This day out on the Buriana became the finale! to our holiday in and around Stintino, and it couldn't have been better! :) Enrico and Giuseppe are super-friendly, easy-going relaxed guys who took me and my partner out on their boat for the day. There was not a lot of wind, but enough to do some enjoyable sailing, and the sun shone all day long. Once on board and with a coffee to kick us off, we sailed towards the Isola Asinara past La Pelosa beach. We put in at Cala Reale and while they prepared lunch on board, we had time to explore the Turtle Sanctuary, the nature trail (which gives lots of great info on the local flora and fauna and answered a lot of our questions about the things we had seen over the last week) and round the back of the old Palace to see the White Donkeys of Asinara. Then we sailed on for 20 mins or so and dropped anchor in a beautiful cove. Alex and I dived in for a swim - the water was chilly at this time of year, it must be said, and the guys lent us snorkels and masks so we could swim with the fish who are very unnafraid in these protected waters. Back on board, lunch of bread with the local speciality - Tuna Fish roe - , spaghetti with the same and Sardinian cakes to finish off, all accompanied by Vermentino White wine, Mirto and more coffee! Giuseppe worked in London for a few years as a cook, and still does now in Piacenza and Alghero so the food was delicious. Both brothers speak a little English so no problems there. We sailed on to, i think, Cala d'Oliva. This is where the former prison still stands and can be visited, where mafia criminals and crooked judges were confined. The village itself is fascinating to walk round, if only cos you're not sure what it will become. In May, there are so few tourists that the place is like a ghost town. Apparently it may be converted into overnight accommodation for tourists who want to spend a night on the island. (Currently this is not possible, I believe). After walking round here for 40 mins or so, we sailed back to Stintino.
Being on board the brothers' boat on a sunny day with the blue sea and the spectcular island is perfection. Such a relaxing day, hosted by two wonderful, friendly guys at a really good price. Excellent value for money. Thanks Enrico and Giuseppe! We highly recommend this trip!
James and Alex