Just 3 minutes to one of the best beaches in Sardinia, to the nearest bar and great seafood restaurant recently featured by Rick Stein in his BBC series. 5 minutes further on is the harbour village of Buggerru. The area has numerous quality restaurants which are an easy five or ten minute drive from the house and none of which is expensive. Great places to watch the beautiful sunsets over the sea enjoyed on the western side of the island whilst enjoying the very best in Italian and Sardinian food. The tourist information site has details of restaurants and some great photography - http://www.startuno.it/en/restaurants.html
This coastal location just below the Costa Verde really is one of the best spots on the island close to some of the finest and yet least crowded beaches, such as the closest at Portixeddu, a fantastic 3km long sandy beach, Scivu, Picinas and Cala Domestica. Scivu has the largest sand dunes in Europe. Cala Domestica, by contrast, has a sandy beach surrounded by rocky cliffs, a sheltered bay and fantastic snorkelling.
As you can see from the photographs, there are no high-rise buildings, in fact recent changes in the law now prevents building within 3km of the sea. The UNESCO listed area of Sulcis Iglesiente is surrounded by mountains, a great location for trekking, mountain or road biking especially the cooler months and is close to the Temple of Antas (Tempio di Antas) and other historical sites.
There are several established rock climbing venues in this area, and the European surfing championships are often held there. It is a great area for wind surfing. There are opportunities for horse/donkey trekking including a popular full day trip across the hills to Scivu beach. Great snorkelling in lovely rocky bays and some excellent sea fishing within five minutes drive. Plenty of space around you for games on the beaches, even in August, makes a refreshing change from other parts of Europe.
Set back just a few minutes from the beach down a little used country road (ideal for cycling safely to the beach with children) this new villa has all new furniture and modern conveniences and is set in very private grounds. The setting is idyllic, to breakfast on the balcony is a lovely experience in itself with fantastic views and total quiet. The large barbecue/oven, the tranquil picturesque setting and lovely dining area on the balcony combine to make for lovely evenings at the house after a hard day at the beach! The large natural grounds offer children the chance to explore and for imaginative play in safety. The new outdoor shower is handy for both kids and sunbathers to cool down.
In the grounds of the villa that are mostly wild, it is possible to see and hear some interesting animal species, for example we have "singing" nightjars and calling scops owls which can be heard from the balcony at night. You may see colourful Bee-eaters and because the grounds are wooded, guests can enjoy the evening song of 'tree frogs' This Easter (2014) we were lucky to see a Hoopoe in the garden. Hopefully it will be there when we go back.
It is occasionally possible for guest parties and friends (max 10) to hire and enjoy a beautiful skippered Predator 7m RIB for diving, snorkelling , fishing, general bayhopping, swimming in beautiful locations and trips to cosmopolitan Carloforte (a great lunch stop). Adventurous adults and children alike are able to try our kneeboards, wakeboards and skis, in beautiful surroundings. The Predator 660 Rib can be seen in the foreground of the Carloforte photo, it offers a fantastic opportunity to see and experience the islands coastline and otherwise inaccessible bays from the sea. The boat is a super safe 'Category B' craft capable of handling almost any sea conditions. Recent guests used the boat for birdwatching. We visited Carloforte to see the rare Eleonora Falcons nesting there. Please enquire for full details and availability during your stay at the time of booking.
The villa is situated in a lovely part of the island, with the very best in scenery and beaches but without the expensive day to day living costs that you may find in other parts of the island. We know the area well and have left some very useful area tips in a visitors book and this has been added to by our various guests. With tips ranging from where to find the local spring to refill your water bottles, to the whereabouts of the butcher who sells the best sardinian sausage!, we hope it helps to get you settled in and your holiday started in the area. There are also English books and DVD's to entertain guests and a very rare item in Italy - an electric kettle!. Should you wish to have a chat about the area or the villa please contact us (after 4pm on weekdays, anytime at weekends) Thank you for your interest.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Portixeddu 2 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Elmas Cagliari 76 km, Nearest railway: Iglesias 24 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Boat available|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Inside the villa you will find a newly fitted kitchen with high quality appliances, electric fan assisted oven, gas hob and large fridge freezer. We have a pancake/crepe maker which can be used on the balcony, an excellent idea for breakfasts using fresh fruit from the local fruit and vegetable sellers.
Shower room well fitted out with toilet, bidet, washbasin. A pair of hair straighteners are also available!
The lounge complete with a large sofa bed has a wall of 3 sets of french windows opening out onto the large balcony, where you will find dining furniture and seating areas. There are sun loungers complete with cushions for use on the terrace or in the grounds. There are plug sockets on the balcony for using laptops/audio equipment.
There is a high quality IPOD/MP3 docking station for guest use within the lounge. A 32" LG LCD TV, DVD player and XBOX plus games is available for guest use. Internet should be available for the 2014 season. Please confirm when enquiring or booking.
The first bedroom has a kingsize bed and the second bedroom has a new (2014) Kingsize bed along with a pull out single bed. The room offers the flexibility to use either the single bed or the Travel cot we offer, or both with some adaptation to the layout. The two sofa beds in the lounge are surprisingly comfortable and make two further kingsize beds.. A Mama's and Papa's travel cot and high chair are available.
Handy essentials such as beach games and toys low beach chairs, coolbox and umbrella usually available for guest use so that you can travel light and are ready to hit the beach. The washing machine has been invaluable to those guests who take advantage of the cheap flights perhaps carrying hand luggage only.
Lastly, there is an acoustic guitar for those after dinner 'balcony sessions' but please be aware that you may think your playing and singing is greatly improved by drinking 'Mirto', the local liquor, but in our experience this is rarely the case. Fortunately, you will not be disturbing anyone other than those in your own party!
|Further details outdoors|
Outside there are large shaded balcony areas for dining or relaxing, and there is a large traditional Italian barbecue/bread oven. High quality meat, organically grown vegetables and salad available locally make for wonderful evenings for families or when entertaining.
There is plenty of space for children to roam and play in the grounds safely tucked away from any roads. Outdoor hot shower.
There are four good quality Mountain bikes, including a Specialized and 1 Scott and 2 Dawes MTB's, and a girl's bicycle for guest use.
Linen and ample towels are provided and included in the price.
A useful tip for guests arriving on Sundays is to try to pick up some initial essential shopping en route to the house in the larger towns, as the local supermarket closes at lunchtime.
There are a number of stone steps to the house, although these are less in number and easier to climb than a standard staircase.
The guest boat trips should be booked as far in advance as possible. Without a skipper or guide, a boat of this type would typically be around £500 per day plus fuel. We ask for £250 for the first day (plus fuel - typically £60-80) for up to ten guests and friends, complete with an experienced skipper/tour guide. By booking trips well in advance, we can organise a skipper for 'Ronin' and can then offer subsequent day trips at just £150!. We may ask that you book at least two trips to cover costs. You could go south one day and north on the other. However, at other times we may plan be in Sardinia at the time, in which case we may be able to offer significantly lower rates. The more adventurous may like to try water skiing, wakeboarding or kneeboarding. Otherwise we have snorkelling equipment for use. Guests have found this to be an excellent day out and a great way to see the area's best features. Please enquire.
Short mild winters and long hot summers, Sardinia enjoys sunshine for more than 300 days per year. Steeped in history, culture and tradition, the island remains largely unspoilt and appeals to those seeking a tranquil holiday.
The beaches and bays are stunning, and there are many ancient historical sites. The food in Sardinia is a big attraction, organically grown, traditional Italian and Sardinian food, seafood restaurants aplenty and meat dishes are a speciality of the local farm guesthouses (Agriturismo). These usually offer a set menu when everything you eat and drink over several courses is home grown and prepared, a must visit for any foodloving visitor.
Sardinia Climate Comparison Chart:-
The following chart shows a comparison in hours of sunshine and temperature over the period of 12 months between Sardinia and London.
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Portixeddu is a charming beach village, the main attraction is the huge stretch of sand, which is never too crowded. Buggerru ia a lovely harbour village with a history in the mining of granite. The old mines tours offer a glimpse into that history along with a chance to cool down!!
Fluminimaggiore a five to ten minute drive from the villa is a village where there are many traditional festivals, as is Iglesias which is the nearest larger town. Cagliari the island capital is just over 1hrs drive away and offers all the sophistication of a major Italian city, along with the fashionable nearby Poetto beach.
Local activities include snorkelling, fishing, trekking and rock climbing. The area is popular with cyclists who use the challenging roads (very good road surfaces) in and out of the valley for serious training. It is a favoured location for serious cyclists including professional teams for winter training. Off road cycling is also a major pursuit in the area, and motorcyclists and Enduro enthusiasts flock to the area. See mountain biking images at http://www.sardinianatour.com/EN/152-activ-holidays-pula-cagliari-sardegna.html. Windsurfing and surfing are popular at Portixeddu and the European surfing championships have been held in the area. For some superb photography of the coastline see http://www.gentedisardegna.it/pop_printer_friendly.asp?TOPIC_ID=5336
Eating out is very affordable as this area is not expensive like other parts of the island. Agriturismo's in the area offer high quality traditional home made and home produced fayre, evenings there are often very memorable.
There is an excellent fish restaurant and Pizzeria in Portixeddu, both with fantastic bay views. Portixeddu is a 20 minute walk from the villa. A little closer is the Hotel Il Golfo Leone, which is also a restaurant and Pizzeria. A new Pizzeria on the nearby main road is also in easy walking distance. The highly recommended Agriturismo Biologico Fighezia is also close by. Book a couple of days in advance (they have an English speaking partner there) and you will enjoy a feast and an evening to remember for around 20 Euros a head, when all food and wine is home made and included in the price. There are numerous other restaurants in Fluminimaggiore and Buggerru, both a ten minute drive away. Just 1km away and highly recommended by us and recent guests is Trattoria Sole della Luna located in easy walking distance halfway between the beach and our house. The owner Luca's local red wine is also the best in the valley and included in the incredibly low price of 22.5€. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and is closed Sunday and Monday.
Throughout the summer months, Buggerru, Fluminimaggiore and Portixeddu offer night-life, small concerts, traditional festivals and plenty of entertainment. See http://www.fluminimaggiore.org/eventi-e-manifestazioni.html for more info and some great pics of the area. The following link lists all the local folk festivals by date in English. http://www.sardegna.com/code/feste_popolari_int/subregion/3/LINGUA/EN. The following link has some detailed descriptions of Fluminimaggiore, some of the local attractions and areas of historical interest and in particular information about Iglesias, the nearest larger town with 100 churches!!!
http://www.tomysardinia.com/filen/501.htm. Outside summer like many areas of Sardinia, this location is very quiet and will appeal to those who wish to get away from it all.