FLY | Gatwick —> Olbia
STAY| £££ | Cala Di Volpe
££ | Domus Corallia
£ | Airbnb
H and I mainly based ourselves in the beautiful smart, purpose-built marina and residential development of Porto Rotondo; home to yachts, small sailboats, restaurants, and gelaterias. Beautifully paved, with wooden bridges dotted around to make crossing the port that much easier. The perfect place for coffee and a bun, an almost compulsory ritual for us when in Italy. We rose early to try and explore before the full of effects of the sun could be felt. The most beautiful church made of glass and hand carved wood stood next to the modern bell tower pictured above.
Most days we’d get picked up for a day of adventures and then in the evening dropped ashore for drinks at the bar on the hill called Boccondivino then we’d head for a late dinner before strolling along to grab a gelato. Bar Gelateria Del Molo was by far our favourite gelato stop of the trip, if you’re staying in accommodation with a freezer, you can buy it by the litre… just saying. There’s a market on Saturday and look out for pecorino with truffle it’s a must. Our favourite places to eat were the Coffee Pot, Il Pomodoro, and Da Giovannino.
We still don’t understand why the Coffee Pot ( a Mexican and Japanese fusion restaurant) is called the Coffee Pot but regardless it was one of our favourite meals. From the cactus garden outside to the hanging planters above the bar the vibe was right up our street. The service is slow, I mean super slow but the complimentary champagne and the cocktail list kept us occupied. We were on holiday, there’s no need to rush. We ordered a variety of sushi and Mexican and were really pleased with everything. The menu is vast and there’re lots of options no matter your taste.
A beautiful town for window shopping. The paved streets are lined with Cartier and Hermes is Gucci’s neighbour. Porto Cervo is a lovely place for a drink but I’d recommend eating beforehand if you didn’t factor an extortionate meal into your holiday. There are several yachts in the marina which is lovely to stroll through. H and I loved walking around, chatting about the various boats we saw. A fashion magpies dream for browsing.
By far mine and H’s favourite spot Tavolara island is a magical place where we spent a fair amount of time on, we dined at both the restaurants and I’d highly recommend La Carona for lunch (have the fritto misto followed by the sausage pasta!). For dinner and a lively atmosphere Ristorante da Tonino Re di Tavolara has authentic food and evening entertainment with music and dancing. Tavolara is a mystical place to visit and a must see, great for diving and snorkelling as its water is unbelievably clear as you can see from the photos above. You can get a small ferry across from Porto San Paolo but be warned, it can get busy at certain times of the day and there are only the two restaurants we mentioned above, making a reservation is highly recommended. Alternatively bring a picnic with you, the food market on Sundays at Porto San Paolo is fantastic!
Completely different to Porto Cervo, La Madelana is the main town of the Maddalena archipelago, It can only be accessed by boat and features a maze of cobbled streets within the old town which leads you to various shops and bars where you can get an assortment of goods. We found the most amazing pirate themed sweets shop where all the pick n mix were stored in various barrels. Very busy, bustling town with a great atmosphere!
Back on mainland Sardinia and round the corner from the famous Cala di Volpe is this little paradise spot called Reef Beach restaurant. For us, the food wasn’t outstanding, especially for the price but the location is fantastic, straw canopies accompany sun loungers, hydrangeas line the white canopies which are home to tables surrounded by greenery. I would suggest the watermelon platter which comes invaded on ice to refresh you in the heat.