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Sardinian holidays: discovering La Maddalena in 4 days
Sardinian holidays have been amongst the most searched destinations during the last years and this trend seems to be increasing, according to main international magazines.
This fact may be due to the unpolluted and transparent blue water, or maybe for its typical cuisine that kept its traditions untouched being an island, or even because travelling to Sardinia takes you in a world apart…even being in Italy.
The fact is that a few people leave Sardinia without a promise to come back.
The words of the Italian songwriter and poet Fabrizio De André say a lot about Sardinian appeal: “Life in Sardinia is probably the best a man can wish himself. Twenty-four thousand kilometers of forests, countrysides, infinite coastlines immersed in an amazing sea should coincide with what I’d suggest the Lord to donate us as Paradise.”
How to get the best from your Sardinian holidays?
Here we suggest you a four days trip around La Maddalena archipelago, allowing you to know what this part of Sardinia has to offer to make your Sardinian holidays unforgettable.
DAY 1 – SEA, RELAX AND GOOD FOOD
Arrival at Olbia Costa Smeralda airport. Rent a car (or ask us for a private driver service) and head to the hotel in Palau, just in front of La Maddalena archipelago. Drop the luggage and go straight to the beach to plunge into the transparent and inviting Sardinian seawater.
The closest beaches are Isolotto beach, Porto Faro beach and Cala di Trana beach. A deserved relax after the flight. You can eat something on the beach, plunge again and then go back to the hotel to take a bath and go out to see the sunset in suggestive archeological sites such le Tombe dei Giganti di Li Mizzani e di Sajacciu.
You can have dinner in Palau, eating fresh local fish, local cool white wine and end the meal with the Sardinian typical dessert called seadas, dressed with local honey.
DAY 2 – SPORT, FUN AND NATURE
Wake up without any alarm and just go visiting another beach. Maybe deciding to have some wind or kitesurf lessons in Porto Pollo, that is also perfect for children because of the low bottom sea. It is just 11 km from Palau.
For lunch, you can stop by any of the kiosks on the beach and have a light meal. During the afternoon, you can have some more lessons, try the Stand Up Paddle or just have some sunbathing.
6 pm would be a good time to go in the direction of Santa Teresa Gallura to watch the sunset at the Moon Valley (Valle della Luna). A very special place where some hippies live all over the year. It is surrounded by granitic rocks offering a unique scenery.
The evening could go ahead with a little walk in Santa Teresa Gallura village and maybe eat the local zuppa gallurese followed by an exquisite ice cream before going back to the hotel.
DAY 3 – PARADISIAC SEA
If you’re too relaxed maybe it’s the case to put on the alarm, but just to avoid losing the boat trip (or, even better, a sailing ship) to La Maddalena archipelago islands.
Cameras, or smartphones are mandatory to shoot the incredible sea you will surely want to show your friends when back home. The experienced sailors will take you to breathtaking beaches.
Depending on the wind you will visit Cala Corsara o Cala Soraia in Spargi, then Porto della Madonna, fabulous natural pool formed by the waters of Razzoli, Santa Maria e Budelli beaches; then Spiaggia del Cavaliere in Budelli through a trail that takes you to the famous and protected Pink beach (plunging is forbidden to preserve its environment), the tour finishes passing by Caprera (the Garibaldi island) through the stunning Cala Coticcio, also called Tahiti beach.
DAY 4 – WALK AND RELAX
The last day, after checking out, can be dedicated to a last plunge or to visit the Bear Rock (Roccia dell’Orso) with its beautiful panorama, or just walking through the small boutiques in Porto Raphael, a small village founded by Conte Raphael de Neville in the 60ties, admiring the unique panorama with its white villas inserted perfectly into the Mediterranean scrub and with the blue sea as a perfect frame.
After these days, you’ll be amongst those who promise to come back for another Sardinian holiday. That’s for sure.
Ana Maria Vasconcellos