Sardinia is a beautiful island off the coast of Italy. Crystal blue waters, quaint towns, and glorious Italian food. How could it not be perfection?
When we plan our beach escapes what we’re looking for is a beautiful spot that will allow us to not have to move, at all, if we don’t want. But if we do want, somewhere that rewards your adventurous spirit with astonishing views. So where do you go when you just want to lay on the beach…except for when you want to go on amazing hikes to secluded beaches? For this trip, Sardinia was the answer.
We stayed in the picturesque village of Orosei, with it’s historic limestone buildings, and quintessential cobblestone streets. There is an Instagram capture waiting around every corner. It’s almost impossible to make it to dinner, with one of you stopping to take a picture every few steps.
I found our hotel on one of my favourite sites for hunting out boutique bargains, TheHotelGuru.com. We stayed at the Albergo Diffuso Mannois. Breakfast every morning in their courtyard is included with your room. They also offer a beautiful roof top terrace “welcome” happy hour to their guests, where you can indulge in sparkling wine, sunset views, and local nibbles.
We stumbled on one of these hikes while out exploring nearby towns. And, wholly unprepared, we set out on a two hour hike from Cala Fuili to Cala Luna. We left the hotel without the idea or intention of hiking so we didn’t have extra snacks, sunscreen, and minimal water. Being fairly fit people, we decided to give it a go anyway. Oh, and we set off in mid-day, the sun high in the sky just beating down on our necks. Our lack of planning certainly made an incredible hike a bit more of a challenge than it needed to be. Learn from our mistakes, but go!
Because here’s what awaits you on the other side….
Cala Luna has a ferry that will take you back to Cala Ganone for a small fare. No two hour hike home, thankfully. However, in truly unprepared fashion, neither one of us had taken any money! The hike back is doable, but luckily for us, we were able to pay the fare back to the main dock.
Once in Cala Ganone, please please please visit Ristorante Il Cormorano on Via Vespucci Cala Ganone street. This is the place that makes “The Salad”. It may not look like much in the picture, but it’s been a few years now since visiting and we STILL talk about that salad. Combining fresh ingredients and creamy cheese, stuffing it into a puffed up pizza crust, and drizzling it with chili oil is magical. We may even go back to Sardinia one day, just for this salad!