Sardinia

Lara, Harvey and I had a very relaxing and extremely enjoyable week long holiday in Sardinia at the end of August.  We booked it last minute and set off, not really knowing what to expect as none of us had been there before.  Well, we shall be going again.  We all loved it, especially the beaches.  We left London Gatwick on a very early flight.img_3551The advantage of the 2:30am start was that we were in Sardinia by 9:30am and after a fairly challenging drive to our hotel (2 and a half hours in a manual car for the first time in years on the right hand side of the road) we arrived by lunch time and had the afternoon to relax by the pool.img_3558p1070396p1070399The following day we discovered the delights of the hotel beach; a delightful cove.p1070402There was a lifeguard and kayaks and paddle boards to borrow.p1070404A quiet and beautiful spot.p1070405Our hotel was spread over such a large area they had little trains to take you around.  I managed to get lost one evening which was frustrating but I got to see the resort.p1070413At the entrance to the park was a large lake filled with birds.p1070414p1070415p1070420p1070424I ended up in completely the wrong part of the park which caused a lot of worry for Lara and Harvey but I eventually made it back.p1070425We were up and out early for our first full day on holiday.p1070426We had a bed and breakfast deal and the breakfasts were a bit limited for me but great for everyone else.p1070427Having discovered the hotel beach, we didn’t waste time at the pool anymore.p1070432There was a second pool at the hotel which was quiet and peaceful but still no where near as alluring as the little cove.p1070434p1070436p1070438p1070440p1070441We went in to Arbatax for supper on our second day.  Not much there but it was good to get out and have a stroll around.p1070442p1070443Mushroom pizza and salad for me which was delicious.p1070444We spent a couple of unplanned days in the South of Sardinia near Villasimius.   I think I would stay in the South the next time I come as the beaches are lovely there.  We were meant to be out on a boat for the day on Tuesday but the trip was postponed due to a thunderstorm!

p1070445p1070446So we hopped in to our car and headed South to Villasimius in the South Eastern part of Sardinia.  It was about 2 hours to drive there.  We had lunch overlooking the main beach but decided to move on in search of somewhere quieter and more scenic to spend the afternoon.p1070449We found a really pretty beach at Spiaggi de Punta Molentis and settled in to the sun loungers for an afternoons relaxing.p1070451This was a very well crafted sand sculpture.p1070458It was a sea serpent that was part buried in the sand.  Unfortunately his nose was washed off before I took my photo.p1070459p1070460This was a very pretty beach.p1070461p1070463p1070466We liked it so much we came back the following day as the weather further North remained unsettled with the risk of rain.  We were actually trying to find a way to Cala Caterina but failed so we went back to yesterday’s beach as that was lovely.p1070471View from my sun lounger.p1070473Paying Euro 25 for 2 sun loungers also gave you access to a variety of ball games which we all had a go with.p1070475This beach was found down a sand track where everyone just parked in a rather random way but it did the job!p1070478After a tough day on the beach we wandered in to town to find somewhere for a drink and for supper before driving back to Arbatax.p1070479Villasimius was a pretty little place.p1070480Aperol Spritzer was the drink of the holiday this year.p1070481We had dinner in a charming first floor pizzeria looking out over the main street – La Tartana.p1070482Obviously the vegan pizza was mine and no prizes for guessing who had the sausage and chips pizza and who had the more sophisticated smoked salmon.  This lovely meal was a  good ending to another lovely day.p1070483On our penultimate day we actually made it to the boat trip cancelled on Tuesday due to thunderstorms.  This is the pretty little port in Arbatax.p1070484p1070486We set off on our boat, with about 12 other people and headed North  along the East coast of Sardinia.  The scenery was stunning.p1070489p1070505p1070508p1070514p1070515When we stopped at a beach we could not believe the colour of the water.  It was extraordinary.p1070521It was such a lovely day, possibly the best day of the year.  We spent about 4 hours on 2 beaches, stopped in several places to swim/snorkel and the rest of the day relaxing on the boat.p1070528p1070529Yes, that is Harvey, leaping from the rock!p1070533The captain of our boat delivered each family a large cool box containing lunch.  There was a box of cold meat, cheese and olives, pasta, Sardinian dried bread, water and a chilled bottle of red wine.p1070535Not a bad spot for lunch (and no I didn’t eat the prawn).p1070536p1070538This was the perfect beach.  Amazing water with a good swell to bob about in and beautiful scenery.p1070541I didn’t want the day to end but end it had to.p1070549p1070550We spent our last day on holiday beside the beautiful cove at our hotel.  I loved this little spot.

I loved the big smooth rocks that sloped gently to the clear water and the little platform and ladder to make getting in to the water easy.p1070552I liked the platform with sun loungers and sunshades.  Apart from a toilet and freshwater showers, there was nothing else there.  And not too many people either.p1070557p1070558There was usually a choice of sun or shade, to suit your mood or skin type.p1070559p1070560The water round Sardinia is clean and clear and full of fish but with nothing dangerous so Harvey could relax and enjoy snorkelling and I could enjoy my book.p1070568p1070572I was sorry to leave this beach heaven.p1070573p1070574p1070576We considered having our final Sardinian supper in the swanky restaurant at our hotel with its lovely views.p1070579But decided against it because it seemed too quiet so we headed in to town instead.p1070580We went out to a local Osteria, Bepi da Guia for a special meal to end a really lovely holiday.  It was a lovely restaurant; good service with lovely food and a relaxed and friendly ambience.p1070586We sat outside and ate Italian style with a Primi (pasta) and Secondi (meat or fish) dish.  I had bread followed by pasta with swordfish and then a fried sea bream.  It was all very delicious but no vegetables which I found a bit odd.  No complaints from Harvey on that score though!   This was a great place to sit and relax in a pleasant location, watching the sunset over the port.

Those of you who read rather then skim the blog will note that I said I ate fish.  I did indeed.  I have no intention of doing so regularly (maybe never again) and no intention of ever eating meat of any description.  But sometimes I wonder if fish would be beneficial brain food for me and I also decided to try something on holiday I can’t have at home.  I really enjoyed it but it sat heavily in my stomach all night and I prefer the lighter feeling of eating vegan.

I loved the reflections the plants made on the ground.  This was the walk back to our room from the car park.

p1070591p1070590We stayed at the Arbatax Park Resort which was very good although rather hilly which I got fed up with at times, especially in the heat of the day.  It was designed in the style of a traditional hill top village and really was very beautiful to wander around in.  Our room was at the top of these stairs.  We had 2 large bedrooms and a shared bathroom and it was very comfortable.p1070592I was reluctant to leave; I could easily have stayed much longer.p1070593p1070595p1070596There was a large animal park on the site which we wandered around before leaving.p1070597p1070598We took a wrong road on the way back to the airport in Olbia and ended up on a high mountain road.  We got there in time for our flight but I was rather tense on the very high and in parts, narrow roads.p1070606p1070614Sardinia was a very pleasant surprise and I hope to go back one day and swim in those wonderful seas and eat the lovely, fresh and local food.  Ideally with Lara and Harvey who are fantastic holiday companions.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Sardinia

  1. laura1952 says:

    Wow. It is absolutely gorgeous there. A little piece of heaven for sure. Bob and I can’t believe how big Harvey is getting! Thanks again for the mini vacation online.

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