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First timers - proposed itinerary

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First timers - proposed itinerary

We (3 adults + 3 kids - 16, 14 and 11) will be in Sardinia for ~6 days the first week of August. (I know timing is sub-optimal given heat, crowds etc. but schedules made it inevitable.) None of us has been before; we are flying from/to Rome.

I put together the following proposed itinerary, and would be grateful for any comments / suggestions. For first time visitors, given number of days/time of year, does this sound reasonable? We are not wedded to it and could tweak (or change it completely if we're missing a better alternative in another part of the island).

We are up for exploring/renting a car, and are reasonably active and adventurous -- not looking to lie on the beach at a resort for a week.

**Fri - Fly Rome-Alghero early afternoon; explore Alghero

**Sat - Alghero - rent car & drive to beach - Capo Falcone / La Pelosa? Or closer beach Maria Pia?

In afternoon, Capo Caccia / Grotto di Nettuno - r/t boat excursion from Alghero (= 2.5 hours)?

**Sun - Alghero - rent car/scenic coastal drive south to Bosa? Anything else worth seeing/visiting during such a day trip?

**Mon - drive north to Santa Teresa di Gallura (stay overnight there)

Route: Alghero > Porto Torres > Castelsardo (stop & see castle, old center, elephant rock) > Trinita d'Agultu > Santa Teresa di Gallura

In STG, visit less-busy (?) beaches - Montirusso, Lu Littaroni, Naracu Nieddu; or La Marmorata, Marazzino?

Or Palau >> La Maddalena Islands?

**Tue - a.m. excursion from Santa Teresa to Corsica / Bonifacio; lunch there. P.m. >> drive back to Alghero

**Wed - Fly Alghero-Rome early afternoon (suggestions re: final things to do this a.m.)?

Recs re: hotels, B&B's etc in Alghero & STG would be appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: First timers - proposed itinerary

The itinerary is ok ( a little exhausting), but it covers only coastal Sardinia, not the real Sardinia which is inland (less touristy and more genuine). The itinerary is also very conservative, not very adventurous I must say. I would stick to Sardinia and forget Corsica but the islands of La Maddalena is a must see if you are driving as far as La Maddalena, also see http://www.lamaddalenapark.it/

Given that you are spending some time in Alghero I can suggest - if you like the idea - a dolphin/whale watching excursion:

progettonaturasardegna.com/en/ecoturismo-ad-… just for a change and to add a little bit of adventure into the itinerary.

Edited: 09 June 2013, 17:55
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2. Re: First timers - proposed itinerary

Agree with the previous post. Skip Corsica ( although is very intriguing, Sardinia deserved to be discovered every minute). We didn' t drive so much in the north but being in your place landing in Alghero, we would not miss a lunch at Su Recreu in Ittiri. Late reviews say about beautiful scenic drive. We'd stay in La Maddalena rather than Santa Teresa di Gallura.

About beaches not too busy in August up north, uhmm, difficult to say, we'd go early to Stintino's saline beach. If you'll go to Alghero's restaurants look for spaghetti ai ricci di mare (sea urchins), the catalans lobster and the white menjar tart.

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