Our last day cycling in SW Sardinia started off with a few kilometres of main road. Italian drivers actually seemed pleased to see us giving a friendly beep and a wide berth.
We were soon off the main road and on another off road adventure through a forest heading for the coastal plains of the Costa Del Sud.
The coast is rocky with many small coves some of which are only accessible by boat but in places the road comes right down to the sea.
The coast road is scenic. In Audax circles this means it is hilly. The undulations were constant but apart from one group of motorbikes there was no traffic and we were able to relax and enjoy the wonderful coastal scenery from our bikes.
There were lots of little birds in the pine and juniper forest that seemed to be gathering, perhaps ready to migrate. They were very noisy.
The rocky coastal area is covered with pine and juniper. There are towers or ‘Torres’ all along this coastline which were built by the Spanish for defence.
We continued through Chia and on the approach to Pula we rode alongside the beach at Santa Margherita. There are holiday camps and huge campsites along here. In February it was a ghost town and frankly some of the holiday camps look pretty grim out of season. However the beach with its grey and pink sand was very attractive and in the summer season I expect it is very busy. This coast is quite windy and it is a great place for all kinds of water sports.
Our destination was the popular holiday resort of Pula. It has a population of 7,000 (large by Sardinian standards) and has many famous hotels and beaches.
We rode through the quiet streets…
…and then headed to the coast at Nora. In the promontory of Capo di Pula there are the ruins of the ancient city founded by Phoenicians, There was also a rather good cafe.
It was a great place to visit with lovely beaches which will be busy in the summer.
Pula itself is a pretty town with narrow streets and a perfect Piazza which has a stage for outdoor performances. There are many small boutique hotels and a wide range of shops cafes and restaurants. We found the people here very welcoming and helpful.
The following day we made our way back to Cagliari on the public bus and from there took a 5 minute train ride to the airport.
On arrival in UK it took 20 minutes to defrost the car. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr