Sardinia – Necropoli Anghelu Ruju and Sunset in Alghero

By - April 14, 2010 (Updated: November 24, 2014)

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Sardinia, Italy.
Worth waiting for the rain to stop

Worth waiting for the rain to stop

Onto every parade a little rain must fall and, on day four, our Sardinian adventure got soggy.

Normally I don’t mind a bit of rain when I’m travelling. I just head inside to a museum, gallery or shop and wait out the weather. This was a bit of a problem for us however, as it was Easter Sunday and absolutely everything was closed.

We didn’t know this at first. Of course we knew it was Easter but when we asked the host of our B&B, he assured us the shops would be open. Ok, we thought. If nothing else, we could stock up on cheese, salami and other Sardinia goodies to take home with us. We jumped in the car and headed off.

Since there was a break in the clouds, we decided to visit one last historic site. The Necropoli Anghelu Ruju just happened to be minutes from our B&B. We drove by the entrance at first because it was hidden by a massive vineyard, Sella & Mosca, which happened to be the makers of the wine I drank the evening before. The fields of vines seemed to stretch forever and we discovered the necropolis hidden amongst them.

We parked at Anghelu Ruju and, seconds after we got out of the car, it began to rain again. We quickly hoofed it around the site. One thing that stood out for us at Anghelu Ruju and Pottu Condinu, the day before, was the openings of many of the necropoli were completely square. We wondered at the significance and how they were created using primitive tools. We didn’t have time to stand around pondering this, as the heavens opened. So we raced back to the car.

Necropoli Anghelu Ruju

Necropoli Anghelu Ruju

Since we had already spent a lot of time in Alghero, we decided to head to Sassari to do our shopping and check out the sights of the city. Despite our B&B host’s reassurances, Sassari was closed up tight. We did a quick wander through the rain to see the stunningly carved façade of the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and then headed back to Alghero.

St. Nicolas Cathedral, Sassari

St. Nicolas Cathedral, Sassari

By this point we convinced ourselves that our host meant the shops in Alghero would be open. So we drove back to the city. No dice. Everything was closed. Frustrated we went back to the B&B and decided to relax and read our books and try again after lunch.

At 3:00 we went back into town, hoping that things would be open but we were denied again. We decided to warm up with some coffee at an internet café, one of the only open doors in the city.

After a few hours, the rain finally stopped and the skies began to clear. We had a feeling a good sunset was on the way so we raced back to get our cameras and find a good position. We weren’t disappointed. I’ll let Mother Nature speak for herself.

Golden light on the walls of Alghero

Golden light on the walls of Alghero

Sunset in Alghero

Sunset in Alghero

Sunset over the fort in Alghero

Sunset over the fort in Alghero

Capo Caccia cliffs and lighthouse from Alghero

Capo Caccia cliffs and lighthouse from Alghero

When the sun finally set, we were tired, soggy and hungry. We found a lovely little restaurant that we had all to ourselves. (No matter how hard we tried we just couldn’t eat as late as the Italians, who started supper just as we were finishing.) Then it was off to bed to rest for our final day in Sardinia.

To be continued with our final day in Sardinia…

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  2. Comment by Louise

    Louise April 14, 2010 at 19:38

    Absolutely gordious photos from a fantastic place. Didn’t I tell you ;-). I particularly love the ones with the boat and the sunset. BEAUTIFUL!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 14, 2010 at 19:58

      Thanks Louise! It was nice of somebody to leave that colourful boat there just for me!

  3. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler April 15, 2010 at 04:43

    Love the pics with the boat the most, so beautiful!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 15, 2010 at 10:34

      Thanks! I loved that little boat too 🙂

  4. Comment by Emily

    Emily April 15, 2010 at 11:15

    Wow wow wow!!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison April 15, 2010 at 11:45

      Haha, Thanks Emily!

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