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Alghero, Sardinia

11039147_530664803742874_101330427744047280_nNot easy to get back in the writing habit! My last post was something like 4 months ago and many things changed since then.

Don’t want to bore my 4 dear readers but let me tell you something related to this post, a nice italian song from the golden 80’s said ‘…voglio andare ad Alghero…in compagnia di uno straniero…’, which means ‘wanna go to Alghero with a foreigner companion’.

Well, I did it and my foreigner companion is my beloved girlfriend from Slovakia. I hope a bit of gossip could help rising my followers and contacts 🙂

Anyways, let me start describing Alghero, a small city in Sardinia, the second biggest island in the mediterranean sea (after Sicily), with a very close airport with several low-cost flights from all over Europe.

11020219_530664763742878_7211438228394242670_nAlghero is famous for its dialect with catalan’ roots and for its red coral jewelery. The nice city is a very well-known touristic destination, during summer there are many visitors, enjoying the beautiful beaches, sun, good food and nightlife

For this reason I decided to go off-season. Plus I needed a short break after the long polish winter…oh yes! this would be my second gossip news that I’ll treat in more details in the next posts.

To be honest in this period of the year many restaurants, bars and other premises are closed, awaiting for the peak season, however for a budget traveller like me it wasn’t such a big deal.

10428455_530981770377844_4253553592532687707_nI could enjoy the more genuine city soul, local people were happy to see tourists and like to take care of them.

I happened to stop in a small bar (nearby the cathedral) for a couple of glasses of ‘cannonau‘ and ‘buio‘, sardinian good quality wines, receiving appetizers and snacks, mostly from genuine local products, such as olives, ‘pane curasau‘, sausages, ‘pecorino‘ cheese…

The same happened in the small B&B run by Giovanni (info@ilramorosso.it), where I spent 4 nights in a double bed room, for 28Euro/night.

Every morning the owner was preparing a tasty breakfast with local bread, cheese, vegetables, organic extra virgin oil, fresh baked pastries…

spiaggiaWhat to do in Alghero?

In summer, no doubts!

Enjoy the sea and the beaches. Sardinian sea is considered the most beautiful in Europe.

Long white sands beaches are all along the northern cost.

The most famous beach is ‘spiaggia delle bombarde‘, few km far from the city.

Other beaches are ‘Mugoni‘, Lazzaretto, Lido

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Something not to be missed is definitely ‘Capo Caccia‘ and its famous ‘Grotte di Nettuno’, a natural cave accessible either via sea (with organized boat tour, only with good weather!) or via the spectacular ‘Escala del Cabirol’ – Cabirol steps.

You will never forget about its 600 steps, effort paid back by an incredible view.

Capo Caccia is a beautiful cliffs at the end of a natural fiord.

There is also a very nice spot where to enjoy a breathtaking sunset…

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11025156_532291290246892_5960671858395072028_n  Alghero has an atmospheric old town, surrounded and protected by ancient walls ‘bastioni’. A relaxing walk will be a very pleasant surprise for you.

Narrow streets, with numerous bars, cafes, restaurants (renowned for excellent seafood like spaghetti with sea urchins) and small artisanal shops.

There are also interesting markets with food and local products, during the week-days.

The road from Alghero to Bosa, a smaller town towards the south coast is also worth, for the beautiful view.

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Last but not least, let me suggest to try the sardinian beer ‘Ichnusa’.

Italian beers are not that bad, after all… 🙂

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Trapani: Sicily. South italy

1514962_460629950746360_1089747667841834454_nTrapani is a small city in Sicily, the beautiful mediterranean island in South italy.

Thanks to an airport with low cost flights, Trapani can be perfect for a late autumn/winter break. From the airport there is a shuttle bus that run every hour, price is almost 5 Euro.

I spent 3 days at the beginning of this month and it was pleasent, to say the least, to sunbath, swimm in a clear and refreshing sea. Sea, warm weather, kind and hospitable locals, tasty fresh food will be part of your staying in Trapani.

The city doesn´t boast hords of tourists, actually is pretty unrated and rarely known. If you are a real traveller and explorer, this is a dream!

Knowledge of italian is necessary, however sicilians, as southern italians know the art of body/hand language, eventually you will manage a somehow conversation 🙂

 

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What to do in Trapani?

– Enjoy the sea, Trapani has the best city beaches in the whole italy. In the evening a relaxing jogging at the promenade.

– Try local food at the many small restaurants. Fish is the main dish, sword-fish and tuna on the top. Couscous is also very tipycal, influence of the close-by north africa is strong.

– Visit Erice, a medioeval small town on the top of a hill, you will be surprised by: 1) the stunning view 2) temperature gap (especially in summer…) 3) lovely narrow streets and atmosphere

– In summer time take a ferry to the Egadi island Favignana, once there rent a bike. When you come back home, you could tell me: ´Thanks!´ 🙂

 

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Pictures from: Grottaglie, Taranto, Apulia, South italy…

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Traditions

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Sea and sun

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People

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Arts

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Mediterranean landscapes

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Ancient towns and cities

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Ancient monuments 

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