Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Gulf of Orosei

I have to be honest, I don't really know this part of the island, but I've always heard amazing things about it.
The gulf of Orosei is located in central-eastern part of Sardinia. In the northern part of the gulf  there're sandy beaches and pine trees forests, the southern part is more typical for its big cliffs.
For the richness of animal species and vegetation, the Gulf of Orosei has been declared National Park.
A friend of mine recommended me to go in a sustainable camping that should be open also in November. They offer bungalows for 4 or 6 persons for reasonable prices (also because we're in the low season).
The camp is located in the valley of a river, but at the same time there're tropical beaches and other places to explore in the near surroundings, so we shouldn't spend lot of time on a car.
Give a look to this video:


Monday, September 10, 2012

Green Coast

The Green Coast, or Costa Verde, is considered one of the most amazing places of the island. Until the first half of the XX century was an important mining center (also my grandad used to work there), but once this activity wasn't that profitable anymore, mines closed, people left and nature flourished.
Green coast takes its name from the impressive vegetation, and to get there you first have to pass some mountains. On the way to Costa Verde you'll find many abandoned mining ghost towns, by this time desert, that makes the enviroment more similar to a western movie. But once you start going downhill, the view on the sea is breath-taking.
Costa Verde is perfect if you want to stay in the nature and enjoy of the silence. Imagine than in this part of Sardinia, exactly in Piscinas, you can find the biggest dune sand of Europe.
As the local economy based on mining failed, people start to develop a low-scale form of sustainable tourism, far from the fancy-posh-disneyworld style of the tourist resorts in the north-eastern part of Sardinia.
Small guesthouses and bed and breakfast run by locals, offering local products, make the stay in this part even more unique.

I guess it's even possible to rent a small flat in some super tiny places near the sea.


Stintino is a popular tourist resort 35 Km from Sassari, in the north-western part of the island.
Quite crowded in the summer, in autumn is probably half-desert.
White sand and amazingly transparent-turquoise water makes this spot worth of a visit.

Porto Ferro

Porto Ferro is a 2 Km long beach, 20 Km from Alghero and 30 from Sassari.
Due to the wind and the height of the waves, is considered on of the best spots for surfers of Sardinia.
During the summer lots of beach parties and concerts take place here, but in the autumn either can be enjoyable.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reggae band from Sassari. Last video shot in Sardinia...

Friday, August 31, 2012


In the centre of Sardinia, in the mountainous part of the island, there are lots of villages with a big murales tradition.
Orgosolo is one of the most famous. Murales are in private or public houses around the village , and generally have a strong social or political message. There're around 150 only in Orgosolo.
In this part of Sardinia people are really harsh and direct, with a big sense of honour and  proper rules. It's not a case one of the most important personality of the village is Graziano Mesina, a bandit famous for jailbreaking from prison 22 times (he succeeded 10 times).


Around 1000 years B.C in Sardinia there was a civilization which used to build big and perfect fortresses of stones and rocks (just stones and rocks one over the other without any type of cement).
Some of them were extremely big, and around these buildings, called Nuraghi (Nuraghe is the singular), some villages flourished.
Inside the Nuraghe there were tunnels, rooms for praying (this civilization left lot of little statues of warriors and of  a pregnant woman symbolizing Mother Earth, that was their religion), for the old men council and many other things.
The complex located in Barumini, in Southern Sardinia  was under the ground until a Sardinian archeologist discovered it in the '50.
In 1997 was considered World Heritage by Unesco.
I've never been there, but who went there said it's a magic place.

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Platamona is commonly called the beach of Sassaresi (people from Sassari). Actually it's not a simple beach, but a huge coastal area. In the '50s and '60's it was quite a lively spot with concerts, night life and tourist resorts. Nowadays it's not fancy anymore, and it's considered  the beach where people from Sassari and the surroundings splash when they don't have lot of time and don't want to go to more fancy beaches (like in Alghero).
Actually the quality of the water is not bad, but because of so many beautiful beaches in the surroundings, Platamona has always been considered a 2nd class spot.
Anyway it's possible to reach Platamona by urban bus (takes around 15-20 minutes), and if you're up to, we can even have a walk in the pine tree forests in the area. There's also a little lagoon (called Pilo's pond!) where we can practise birdwatching.
Platamona is the perfect place for spending few hours in front of the sea without going too far.


Castelsardo is a tiny town 30 Km far from Sassari, located in the north-western coast. Here just 5000 people live, mostly elder.
The downhill part is lovely, there is a little touristic harbour and some little cafes where old men read the newspapers and drink coffee. Typical mediterranean atmosphere.
But if you're up to walk uphill to the rock, you'll find yourself in the old centre, a little medieval pearl. Like in the real medieval cities, streets are steepy and narrow, but I guess Porto was a good training.
There's also a fortress, that offers you a wonderful view of the sea, but you can have a great view also from other parts of the cittadella.
In the old centre life is slow, you can find old ladies knitting in the street in front of their house and fishermen mending their nets.
From the castle there's an access to the sea, used in the past to get supplies when the city was under siege.
Nowadays this part is amazing: lot of grass in the middle of big rocks facing the sea and noisy seagulls will make this place perfect for a picnic or a little nap.
Castelsardo has been awarded as one of the best restored medieval  towns of Italy.

We could go there by bus for a day excursion, it takes an hour and on the way you have a great view of the north-western coast.