SARDEGNA – SARDINIA
My personal experience with Sardegna (Sardinia) has accumulated over the years. Come June/July, I have the urge to migrate towards the sun and escape the Cape winter.
A very close friend of mine, Countess Branca, has a villa on the South of the island that overlooks the sea and a lagoon. The vista is breath-taking! Pink flamingos settle in during this time of year having migrated from Africa. In the distance you can see one of the many medieval Moorish towers that can be found on almost every bluff in the area. Once upon a time it was the warning signal to the passing ships. Still today they light up the coastline at night giving a romantic aspect to the island.
When the sun sets over Chia and the moon is high over the tower, the image is magical! The love affair I have with Sardegna is due to the effect that this tranquil part of the world has been a part of my life with my dearest friend Milly, her children and mine.
This rugged, ancient island with turquoise seas, sandy beaches and rolling hills has an incredible fragrance of summer and sea air, thanks to the fragrant Juniper, Jasmine, and Rosemary shrubs that are dotted around everywhere.
My favourite restaurant is the Trattoria da Angelo in a small village called Domus De Maria. Stepping into the Trattoria is like stepping onto a Fellini movie set. The food is authentic to the island, simple natural produce for that time of year.
As far as accommodation goes, you can rent a villa with staff, which is a great option. Alternatively, you can stay at the Chia Laguna Resort. It is a typical resort with plenty to keep one occupied. The beach is safe for kiddies – crystal clear warm water, no sharks and a restaurant on the beach. Pack very lightly and shop on the beach until you drop. Something that is an absolute must is to go by boat to the deserted beaches. This is when you will experience the true beauty of Sardegna.
I know we are spoilt by the beauty in Cape Town, however, for a relaxing vacation in the sun, a warm, enticing sea that you can swim in and a Mediterranean diet, I say give Rome a miss and head a little further south to Sardegna. It is a piece of paradise on earth. Fly into Europe and take the Easyjet to Cagliari.
Trattoria da Angelo
Tel: 070 9236363