prefer not to be somewhere with loads of tourist hotels - we'll probably go for an apartment and car hire.

Suggestions and recommendations would be really appreciated please! Thank you so much, Kate

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1. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

Consider Cala Gonone, about 1 hour drive south of Olbia. Spectacularly set in Sardinia's most exciting mountain region. It's best beaches, and considered some of the best in Italy too can only be reached by water taxi or hiking a couple of hours through the mountains.

Search google images for these beaches - 'cala sisine', 'cala mariolu', 'cala goloritze' , 'cala luna' to see if it's for you!

North of Olbia, we like Cannigione, more of a large village with a small port. Good base to catch the boat trips to La Maddalena arcipealgo - one of the best day full day excurions on the island. If you like beaches.

Many people like Santa Teresa di Gallura, pretty harbour, thriving town centre ( in summer) nice setting and also the gateway to Corsica - the day trip to Bonifacio. Have to say, it doesn't appeal that much to us, we prefer to stay in Cannigione or Palau if in that area.

On the northwest coast, Alghero is probably the closest match in Sardina to Porto vecchio but other than the various drives to Bosa, the surrounding countryside is nowhere near as stunning as that found in the Cala Gonone or Cannigione areas.

We actually prefer Bosa to Alghero; once again this place, an hour south of alghero, will match your harbour/quaint/ restaurants/ beaches criteria.

Edited: 29 May 2011, 21:52
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2. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

i am also backpacking in sept what is the public transport like in Sardinia ?

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3. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

Thank you so much dancing brave! Cala ganone looks really pretty. Whilst looking at that we also looked at posada, san teodoro and bodani - are any of these good too, maybe for day trips, dinner etc?

We have booked our flights and now looking for apartments. So excited, have wanted to visit beautiful sardinia for years! :-)

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4. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

Posada flatters to deceive, I think it looks better from afar - you'll get a good view of it from the superstrada between Olbia & Nuoro. Like Budoni, it isn't actually by the beach. Budoni village itself isn't particularly memorable. I prefer the beaches around Cala Liberotto tto those near Posada & Budoni.

San Teodoro has some stunning beaches - the obvious La Cinta and a few tucked away like Cala Brandinchi. A few decent restaurants there,(and a lot of not-so-decent - summer only ones too...).. Very popular with the 18-30 age group.

From Cala Gonone head inland to Dorgali & Oliena for 5 or 6 of the best traditional Sardinian restaurants on the island - something for all budgets. A good though not the best restaurant but certainly the most dramtacially located is at Hotel / Co-op Enis , sitting 600 metres up the mountain behind Oliena. Enis is also a very good start/finish/parking point for day walks on the Sopramonte massif.

Also well worth considering the restaurants that sit in the forested canyons directly behind the beaches of Cala Sisine & Cala Luna - Sisine has the better food, Luna quickest to get to.

For day trips/ spectacular drives you are better to head south on the ss125 - the road between the Cala Gonone tunnel and Baunei is dramatically scenic - plenty of viewpoints. Take a peek at the Baunei plateau, maybe hike to Cala Goloritze or Gorropu, visit punta pedra longa, drop down to Santa Maria Navarrese etc The best circular route would have you returning via Villagrande Strisaili & Orgosolo but that's probably information overload for now :)

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5. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

goondaft - for public transport , depends where you want to go to and from.

Cala Gonone is quite well served by buses from Nuoro which in turn is reasonably well served by long distance coaches from Cagliari, Oristano & Olbia. Of course, I would always suggest a car to get the most out of the area, but much of Sardinia is tourable by public transport if you have a flexible itinerary & timescale.

Edited: 30 May 2011, 22:46
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6. Re: Spoilt for choice?! Where is best in Sardinia please!

We have just returned from Cannigione, an easy 30 minute drve from Olbia airport but please bear in mind that the roads are through the mountains so many bad bends. Cannigione is not at all pretentious unlike the other resorts on Costa Smerelda. Lots of local bars , a few ice cream parlours and a wide variety of restaurants ranging from 5 euros for a delicious pizza to 30 euros for rack of lamb (no veg) in the most expensive restaurant.

There are only a few beach shops, interior design shops,souvenier shops and a few supermarkets but there are a few more in Palau and I believe Arzachna is a largere inland town.There is a good Monday market in Cannigione.

Nice drive to Palau where you can catch a ferry to La Madellena for 9 euros and ferries run about every half hour. Much cheaper than an organised day trip.

Bahia Sardinia is a lovely place for swimming and lunch few nice walks along the cliff paths.Only about 6 small shops. Much nicer than the very pretentious Porto Cervo.

Will definitely return to Sardinia.

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