Sardinia - holidays in the era of coronavirus

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).

spiaggia di coralina porto san paolo

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.

Italy vegetation flowers

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.

Isola di Tavolara view from Porto San Paolo

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.

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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.

Sardinia sunset

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.

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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.

Florence you don't know yet

When we were going to Florence, everyone was making a list of places we had to visit. Okay, but you can't see everything in a few hours. We plan to return to this charming place on our own and to see ... everything. This time we decided to get lost in the narrow streets, and also to see places that the average tourist will not see. This is where we ate the most delicious pizza, of which we had the opportunity to try in Italy. It will not be a typical guide to Florence, it will be a Florence that you do not know yet.

Coming to Florence we came across beautiful weather. I can safely say that the heat was pouring from the sky - there were 33 degrees! Visiting at such a temperature was a challenge for us. Fortunately, we had a lot of fruit and water, which was provided by the wonderful Hotel Doge in Milano Marittima. If anyone has not read the post about Milano Marittima, be sure to do it now, because Milano Marittima is the perfect place for an Italian holiday. Not only the place itself made a great impression on us, but also the hotel where we stayed. We haven't met such cordial people for a long time. You can buy a trip to Italy, including Florence on ITAKA's website.

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Returning to Florence, we can safely say that this is the most charming place of all that we visited in Italy. We were terrified only by the huge number of tourists, who sometimes had to squeeze through (in some places we waited 15-20 minutes to take a picture). This was one of the reasons why we separated from our tour group and decided to explore Florence in our own way. We saw beautiful places, we took over 400 photos, we ate a delicious pizza ... can you imagine a better day in Italy?

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Yes, it could be better. While in Florence, we couldn't go to the Chanel boutique in Piazza della Signoria. I'd love to go out with the whole store, but this time nothing caught my eye enough to buy it.

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As you go to the Chanel boutique, be sure to find the best ice cream we've ever had (standing straight to the Chanel boutique on the right). Just be sure to ask for the single version, because we couldn't eat the big one with Piotr! The portion was HUGE !!! We especially recommend fig ice cream, which is really delicious. The melon was bland and not very good. Interestingly, all fruit and dark chocolate sorbets (in Italy sorbets are completely different than sorbets in Poland) are vegan. We had paradise in Italy when it comes to ice cream.

I decided to visit Florence in a checkered Indis dress from Marie Zélie. It is not only very comfortable, airy, but also charming (the bow at the waist is really very cute). When I wear this dress in Warsaw (the check is perfect for autumn!) I immediately remember our Italian holiday and a trip to Florence. This is an extremely nice memory that I will forever associate with this dress.

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In Florence, you can find several stores with handmade leather shoes. They are not only extremely beautiful, but I suspect that they are also very durable. Moccasins caught my attention, but also those long, tied low-heeled shoes (on the right).

Italian handmade shoes

The post was created in cooperation with the Marie Zélie brand.