Dear Sardegna, can we come live with you?

It turns out that Sardegna is even prettier than I thought. We have been there twice before, but never for this long – 3 weeks this time – and with a car to bring us to all the remote places we would have never visited otherwise. We revisited some old favorites, like donkey island Asinara, the beautiful Maddalena archipelago and our favorite wine bar in Alghero: SardOa, but we’ve also discovered so many new places.

The road between Bosa and Alghero was quite a treat // photo by Annemarie Gorissen

We visited little villages in the mountains (where we looked at a house I found online), drove for hours through idyllic landscapes (nothing but goats and sheep), discovered ancient Nuraghes that are scattered all over Sardegna, we found a dozen private beaches and dipped our toes in the bluest waters. And we ate lots of pasta with seafood, plates full of Fregola, bottarga and tons of pecorino. And then there were all these hikes with breathtaking views.

Capo San Marco at the archeological site of Tharros // photo by Annemarie Gorissen

So obviously we’ve enjoyed ourselves. But we also went to check out potential areas for us to live. And we’ve found quite a lot of them, actually. Now that we have a good understanding of what the island looks like in terms of mountains, infrastructure, beaches and tourism we can make a better decision on what would work best for us. Sardegna is our number one option, for sure.

Checking housing websites while we were there gave us a good idea of the real estate agencies, the availability, the size and the price range of properties in that specific area. It raised as much questions as it answered, but it was good to filter what’s important to us. And we noticed our wants and needs shifted a bit compared to last spring in Puglia. So here are a couple of the questions we found our answers to.

There are for sale signs everywhere, once you pay attention to it // photo by Annemarie Gorissen

East or west? West. That’s where the sun goes down and we enjoy a nice sunset. The east part of the island (around the middle, where it gets interesting) is a bit harder to reach due to the mountains and it has lots of cliffs. Pretty, but not very convenient. How much space do we need? We both need a room to work in and a guest bedroom would be nice to accommodate friends and family. Would a big roof terrace do or do we want a garden? If we buy something, it definitely needs to have a garden. Preferably with some (fruit) trees in it. How important is being close to the sea? Important, but it’s okay if it takes a bit of trouble to get there. High up in the mountains is not an option, but 5 to 10 kilometers inland would be fine. Hiking and biking options in the area are also a must. Do we want to live in a lively town or do we prefer something more quiet? Something more quiet. No parking issues, please! But a town with bars and restaurants nearby would be good and I need a supermarket and a post office nearby. In what condition does the house need to be? Habitable for sure, nothing that needs serious renovation. But we can fix a bit of ugliness, so it doesn’t need to be anywhere near perfect.

That still leaves us with tons of options and I found a couple of nice properties online in an interesting area below beautiful Bosa in a region called Oristano. 5 kilometers from the sea and 10 from Bosa. Another area of interest, but with a lot less availability – in our price range – is the area above Alghero. There are large forests and parks, pretty beaches and it’s near Alghero airport. It checks all the boxes… But I’m sure I’ll find plenty more in different areas on one of those nights scrolling through properties and dreaming away.

The lovely colorful town of Bosa. One of the prettiest in Sardegna, but how the peep can a person move their stuff in these tiny streets? // photo by Annemarie Gorissen

I guess the next step would be to find out what we can actually spend, contact real estate agents to see what’s available and go house hunting for real. We can take all the time we need and there’s no rush other than that I cannot wait to start our new lives.

And of course I got some more pictures of Sardegna for you. Enjoy!

Cala Luna. You can only reach this beach by boat or by a 2-hour hike. We hiked there and took the boat back to Cala Gonone. It does look prettier from up here than when you’re actually on the beach itself… // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
Orgosolo. town of murals // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
Around Su Nuraxi di Barumini. There’s a little castle on top of that hill. Unfortunately the path up there was closed // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
White sands and black skies near Alghero // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
Endless empty roads through the (foggy) hills of Sardegna // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
The east coast between Cala Gonone and Cala Luna is a rough beauty // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
The Sos Molinos waterfalls we accidentally found, near Santu Lussurgiu // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
s’Archittu, another bay with perfect water // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
The Island of Asinara, hiking (and donkey) heaven // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
Albino donkeys on Asinara // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
Asinara in spring: paradise // photo by Annemarie Gorissen
The perfect park near Alghero: Parco Porto Conte // photo by MD
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