After 4 nights in the city I was ready to hit the beach. Took a taxi from Piazza Yenne to Mistral Marina Piccola, cost me 10 euros. B&B is within a typical Italian block of flats on the ground floor in a nice residential street. Go through the main door of the building and then on the left is a door with a little 'Welcome' sign on it. Rang the bell and a young girl answered and welcomed me in, offered me a seat and then phoned the owner Lara. In the hallway there's internet access, lots of information and leaflets on the area with boating trip ideas etc. Lara arrived and was very welcoming and friendly. She showed me to my room which was through the house, outside and a little back room with ensuite and shower. Had a really nice cosy feel to it, shells, flowers and pictures hanging on the wall. Single bed (mattress a little tired), a couple of side tables with lamps, hanging space for clothes, little chair, extra cushions and blankets if needed. A little radio in the room aswell. Shower cubicle was a little tired looking but was a powerful shower. Unfortunately though the base didn't drain too well so was paddling in a few inches of water, so be warned, don't flood the place! Room was cleaned once when I was there, but I only stayed for 3 nights. I think there were 2 other rooms in the main house which had private bathrooms but they didn't appear to be attached to the rooms, they were down the hall with signs on them saying which bathroom belonged to which room.
Breakfast was served outside at a communal table between 9am-10am. Breakfast was very basic; packet cakes, cereal, bread rolls and Nutella, coffee and orange juice. I skipped the breakfast on the last day and went to the supermarket down the road . Bought some nice croissants and had my breakfast on the beach, was a great start to the day.
Beach is a 1 min walk away, there are private areas and public areas. I chose the private areas, Il Lido costs 25 euros for entry, umbrella and lounger for the day. D'Aquila was a bit cheaper at 17 euros. Lara said she had an umbrella I could use so it could have been free if I wanted. There are a few bars and restaurants on the beach and a place for water sports.
In the evenings I think if you wandered around you would find restaurants, bars and discos, although the discos are more for high tourist season. I just settled on the pizzeria in D'Aquila called Pizzeria Pietrino, it was about a 1 min walk from the B&B. Food was really good and reasonable; 1/4 litre of Prosecco, pizza, dessert, liqueur and coffee for 20 euros. Staff were really friendly. Waiter recommended some typical Sardinian dessert and liqueur to try. He was so friendly he even offered to show me around for my last day!
This B&B is cheap , very basic, no luxuries, has a relaxed communal feel, you can use the kitchen and store food. You're left to your own devices but Lara was on call if you needed anything. Also her brother is around as he lives next door, and on my last evening he offered me a glass of good wine and we sat on the patio and chatted - half in English and half in Italian, both trying to practice the languages!
This was a good cheap no frills option in a fantastic location for the beach.
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