Windy Day in Cala Gonone, Italy

It has been a sunny but windy day here.  Travel to other beaches by boat has been impossible.  Relaxing on the porch, napping, and sitting on the small beach in front of our hotel have been the better options.  Here’s a look:

And, this guy had it all figured out.  Dressed in a camo wetsuit, he was off to catch dinner.  Wait a minute, is that Scampwalker?

Lots of windy day blogging to post!

Cala Luna – Sardegna, Italy

We headed out of Cala Gonone today on a small boat toward the beaches that dot the coastline.  This area of Sardegna has some great beaches – deemed the best in Italy.  We took a direct boat as the “mini cruise” boats were sold out by the time we got to the harbor this morning.  We were told we didn’t have to reserve in advance, but it was not to be.  This turned out to be a blessing, however.  The “mini Cruise” boats were glorified rafts and taking little NH on one of those would have been an exercise in really bad parenting.  Instead, we took the 2-way boat to the Cala Luna beach.

Enormous caves line the beach – about 7 or 8 in all.  The beach itself is a mix of sand, pebbles and stones.  The waters are a clear chilly blue and give the whole stretch of beach a beautiful blue hue.

The beach itself was fairly full of people.  Ferries from different tours came and went most of the day.  People splashed in the water, undertook various rock-climbing activities on the sheer cliffs that lined the beach and others just took naps like beached whales.  There were lots of people there but not too many.  I can imagine it would be another story in the high season.

So, was it one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy?  It was gorgeous, to be sure.  But, I like the ability to come and go at my own speed.  I also like to take a mid-day break from the beach to go gorge myself on some great Italian meal to better facilitate the afternoon nap.  There is nary a restaurant here, save for one that appears to be over a small pond and behind some bushes.  (We brought our own beer and sandwiches so we didn’t have a look.)  So, if you like just beach – this is definitely one of the most beautiful.  But if you like the occasional beer or Negroni with (or as) your afternoon snack, this may not be the place.

Oh, one more thing on this beach – there were cows.  As soon as we pulled up and disembarked, cows.  Life is full of surprises.

Cala Gonone – Sardegna, Italy

We’ve headed south a bit to a more relaxed area.  We’re in Cala Gonone and it resembles a fishing village turned tourist mecca.  There are the requisite gelato stands and cocktail bars serving the necessary Italian beach drinks accompanied by plenty of chill out cocktail music.  But it’s small and totally without pretense.  Far away are the yacht yards of Costa Smeralda surrounded by sparkling strip mall style settlements.  This is much more of a family place.  As I sit on my balcony in the Miramare Hotel, I only see one boat that could be considered a yacht and several smaller boats that would classify as rubber boats with motors.  Frankly, it’s a nice change.  With my 5 t-shirts per trip maximum, I really didn’t fit in up the road.  Here, I look like just another comfortable, scruffy, road-warrior dad.

Dinner was on the balcony of our hotel room overlooking the harbor.  It was 9 euros and in the form of 2 Margherita pizzas.  Well, that and extraneous bottles of wine.  Great company on a great night.