Sardinia: David Herbert Lawrence, the famous English writer, loved Italy. He traveled through it far and wide, often on foot. Sardinia inspired him, and he dedicated his excellent book to it, Sea and Sardinia, where he wrote: Sardinia is left outside of time and history. Of course, nowhere is left outside of time and history.
Sardinia – a description of the book content
Sardinia – a Journey By Car
Would you like to see all of Sardinia in just one week’s car journey? This guide will help you go around the entire island, with clear color maps that indicate the distance and time between places, in addition to photos of the localities. It gives you the route to follow between the different stages.
Do you have more days available for your Sardinian vacation? Of course, you can spend them at your favorite beach, the guide describes the most beautiful and significant ones all over the coast, and gives you indications on how to reach them from the stopovers.
Do you want to expand your knowledge of Sardinia beyond just the beaches? Alternative days are suggested for tours with old restored narrow-gauge train lines that allow you to relax for one day without driving while you are immersed in the natural uncontaminated environment of Sardinia’s interior.
Also, experiences with mountain guides that can show you the mountains of Sardinia, and their beauty are listed as possible activities for alternative days.
You should not miss boat tours of the La Maddalena Archipelago, or guided boat days in the beaches of Eastern Sardinia, or visits to natural caves, they are listed at the right place when your path crosses these possibilities.
Barbagia is covered: you should spend a few days visiting these remote localities that until not too long ago were just considered a place where the “bandits” were living.
Each location that the route passes through, has also a list of meaningful local tourist destinations and attractions you can explore and visit on your own.
It contains reviews on many restaurants in the towns covered by the guide.
With the guide organized circularly, you can start from Olbia or from any other city where you can arrive via air or ferry.
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Excerpt from the book
Nature, Art, and beaches in Sardinia
This guide illustrates a one-week car tour of Sardinia. It initiates in Olbia and ends in the same city, but you can start and finish from any other town in the itinerary.
If you have more days available for your vacation, you can spend them on the beach of your choice; you have only the embarrassment of deciding which one it is.
A boat trip around the Island is also a good alternative.
Should you instead not be a beach and sea type, many alternatives allow you to leave the car parked and experience a different Sardinia aspect.
The first is to ride one of the four Trenino Verde; a narrow-gauge railroad recently refurbished old running stock at a leisurely pace through a tremendous green environment. It will allow you to enjoy the scenery in peace, without worrying about driving.
The other is to stop driving and experience the adventures I propose; I inserted a reference to these alternatives these nature guides provide.
The brief comments under “What to do or see” are just that: tourist spots you should not miss while in the area.
What to do or see in Olbia
Corso Umberto I is Main Street with dining, hotels, shopping, and more.
Visit San Simplicio – Historic basilica with frescos.
Golfo di Marinella.
Porto Istana Beach.
Tomba Dei Giganti – Giants’ tomb is the name given by local people and archaeologists to a Sardinian megalithic gallery grave built during the Bronze Age by the Nuragic civilization.
Giants’ grave of Su Mont’e s’Abe – The Giants’ grave of Su Mont’e s’Abe is an archaeological site located in Olbia.
Castello di Pedres.
Insula Felix – Gulf of Olbia boat tour.
Pozzo Sacro Sa Testa – Archaeological site and history.
Tenute Olbios – Vineyard, winery, wine tasting, and wine.
Spiaggia Porto Istana Sud.
Parco Fausto Noce – Serene park for walking or sports.
Mercato Porto Romano – Market.
Isola della Bocca – Lighthouse.
Castello Sa Paulazza.
Where to eat in Olbia
Restaurants in Olbia:
The Pelican Beach Restaurant $$$$ Via Mar Adriatico, 34 | Loc. Pittulongu, +39 0789 39094. There is a terrace, practically sea-front! Ask for a table there, and you will get a fantastic view.
La Rocca Olbia Ristorante $$ – $$$ Via Alba Fritta 58, +39 333 851 7598. Giovanna and her team have created a straightforward, home-from-home formula. The dining rooms are basic farmhouse style, but what they lack in sophistication is compensated by the genuine love of food from the team here. You get what they’ve prepared, and once it’s ready, it’s on the table.
The town of Porto Cervo was once partially owned by the Aga Khan, famous stoppers have included Jackie Onassis and Denzel Washington. It even hosted the honeymoon of Prince Ranieri of Monaco and Grace Kelly.
It is in Italy; here you can enjoy all of its mouth-watering food and wine, sunny weather, and dolce vita.
It’s one of the few places in the Mediterranean that haven’t been trashed by construction and mass tourism.
You can stay at the small port of Cala Gonone or the smaller Santa Maria Navarrese. Neither one has escaped the effects of tourism; Cala Gonone has more tourist shops and offers more variety.
Alternative Day: a boat tour in the archipelago
There are several companies offering boat tours in the La Maddalena archipelago, such as Blue Alghero Sardinia. If you have time, don’t skip it!
Alternative Day: Trenino Verde
At Sorgono, you can take a one-day train ride on the Trenino Verde line Sorgono-Isili for a day of leisurely ride in the uncontaminated highlands.
Alternative Day: Cala Goloritzè from Nuoro
Cala Goloritzè rivals the best beaches of Sardinia. At the southern end, bizarre limestone formations soar away from the cliffside. Among them is the jaw-dropping Monte Caroddi, also known as the Aguglia, a 148m high needle of rock beloved by climbers. You can hike in from the Altopiano del Golgo on the beautiful, 3.5km Cala Goloritzè Trail. Note: the beach itself is relatively small and can get crowded in summer.
Cala Mariol and Cala Goloritzè vie for the top spot on many “most beautiful beaches” list. From Goloritzè, take a boat or a “gommone” to reach Cala Mariol by sea.
Both land and sea can reach Cala Ziu Martine (“Uncle Martin”) in the Cala Gonone area of Sardinia. A ridge of jagged rock surrounds this beach, and Cala Ziu Martine has remained entirely untouched. The sands are pure white and of the pebbly kind. Cala Ziu Martine is suitable for everyone. Located just south of Sos Dorroles beach, it is easily reachable by car.