If you ever want to enjoy any beach holiday, ever again, don’t got to Sardinia. For real though, you will never want to leave. I wrote on one of my Instagram posts that leaving Sardinia yesterday was almost as difficult as leaving a family member at an airport. Yes, that bad. Our trip started off super early in the morning, so that we would be able to have the afternoon on the beach. Naturally we forgot a couple of things, namely our toothbrushes and my face wash (which got thrown away at the airport anyway). We also severely under packed, due to all the snorkeling equipment and had to wear the same outfits almost 3 times. I would do it again though if it meant I got to go back.
This little remote island is so beautiful and full of charm you will feel at home the moment you step off the plane. Sardinia is relatively untouched by foreigners and the majority of tourists coming to the island are Italians on their summer break. Which means 2 things; buying food, accommodation and transport is relatively inexpensive, and there are plenty of “secret beaches” where it will likely only be you and a couple of locals! Pure paradise.
Angelo and I spent 5 days roaming around the island, more specifically around the small city of San Teodoro. We rented a scooter for 5 days (total cost was €165, including petrol, which was only €5.80 for the 5 days). We HAD to buy a beach umbrella while we were there, which we tied to the side of our scooter, because we obviously couldn’t pack it into our hand luggage. It’s probably illegal, but hey, we got through the 5 days with no arrests. Win.
We planned our trip so that we would have a new secret beach to go to every day. Now, I must stress the importance of research before you visit Sardinia. This island has so many places to see you need to know exactly where to go each day, you don’t want to waste a day wandering around aimlessly. The little beaches maybe incredible difficult to find, and sometimes you have to walk a good 30 minutes to get to your spot, over rocks and between trees, but jeepers, it’s so worth it. Which being said, the information is incredible difficult to find in itself because it is such a tight kept secret by the Italians, for the Italians. They don’t want to share the good stuff!
Our two favourite spots were “Cala Girgolu” and “Spiaggia delle Vacche” These two spots are basically on the same path, and you have to walk, and by walk, I mean hike over rocks and under bushes, from one to the other, so make sure you are wearing closed shoes. There is paid parking for cars (as its a residence only area, but the beaches are available for residents and tourists alike) but if you have a scooter/motorbike, keep driving, just before the “limited access” area there is a spot to park.
The water at these spots literally looks good enough to drink, and more often than not, you are sharing these small beaches with no more than 30 other people. You know what is also good about a beach holiday? You get to do a little bit of “gym” swimming in the ocean is a whole lot of cardio, and with water that clear you feel like you don’t want to miss anything. I’m pretty sure I became aquatic after our time there.
We tanned, snorkeled and just basically chilled our lives away during this time. Don’t forget to pack goggles and a snorkel, that’s for sure, you won’t want to miss the gorgeous fishies!
(On a heavier note, let me tell you that putting goggles on your face and swimming in the sea is not ideal while you’re treating your adult acne, but that’s a blog post in itself. As well as getting beach body ready in 4 weeks… thoughts?!)
The food in Sardinia is also something to dive in to. We spent our 5 days binging on seafood and pasta. (Like the rest of Italy, Sardinia has some of the most incredible pasta and pizza, and of course because it is by the coast, which means good seafood) Our most enjoyable meals in San Teodoro where from Pescheria Sapori di Mare (we went back twice it was so good, but go early, it gets packed), Vianello’s, and I must mention the incredible gelato at BM&V. I had an ice-cream every day, that is no lie. During our meals, Angelo was so enthusiastic about our seafood that he managed to shoot me with lobster juice on more than one occasion.
We also rented a boat and visited the famous “pools” of Sardinia, which was worth every penny! The water is so clear, you can see for miles, usually I’m a baby when it comes to swimming in the sea, but they aren’t lying when they said they were pools. The fish swim right up to you, and you can feed them from the boat, I felt like Ariel incarnate, I was just missing the red hair. We spent a total of €180 for the entire day on the boat, don’t get too excited, it was a rubber duck boat, but I would for sure spend it again. It was by far our best day. (even after the weather turned on us.) I think what made the boat so memorable was the fact that when you hire the boat you essentially have a little spot all to yourself, we anchored in the middle of nowhere, with no one around, and literally had the time of our lives.
There are honestly not enough good things that I can write about this place, everything about it was near perfect. The beaches are clean, the people are friendly, they also speak English which is a help if you can’t speak Italian, the buses arrive on time and it really isn’t as expensive as you would think. The small city itself also has a market in the centre every night, which is awesome to walk around. Plus, once you’ve visited you feel as if you’ve been accepted into one of Europes best kept secret clubs… there is a sort of privilege that comes with knowing the “secret” that is Sardinia. Go find out yourself! Or just watch our video.