Last November, my parents celebrated their 30 years of marriage, their pearl wedding anniversary. My sisters and I wanted to give them a special and memorable present... we wanted to give them an experience they wouldn't have paid for otherwise!
They are both in their mid-50s but they’re actually very young looking. They love going out, experience new places and meet local people. They are fairly, but not overly, active.
We thought that for a mid-season weekend the ideal was a wine tasting, staying in a special destination and touring the area at a slow pace would be right up their street.
Carla, my colleague and the best Italian travel consultant, suggested me Alghero as the best destination for my parents as well as for couples of all ages, who like discovering the area during the day, eating well and taking refuge in a romantic and secluded setting at night.
Alghero is located in North-West Sardinia. It is a cultural and welcoming town surrounded by nature, where a right mix of fun, cultural activities and relax are guaranteed both in summer and winter. Obviously, if you decide to go in July you will enjoy the beautiful coastline, choose a different beach every day, but it is likely to be very crowded with tourists during the summer.
My parents were really excited about their weekend in Sardinia and appreciated the charm, history and culture of Alghero… by now, they call it the “Barceloneta”! They told us that the town was founded in the XII century by the Doria family of Genoa and later conquered by the Catalan-Aragon, who left a strong mark in the architecture, traditions, cuisine and above all, an important linguistic heritage. Because of this, Alghero is otherwise known as Barceloneta, the small Barcelona, and preserved the use of Catalan Language, in the variant of Alghero, officially recognized by the Italian State as a minority language.
My mom showed me a very precious necklace made with the typical “red gold” and crafted by a master goldsmith while my dad didn’t stop saying how much was delicious the dinner at Andreini, a Michelin Restaurant in the old town.
What about their accommodation?
Here is what they have written in the postcard that they sent me from Alghero:
“We fall in love again at Villa Mosca Charming House. What a gem!! Our Deluxe room and breakfast are exceptional. We would recommend it for our friends wanting to rest and relax, enjoy nature, culture, fabulous views and feel really pampered. Thanks a lot darlings, we really appreciate this special present”.
Andreini - Michelin Restaurant in Alghero
What do you think about this special present? It was a very good idea, wasn’t it?
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