Aqua sea, sandy beaches, malloreddus, quaint shops, and of course, Italian caffè!
This vacation was filled with discovery, from the village of Teulada and the beaches of Chia to the port of Cagliari and on to the sea-side town of Villasimius. At the week’s end, we were not ready to let go of such a relaxing and peaceful vacation.
Author at Chia Beach
We started our morning by having our caffè in Teulada with the Sunday local “ragazzi”, which provided a glimpse of weekend village life inland Sardegna. Driving out through the winding roads along the rugged cliffs of the Mediterranean beaches brought us to a flock of sheep, sharing our right of way. We waited. Were we back in time? After stopping and marvelling at this relaxed pace of life in such a rural culture, we were ready for some “gelato” at the beach shop of Chia. Kicking through the sand on the Chia beach and taking snapshots of the aqua sea enchanted us with the beauty of the Golfo di Cagliari. Later in the day we moved on to Sardinia’s major port city of Cagliari for our stay at a bed and breakfast.
Carabonaros at the Saturday Market
In Cagliari, we found quaint shop after quaint shop along the narrow cobblestone streets. At the Saturday market we purchased giant shrimp called “carabonaros” to be grilled in our fireplace and eaten with malloreddus (a traditional Sardinian pasta with sausage). And, what can be more Italian than an espresso at a sidewalk cafe during the lazy afternoon? Several days later, another winding drive took us along the cliff hugging switchback roads to Villasimius. In viewing one beautiful beach after another peaceful beach, we became connoisseurs of the Sardinian island beauty and charm. This trip began my love affair with Sardinia of the Mediterranean Sea.