This year's vacation is unusual. Most people decided to spend them in Poland (is it really safer than trips abroad? I would argue). We also put off our trip to the last minute, which is why we chose the Last Minute offer for Sardinia. As a reminder - in May we were supposed to go to City Break in France. It was supposed to be a short trip to Nice and the surrounding area - Cannes and Monaco. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, our trip did not take place. Today the situation is a bit different and it is possible to travel (of course, everything is reasonable and safe). However, returning to our vacation, we agreed that we are going to beloved Italy. This is how we spent 8 wonderful days in Sardinia. As a reminder - last year we were in Milano Marittima (Adriatic Coast). We visited closer (Cervia, Ravenna) and further surroundings - Florence or San Marino.
Porto San Paolo - paradise beaches like in the Maldives
As I mentioned before - this holiday was different than any other. And we also approached them differently. There were 1000 photos and Instagram stories. We and wonderful Sardinia mattered. It is true that we were a bit angry that the optional trip to the Costa Smeralda did not take place, but this is not a bad thing. We could have spent more time carefree swimming in the crystal clear water and caring for the tan (which I feel is fading away with each passing day). We rested not only mentally, but also physically despite the high physical activity (we walked the length and width of the area).
Porto San Paolo is a small fishing village near the town of Olbia (there is an airport there which is very close to Porto San Paolo) in the northeastern part of Sardinia. The most beautiful beach that we liked to visit in the area is spiaggia di coralina. It is located approximately 15 minutes from the hotel where we were (San Paolo, which we do not recommend). Spiaggia di coralina is simply insane! Soft sand and azure, crystal clear water are really impressive.
Sardinia means not only beautiful beaches and a guarantee of wonderful weather (it was windy only once during the whole trip), but also lush vegetation. Various types of palm trees, cacti as well as beautiful flowers. Can you not fall in love with Italy?
What is worth eating while in Sardinia?
Sardinia is also delicious food! Porto San Paolo is really intimate - a few restaurants (we especially recommend the one next to Hotel Il faro di Molara, because there is delicious pizza there! And Ristorante Il Portalndo, where it is worth to sit with a glass of wine and admire the beauty of Isola di Tavolara, i.e. the island of Tavolara). Being in San Paolo, you cannot miss the best ice cream in the city - Gelateria da Mimmo. And don't be surprised that after sunset you will be standing in a long line - it's worth it! Honestly, it has the best ice cream in Italy (it even broke the ice cream in Florence next to the Chanel boutique). Just watch out for the mysterious fruit called myrtle. Taking myrtle ice cream (it only said in Italian, so I didn't know what it was), I was sure I was buying blueberry ice cream. Nothing could be more wrong. Myrtle tastes a bit like… juniper. It is very aromatic and completely unpalatable as ice cream.
There are also 3 supermarkets in the village - the most recommended is Dettori Market Crai Rete, because it is best stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables, Italian sweets and crisps (sorry, I love Italian crisps!) With olive oil. There you can also buy the famous pane carasau, i.e. Sardinian bread (which is also brilliant as a snack on the beach) with olive oil or rosemary. Strength breads are usually served in sauces, and sprinkled with olive oil and sprinkled with coarse salt, it becomes a tasty snack called - pane guttiau. You can find Pane Carasu in every store in Sardinia. It tastes a bit like maca.
Sardinia also means regional dishes, e.g. culurgiones, which is something that I personally liked to taste something between dumplings and dumplings. There was stuffing inside and the whole thing was covered with tomato sauce. A very tasty dish worth trying. Of course, Italy is the kingdom of pasta, so this one could not be missing here - malloreddus, a Sardinian pasta resembling gnocchi, usually served with tomato sauce and meat (we ate the meatless version, of course) is really tasty.
Safe travel during the coronavirus
We wondered for a long time whether a holiday outside Poland this year is a good idea. However, we decided to fly to a place that was safe at that moment (in Sardinia on the day of our departure there were only 35 cases of coronavirus confirmed). And I will continue to insist that Sardinia was safer than the Baltic Sea, where no safety standards are met. I have the impression that in Poland we have loosened the rules a bit too much, which is reflected in the increasing number of cases. Let's remember that the coronavirus is still taking its toll and we must be vigilant all the time and take care not only of our own but also of others' health. In Italy this is very respected - throughout our stay we did not see ANYONE who entered the shop without a mask. Unfortunately, we see such people in Poland very often.
On our Instagram @dpblogpl There were a lot of questions about traveling abroad in the era of coronavirus, so I decided to write a little about it. Of course, I note that this is how it looks like at the moment, I do not know what will happen in a week, two or even more a month.
Entry to the Chopin airport is possible only with a boarding pass. As a curiosity, I would like to add that anyone can enter the airport in Olbia. When you check your boarding pass, the temperature is also measured. It is obligatory to wear masks both at the airport and during the flight, we also had to have a mask on the bus that took us to the hotel. We flew with a travel agency, so we did not worry about certain issues, such as "what if the borders close". Contrary to popular belief, returning home in the event of border closure is not at the expense of taxpayers, but under insurance. We took out additional insurance which included higher medical costs. Better safe than sorry, especially since the current situation is very uncertain.
After the hotel, as well as in the canteen, there was also an obligatory mask, and dishes, contrary to what we are used to, were served by the service. Despite this whole situation, the staff was very nice and did not give the impression that we were traveling during the epidemic.
Sardinia is magical and it is worth visiting this place not only once. If you are looking for a place for a quiet vacation (lounging on the beach and splashing in the azure water), Sardinia is where you will find everything you want. You don't have to take warm clothes with you, because in Sardinia there are over 300 days of sunshine. Just take a large filter with you, because the Sardinian sun likes to catch it by surprise.