Steve’s Sojourns: Murals and Markets in Sardinia.
Sardinia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. Its main delight is you never know what you’re going to find in some of the small villages and towns.
On the west of the island is the town of Alghero, which also has an airport close by. It is unique I that the people here also speak Catalan and the street signs are in both languages inside the town.
You can also fly into Olbia on the east coast and take just over an hour’s drive on the 199 to get to the west coast.
Further south is the lovely town of Bosa with its pastel houses and amazing market. Bosa is the only town in Sardinia built on a river that flows into the sea and it has some lovely seafood in the restaurants here. It also has a fascinating market on Thursdays which stretches along the street selling just about everything you could want to buy.
You can travel to Bosa by car, from Alghero and you have two choices of road. The inland route on the SP292 via Villanova Monteleone or the SP49 that hugs the coast. The former twists and turns up into the mountains and affords some incredible views back to Alghero. The lower more direct route, has the mountains to one side and a very long drop to the sea on the other. The road is well surfaced and there are lay bys all along the route where you can stop and enjoy the views.
To me though the joy of this area of the west coast is the small village of Tinurra. It is host to a fascinating collection of some huge murals on the sides of houses where people’s cloths and boots cemented into the walls as part of the mural.
Some of the murals depict scenes from local history or the way of life as it once was. Either way it’s a fascinating place to go!