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Sardinia 8.10.23

Railcar at Tempio Pausania

Sunday 8.10.23

Our first Sardinian train beckons today with a visit to the line between Luras and Tempio Pausania, a much truncated version of the entire route which stretched from Palau to Sassari.  The Green Train website refers to a service between Palau and Tempio Pausania, but makes it clear on closer inspection that trains no longer run beyond Luras.  It is clear when we reach Luras that nothing much passes this way – and certainly not beyond!  The service at the moment appears to be two return trips on a Sunday starting at Tempio Pausania which has the sidings and workshop, so unlike many passengers we are travelling it out and back in the wrong direction!

Luras as a station feels remote – although there is a nearby factory and some housing it does not seem to have much more than farmland surrounding it.  We have a modest wait before the train appears around the corner and comes to a halt at the platform.  Almost immediately the engineers emerge waving spanners as something needs “fixing” before we can board the train for the return journey.  It is a diesel railcar of some vintage which takes us away back along the line from whence it had come.

If anything it feels even hotter today – amazingly warm for the time of year.  At Tempio Pausania our coach is awaiting us and transports us to Nuraghe Majori.


Nuraghes are a major feature of the Sardinian landscape as they effectively amounted to the home of a small hilltop local community – and in consequence there may once have been 10,000 such erections.  Inside it is not very large and provided a home for the extended village, a lookout point at the top to be aware of potential attacks, separate internal rooms with supposed uses – although the absolute function of the construction have been lost over time.  There were spaces for fires with chimneys with a staircase to the higher levels.

We have lunch together today at a restaurant adjacent to the Nuraghe.  Whilst the food was reasonable the local wine was disappointing to say the least!

We retrace our steps but this time the train for our journey is a loco hauled set of carriages which bumble along quite nicely.

Having suffered the difficulties of the upward gradients last night from sea level we decide not to emerge this evening but buy supplies in the supermarket adjacent to the front of the hotel (although at a markedly lower level).  Wine, cheese and nibbles in hand we ascend to our room and have a quiet evening.



Corsica – Sardinia – 7.10.23

Bonifacio Cliffs

Saturday  7.10.23

This morning it is bright and warm again and I have a wander around Sartené taking some photographs of the town – it is very steep to get out of the hotel but once at the higher level it is reasonably flat around the town centre and there are some welcoming restaurants around the square – very pleasant all the way round.  Our coach has to leave the hotel with some careful navigation the wrong way along a one-way road – one of the hotel staff stands at the far end of the one-way stretch and prevents vehicles coming the other way as we exit.

We proceed through the southern part of the island to the port at Bonifacio, which like Calvi and Ajaccio has a string of restaurants along the water’s edge and we choose one for lunch.  The weather remains unseasonably warm and it is very pleasant to be able to eat outdoors so often.

An inter-island and international ferry, M/F Ichnusa, provides the transport between France and Italy,  With experience from our earlier ferry journey this time we secure our cases and carrying important items we are able to secure the cases in the facility at the rear of the ferry – no attempt to hoik them up numerous staircases this time.  Leaving Bonifacio the cliffs are an outstanding feature which is duly recorded and we then head to Sardinia.  Approach Teresa Gallura it is somewhat surprising when we reverse onto the berth.  The ferry is a little unusual in that it is not a normal ro-ro – the vehicles do indeed roll on and off – but always at the stern as there is no ability to open at the bow end.

A new coach collects us to move us across to Palau where we are in a hotel for the next couple of nights.  The hotel is approached by quite a steep slope and stairs making it memorable for the wrong reasons!

Once booked in and clothes slightly re-ordered as we are here for a couple of nights we wander down the hill to the town.  There appears to be a variety of restaurants and we make our choice before having to face the climb back – it seems much further uphill!