Dog beaches in Sardinia

We have just decided to rent our villa to people with a dog too. After all, we have a lovely dog ourselves  and know how difficult it is to stay in a nice place that also accept animals.

And the other good news is that they are constantly new “pet friendly” beaches in Sardinia. They were barely any 2 years ago, they are now 24 of them at the time of writing.

For the full article in Italian  : http://sardegna.blogosfere.it/2013/07/spiagge-per-cani-in-sardegna-2013-ecco-la-lista-aggiornata.html

And for the beaches closest to us :

In Gallura:

San Teodoro – Spiaggia per cani in località Costa Caddu

Olbia (doppia): Spiaggia per cani a Le Saline (Punta Calvone) e a Cala Razza di Iunco

Caprera – Spiaggia per cani di Porto Palma

Palau – Doggie beach di Punta Nera

Santa Teresa Gallura – Porto Fido, presso la spiaggia di Porto Quadro

Badesi – Dog friendly beach in località Baia delle Mimose

In provincia di Sassari:

Sorso – Spiaggia per cani alla discesa a mare n°4

Sassari – Spiaggia per cani a Fiume Santo

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Nudist beach anyone ?

This is another great article from Jennifer Avventura in her blog “my sardinian life / la mia vita sarda” about the few nudist beaches in Sardegna.

For the complete article, read the following 12 beautiful beaches to wear your birthday suit in Sardinia, Italy.

Since Jennifer first published that article about a year ago, I notice 3 beaches have been deleted from that list, leaving Porto Ferro in Alghero as the only local nudist beach ( 1H00’s drive).

For info, all beaches are legally topless in Italy…. But you shan’t see that very often either compared to mainland Italy.

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The little green train is back from July to end of September.

From Perfugas to Tempio or to Palau. A great day out !

For more information : http://sardegna.blogosfere.it/2013/06/trenino-verde-sardegna-2013-ecco-il-nuovo-catalogo-con-i-percorsi-gli-orari-e-tutte-le-info-utili.html?fb_action_ids=611468245544909&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22611468245544909%22%3A537468649623434%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22611468245544909%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D as well as http://www.treninoverde.com/fly/6.pdf     Check out page 6 for the prices and page 8 for the timetable.

And new for 2013 : the little train plus a trip on a Mississipi style boat on the “lago liscia”.  Departure from Perfugas Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

All aboard !

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On The Sardinian flag

Here is another popular post from Canadian expat & Sardinian blogger Jennifer Avventura (by the way, is that your real surname ? Awesome !) about the rather unusual and ever so slightly changing Sardinian flag. Read the comments at the end as well as they provide more info.

http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/the-mysterious-flag-of-sardinia/

 

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Now with wireless internet !!

We didn’t quite dare believe it would happen for this year honestly. Italians compagnies tend to promise the world on paper but not deliver much !

We now stand corrected ! The guys turned up yesterday. All 5 of them for 3H00 !! But it works … and fast at that (4 GB speed, always on !)

I was meant to be getting on with gardening here this am. Instead, I shall carry on using every room to skype, update the website and general social networking. “Avoiding proper work” you say ? Surely not 😉

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On the joy of cushions !

As with many couples, my partner and I hold different views on diverse topics.

We are pretty much singing from the same sheet on wildlife, environmental issues, political opinions etc. Malcolm actually taught me my first English protest song.

One issue we seem to disagree on though is cushions.

He says “they are for girls”. His male friends tend to agree actually….

I think they add a level of comfort and prettiness to any sofas, beds ….

Just imagine the following rooms without those cushions :

Romantic "colonial style" with four poster bed.

Romantic “colonial style” with four poster bed.

2 beds small

new lounge

Not so great without them, right ?

You guys can vote too. So, are you pro, against or cushions neutral ?

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On being an eco-friendly rental business.

Another issue very close to our heart is eco-sustainability. A lot of what & how we have rebuilt Villa Nuraghe has environmental awareness at its core.

Malcolm was a landscape gardener and tree surgeon living on Dartmoor, growing organic vegetables and campaigning for disarmament in the 70′s.

Through living in the UK for so long and living with somebody like Malc, I have grown keener & more aware of the environmental challenges of our times. Despite my mum’ s obsession for water saving and my dad coming from a farming background, I can’t cite my roots as anything to do with it. I grew greener as time went on. I have to thank England ands its great wildlife TV programs for it too. Now, when I go back to my parents in Northern France; I berate my Dad for his pesticides’ use and he mocks me for being unrealistic and some kind of hippie. We both agree though that his palet – built workshop is great … even if mum has baptised it “shanty town”.

So, in accordance with our beliefs and our concerns for best practice, we went for a minimum of A + rating for all the appliances (fridge, washing machine and dishwasher), put in a water solar panel (backed with a gas boiler if necessary) and just finished a solar powered fountain. We have also some solar powered fairy lights on the pergola.

But how does that fit in with the rental business? We don’t believe this is a major concern for potential clients. After all, we don’t necessarily check the eco-credentials of the places we stay at even though we really appreciate them when present. Whilst I don’t think people will choose us rather than another villa because of our 3 recycling bins or water saving devices , we do what we feel is right whilst trying not to be eco-evangelical about it.

In fact, the best eco features are the ones that reap the rewards without you having to do anything about it (once all the systems are in place) . For ex : put the dishwashing on eco wash, have that free hot shower thanks to the solar panel, enjoy the cooling splashing sounds of the solar powered fountain etc.

The other kind of eco rewards comes from you putting in some efforts before you reap the rewards. I guess I would say that as I was brought up in a house where the bath water was reused to wash the floor & mum always switches the lights off if you forget & tell you off. The trick in a rental setting I believe is to encourage people by making it easy for them. So we provided recycling bins at the back of the villa but we will empty them ourselves. There is a bucket near the shower so clients can fill it up before the hot water arrives and use that to either flush the loo or water the plants. My little brother had never done that before but religiously watered the plants every morning, pointing out it took no time & he seemed to appreciate the impact everyday gesture could have long term. Coming from him, that certainly is a result

So the lesson here might be ”Make it easy for your guests to be green by having the infrastructures in place and encourage environmentally friendly practices”. We shall see at the end of the season if the people who readily recycled the shower water (for ex.) already considered themselves green or whether they got round the idea quickly (or not). Will this turn out to be preaching to the choir or converting new adepts ?

The soft glow under the pergola certainly works in a subtle way.

And that solar water is so hot I made a Health and Safety warning about it in the welcome information pack !

Still, that solar fountain certainly rocks in more ways in 1 !!

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