Submitted: 31 Aug 2007
We stayed a week with Brezza Marina in a lovely small three-bedroom detached house to spend a week of Sardinian summer, set in beautiful, unspoiled scenery in a small village. It's ideal for a couple who might have children or maybe two couples (there are two double beds and two singles, and two bathrooms) No air-con, but that wasn't a problem for us. There are mosquito nets on the windows but I recommend those plug-in anti-mosquito (zanzare) things that you can get from the supermarkets. Our house it was very traditional and comfortable, dark and cool inside with shutters, and is very spacious for two, with a rear patio and garden to dry your clothes, barbecue, sunbathe and eat al fresco. There's also an outside staircase from a little balcony with sea views where you can enjoy a sundowner. It was very clean, even the garden paths were washed down for us. There's an outside cold shower that is wonderful after the beach. And the fig tree was covered in fresh figs to eat for breakfast! There are all the pots and plates you could need. it was our honeymoon!
Roberto and Brigida are very friendly and helpful and speak English well. The house is lovely, right next to the macchia out of the back garden gate onto the cliffs (the resinous scented rough scrub that grows everywhere) with wonderful views of the sea and rocky cliffs and coves. You can take scenic walks and finish with a swim.
There are a few restaurants in the town, which you can easily walk to (5-10 minutes at most). The quality of food, wine and service is very high everywhere in Sardinia, and mostly a lot cheaper than in the UK. But you might want to barbecue at home some nights with sea bass from the fish-shop in town! There are several little shops to buy bread every day, fresh pasta, fruit etc, and there are two supermarkets. For your morning cafe latte and cornetti, there are several options, all very nice.
Torre dei Corsari's beach is enormous and truly beautiful, undeveloped, backed by dunes, and with soft yellow sand. I'd really recommend getting a snorkel and a mask as there are loads of fish to check out, and once we even saw a huge yellow jellyfish-type thing about 20 m away underwater, that's how clear it is. My prescription goggles made all the difference if you wear glasses. Also a beach umbrella, as it can be incredibly hot! Most supermarkets sell them cheaply. The sea was warm in September.
Inland you should see some of the many nuraghic ruins – weird and atmospheric – and the mining ghost towns. You could eat at an agriturismo or just buy some pecorino or honey. And there are other lovely beaches further down the coast. But on the whole there is not a lot to do in the way of museums and such - this is a beach holiday with fabulous food and scenery.
A little holiday italiano would be very helpful, as most of your fellow holidaymakers are mainland Italians and the Sards speak very little English. We really spoke English only to each other the whole week. The handiest phrases you'll need are 'Posso avere...?' (may I have) and 'Avete...?' (do you have), besides normal greetings and words for food/days and times/open and closed etc. Also remember to keep your headlights on and dipped during the day. Enjoy!
John and Mary