Camping in Sardegna (Sardinia)
Trip Start Apr 01, 2001
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Not me... and not my brother... so, without even knowing whether Alghero was in the north, south, east or west of Sardinia, we bought flights, packed a tent and headed off on a whim.
What a fine place Alghero turned out to be!
It's really easy to get to, has great beaches, an interesting and lively old town, good shops in the new town, a wonderful campsite (La Mariposa) and excellent food... What more could you ask for?
The evening passagiata is a ritual all over Italy and here we enjoyed watching three generations stroll along the thick fortress walls of the old town, all looking like nominations for Hollywood's "best dressed" awards.
Our days were spent relaxing on the beaches (which at weekends got so busy that it was a challenge to find "towel space") captivated by the huge range of physiques... toned brown beach-babes in barely there bikinis, pumped up "Italian Stallions" in designer board shorts sporting jewel encrusted bug-eye sunglasses, leathered bellies overhanging "oh too small speedos", and flabby tourists from Northern Europe their bodies covered in a patchwork of red sunburn on pristine white skin.
One thing we really liked about Alghero was the fact that you could walk along the beach to the old town and find a completely different atmosphere - romantic restaurants offer dinner "al fresco" as the sun goes down.... shame I was with my bother and not with Paul as the ambiance was wasted on us! But the sunsets were perfect anyway.
One restaurant that was definitely a hit with us both was Son de Mar, which is located on the ground floor of Hotel Tarragona in Via Gallura between the Old Town and the Lido, (it runs away from the sea at the Lido end of the marina). This large pizzeria offers delicious, thin crust pizza by the metre, cooked over wood, in a traditional pizza oven. You can choose a different flavour for every 25 cms or so.