Holi-versary was great! We stayed here at the T-Hotel, possibly the very nicest hotel we have ever stayed in, but we saw a good deal in January, so I think it was worth spending a little more (I had to persuade Mr B a little that it was going to be a bargain, but when we saw our room (on the 10th floor) with amazing views of the Castello district, he agreed that it was worth it :-)). It was a hotel targeted towards suits types but there seemed to be quite a few tourists there too from various other countries. The hotel also had the best ever breakfast – about 20 types of different pastries and cakes, yummy fruit (which included poached pears in wine – which were incredible, though I did wonder if having something cooked in wine for breakfast was a good thing…), and the usual cheeses, breads, meats and salmon (my fave).
We were in Cagliari for 9 days, most of these were spent at Poetto Beach – reading, napping, swimming with some fish and people watching. A couple of days we did some walking around the castle district of the city – though with temperatures in the low 30’s we made sure we kept hydrated with some cafe stops. One day we went to the San Benedetto Market – a fresh produce market and bought lunch ingredients – a foccacia, tomatoes, mozzerella and some strawberries. Delicious! A delicacy we tried one night at dinner was donkey. I tried to put the concept that I was eating Eeyore out of my mind, and it was tasty! A bit like beef, nice and meaty 🙂
On our final full day in Sardinia we embarked on a Sardinia Dream Tour jeep day tour around the Chia coastline (south west Sardinia) with our tour guide Francesco. He had lots of funny stories to tell and as a Sardinian, was very proud of his country and heritage. 2012 was his first season and it sounded like he had done well with bookings which wasn’t surprising as he was a real ‘people’ person. He took on some amazing coast roads and viewing spots, as well as some beautiful beaches where we could swim and relax. If we had the time we would have done the tour to Villasimius too, definitely recommended!
Some photos are below, but really don’t do the coastline justice – Sardinia was beautiful. As well as the beaches, the city felt really spacious, and I also made it a mission to take photos of the graffiti I spotted too as it was so creative.