Our final day in Sardinia is spent driving up the beautiful northwest coast of Sardinia from Alghero to Santa Teresa Gallura at the very top of the island. We make a couple of stops along the way. The first is at a geologic curiosity called “elephant rock” for obvious reasons. It has eroded into this shape, and is made even more interesting by the discovery of niches and antechambers decorated with primitive carvings. It is believed to have been an ancient Sardinian tomb.
A few miles more along the coast stands the beautiful seaside village of Castelsardo. We make a long stop here to clamber around the town and up to the fortress at the top of the promontory. There is a beautiful cathedral, and the upper chambers of the castle have been turned into a museum of artifacts from this region of Sardinia.
We arrive in Santa Teresa Gallura in time for lunch at Ristorante da Thomas – one of the best in town, consisting of Gnoccheti with a sausage rago, sardinian beef stew, and panna cotta for dessert. After time for a rest, we take the makings for a picnic down to the beach — salami, cheese, bread and beverages. The beach is full of holidaymakers even just after the end of the season. It must be packed during the months of July and August!
The winds here are now about 18 miles per hour, gusting to 22. They make walking and taking photos somewhat challenging, and are roiling up the sea, which we have to cross tomorrow to the French island of Corsica. Yet this is nothing compared to the winds that are blowing towards Florida at this moment. All in the path of Irma are in our thoughts.
We dine this evening at Il Grottino Restaurant. Massive portions – all delicious. My dinner was marinated octopus to start, and a tuna steak grilled to perfection (very rare). No room for gelato tonight!