Friday, July 8, 2011

La Dolce Vita in Sardinia

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Sardinia Italy

We were rather unpatriotic again this year as we spent the 4th of July in Italy. With Ryanair offering such cheap flights, we couldn’t resist a last minute trip to Sardinia. We flew into Alghero, which is a very charming town on the western coast of the island. For five days we escaped the daily grind and indulged ourselves with sun, sea, sand and gelato.

The first beach we hit up was Lido. Conveniently located near most of the main hotels, Lido beach offers a sandy beach and wonderful opportunities for people watching.

Lido beach in Alghero
But when we walked 10 more minutes north we found exactly what we were looking for at Maria Pia beach. Miles of white sandy beach and clear blue water that went as far as the eye could see.

Maria Pia beach Alghero

We spent the next few days building sand castles, competing for a tan as golden as the Italians and swimming in the warm blue sea.

[caption id="attachment_1359" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="We bought the inflatable swim toy from a beach vendor"]Maria Pia beach Alghero[/caption]

Down the street from our apartment was a wonderful grocery store stocked with everything we needed for breakfast and snacks at the beach.

[caption id="attachment_1360" align="aligncenter" width="481" caption="Produce at the local supermarket"]supermarket Alghero[/caption]

For lunch we found out restaurants don’t open until 12:30-1ish. Snack bars are typically open, but for a restaurant we had to wait until later afternoon. Restaurants also close around 3pm and don’t open for dinner until 7pm.

Our favorite restaurant ended up being the Lido Pizzeria, situated right on the beach. Very thin, fire baked crust with a thin sauce and excellent quality cheese paired with a glass of vino made for one of the best meals we’ve had.

[caption id="attachment_1362" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Mr. Wright enjoying some vino in peace"]peace in Lido[/caption]

We went to Alghero for the sole purpose of rest and relaxation. No agenda other than beach, beach and more wonderful beach. One morning was overcast, so instead of gambling a possible rainy day at the beach we decided to try one of the many boat tours offered down by the harbor. The boat ride to Neptune’s Grotto offered dramatic views of giant rocky cliffs submerged in the deep blue sea.

Boat ride to Neptune's Grotto
Walking through the caves of Neptune’s Grotta had me feeling like an extra in Indiana Jones. Mesmerizing and a bit creepy at the same time, but definitely worth the visit.

[caption id="attachment_1367" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Neptune's Grotto via iphone"]Neptune's Grotto[/caption]

After a fun day at the beach we showered up and would head down to the city center of Alghero for dinner and exploration.

Alghero, Italy
One place that got our eyes wide was this pirate candy store, loaded with sweet treasures.

Pirate candy store

The Italian culture was every bit as dreamy and romantic as I imagined it to be. The food was phenomenal. The language simply gorgeous. The speedos abundant and the hospitality so warm. We were swept away by the beauty of this incredible Italian island and know we will definitely be going back again.

Until next time....
Ciao bellas,


  1. WOW those pictures are BEAUTIFUL and so are you!! I just found your blog from Allison Sim. Can't wait to see more pictures :o)

  2. [...] Our trip to Alghero, Italy was incredible. I miss it so much and am already daydreaming about visiting again. What really helped to make it an incredible experience was where we stayed during our visit. Casa Anna is a fully furnished two bedroom apartment in a residential neighborhood of Alghero. [...]

  3. Thanks for taking me with you. Lol, you described everything so vividly, not to mention the gorgeous pictures! Wow, this sounds so romantic and fun. Note to self - Go to Italy.