When researching about my upcoming trip to Sardinia I saw a lot of blog posts on Sardinia road trips. I skipped past them as I had other things in mind for my time there. I will tell you what though, after driving around Sardinia I totally got it. Sardinia is an island. But don’t let that fool you. It’s is a big island. Big with mountains, lush vegetation, cute villages, long winding roads….you get the picture. It’s big enough that you would need a good few days (preferably longer) to properly drive around it. Don’t worry though, If you only have one day, that
Driving in Sardinia
Driving in Sardinia is, well, I am going to say an experience. Some may say epic (by some, I mean me). Ok, I have not driven all around it, but I did go from west to east, then back west again. I found myself deep on winding mountain roads, hairpin bend after hairpin bend. Passing through mountain villages, overlooking valleys….But this blog post isn’t about that road lol. Don’t worry, I will tell you a bit more about that road at the end. But just a bit. You can go and experience it for yourself.
The road I am going to tell you about I kinda discovered by accident. On my first day in Sardinia, it was a bit rainy and grey so I decided to drive around. I got out google maps and saw this road along the coast, leading from where I was to another town which I also knew nothing about. Then off I went. Let me tell you, I was literally floored by how beautiful the drive was that I ended up driving along it 3 times. You heard me. 3 times.
A few days later, a local told me about a road. A road that one must drive a long. One of the most beautiful scenic roads in Sardinia. The road from Alghero to Bosa.
That’s the road.
My (mini) Sardinia road trip from Alghero to Bosa
I’m calling it mini because it
I can firmly say this was one of my favourite day trips from Alghero.
As you leave Alghero, you will find yourself on a winding mountainside road, with views ahead of the breathtaking mountain to sea landscape. The clouds and grey sky added a to the grandeur of it.
nb. As I did this drive a few times on different days. Some photos are cloudy and some sunny.
Having driven along it both ways, first Alghero to Bosa then Bosa to Alghero I can tell you the views are totally different. It’s definitely worth experiencing both.
This little spot just outside Alghero I didn’t see till my way back, I think it was the second pull in area from Alghero.
Along the way, there are plenty of places to pull in. I recommend stopping at all of them so you can get out and have a proper look all around.
Ok, now how pretty is this place? A small medieval village on the Temo river, with narrow alleys, colourful pastel houses on a steep hill and a castle.
After returning to Alghero I decided the next day I would go back along this road, a small detour in my way east, so that I could Gopro it
Road: SP 49
Tips for driving from Alghero to Bosa (or Bosa to Alghero)
- Go both ways. The views are different and worth it.
- Stop lots. In every little stopping area you can see.
- Take a camera. Taking photos of yourself is optional.
- Don’t just do the drive. Stay and hang out in the towns.
- General driving tip: Drive on the right side of the road.
Yes, the right side
I’m from England. We drive on the left side of the road. Now bear in mind I haven’t driven a car in a few years. Arriving In Sardinia, in the evening, I pick up my car from the airport and proceed to drive in the dark on the opposite side that I’m used to using a gear stick in a hand I have never used a gear stick in.
When I say ‘in the dark’ I literally mean just that. There were no street lights driving along the small country roads.
Let’s just say it was a bit scary.
My other Sardinia road trip
What’s this other road I was talking about? Well, this road I hadn’t planned to take. I’m not sure what road I was on. If you look at google maps, the yellow roads are the main roads, then there are the white ones. The white ones look like this.
Driving from west to east, I picked a road that looked sensible (a yellow one) only to find that part way in, it was closed. I followed the diversion onto this winding road of death (the white roads). Not kidding, It was just hairpin bend after hairpin bend. Nealy 4 hours of back and forth, I felt a little nauseous by the end of it. And god help you if you find yourself behind a van or lorry. There is no way to pass them and they go very very slow. There were a couple of times I couldn’t get out of 2nd gear for a good 30min. That’s how slow it was.
I’m making this road sound bad, It was actually pretty cool. Passing through cute mountainside villages, breathtaking views into valleys. If I could do it again I would take my time and stop off along the way. I didn’t have the time though, I had a check in deadline to make over on the east coast….I only just made it.
Where did I go on the east coast?
Is what you might be thinking. If you weren’t thinking that, then….ok. I’m going to tell you anyway. I went to the Maddalena archipelago and hiked to a secret beach. You can find out more about that in my blog post hiking to Cala Coticcio. Then a few days later I returned to Alghero for a bit of sea kayaking.
If you want some more road trip inspiration, check out my blog post on road tripping along the wild Atlantic way. Or don’t. Whatever. (But maybe do).