Caprera’s Sailing Center

Today I want to bring you back the testimony of one of our guests about a wonderful experience lived in Sardinia during this spring.
Needless to say how pleased he could be to have participated in what I am about to tell you, so much so that as soon as he returned to the Baia Turchese Olbia’s residence he has described me entirely his “adventure”.
In this article I will talk about the Sailing Center of Caprera and the courses offered by this renowned sailing school.

A cabin cruiser docked at the CVC.

The Sailing Center of Caprera (or also CVC) is one of the most famous training centers in the world on the art of going by sea by the wind.
Why art? Because knowing how to use a sailing boat requires the study of nature and specific techniques, passion for the discipline, love for the sea, the desire to venture into something new.
Who decides to attend one of the many sailing courses held at the CVC can also just be interested in learning something that in life, you never know, can be useful in a unique natural context.
Not only that, this experience will teach the team spirit, mutual trust, respect for the surrounding nature: values ​​that today’s world struggles a bit to teach us but that we must never forget.
In short, an emotionally important 360-degree experience that will also train you in everyday life.
And then, I think that knowing how to maneuver a small sailing vessel, understand its constitution and its parts, know the names of the winds and their respective directions, the waves and meteorology, rediscovering geography and knowing how to make resistant knots are interesting notions to add to the own baggage of personal skills!

The nocturnal quiet in Caprera.

The CVC is placed in a unique location: in the south-west area of ​​the beautiful island of Caprera in La Maddalena archipelago.
The ocher-yellow warmed by the sun rocks sculpted by the wind and the waves, the turquoise and crystalline waters, the small bays set in the coast and the clean air are the natural frame.
The school is designed to “absorb” the participants completely and allow them the most appropriate concentration to address the courses: it’s located in a wild place far from population centers, the use of the telephone is limited, of course never granted during lessons, and musical devices are not welcome.
The life inside the center is similar in many respects to that on board: the spirit of sharing and sacrifice are necessary, the importance of teamwork is central and, in turn, it will also happen to have to deal with the order of the kitchen and of the canteen.
All these rules are collected within a 9-point list called “Life standards” that you find at this link.
There will obviously be moments of fun and to make new acquaintances with the other participants, there are also markets to buy technical clothing or food and drinks.

The naturalistic landscape of CVC.

The CVC’s courses are divided according to the previous knowledge of the participants and the type of boat they want to train on. In general, all have a duration of one week, at the end of which you will have acquired enough knowledge to be able to use on a boat.
It should be noted that at the end of a single course you will not be fully trained to take a boat independently and face the sea: to do this you must attend courses that gradually increase in level and give more specific lessons.
As a rule, especially the initiation courses, provide theoretical lessons on the ground and practical lessons on boats at sea.
Not only that, some types of courses are also designed for children, from 12 years. Also for them the experience will prove to be educational in terms of formative and character.
You can find the types of courses on the home page of the CVC website.

The turquoise water and the dock.

Basically, the types of sailing boats on which the lessons are focused are two: dinghies and cabin cruisers. The dinghies are small-scale sailing boats intended solely for sporting use. The cabinets, however, can reach much larger dimensions, are equipped with an internal cabin and instead of the drift (so called the fin placed under the hull that prevents the overthrow of the boat) have the so-called “bulb”.
The cabin cruisers can therefore take longer distances and navigate offshore, but they are much more complicated to maneuver.
For those facing for the first time in this world it is absolutely advisable to first tackle the courses with the dinghies so as to become familiar with smaller and more easily manoeuvrable boats.
The necessary requirements are basic and do not require specific physical skills.
It is compulsory to know how to swim, in fact at the beginning of any cycle a swimming test is carried out to test the abilities of the participants.
You need the medical certificate that can be downloaded from the CVC website at this link, to be completed and signed by your doctor.
As I already pointed out in the initial part of the article it is necessary to have a great spirit of adventure, cohabitation and teamwork. The courses are not personal, just as life at sea is often. Few, very few, are the boats that provide a maneuverability performed in single.

For any other clarification on the matter, the official website of the Center provides a large page dedicated to the FAQ that will surely answer all your doubts.

A splendid glimpse of Caprera.

To conclude, I would like to tell you again how much our dear guest of Baia Turchese Olbia has enjoyed and is satisfied with the experience.
I find it hard not to believe it.
Every day we are used to a life always connected to computers and telephones, polluting cars and noisy cities. Return, even if for a few days, to enjoy a natural and clean lifestyle, rich in values ​​and humanity, in contact with the beauties offered by nature and with the force of the wind in the stern that pushes us quickly over the waves, can really do only good.

The island of Caprera, world-renowned natural heritage, is located in the beautiful La Maddalena archipelago, and can be easily reached from the Baia Turchese Olbia resort by car.
Leaving the residence, take the SS 125 in the direction of Olbia airport. Continue straight ahead towards the marina. When you are in the long underpass that crosses the city, follow the signs for Arzachena and Palau.
Continue on the road and when you reach Arzachena follow the signs to Palau. In Palau you can board ferries to La Maddalena and from here the transport will be at the expense of the CVC (in summer by sea and in winter by bus).

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.

Vermentino’s fest in Monti

Welcome back on Baia Turchese Olbia’s blog!

In today’s post I want to talk about a very felt event in the whole area of ​​Olbia and where many guests who have stayed with us have happily participated. We too have been there every year and we can not wait to go there again!
Today I will talk about the famous Vermentino’s fest in Monti, which is held every year on the first Sunday of August in Monti.

Before describing how the festival takes place and explaining why you will not be able to not enjoy it, let’s open a brief break on the history of this wine that will always be present during a good meal based on fish dishes in Sardinia.
The white and semi-aromatic Vermentino grape has an origin that is still not very clear today: some believe it comes from the north-east of Spain, others from the island of Madeira in Portugal. From Spain it would then spread first to France and then to Liguria. In Liguria it assumed the name of Vemettino, name with which it was exported to Corsica. Only from the second half of the ‘800 it arrives in Gallura and takes the name we know today.
The Vermentino di Gallura is DOCG (of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) and is one of the strongest varieties in terms of alcohol content. Another variety is the Vermentino di Sardegna (DOC), slightly fresher and suitable to accompany aperitifs.

Let’s briefly describe its properties: in general Vermentino is a dry white wine with a straw yellow color. After tasting it you will not be able to not grasp the aromas of wild flowers and also a note of yellow peach to complete the whole.
It is recommended to combine it with seafood appetizers and fish dishes.
Personally I think that you can not give wrong to the combination fish-vermentino: indeed, I take this opportunity to recommend absolutely a nice dinner in one of the many restaurants near the Baia Turchese Olbia residence. Spaghetti with clams and bottarga and a glass of Vermentino!

About the location of the fest, this is particular too.
First of all, the small town of Monti is located about twenty kilometers in the hills just outside Olbia. Reaching it is easy: from the Baia Turchese Olbia residence, head towards the airport. Follow the signs for Sassari. You will arrive to take the new motorway E840, always in the direction of Sassari. After about fifteen minutes, follow the signs for Monti. A few miles of car on a slightly uphill road that winds through the hills and you have arrived at your destination.
Do not worry about parking: the good organizers of the Vermentino’s fest prepare more parking areas and will show you where to park at your arrival.

The trip from Baia Turchese Olbia to Monti (OT).

Monti (www.comune.monti.ss.it/vivere/cultura) is a small hill town and its panorama offers you a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. The village is surmounted, protected, by a modest green peak. It seems that it is there to watch over Monti and its inhabitants.
The center of the village is crossed by a road on which sides there are all the shops, bars and restaurants.

Let’s move on to the main reason for your visit: the Vermentino’s fest!
Unfortunately, as I wrote at the beginning of the post, the festival is held only once a year on the first Sunday of August.
The atmosphere is joyous, cheerful, you can hear music coming from everywhere, all the bars are equipped with music stations and prepare tables and seats outside their verandas for visitors serving aperitifs and snacks: we are in the central street of Monti, closed to traffic for the fest, occupied entirely by the stalls where you will also find souvenirs to take home as a souvenir of your exciting holiday in Sardinia 2018.
Along the way you will see that everyone, who more quickly and others, head to the same place, the real beating heart of the fest.
I’m talking about the Vermentino di Monti’s winery (www.vermentinomonti.it/it/): in front of you opens a large space with many people who happily eat, chat and dance.
As we enter the square the music coming from the stage becomes gradually stronger and we begin to breathe a pleasant scent of grilled meat in the air.
You’ll arrive as the sky begins to darken with colors tending to pink and dark blue, with still the warm breath of the earth exposed all day to the sun that surrounds you, a magical atmosphere. The fest has just begun.

Moments of huge celebration at Vermentino’s fest.

You can freely access the fest, but with less than a dozen of euros you will have the right to go to the food stand where you will be served dishes with fresh grilled sausage, pecorino cheese and typical bread. You will also be given a glass placed inside a practical bag to hang around the neck: as well as being a nice memory of the evening, you will need to go to the wine stand where you can taste how many times you want both the Vermentino and the Cannonau (a firm dark red wine, famous on the same level as Vermentino and which goes well with meat dishes).

While the party continues ‘til late, you can visit the Vermentino winery and view the production stages or buy some bottles to take home or enjoy while you have a good dinner in your apartment in Baia Turchese Olbia.
A few steps from the heart of the party, on reservation, you can participate in a tasting of wines and typical cheeses explained and told by expert sommelier.

The large square and Vermentino’s winery.

The fest is set to close, tomorrow another day full of new experiences awaits you and a good rest is a must to face it with so much energy!
I remind you again that the Vermentino’s fest is held only once a year, precisely the first Sunday of August.

Your holiday in Sardinia will give you so many exciting moments full of joy with your partner, your family or your friends, not only during the day admiring paradisiac landscapes but also in the evening participating in food and wine experiences of this kind.

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.

Porto Istana’s beach: dream or reality?

Welcome back to Baia Turchese Olbia’s blog!

Today I will talk about a beach that many of our guests have visited during their holiday at Baia Turchese Olbia, because they had already heard of it but also because the staff, which knows the area very well, can’t forget to list it among the beaches to go to see for those who do not know it or who have never come to Sardinia before.
I will talk about the beach of Porto Istana!

Porto Istana’s beach is really handy to Baia Turchese Olbia!

Take note of the information I’m about to give you: the beach of Porto Istana is linked by public transport to our residence: at the entrance of the beach there is in fact the terminal of the line “5” that starts from Porto Rotondo, passes throught Olbia’s centre, stops in front of our residence and as a last stop marks “Porto Istana” (check out the official web site of Olbia’s public transport to organize your trip www.aspo.it/#1497016451403-c48f15ce-4268).
So, if one day you feel particularly unwilling to get in the car but still want to spend the day in a breathtaking beach, just get on the bus and after 10 minutes you will be at your destination.

Alternatively you can take the car and go there in complete autonomy. At the exit of Via Isola Padron Fiaso, at the intersection with the SS 125, turn left. Go straight about 3 km and you will arrive in Murta Maria; at the first roundabout of Murta Maria take the exit on your left following the signs for Porto Istana. Go ahead for about 2 km and at the end of the road you will have reached your destination.

There are plenty of paid parking and the rates are not too much expensive (but not too cheap, unfortunately throughout the area is so if not worse).

After leaving the car, head towards the tile passage leading to the beach and here in front of you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, set between a green hill on the left and rocks on the right.

View by the little rocky dock.

The first thing you will notice will certainly be the soft consistency and the dazzling color of the sand that you’ll feel like walking on a golden foam.

Looking up, the view is definitely unforgettable: a transparent water table that disperses in the distance, acquiring shades that are gradually darker. From this you will immediately perceive that the water slopes slowly, allowing you serenity while your children play in the water.
The same applies to those who do not like splashing in deep water and like a warm water temperature.

Turquoise water of Porto Istana.

One of the things I love most about this beach is that I can lie on the water’s edge and soak up the sun while the timid waves refresh me from the summer heat.

Returning to the landscape, you will surely recognize the imposing “mountain” that stands right in front of the beach: its majesty Tavolara and all its spectacular height above sea level, which seems to protect them the beach of Porto Istana from wind and weather.
For photography enthusiasts, but also for those who love taking pictures with their mobile phone to send to their friends, it’s impossible to not immortalize this unique landscape.

Porto Istana and Tavolara in background in a november’s afternoon.

It’s not all!
There is a small restaurant and bar service to have a nice coffee or eat a good ice cream after lunch. The toilets, however, are located a few more meters, surmounting the cliff on the right of the beach and reaching the other beach.
The only flaw, in my opinion, is that this bar closes a little early and so, if you want to have a cold beer before to go dinner while the sun sets, you can’t.

If we really want to find a defect in this beautiful beach, I must confide that it is always very crowded: this is unfortunately a direct consequence of its fame, its beauty but also its shape. In fact, it is not very large so it has a limited capacity.
But do not be disheartened: a little place for your beach towels is always there and even a single half day is a must. You will not regret it, assured!

If you have already been there, we’d love to hear your opinion, perhaps leaving a comment under this post!

The beach of Porto Istana, which we are sure you will bring in the heart and memory after visiting it, is easily reachable from our Baia Turchese Olbia residence as it is just over 5 minutes by car.
An earthly paradise right behind your apartment 🙂

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.

Trip to Tavolara by rubber-dinghy

There is nothing better than adding a bit of adventure to your holiday in Sardinia. Sardinia is not just beach and sea and, thanks to the territorial diversity that makes it unique all over the world, you can take part in many trips to tell your friends when you get back home.

In this article I will talk about an exciting proposal that on more than one occasion we have recommended to our guests and of which they were enthusiastic.
I will tell you about a nice day on a rubber dinghy inside the Tavolara’s archipelago.

Tavolara is the massive “mountain”, also visible from the Baia Turchese Olbia residence, which stands out on the horizon in a southerly direction; its rectangular shape and its height (the highest point reaches 565 meters above sea level) make it well distinguishable from every stretch of coastline in the area.

In reality it is an island of only 6 km long and about 1 km wide placed in front of the tourist town of Porto San Paolo: on both sides it has steep limestone walls overlooking the sea; the main landing point with the tourist services, bar and restaurant is located in the tongue of land facing the coast (Punta Spalmatore). On the opposite side, there is a lighthouse for boats and a NATO military base managed by the Italian Navy which deals with terrestrial telecommunications with a very long range and very low frequency wave; the antennas are clearly visible even from the ground. This area is obviously off-limits to civilians 🙂

Baia Turchese Olbia and Tavolara in the background.

The other islands that make up this archipelago are Molara, Molarotto and Isola Piana; they are much smaller in size but still offer places to visit during your day in a dinghy.
In general, the whole archipelago is considered A.M.P. (Marine Protected Area) and there are stretches that are not passable with boats, others on the other hand where transit is allowed, but only at a speed of less than 10 km / h, while others can be freely passed by.
Before leaving, ask at the info point of Porto San Paolo a detailed map of the area so as not to incur salary sanctions of the Coast Guard.

Tavolara and Capo Coda Cavallo’s A.M.P. (Protected Marine Area)

Before starting to describe your unforgettable trip, I would like to face some points and remove some doubts.

  • First of all, driving a boat is not necessary a boat license if the latter’s engine does not exceed 40 hp, 6 meters in length and 1000 kg in weight between the boat and the engine. Navigation is not allowed beyond 6 miles from the coast (about 11 km).

From this point of view, however, you do not need to worry as in Porto San Paolo you will find many rents for dinghies for those without a boat license.

  • The second point is the following: to navigate in the middle of the sea you must pay the utmost attention. Even the most peaceful day, meteorologically speaking, can hide snares for a person who is not particularly attentive and concentrated.

Therefore, even if at sea there is much more space than in a normal city street, you will have to be particularly careful while sailing.

  • Third and last point: remember to bring a lot of water, sunscreen and caps; the summer sun of Sardinia is scorching and you certainly will not want to ruin a relaxing day at sea because of a bad sunstroke, right?

 

Well, let’s go!
Early in the morning, after a tasty breakfast on your veranda or balcony in one of our cozy apartments in Baia Turchese Olbia, I suggest you go to the beautiful tourist town of Porto San Paolo. Once you reach the pier, you will find lots of rubber dinghy rentals nearby (I always recommend booking a few days in advance, especially during high season) from which you can take your boat.
Loaded everything you need you will not have to do is turn on the engine and, with caution, move away from the dock.

Tavolara, Molara, Molarotto and Isola Piana.

First of all my advice is to head towards Tavolara facing the stretch of sea that separates Porto San Paolo from this imposing island.
As soon as you find the island in front, skirt the wall overlooking the sea on the south side.
As I said at the beginning of the article, there are areas where the passage of boats is prohibited: in this case, you can’t get too close to the cliffs. In general, in the whole East area of Tavolara’s island navigation is precluded: also, it’s a military area so it is not possible to dock.
However, it is absolutely not forbidden to circumnavigate the island keeping a safe distance and you can still admire the grandeur of the cliffs overlooking the sea, some caves set at sea level (Grotta Ghigliottina, Grotta del Papa) and the lighthouse. You will have to do a lot of photographs, be assured!

After your tour around Tavolara you’ll surely be very hungry: it is time to dock in the more “urbanized” part of Tavolara. Go with your boat in the spit of land called Punta Spalmatore located west of the island and here, at the pier, you can leave the boat and go for a bite to eat at the restaurant.
Nothing prevents you, of course, from bringing your packed lunch home: you can taste it on the beautiful beach right in front of the restaurant and the tourist services.

After a regenerating break, you just have to go to the pier and leave. The next stop I recommend you visit is the island of Molara with its beautiful natural pools.
To reach Molara, it will take only a few minutes direction South.
Once arrived, in the West area of the islet you will find these beautiful natural attractions visited by many tourists; the “pools”are stretches of lighter colored sea than the surrounding one.

One of the last stages consists in the modest pyramidal peak that takes the name of Molarotto, a few minutes of navigation towards the East compared to Molara. Throughout the area it is strictly forbidden to sail with boats and also this is an area that enjoys maximum environmental protection, so you can’t get too close, but nothing will stop you from taking wonderful photographs of this particular “rock” emerging from the water, like the famous pyramids of Giza near Cairo in Egypt.

To end your day by boat among the beautiful attractions of the area, the last stop I recommend is Isola Piana, on the way back to Porto San Paolo: from Molarotto proceed westwards leaving first Molara on your left and then Punta Spalmatore of Tavolara on your right; a few minutes of navigation and you will find Isola Piana.
Here the navigation is allowed and in fact you can approach with the boat and, at your discretion, throw the anchor and go swimming in one of the coves located on the south side of the island: you will find a beach with fine sand, clear water and colorful shades.

Le Vecchie Saline’s beach and Tavolara in the background.

Sardinia is also adventure, wild and uncontaminated places to discover with your partner, your family and your pets at and at any time of the year will give you unique and unforgettable emotions.

This is one of the many experiences you can have staying in one of the apartments in our green and relaxing Residence Baia Turchese Olbia.

 

If you need more information or would like a free quote for your stay in Sardinia at Baia Turchese Olbia, do not hesitate to contact us at commercialebaiaturchese@gmail.com or by calling +39 389 9361910.