If you zip along the main highway from the capital Caglairi then you can be in Oristano in an hour. Our slow bumble up the west coast took us two weeks, slight difference on timescale but gives an indication on how quick or slow you can travel through Sardinia. Oristano is an slow paced city with a more of a town feel than a big sprawling city. Nothing much to explore but plenty nice streets to stroll around. Its great for a range of supermarkets, fuel stations and GPL. Our purpose for stopping here and although we don’t need much GPL, there aren’t too many filling points on the island, so we decide to top up. Thankfully, its only a small fill as the GPL price is the most expensive we’ve paid in a long time at €0.86 litre.
Our journey towards the Sinis peninsula is cut short when we stop at Marina de Torre Grande. There was something about the place we quite liked and after a toot around we opted to stay for a while at Spinnaker Camping Village. A spacious campsite with pool, bar, restaurant, private beach and cool pine shade. At €19 per night with ASCI card (€58 without) seems a shame to not put our feet up for a while.
Our Bumble paid motorhome campsite at Marina de Torre Grande GPS position: N039.902556, E008.529389
Over the next 3 days we enjoy the luxury of the campsite – beach, swimming pool and shade. Chatting with French, German, Italian and Norwegian picking up tips on good places to visit as we head north. Our neighbour an English couple preferred their own company and avoided everyone on the site. We did try and make conversation several times but they weren’t having any of it..
We zipped out on the motorbike to the Torre Grande and the Sinis peninsular. Its area is quiet, flat, and perfect for exploring by bike. At its edge, Torre Grande has 3km of south facing beach, backed by pinewoods and low grassy dunes. The low rise town has a nice buzz, with cafes, bars and a traffic free seafront full of cyclists and skateboarders.
The tiny church of San Giovanni di Sinis is only small but rather characterful and in many way reminds us of the Greek Orthodox churches. It is one of the oldest churches in Sardinia. It sits at the beginning of the village alongside a souvenir shop and tourist information centre with staff who think looking at the ceiling is part of the job description. Either that or they have real life like looking manikins. Worth noting that in and around the village are a number of car parks permitting overnight parking. The daily charge ranges from €9 to €12.
At the end of the village, a dirt road leads to the Sinis reserve. Here you have 3 options. 1. right to the Torre Seu Spanish tower with stunning views over the peninsular.
2. Straight on to an elongated peninsula called Capo San Marco.
3.Left at the gate and ruins of the ancient Phoenician city of Tharros. Founded around the end of the 8th century BC with a complex of buildings, roads and drains. Most of the visible remains date back to the Punic Roman era but there are indication the site dates back to the bronze age.
Mac n Tosh enjoyed a few lazy days on the beach although we did restrict Mac’s playtime. This lump is constantly up and down in size and has us scratching our head. With no exercise or very little activity it does seem to reduce but then all of a sudden it just flairs up. He remains in good spirits, so its not bothering him (just us!) and after a call with the vets he continues with more anti inflammatory tablets. Hopefully, he will see some improvement over the next week.