Having arrived in Sardinia on a very chaotic and perhaps aptly-named Grim Lines ferry, we left on a well-organised Trim one. We have to recommend Tirrenia Lines!
However, enough about leaving, what does Sardinia hold for the Winter motorhome adventurer?
above: Our first view of Sardinia
Though most things are closed and getting facilities can be an issue, you can overcome this with relative ease.
Sardinia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and in Winter they do not mind if you park on them, so that is what we did most of the time! The sunsets were glorious and, best of all, free.
Although Sardinia is not really set up for Winter motorhomers, it is well worth the effort - as with no one around you can see all the sights. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed sunshine every day, with a temperature of around 18 degrees centigrade.
As we were able to park free in so many places, Gapper rule No.1 kicked in ... Spend some money in the area to say thank you! We ended up having a most wonderful Menu Di Dia at Oristano. When we added David’s fizzy water the total cost was €25! We then found that they had diddled us out of the salad or chips we should have had! Getting over our disappointment we sought out what was supposed to be the one of the best ‘Gelato’ houses in Sardinia. Yes it was great, fantastic even, and so David’s Gelato tour starts!
One of the tasks set for us by Elddis for our return journey is to visit as many UNESCO world heritage sites as we can on the route and show just how much you can see on a motorhome adventure like ours.
Sardinia has only one, the Su Nuraxi di Barumini. To be fair prehistoric stuff normally does not get us that excited! Surprisingly though, this massive building, built over 3,000 years ago with no mortar or cement is incredible. It enthralled us. We were also lucky enough to have a personal tour in English; this really helped us understand what we were seeing - a real treat.
above: Su Nuraxi does not look as big in picture as in real life.
We moved on down, keeping to the West coast as we really loved the sunsets, staying at lovely free Aire at Porto Pino. The next day we took the most stunning coastal road along the Costa del Sud, one of the most breathtaking drives on the trip so far.
Stopping for the night beside the ruins of Nora, which we inadvertently managed to tour by accident by walking along the rocks and entering. We were spotted and were escorted off the site ... having seen most of the ancient ruins, thus saving €15!
above: Karen looking out towards Sicily, with a couple kissing in the background and metal man diving off the ramparts of Cagliari!
The next day it was off to Cagliari, the capital of the island. It's a working town, not as classy as Alghero in the north. We stopped off for some wonderful Pizza on the night we arrived, and had a lovely lunch on the second day. The town is easy to walk around, with lots of surprises. The main market is well worth a visit. We picked up some lovely cheese to take with us to Sicily. We arrived early for our ferry and were very happy to find it was organised, efficient and on time.
above: The view towards Sicily
Dawn came and we pulled into Palermo in Sicily, another UNESCO site, but we left and headed away to see the West coast and stopped at a most wonderful spot, San Vito Lo Capo on the north-western coast of Sicily.
We stayed on a campsite this time, as we had to do washing! At €12 per night, not an issue, especially as all around were lovely walks and stunning views. It was a chill spot, relaxing to spend a night or two.
Tomorrow we head back to Palermo to see its wonders, but that is tomorrow and we must close for this week!