We spent the first two weeks in September at this wonderful place. Everything was perfect, from the quaint romantic main bedroom to the small but well equipped kitchen. Marina has decorated the spotless little house with care and excellent taste so it feels more like a well-loved home than a rental property.
Marina was so kind and welcoming – when she realised we were interested in seeing more of the area she brought further information of things to do and provided her own recommendations as well. She also lent us a beach umbrella so we didn’t have to buy our own.
One of the best aspects of the house was the outside space – the colourful gardens, patio area, Boules court and BBQ. It gave us flexibility so we didn’t need to go out to eat every night and some of our favourite evenings were spent relaxing outside, cooking , listening to music and playing cards – the delicious Sardinian wine also helped! There were some midges about so do pack an insect repellent spray.
There is a large Crai supermarket a 5 minute walk back towards the town – with fresh bread, fish and meat counters, deli , fresh vegetables and frozen food, wines, beers etc. which was really convenient and it stayed open every day until late.
Pula town centre is a 15 minute walk along pavements and has a lively pedestrianised main square with lots of shops, restaurants and café-bars – so a good amount of meal options and great for pre-dinner Aperol Spritz and people watching.
We would recommend having a rental car – we can’t comment on the local transport system but for us being able to travel further afield and see more of the south coast was a real bonus. Cagliari is well worth a day trip and in the opposite direction a couple of hours drive away the island of Sant Antioco was lovely too.
The most famous beaches of Chia were nearby - beautiful however busy - Italian school children don’t go back until the third week in September - the beaches were less crowded in the second week. Nora beach may not be quite as spectacular but was very local and a little more chilled out plus you have the archaeological site at Nora as well, and definitely worth a visit.
This was our third visit to Sardinia but our first in the south of the island and Homeaway rental. We had a fantastic time and would love to go back to the house under the olive trees – Marina was the perfect host and we highly recommend this property.