Sardinia 2013

OK Fokes Its been a while, and i have been neglecting this page for quite a while well I’m back now but I’m comeing back with a difference i hope you like what I come back with.

My husband Michael bought me a present for Christmas of a holiday in Sardinia, we have just returned home and I thought I will share our experience with you.
Early Sunday morning flight from Dublin to Alghero, Sardinia, first thing that I noticed as we came in to land was how green the country was.IMG_1195
There is a ticket machine where you get the tickets for the bus €1 just outside arrivals, this was our first encounter with Italian people on how friendly and helpful they are. Turn right when you come out of the airport and the bus stop is down on the right. We got off the bus at the park last stop. Walked to the marina stopped a man and asked for directions to our hotel, Hotel El Balear ( See seperate Report below ) he started to tell us where it was and then decided to bring us to the top of the road we thought this was very nice of him to go out of his way. We could not check into the hotel till 2 o clock, so we left our bags in the hotel and went and had a look around, and had some breakfast. After we did finely checked in we just chilled out in the hotel, before we went out to dinner, in the nearby town of Alagero.

Next day we did the open top bus, it takes about an hr and a half you can hop on/off at any of the bus stops along the way at a cost of €18 each. You are giving an ear pieces which you plug in to a panel at your seat and you’re giving the history of the Island in whatever language you want. The bus brings you to the Neptune cave but if you get off the bus here you have to wait till the next bus comes which could be about 2 hrs. We stayed on the bus and went back to the city. I thought the price was expensive for what you got.
You just have to love the cobble stone streets of the old town with all the lovely alley ways and the washing hanging out. We took the boat trip to the Neptune cave on the Cliffside of Capo Caccia, It takes 2 an half hrs, cost €15 each, the boat runs twice a day 11am+3pm (March- October) and every hr 9am-5pm (June- September) when you get to the cave it cost €13 each Adult, Child €7. This trip was a great adventure, it is amazing seeing what happens in the cave over 1000 of years The tour guide had little English so if you were not up front it was very hard to hear what was been said. You can also go to the cave by Public bus It takes approx 50 minutes from Alghero at 9.15am and return at 12 noon. Cost €4.50 return. But if you go by Public bus or open top bus you have to go down a set of 660 steps cut into the cliff side. (“Billy Goat Stairs’) I would recommend taking the boat for the adventure.IMG_6450  IMG_6478

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Another day we took the train to Sassari, €2.20 single/€3.80 return. We missed the early train so when we got there everywhere was closing for siesta. We walked around for a while had lunch and then took the bus back to Alghero.IMG_6398Two days left

Only two days left of our week in this lovely country. So Friday We set out on another trip this time to the West coast town of Bosa, We took the local bus which runs every day 9.30am Return 16.50pm €4.50/€8.00 return per person. The bus goes through the mountains and around the cost with specktackler views and the lovely colours of the flowers starting to blossom on the mountains in the sun shine, the bus takes about an hour. As you enter the town you can see the Castle up the top of the hill built in the 14th century, and if you turn right when you get off the bus it will bring you to the river with all the different colour houses all the cobble side streets it really looks like a medieval town. I called in to a hotel and asked for a map of the city as we could not find an information centre and yet again the person was very helpful, IMG_6500we headed up to the Castle which was through many cobble lanes up a lot of steps to the top, but it was worth all the pain. Admission €4 each and €1 extra to go up to the tower, the girl offered to be our guide she said she needed to practice her English as she had a big tour coming the next day, There is not much of the Castle left just the ruins and some of the 7 towers, it celebrates its 901 anniversary this year 2013. There is a small church called Regnos Altos and was built by the malaspinia Family around the 14th century which has so much history to it what I was fascinated with was someone years ago plastered over the walls and with resent restoration they found a medieval frescoes on the walls,IMG_6491 there is also a statue of the virgin Mary which is on the alter in the church. From the castle walls you can see all the colourful houses and the River Tempo which is Sardinia’s only navigable river and Boca is the only town along a river, you can also see the church of St. Pietro. After two hrs wandering round the castle we went down the cobble streets, “I don’t know which was harder going up or coming down.”IMG_6498 We found a lovely little square with a fountain and the sun shining so this is where we had lunch. The Marina was about 1 mile from the town but as the time was getting on we hadn’t enough time to go there(Any excuse to go back) we then headed to the bus stop and as we had some time we had a drink outside a little bar till the bus came. Then it was back to Alghero, IMG_6535

souvenir shopping Day
This is our last day so down to the old town to do a bit of souvenir shopping the place is buzzing with a lot of people wandering around the sun is shining what a lovely atmosphere, we walked along the promade to the top of the hill past the Carlos V hotel and watched the fishermen then we went to a park we had found a few days before in the new town not far from our hotel, we stayed a while then headed back to get the last rays of sunshine, and to see the sun set before going to dinner. IMG_1242IMG_6486
Up early Checked out of the hotel, we walked up to the central park to get the 8.30am bus to the airport €1.50 each on the bus as the bus office was closed. I was so sorry to be leaving this lovely country with its lovely people, food and sunshine. But as my husband always says “you have to go back to come back”. We did a lot more things in the week like visiting different churches, trying the different foods and drinks in the lovely restaurants, watching the spectacle sun sets, looking for the market, walking the lido beach sand in our toes and wetting our feet in the sea water, with the sun on our backs, , Temp were 15-20C which is our summer in Ireland (when we get a summer) It must get very hot in summer in Sardinia as we were walking around in sleeveless tops the locals were in coats and scarf’s. We had a really lovely time and  plan on returning  to see the rest of the this lovely country some day.

Hotel El Balear Review

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Our room was on the first floor sea view with a balcony and a separate closed in balcony which was great for the windy days. And the sun sets are out of this world. The bed was very big and comfortable the bathroom was well stocked with shampoo and shower gel and towels were changed whenever we left them out, the room was cleaned every day. Breakfast was lovely meats, cheese, breads, cakes, cereal, fruits, fresh juices bottled water, tea, coffee, drinking choc let and a lovely view in which to have your breakfast looking out over the sea front. There is a little court yard in the front of the hotel where you can sit and have a drink or just to chill out. Also out back there are benches in a little garden to just relax, you can rent out bikes in the hotel one hr €3, half day €6, full day €8 and 3 days €20. They also have Internet which I thought was expensive at €3 an hr, and a safe in the office which you can leave your belongings for free. There is a 24hr bar in the hotel and is well stocked up. But the best part was the staff that was so friendly and helpful with a smile and a chat at any time day or night. We had such a lovely time we are planning our return trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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