Road Trip Around Sardinia

Why is Sardinia so easy to love? Perhaps because the sea is more crystal-clear than it is in the Caribbean, because the fragrances of this land reach your nostrils before you've even stepped off the plane, because the Sardinian dialect is as crunchy as the local flatbread, because Sardinia is not just for the summer, it is exceptionally beautiful in every season...and few people have as yet discovered all that it has to offer.

Day 1: Fly into Olbia and drive inland, to the east of Sardinia, discover little villages like Oliena, which still retain the old Sard traditions and crafts, surrounded by steep-sided hills, caverns, gorges and lakes, more reminiscent of Scotland (with sunshine!), This is where you will land upon Su Gologone Hotel. It is not known as an experience hotel for nothing. There are so many relaxing and pleasurable things to do at Su Gologone, we hope you won’t find it too hard to choose! Whatever it is – a tour of the hotel’s art collection, a wine tasting, a film under the stars, or an adventure into the landscape, the owners want you to take a little piece of Sardinia home with you.
From the moment you sit down at the table, food will be placed in front of you. Sardinian cuisine expresses a simple approach to life, imbued in its cheeses, spit-roasted meats, panecarasau, handmade pasta, olive oil and distinctive wines. At Su  Gologone, mealtimes are saturated with the fragrances and flavours  of  Barbagia.  Savour  maccarones  de  busa (handmade  bucatini)  and  culurgiones (ravioli filled with local ricotta), porceddu  allo  spiedo (spit-roasted suckling piglet),  and  seadas  al  miele (honey fritters). Meals here will be memories that linger!
Day 2: Meander through the herb gardens. The view from the garden is magnificent, especially in the evening, when the sun sinks between the mountains. Each plant has its name written in Italian, Sardinian and Latin on the plate next to it. Spend the afternoon discovering the localities with the hotels food and drink tasting focusing on local wines, olive oil, cheeses  and  prosciutto. Of course look forwards to the best part of the day – Dinner. With the hotels 3 restaurants to choose from you will be spoilt for choice!
Day 3: On foot or two wheels, follow ancient shepherds' paths through forests of holm oak, passing through picturesque clearings and canyons. Visit the important archaeological sites in the area, or travel to the pristine white beaches lining Sardinia’s crystalline sea.
For those adrenaline junkies head out in Land Rovers or on quad bikes, along paths lined with Mediterranean scrub, limestone rocks and wild flowers, in search of the landscapes made famous by comic-book hero  Tex  Willer.
Day 4: Spend the day exploring this incredible hotel and immersing yourself in the tranquil magical atmosphere. Meander through the Tex Willer garden, Hammocks a plenty with a variety of succulent plants and the company of blue and red horses parading silently along the wall – the garden is utterly unique and a wonderful place to unwind. Although the wonderful Sardinian seaside is just a handful of kilometres away, the swimming pool is an excellent alternative. 25 metres long, the water in it comes exclusively from the Su Gologone spring.
Meet up at the Magico Tablao terrace, it’s an enchanting place to sip an aperitif and try some Sardinian artichoke and wild cardoon antipasti, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Supramonte.. Choose from 15 grappas, most of which are Sardinian, and local liqueur made from herbs and berries.
In the evening ponder onto the terrace, The spectacular view of  Mount  Corrasi makes  Su  Gologone’s ‘terrace of dreams’ one of the most captivating parts of the hotel. One night a week (usually Friday or Saturday), between May and September, local amateur astronomers join stargazing guests to study the stars and planets using telescopes and special video cameras.
Day 5: Make the 2 hour drive to Villa Mosca where you'll stay for 4 nights. Enjoy the ambience of the local towns of Alghero and Bosa. It is the perfect place in which to spend some unforgettable time on one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful islands. Villa Mosca is located just a short distance from the centre of this celebrated city which, despite being in Italy, displays a strong Catalan influence. With the breathtaking city of Alghero for a backdrop, rest on beautiful terrace for a romantic aperitif at sunset, which in Sardinia offers up a sensational spectacle of ever-changing colours.
For dinner, creative cuisine that draws its inspiration from the local traditions is served before you head to kip.
Day 6: One of the most popular day trips from Alghero is to the Grotta di Nettuno (Neptune’s Grotto) which can be reached by either boat or by the road. By boat you can take in some amazing scenery and spend time on the sea looking out at the blue bay of Porto Conte and the vertical cliffs at Capo Caccia or if you decide, by road you can meander down 656 steps that lead down to the grotto which is an experience in itself! These have been named the Escala del Cabirol or goat’s steps, as they were cut into the sheer cliff wall. As for the inside of the cave.. well you will have to discover for yourself just how spectacular it is!
For those more in favour of a underwater adventure, be sure to pack the snorkels and seek out the silent shipwrecks off the coast  of  Cagliari and the  submerged  Nereo Cave in the  Coral  riviera  of  Alghero.
Day 7: There is something very special about Sardinian beaches, the thin white sand and clear emerald sea is warm and calm. Long Travel’s favourite is the Mugoni beach on the Porto Conte eastern road which is sheltered from the wind by a pine forests surrounding the beach. You can get a ‘patino’ boat and ride the waves or watch the wind surfers from the comfort of the beach.
For those who want a little more culture and history an exploration of  the  Alghero Cathedral other known as  the  Cathedrale of St Mary the immaculate (Duomo  di  Alghero,  Cattedrale Di Santa  Maria  Immacolata). Then take a wonder to the Church of San Francesco which has been constructed in the same style as the cathedral in  a  gothic Catalan style. If baroque is more your style look at visiting the Church of San Michele (La  Chiesa Di San Michelle) which is dedicated to the patron saint of the city and is located in the historical centre.
Day 8: Drive to one of the most hidden places of Gallura, the north-eastern part of Sardinia, washed by the clear waters of the bays of the Costa Smeralda where you can drop yourself into the luxurious Relais Villa Del Gofo. Costa Smeralda and its surroundings are a cool, modern and harmonious environment where the Mediterranean architecture is tinged with hints of the Sardinian tradition and sober design.
Enjoy dinner at  the  Mira  Luna Restaurant, renowned for its grill, the fine Mediterranean cuisine and just take in the picturesque surroundings.
Day 9: Breakfast is a real joy for the senses, and the cuisine is the showpiece. After lunch meet your host and transfer to the farmhouse for a cooking experience or choose wine tasting at the Art Boutique of Villa del Golfo in the afternoon instead, tasting 3 different Vermentino, a Sardinian wine, accompanied with light food tasting.
The nearby “La  Colti” farmhouse-restaurant, serves  typical  Sardinian cuisine of  the  Gallura region. It is a must for dinner!
Day 10: Morning Yoga. Relax yourself with a Yoga class at the “Oasi of Luna” terrace, overlooking a stunning sea view. A soft introduction permits beginners and/ or advanced of all age to enjoy the stretch into flexibility and lightness. The Menu at the “Garden of Senses” has been conceived in a way that offers you a complete range of treatments with all natural products for you to sink deeper into relaxation. At Hotel Villa  del  Golfo guests can also rent the hotel’s private Sailing Yacht for exciting tours in the waters of the archipelago, as well as for a dinner on the emerald waters during summer evenings for that real luxurious treat to end your stay in style.
Day 11: Return to Olbia and fly home. I know it is tempting to stay but we will be more than happy to help you start planning your next trip on your return!


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