Many of the roads are a lovely orange colour. You can't see it so well on the photo above because the light was dingy, but in the sun they positively glow. We were on the west side of the island making our way down through the inland mountain roads. We passed through numerous villages - Aggius, Tempio, Ozieri, Mores, Thiesi, Ittiri, Putifigari, Villanova, and Alghero and a countryside sweet with the smell of gorse. The sun came out and melted both our grumpy moods from that morning.
After Alghero, we started looking out for somewhere to have some lunch along the coast. We came across a beach-side restaurant which did not serve lunch-time salads, and said so in a firm notice on the menu. You knew where you were at least...
|View from beach restaurant that didn't serve salads|
We continued down the coast and then went back inland to Cugliari and our destination, Santu Lussargiu. Our hotel for that night was one of the most delightful I have every stayed in, and if you have the opportunity to go there, do! The Antica Dimora des Gruccione is made up of a main building set in a one of the mansion houses of the town, with annexes not far away. It's owned by a woman called Gabriella whose ancestors lived in the main house, and she runs it professionally but gives a warm welcome to her customers. We were certainly impressed by our welcome. We even got the key to the garage where we could park the bike.
Our room was in an annex on the other side of the road at the back of the main house. There were two entrances. One gave onto an interior courtyard which you walked through to get to the rooms, and the other entrance gave onto the road with the garage next door. The stairs were very steep.
|Annex on garage side, garage to the right|
|Our room on the top floor with balcony and washing.|
|Interior courtyard with washing trough|
|Very steep colourful stairs. Travel light...|
|Santu Lussargiu houses, love the anti-mosquito blue!|
|Santu Lussargiu one-roomers and larger houses|
|Hotel staircase. Mansions were very grand.|
|Hotel landing, lovely floor tiles|
|Authentic 'museum' reconstruction of a mansion kitchen in the hotel|
|Kitchen pots and pans in the hotel museum|
|Moi outside the main hotel entrance|
Dinner was amazing. For €25 each we had a succession of anti-pasti - marinated red pepper pieces on bruschetta, cold beetroot soup with a dollop of cream cheese, quails legs, red pimento rolls, a selection of spring veg (broad beans, peas, asparagus) with pesto, smoked ricotta and ricotta; pasta curls with wild asparagus sauce and parmigiento, then the main course - local roast beef, and dessert was a light lemon mousse with cardamom. We drank half a bottle of a good local red wine and enjoyed it all immensely. The chef is a keen follower of the Slow Food movement, and there were Slow Food magazines in the museum kitchen. He had certainly put a lot of thought and effort into the food. My DB even had a vegetarian main course of roasted cheese on that thin bread they eat a lot of - very good too and rustled up on the spur of the moment.
We staggered back to our room and slept well on the excellent bed.