Can you tell I’m still 100% in holiday mode? I mean, Mr. Actually and I had the most amazing 10 days away, and I just want to share every single moment! We headed off to Sardinia, and all I can say is, if it’s not on your travel wishlist, it really should be! Sitting pretty in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Italy, it’s easy to fall in love with the place! We spent our first 4 nights in Alghero, on the northwestern side of the island, and it was nothing short of magical!
Laying Our Heads at B&B Camilla
When it came to looking for accommodation, I was looking for something that was chilled out. Mr. Actually and I aren’t really ones for big resort hotels; we definitely prefer cozy and home-like. Alghero has a lot of options that fit that description but when I came across B&B Camilla it was love at first sight! Close to the center of town, cute decor and breakfast included! We were in love from the moment we arrived. The host, Raffaele, was there to great us, made check in a breeze, and clearly put a lot of time and care into making sure his guests felt like home. He also gave us some great food recommendations! B&B Camilla was the perfect spot in Alghero; nothing was more than a 15 minute walk from us. As you can imagine, we took advantage of that for sure!
Our room had a patio outside, and we would eat our breakfast here every morning, after being woken up by sun streaming in through the windows. Natural sun: so much more effective than an alarm clock, no?
Having a nice and comfy place to stay can really make or break your time away. We really lucked out with B&B Camilla, and it became the perfect place to start and finish our day as we explored Alghero!
Hiking to Neptune’s Grotto
One of the things I was excited about in Alghero was exploring the landscape. Sardinia has some truly incredible views. We got up early (or rather, we were gently warmed from our slumber by the sun gently streaming through the curtains) and took a bus out to Capo Caccia, a protected area full of gorgeous cliffsides, and beautiful clear blue water. The shining star of Capo Caccia? That would be Neptune’s Grotto! It’s an incredible cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites, as well as an underwater salt lake. You can take a ferry from Alghero, but we opted to take the bus. We got of at Cala Dragunara, a gorgeous little beach well worth a visit, then followed a path up to the top. From there, we opted to take the ‘escala del cabirol’ a stairway of 654 steps that was carved into the cliffs in 1954, in order to access the caves! It was definitely a hike (especially having to go back up the stairs to catch our bus) but well worth the effort! I’ve never seen anything like Neptune’s Grotto before! The pictures don’t really do it justice!
Wandering the Sea Walls
Alghero sits right on the water, and was at various points in history, a fortified port town. As a result, you can walk along the sea walls. When the sun is setting, it’s the perfect time to walk. There are some great restaurants along the way, and just a joy to wander along. There were lots of totally adorable buildings and a few well enjoyed cones of gelato to beat the heat. After dinner, we would usually end up strolling along the sea walls, enjoying the fresh air and the views. Oh, the views!
Exploring the City Streets
One of the things I absolutely loved about Alghero was how colorful all the houses and buildings were. That, combined with the cobbled streets, was, frankly, nothing short of a dream! We stayed mainly in the Old Town, which was very charming. Lots of little squares and beautiful churches. The coolest one was the Chiesa di San Michele, which has bright colorful tiles on the dome! One evening, we got rained on as we headed to dinner, and we took refuge in the little streets. We walked through them early in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the evening, and it was always idyllic. Alghero is quiet, so it was perfect!
Dining at Kings
We decided early on that we wanted to have one meal that was a bit more extravagant than the rest. Really splurge, and enjoy a great meal! I’d heard that Kings was a great restaurant, and after it was recommended to us, I knew we needed to make a reservation! By 7:30, we were seated out on the patio, watching the sun set, sharing a bottle of white wine! We each had a starter (Mr. Actually picked the winner there: Cuttlefish with seasoned pecorino cheese and tomato sauce – it was good, y’all!), a main, and even found room for dessert (barely). I don’t eat a lot of seafood, but it was so good, that I was much more adventurous for the rest of our trip. When in Rome, as they say!
Dozing on the Beach
It’s not a beach holiday without a trip to the beach, am I right? Alghero has a very long stretch of beach on one side of town, called Spiaggia del Lido. It’s got bars and all sorts of things nearby, but we decided to head to a little strip we discovered near our B&B. Sometimes smaller is better and in this case, our little beach was a little slice of heaven. At any given tme there were maybe 20 people laying out on their towels. It was much more secluded, and more local than the big beach down the way. We took our towels down and set up camp a few times during our stay in Alghero! I’m a big fan of swimming in the ocean, so I was pretty happy to camp out there!
Spending the Day at Sea
On the last proper holiday Mr. Actually and I took (a week in Antigua in 2012… I know!) we went on a boat excursion. It’s a fun way to see more of a place from a different perspective! We booked ourselves onto a nice boat tour that took us out by Capo Caccia, for swimming and basically just hanging out in the sun! It was good fun, but then the sun disappeared and it got cold and rainy! Plus I stepped on a sea urchin (OUCH). We also had a group of American college students on board and they were being very loud and irritating. It was easier to ignore when the sun was out, but the more wine was consumed, the louder they got. Once the clouds rolled in, it was difficult to cope with! That being said, it was still good fun! We went past the staircase we’d climbed down to get to Neptune’s Grotto, and I gotta tell ya, it’s difficult to understand the scale when you’re anywhere but on the water looking up at it!
Overall, Alghero was incredible and I’d definitely head back! Next time, maybe we’d rent a car and drive over to Castlesardo or Bosa for day trips. It was certainly the perfect start to our holiday and the perfect setting quite frankly! If you’re looking for a holiday, this is a great place to go! We got a flight from Luton, right to Alghero airport, so it was easy breezy! I think it’s safe to say that this holiday will be a favorite for a while!