» Italy, Sardinia: Alghero and A Trip To Surrounding Nature
Italy, Sardinia: Alghero and A Trip To Surrounding Nature
West Sardinia is completely different from other parts. It is not mountainous, but it is rough, windy, wooded, almost flat and was a pleasant surprise for us at the end. I suddenly feel like I'm on another island, in another country.
Early in the morning we leave Stintino and set off on a 9-kilometer hike along the coast - Sentiero della Costa. You can park here without any problems, we set off from north to south. Right after entering the trek we can see two towers. The route is not quite easy, as it might seem, so I recommend sturdy shoes. We are constantly ascending and descending narrow paths, passing bays, beaches and cliffs. The road is very well marked in places, elsewhere the signage is completely missing, so we have to return a little. We can admire the diverse number of plants, shrubs, dwarf palms that are so typical of the area. After returning to the car we set off to Alghero, it is about 35 minutes away.
Even when we come here, it is impossible not to notice the form with Spanish Catalonia. Yes, Alghero is considered the Barcelona of Italy. After all, it is only 300 nautical miles from the coast of Spain. "Beautiful and well located." This is how Emperor Charles V named the city during his visit.
He has a rich history that would not fit into this article. The historic city center is surrounded by walls with fantastic views, which form the dominant feature of the city. Right on the walls you will find old cannons and other historical tools used for combat. In the small streets you will find a large number of restaurants, pizzerias, ice cream parlors, shops and bars. When we get from the streets to a smaller square, we can not fail to notice a very special building - Torre di San Giovanni. Thanks to local artists, this tower has a red coral structure around it. It is a mixture of ancient and modern. After a walk in the center, we head to the port, where we indulge in real Italian coffee on the promenade in the shade of palm trees and enjoy the view of the largest fishing port in Sardinia.
Alghero was our last stop from all over Sardinia. But there is much more to this area. For example, the very famous Grotta di Nettuno caves, the colorful town of Bosa or the town of Oristano. But it's always good to keep something for next time.
GPS: 40°33'22.2"N 8°18'53.3"E
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Corsica is one of the destinations where you can find beautiful beaches, azure and clear sea, mountains, romantic bays, natural lakes and historic towns with a seaside atmosphere in a relatively small area. Thanks to this, Corsica is proud of nicknames such as "Island of beauty and fragrance" or "Pearl of the Mediterranean".
Traveling in the off-season has significant positives. One of them is that the number of tourists has been reduced to a minimum, so you can be completely alone on some beaches. We did it too. Let's take a look today at the northwest of the island, which offers beautiful beaches, diverse nature and true tranquility.
When we say Costa Smeralda, probably each of us imagines an emerald coast, luxury yachts and probably the most famous resort of millionaires and the whole of Sardinia - Porto Cervo. But the Costa Smeralda is something more. It impressed us thanks to the breathtaking beaches we were able to visit and the unusual architecture.
More than two thirds of Sardinia are covered by mountains. They do not reach dizzying heights, but you will find beautiful and unspoiled nature. It is therefore not surprising that this island is a popular outdoor Mediterranean destination with interesting treks. If there is a place in Sardinia where it will feel completely small, it is the Su Gorropu canyon. The rock sides of the gorge rise to a height of 500 meters, making it the deepest gorge in Europe.
Whenever we go on vacation, one of the first things we look for is the highest mountain on the island. It is already our tradition to try to look at the highest point of the area. It will not be different today. We set off to the highest mountain in Sardinia, which is Punta la Marmora with a height of 1,834 m above sea level.
Are you thinking about where you will go next summer? How about Sardinia? If you find yourself in the eastern part of this Italian island, I have two travel tips for you. The first of them is a full-day boat trip along the coast of Orosei, the second is the most famous village of the whole island, which lies at the foot of the arid Supramonte mountains.
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