Sardinia seems to be a bit of an unusual choice for the everyday tourist. It’s not a major sightseeing destination according to most guidebooks. But if it’s sun, sea and sand that you’re after; Sardinia is a great choice (albeit a little off the beaten track).
When researching relaxing beach holidays where I could celebrate my birthday, I stumbled across Sardinia. It was the name Costa Smeralda that hooked me in (translated as The Emerald Coast).
I’d imagined turquoise water, white sandy beaches, cocktails in the sun and watersports. What better way to spend my birthday in style? And I must say Sardinia certainly didn’t disappoint.
The apartment village we were staying at: Bagaglino I Giardini Di Porto offered the use of a private sandy beach where we spent most of our days.
As it was a private beach, we found we could leave our bags on the beach without the worry of anything being stolen, which meant that Sardinia saw me snorkelling for the very first time!
My boyfriend kindly taught me how to snorkel. I must confess the most fearful part for me was getting into the habit of breathing through my mouth. It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but once I did we were venturing out into the water further and further from the beach.
Travel Tip: if you want to get a photo of yourself mid-snorkel, take a cheap selfie stick into the water with your waterproof camera. I got some awesome holiday shots of us snorkelling and swimming! When I say cheap selfie stick though, I mean make it a cheap one … the salt water will rust the metal a bit so I don’t want you ruining an expensive one!
The Tastes of Sardinia
When we weren’t splashing around in the turquoise water or lazing on the beach, we found ourselves trying tasty food in the local restaurants.
Sardinian cuisine is quite similar to Italian food but they do try to put their own little twists on the food they serve. Being an island, they also serve quite a lot of fish and sea dishes, which are certainly worth trying out here.
One meal I will never forget was on our last day before flying home. We were dining in a restaurant overlooking the beach and decided to splurge our cash a little bit.
We saw scampi on the menu for €30 a plate. Being Brits and not foodie people, we thought it would be the scampi you get in the UK. This is little pieces of breaded prawn a little like chicken nuggets. (I told you we weren’t foodies)!
Well, imagine our surprise when we were offered pieces of dining equipment akin to nut crackers! All we could do was look at one another across the table and laugh. Trust us – we’d only gone and ordered a dish that neither of us knew how to eat!
We were not so used to seeing eyes on our food either!
Although this may have been a rooky mistake, it’s one of my favourite memories from our travels to this stunning island as it makes me laugh every time I think about it.
Being travellers at heart, we couldn’t help but explore as much of the island as we could.
So on one of our last days here, we ventured out to Porto Cervo (on foot). One thing I will tell you is that Sardinia was clearly not designed with walkers in mind. There were virtually no paths and very long windy roads from where we were staying to the Porto Cervo town and harbour. But it was certainly worth it.
For those of you who haven’t yet explored Sardinia, Porto Cervo is its ‘rich hub’. Many rich and famous people find themselves docking their yachts here.
We had fun rambling along the harbour, admiring the boats and wondering what we would buy if we had that much money to splurge. After this, we then settled on spending a little bit of cash on some pizza and ice-cream. Oh the irony — no caviar or champagne for us!
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All in all, we loved our stay in Sardinia. A week of relaxing on the beach, playing in the water and eating delicious food was just what the doctor ordered for my birthday!
If we were to do it again, we’d likely rent a car though as it was quite difficult to get around without one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Have you ventured out to Sardinia yet? Do you think you would? Do you have any stories to share of your time on this Mediterranean island? Jot a few notes down in the comments…
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