To the beach - usually Cala Corsara or Beach del Principe. Italian beaches are such a unique experience and a highlight of Sardinia travel - the colours, the chatter - it is always a day out so ensure you come prepared with your parasol and a cooler box.
The unique warmth of the Sardinians - having been lucky enough to travel all over Italy, these guys have distinct traits in their personality; jovial, mischievous and a sense of not taking themselves too seriously which immediately puts you at ease.
It’s a country within a country - with a strong cultural and mythological history. The beaches, like the food, change from region to region - both sandy and rocky, with the beauty and blue waters of the Caribbean.
Long treks on Caprera Island, to the beaches, especially Cala Coticcio at sunset. Music playing with the windows down and the golden sun through the trees. It’s only campers on the island at the moment; it’s a must see before the hotels move in.
In the hills above Costa Smeralda is the bohemian art haven village San Pantaleo. They have a lively market every Thursday selling local art and produce. Sip a spritz at sunset in the piazza to get a real flavour for local life in this part of the world. Generations mingle as the sun sets behind gigantic granite monoliths.
Santa Teresa Gallura, a colourful port town with a beautiful beach is perfect to spend a day before catching the boat to Maddalena. In the west of Sardinia is Bosa, for real Sardinia spirit; cobbled streets only accessed by foot, a historical square and each traditional house painted a bright pastel colour.
Pack light and go for a Fiat 500 soft top perfect for the narrow winding panoramic roads.
A sunrise trek when the rest of the island is sleeping or a late night swim under the moon.
A favourite restaurant is Ristorante Giagoni in San Pantaleo the food and ambience is wonderful and the backdrop is like something from an old western film.
La Maddalena Archipelago is the pinnacle - rent a boat and explore the islands, the water ranges from light blue to emerald greens. The pink shores of Spiaggia Rosa rival any Caribbean beach, or, for the more adventurous, hike Caprera island’s long trails to remote coves - Cala Coticcio or Cala Napoletana.
Cala Francese, an old granite quarry, abandoned after WW2. The water is turquoise and there’s a pier - perfect for those of us who like to go head first. You’ll find old locomotives - that have dispatched stone as far as Rio De Janeiro - on long-abandoned tracks.
At Golden hour there's a dusting of magic in the air. It's the best time to show off your sunkissed glow and enjoy an aperitivo.
Orgosolo on Sardinia mainland is a special town high in the mountains, the town of bandits and dreamers - loaded with international politically-motivated murals and beautiful paintings, it’s an outdoor museum. This place really gives you a feel for the Sardinian mentality.
With ease - red coral chunky jewelry from the island contrasting against tan, white and gold. By day bikini wraps with layered jewellery and large raffia bags and slinky dresses by night. The Sardinia style vibe is Bella Figura! Elegant, relaxed and chic.
...reading? Educated by Tara Westover
...listening to? Midnight Sisters - Blue Cigar.
...thinking about? R&B swim 2021 sketching Ideas / inspiration.
...in my suitcase? Film camera & SPF.
...wardrobe? Slips - Valentina or Casablanca Dress over my bikini. The Primrose slip - white always enhances the tan. Aphrodite blouse with layered gold jewellery.