Monte Pedrosu, Sardinia
As the saying goes, less is often more and this can truly be said of the little village of Monte Pedrosu. A convenient 25 kms from Olbia, its supermarket, butcher, choice of 2 restaurants, cafe and a hairdresser more than adequately meet the immediate needs of the population in its vicinity, supplemented by the occasional traveling shop selling artisan products.
The rural community spreads east of the old coast road (now superceded by a motor way rolling south of Olbia further inland) towards the Capo Coda Cavallo where the granite rock is blanketed in spring by brightly coloured blossoms of the maquis vegetation, filling the air with the spicy aroma of lavender, thyme, myrtle and rosemary.
Back on the coast, there is a seemingly infinite choice of beaches and coves, some accessible by car and others only by foot, continuing around the promontory to the 3km stretch of white sand at San Teodoro. The "local beach" Cala Girgolu is an arc of sand framed by junipers and rose-coloured granite and any lack of facilities is made up for by a visiting boat selling gelato, cool drinks and heady espresso coffee from its deck. The seascape here is haphazardly scattered with uninhabited small islands and dominated by the Isola Tavolara, once a kingdom in its own right.
A "must see" is Cala Brandinchi, nick-named Tahaiti because of its exotic appearance with fine sand surrounded by resinous pine forest, but you will undoubtedly find your own favourite strand.
Ten minutes drive from Monte Pedrosu and once a simple fishing village San Teodoro has reinvented itself and is now a popular resort with a pleasant laid back atmosphere for all but the month of August when even then the hustle and bustle of high season leaves the village's charm intact.
There's an excellent choice of restaurants and cafe's for dining out or buy fresh pizza by the kilo and follow with delicious Sardinian ice cream eaten sitting under a palm tree on the Piazza Mediterraneo, observing the traditional evening "passagio" Italian families socialising in style.
San Teodore is most famous for its "La Cinta" beach - 3 kilometres of superlative white sands, backed by a lagoon populated with herons and pink flamingos and shelving gently into a shallow transparent sea. For the active there is a scuba diving centre, riding stables, bicycle rental, as well as tennis courts and a golf course and in high season, surf boards and sailboats for hire. An archeological museum displays many interesting artifacts including a well conserved small treasure of coins from the Punic age.
Mount Nieddu "the black mountain" rising imposingly inland offers rich pickings for nature lovers. Shy wild boar, martens and wild cats live amongst the typical aromatic Maquis vegetation and in the highest rocks rare peregrine and golden eagles make their nests as well as the more commonly spotted ravens and partridge. Small watercourses join together to flow over amazing waterfalls into natural pools.
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