In getting to know the island ourselves, we have collected a long list of favourite day trips, beautiful beaches, special restaurants and interesting things to do. We're able to share our Sardinia with you in a comprehensive Welcome Book that you'll find in your apartment. Here is a sampling (clicking on the text takes you to the appropriate image) -
Create your very own long Italian lunch
Mingle with locals at the colourful produce market where you'll find fresh, flavoursome fruit and vegetables that taste of the sun.
Across the road you'll find garrulous fishmongers, the catch of the day and a handful of butchers. The intensity of flavour in the meat is divine; if lamb is in season be sure to buy a few cutlets to panfry with some fresh rosemary.
Around the corner is the renowned Casa del Formaggio or House of Cheese. The smell is intoxicating and Claudio is generous with his tasting morsels. Here you can also choose from a carefully selected stock of wine and dried meats. Last stop on the same street is the bakery Al Forno – don’t leave it too late as this popular shop nearly always sells out by midday.
And if you want someone else to do all that "hunting, gathering and preparing" then you will be spoiled by the number of good eating establishments in and around Alghero. Our favourites include Il Pavone, Al Solito Posto, Mabrouk , Andreini and Sa Mandra.
Make like a local and join in the passeggiata
Passeggiata is central to late afternoon life in every Italian village. This is the “social hour”, giving the locals a chance for a walk and to catch up on the comings and goings of friends and neighbours.
In Alghero, the bastioni or seawalls swell with people after 5pm. It's the time for a gelato or a glass of wine in one of the sea-facing bars and watch the sun go down. Our picks for people-watching and a refreshing drink include Girasole, Caffe Latino and Bar Ciau Ciau. And treat yourself to some nougat from Signor Floris, the taste is sublime with intense honey flavours.
Take a day trip to the ancient ruins of Tharros
Start early down the spectacular coastal road south to Bosa and then onto Tharros, to the remains of a Phoenician-Roman port city. Tharros perches on the edge of the beautiful Golfo di Oristano where two imposing Corinthian columns stand watch over what was once a sophisticated settlement complete with paved roads, a network of drains and sewers, thermal bath houses, temples and even an amphitheatre.
Just over the hill is a broad white strip of perfect beach, Is Arutas, ideal for a cool dip after your exertions amongst the remains of the city.