SARDINIA & CORSICA,THE LANDS OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS
14 SURPRISING DAYS – CAGLIARI TO CALVI OR BASTIA
You have to understand, any visit to these islands will not be about giant monuments, man-made edifices or historic marbled buildings. Instead it will be about the smell, the feel, the taste and nature’s visual feast. I originally aimed to create a tour about 8 days long, however failed miserably. With so many different sights what dare I exclude? Eventually, after days of fretting and deliberating, and a great bottle of Sardinian Cannonau (red wine), I settled on 14 days. You see, these two islands are so different, so intriguing, with so many startling contrasts and so much to enjoy and absorb. One Italian island, one French, both fiercely independent from each other and their mainland overlords.
In Sardinia’s south, Cagliari is a mixture of rich, emotional Naples to the east, and glorious Sicily to the south. Alghero faces westwards towards Spain, and they speak Catalan, even flying that yellow and red striped Catalonian flag. Huge stone ‘Nuraghe’ Tower villages, as old as the Pyramids, litter the landscape and in the wild hills of the Gennargentu Mountains sheep herders live past 100 years, speak a language older than Latin, and where even recently, banditry flourished!
Cross the water to Corsica where crumbs fall from French croissants and everything, especially the people are decidedly French. Enjoy the visual feast of rugged mountains and sweeping coastal drives. Ply azure waters to hidden sea caves, and in Bonifacio, perched high on overhanging cliffs, amble through a harbour bristling with modern mega yachts and ludicrously flamboyant cruisers. Stunning! However it will be returning home where you will find it hardest, trying to explain Sardinia’s soul, captured during your stay in remarkable Su Gologone, in those wild bandit hills! P.S. the food is great too!
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