The Trip: A solo sojourn in Sardinia


Courtenay Turner


Sardinia – an "agriturismo" farm stay at "Li Sitagli" in Olbia.


There wasn't one, which was terrifying but oddly liberating. I went to Sardinia alone, eager to discover the culture of the local people, who are known for their longevity. My accommodation consisted of a simple cabin next to a pig pen on a peaceful family-run farm, 10 kilometres from Olbia airport. Day and night, the sound of cowbells filled the silence and the smell of wildflowers was rich in the air. I took walks, I read, I spent time pestering the family's many animals and ultimately, learned to be alone with myself. Fortunately, a young Swiss family (with a car!) took me under their wing and invited me on their daily adventures. We experienced the beauty of the Costa Smerelda and zipped along winding roads bordered by olive groves and vineyards. We explored the narrow streets of tiny villages, foraged for wild vegetables by the roadside and played cards by the fire at night.


Knowing that I would come home to a wonderful and hearty dinner cooked by Francesca, despite the uncertainty of each new day. The traditional food in Sardinia is incredible and said to be a contributing factor to the large number of centenarians living on the Island. Think olive oil, pecorino, cignali (wild boar), lots of vegetables and simple grains … not to mention an abundance of locally produced red wine. Enjoying these simple pleasures in the company of the other guests was unsurpassable. 


A failed attempt at navigating the public transport system had me walking for some time along a busy highway with a heavy duffle bag and no idea of where I was heading. 


Hire a car or scooter. You'll see so much more of this expansive island. If you can't, fork out for a cab or arrange a pick-up from the airport.


It's time to discover my own back yard, starting with a trip up to North Queensland in our old pokey van.


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