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Day 2: During your stay here, you must make time to meander through the herb gardens. The view from the garden is magnificent, especially in the evening, when the sun sinks behind the mountains. Each plant has its name written in Italian, Sardinian and Latin on the plate next to it.
Spend some time discovering the locality, through the hotel’s food and drink tasting focusing on local wines, olive oil, cheeses and prosciutto. Of course, meal times will always be a highlight with the hotel’s three restaurants, from which to choose.
Day 3: You may choose to explore your surroundings on foot or on two wheels, following 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.
Adrenaline junkies may prefer to 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 5: Make the 2 hour drive to Villa Mosca which will be your base for the next 3 nights of your Sardinian holiday.
Villa Mosca is located just a short distance from the centre of Alghero, which, despite being in Italy, displays a strong Catalan influence. Enjoy a romantic aperitif at sunset on the beautiful terrace, with the breath-taking city of Alghero as your backdrop, providing a sensational spectacle of ever-changing colours.
For dinner, you are sure to be served creative cuisine that draws its inspiration from the local traditions.
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 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.
If you decide to get there by road, you can meander down the 656 steps that lead to the grotto - an experience in itself! These have been named the Escala del Cabirol or goat’s steps, as they were cut into the sheer cliff. This spectacular cave is sure to be on of the highlights of your holiday in Sardinia!
For those who enjoy adventures under the sea, be sure to pack your snorkel and seek out the silent shipwrecks off the coast of Cagliari and the submerged Nereo Cave in the Coral riviera of Alghero.
Day 8: Drive to one of Sardinia’s most hidden spots, Gallura, in the north-east of the island.
Here you will find the bays of the Costa Smeralda, lapped by clear waters, where you will stop off at the luxurious Relais Villa Del Gofo. The Mediterranean architecture of the Costa Smeralda is cool, modern and sober in design, tinged with hints of the Sardinian tradition.
Enjoy dinner at the Mira Luna Restaurant, renowned for its grill. Savour the fine Mediterranean cuisine as you take in the picturesque surroundings.
Day 9: Breakfast here is a real joy for the senses, showcasing fine local cuisine.
After lunch, meet your hosts and join them at the farmhouse for a cooking experience or choose wine tasting at the Art Boutique of Villa del Golfo instead. You can taste 3 different Vermentino, a Sardinian wine, accompanied by light food.
The nearby “La Colti” farmhouse-restaurant, serves Sardinian cuisine typical of the Gallura region. It is a must for dinner!
Day 10: Start the day with a relaxing Yoga class at the “Oasi of Luna” terrace, overlooking a stunning sea view. A soft introduction permits even beginners of all ages to enjoy the stretch into flexibility and lightness.
The Menu at the “Garden of Senses” has been conceived in such a way that you can enjoy a range of treatments with all natural products to allow you complete 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, or for a summer evening’s dinner on the emerald waters. This is a truly luxurious treat to end your stay in style!
Day 11: Return to Olbia for your flight home.
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