We were lucky enough to be able to take a few days of vacation to enjoy the beginning of spring in gorgeous Sardinia. Spring in Sardinia = off season; it seemed like we had the entire island to ourselves.

We were based in Olbia, which is close to the Costa Smeralda (named the “emerald” coast due to the colour of the sea in the countless little bays and coves.)

The visual beauty of this island is stunning for sure, but my lingering memory of Sardinia will be the pervasive scent of herbs and wild flowers in the air.

Although early spring will not usually grant you weather hot enough to laze around on the beach for hours or go for a swim in the sea (although we did see the occasional bold swimmer) it does guarantee peace from throngs of other tourists and lower prices for everything from meals and flights to hotel rooms. We stayed at the pragmatically named but very comfortable and accommodating Hotel For You.

Previously unbeknownst to me, (let’s face it, many things about Sardinia weren’t exactly on my knownst list) there is an abundance of Bronze Age sites on the island, including fortresses, temples, and remains of entire settlements. The remains of the Bronze Age fortress (nuraghe) you are looking at above are over 3000 years old.

Cacti this big are a common sight on the island, and boy do they ever put our piddly little collection of windowsill cacti to shame.

We found this little fellow happily munching on plants as we made our way through a Bronze Age temple site not far from Arzachena:

Tempietto di Malchittu (the Malchittu Temple.) Some experiences in life cannot really be described or anticipated; spending a quiet half hour listening to the buzzing of the bees in a prehistoric place of worship with nobody else around for miles is one of them.

A day trip we greatly enjoyed was taking the ferry to the archipelago of La Maddalena (located at the northeastern most point of Sardinia and consisting of seven islands in total, two of which we visited.)

My Kiwi husband was convinced that he hadn’t seen water this clear outside of New Zealand…ever.

Are you tired of all this beauty yet?

This is the Bronze Age Coddu Vecchju Tomb with modern day vineyards completing the contrast in the background.

We can warmly recommend the Enoteca Vignando in Olbia as a place to sample a glass or two of local Sardinian wines along with platters of regional cheese and salami.

Ciao, Sardegna!

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8 Responses to Sardinia

  1. Kim says:

    Well done. Beautiful pics. Thanks!

  2. Brismod says:

    Wow! What a great place to head to for a few days. Gorgeous photos too. I bet you are all relaxed and rested after your trip. xx

  3. Ariana says:

    What wonderful pictures! Looks like such a great place for a trip– and that gorgeous water! I need to get myself over there…

  4. Monica says:

    What a wonderful place on earth. Beautiful pictures.

  5. lavalotti says:

    Thanks, everyone. The food is wonderful too, some of the best I have eaten in Italy.

  6. littleowlski says:

    Looks beautiful, Lottie – I’m so jealous!

  7. I went there a few years ago – thanks for the memory nudge!

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