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 in the South of the island that overlooks the sea and the lagoon. The vista is breath-taking! Pink flamingos settle in during this time of year – also 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 it was the warning signal to the passing ships. Still today they light up the coastline at night.
When the sun sets and the moon is high over the tower, the image is magic! The love affair that I have with Sardegna is due to the effect that this tranquil part of the world has on me. Chia is the quiet part of the island that affords great opportunities for getting to know the Sardinian landscape.
This rugged, ancient island with turquoise seas, sandy beaches and rolling hills has an incredible fragrance of summer and the sea air, thanks to the fragrant Juniper, Jasmine, and Rosemary shrubs that dot it – energising!
My favourite restaurant is the Trattoria da Angelo in the small village – Domus De Maria. Stepping into the Trattoria was like stepping onto a Fellini set. The food was to die for – simple, natural produce.
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.