Our vacation home in Sardinia

Our vacation home in Sardinia

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms
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SUMMER SEASON 2017: home is already booked in June, July and August

Our vacation home in Sardinia is just - and no less than - a cozy, comfortable small flat with a stunning view. You could spend whole days sitting in the living room or out in the patio and never get bored: just enjoy the show provided by the ever changing sea colours, the shapes of Maddalena Archipelago islands and islets - they look so different from morning to afternoon to evening. Enjoy the sound of the winds, those rich scents of aromatic herbs, the moonlight revealing French Corse Island's skyline on the horizon. If this sounds poetic, well it is. That's why we love our place.
As far as the interior is concerned, our choice was to keep it as simple, unobtrusive, functional and pleasant as possible. For doors, beds, sofas, wardrobes, tables and chairs, we wanted good quality wood. We do enjoy cooking for ourselves and for our friends, therefore the kitchen is tiny but well equipped. Oven, fridge/freezer and washing machine are one year old.
In the living room we placed a big strong table, two boat-style sofas doubling as comfortable standard-sized beds and some shelves.
The bedroom window doubles as 2nd backdoor, allowing a pleasant breeze to fine-tune those well deserved afternoon naps.
The outdoor space belonging to our property is part covered (those refreshing rain showers are fantastic if enjoyed without getting wet) and part grass garden, after which a low hedge marks the border with a public (or better a no-man's) meadow - no buildings nor roads in front of our place, that's why we find it so special.
In the unlikely event of low temperatures, each room has an independent electric radiator which is quite up to the labour.
Cellphone and mobile broadband coverage are excellent. We don't usually care about TV there but, just in case, a small TV-set is stored in the living room.
An unobtrusive parking place is located in a very convenient position. Our home is part of a neighborhood called "Le mimose"; we know our neighbours since many years. The place is usually very quiet and has no record of unsafety. Burglary is also unheard of, except for deep winter months when the place is mostly unhabited and some TV antennas disappear.
Medical assistance is provided at Health Center in Arzachena and of course a call to 118 will quickly bring a doctor and/or an ambulance on a 24/7 basis. Public health service is quite good in Sardinia, at no charge for EU nationals except for unappropriate use of hospital services (if you break your finger, run to the next hospital where you will be checked, operated if needed, cared for, nourished and whatever at no charge; however if you call an emergency ward asking for an Aspirine, then be prepared to pay 25 euros plus the price of the Aspirine tab, plus VAT. You better buy your Aspirine in a pharmacy). Non-UE nationals are entitled only to free emergency services and life-saving treatments: better buy a travel insurance.

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Who we are

  1. Cristiana and Enrico live between Milano and Liguria 5TERRE, and from time to time leave their hometown in order to explore the rest of the planet.
    We are rather easy, friendly persons. We usually are open and tolerant, unless confronted with closed and intolerant jerks. We are reasonably good-humored, very used to travel abroad and nonetheless always excited at the opportunity of experiencing a new, unknown environment.

    We are in a time-tested stable relationship and have a total of 1 daughter and 2 sons, all in their twenties, who could or could not join us in our explorations - probably not, as they do love us a lot but at the same time they lately find travelling with us rather, er, you know, kind of, well, boring. That's odd, isn't it.
    More infos on request, thanks for reading.

    We already did fantastic exchange in France, Germany and Bali .

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Baja Sardinia has a nice seafront with a small square with restaurants, pizzeria, bars and yummy ice-cream places. There are grocery shops, a supermarket, internet point, hardware and appliance store; the weekly Monday street market offers interesting insights into the peculiar foods and artcafts of Sardinia. All this is a 10 minutes walk or a 2 minutes drive from home.
Seacoast is very close to our place. Nearest and beautiful small beaches are just a very, very short walk away.
The peculiar position of Baja Sardinia allows to easily choose (or enjoy both) between the "sparkling" Costa Smeralda beaches and nightlife, and more relaxed and intimistic experiences on quite desert beaches, untouched nature and beautiful countryside. We strongly favour option 2, but after all we are no more in our 20s. Our daughter, who is in her 20's, sees things in a slightly different way.
Anyway, from Baja Sardinia you drive left at the junction and after less than 10 km you are along the Costa Smeralda. Just google those words, or Porto Cervo, or Cala di Volpe, and there you are. Sea, beaches, coast - all very beautiful and very well known; prices, however, often rise up to exoteric levels.
You drive right at the junction, and you are bound towards and inside real, everyday Sardinia. We love that. The coast is often astonishing and we use to drive up to Santa Teresa Gallura, with some swimmings in a couple of those tiny bays along the road. Forget the crowds, expect maybe some local families on week-ends. Landscape changes every few kilometers, you'd never stop looking for what lies ahead. Or just take the interior road towards Tempio Pausania and experience a wild green countryside populated with oak forests and beautiful, sculpture-like rocks. Testimonies of pre-historical Nuraghe civilization are frequent and often in quite good shape considering their age; some are kept in organized archaeological sites, others are just there on the side of some narrow unpaved country road, waiting.
A ferry from nearby Palau connects with Maddalena and Caprera islands, two small shiny gems. We usually enjoy the archipelago by sailing from even nearer Cannigione on a rented zodiac - just type "arcipelago Maddalena" on Google Images and have a look.
We elected Arzachena as the base for our daily shopping. It's a pleasant 15 minutes drive away, it's a lively village with a choice of stores and supermarkets where no "tourist surcharge" is applied; no stress in finding fresh food items, ready-made local specialities for taking away and enjoying at home, daily top-quality fresh fish sold at very reasonable prices. As far as foods & beverages are concerned (yes, we do love good food and good beverages), discovering Sardinian tradition and products can be quite an illuminating experience. Many farmers and wine producers are nowadays selling on the ground their fruits, cheeses, honeys and surprisingly fascinating wines.
For dining out, choices range from elegant top-quality (and top-bill) luxury restaurants, to cozy, pleasant and perhaps even better quality places charging affordable prices.
Best seasons for enjoying Sardinia, in our opinion, are May to mid-July and mid-August to October. August is all right too of course, however the place is somehow overcharged from holidaymakers from continental Italy and Europe, therefore losing a bit of its magic.
If in doubt, just ask: we really enjoy sharing our views and feelings about a place we love.

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