Beach bums

Having been dropped off on the delightful little Cala Mariolu beach we’re left for a few hours to enjoy this pebbly cove.

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Along with the simply stunning water there is a cliff that attracts children and the foolhardy like lemmings . .

Obviously the dare devil scales it straight away like a frenzied, suicidal mountain goat.

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Then proceeds to hurl himself off it repeatedly almost as if it is some sort of fun…

Yeap, looking like endless amounts of terrifying, vertigo inducing “fun”

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However, determined not to be outdone on this particular occasion, I make the (foolhardy) decision to jump off too . . .  instant regret! The cliff is really sharp and feels amount a million miles high from up here (notice the grimace on face)
 

I must have faffed around up there for about 40 minutes.. tottering to the edge only to discover that my body has a very strong “hell no” reflex and a surprisingly strong desire to live.

It was literally as if there was a glass wall preventing me from stepping over the edge and no amount of constructive help (just step out / shall I push you etc) was going to help.

It actually took a boat load of strangers floating into the cove and staring at me to make me jump! I was not going to be a coward in front of people I would never see again . .

Enough dare devilry for me. Back to paddling in the warm shallows and posing.

The photos just don’t do justice to how beautiful this part of the world is.

And then that’s it, the boat comes to collect us and we head back, salt encrusted and sated.

On-route back we enjoy more views of the stunning limestone cliffs tumbling to the sea.

This little beach is a dead ringer for parts of Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand. Makes me nostalgic!

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And that’s your lot for Sardinia fellow travel lovers. All in all an unexpected, fantastical treat of an island.

An unspoilt (for now) gem of a place with everything you could want for an amazing get away.

Next stop, my first ever trip to Germany with the achingly hip capital city – Berlin!

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Jewel bright waters

We’re coming to the end of our Sardinian adventure but on the last day we see possibly the very best of this stunning island.

Hopping on a boat tour around the coastline from Cala Gonone we’re treated to some truly spectacular rugged cliffs and the most beautiful water yet!

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I can honestly say that I have not seen water this clear or this blue outside of Thailand.

In fact this is probably even better as it’s just a few hours from home and nowhere near as overrun!

Even swimsuit phobic old me can’t keep out of this gorgeous blue water.

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The lesser spotted smiling Marples is testament to just how invigorating and joyous it is!

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The limestone cliffs dramatically plunge into the turquoise sea, often erosion has created weird and wonderful sculptures such as the archway and Cala luna caves below.

It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous sight is only a short haul flight from the UK!

Then the boat drops us off on the lovely Cala Mariolu beach for a few hours of soaking up the sun and swimming.

 

Cosy Cala Gonone

Hairpin bends bring us ever closer to our final stop on the Sardinian adventure – Cala Gonone.

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It has a sheltered town beach, a pretty crescent of shingle lapped by navy and turquoise seas.

 

Once unpacked we’re celebrating our 11th anniversary in traditional style – with pizza! 🙂

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Cala Gonone is a jumping off base for exploring the craggy limestone cliffs and ravines.

But before we hop on a floaty boat to explore the glorious seascapes, we enjoy a leisurely breakfast complete with epic view from our hotel’s rooftop restaurant.

During October the amount of accommodation on offer is very limited so we opted for Hotel Ristorante Bue Marino 

Room wise it is very basic but you can’t argue with its location, overlooking the beach with stunning views out across the sea.

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Next up we’re taking to the seas to enjoy a tour around the cliffs and waters of Cala Gonone.