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Startin from: Mainland  ALGHERO PLUS QUICK TASTE OF NUORO PROVINCE
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Itinerary: M1 - Mainland Based - ALGHERO PLUS QUICK TASTE OF NUORO PROVINCE - Days: 3

Bosa

This short Itinerary allows an overnight visit to the Catalan influenced town of Alghero and then packs in a rapid but good introduction to the Province of Nuoro allowing a wander around the riverside medieval town of Bosa, an overnight stop in the Provincial Capital of Nuoro itself with time for a visit to the renowned Costume Museum and an opportunity to taste the local cooking, a few hours spent exploring the Murals of the somewhat notorious town of Orgosolo, before returning again to Olbia in time for the Ferry back to the mainland. Transport whilst on the Island is by way of both Bus and train and includes the spectacular coast road from Alghero to Bosa.

Total transport cost for the Itinerary was around Euro 35 per person (Jan 2005) not including the ferry from and to the mainland.

The only travel day which would be possible on Sundays is Day 1. Day 3 could be modified to function on Sundays but it would not be ideal.
The following provides a day by day description of the itinerary idea, including also tables indicating the various stages of travel for each day. These tables do not contain the actual departure and arrival times of each leg of the journey which must be accessed directly from the web sites of the individual transport providers. Links are provided to the front pages of the relevant sites, and some notes are provided here which explain how we accessed the relevant timetable information from the sites which do not have English translations.

You can make a print of this itinerary description and fill in the relevant arrival and departure times for each leg in the spaces provided.
 
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Day 1- ALGHERO PLUS QUICK TASTE OF NUORO PROVINCE
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables. Note that some of the ferry connections do not operate every day whilst (especially in the summer months) there may be several more options than those shown here.
 

Depart Citavecchia

Ferry Tirrenia

           

Depart Livorno

Ferry Moby Lines

           

Arrive Olbia Port

           

Arrive Olbia Port

           

 

Depart Olbia Port

Bus TT

           

Arrive Sassari

           

Depart Sassari

Bus ARST, Train FdS

           

Arrive Alghero

           
 
 
Having arrived in Sardinia from the mainland, the Travel on Day 1 consists of an early bus to Sassari from where you can select from several different departures (either bus or train) for the leg to Alghero. Aim to arrive as early as possible in Alghero thus leaving the best part of the day (and all the night) to enjoy all that this well developed and serviced ocean front tourist destination has to offer.
 
The ferry to bus connection usually works fine, but sometimes the ferry does arrive late and on these occasions the connection might be missed. If this happens, wander in the direction of the Olbia train station (FS) where there are several departures during the day for Sassari from where you can get to Alghero eventually. You may have to change trains at Ozieri – Chilivani, and at Sassari you will need either to change to the FdS Train for the run to Alghero, or take one of the ARST or FdS busses which depart the Sassari Bus Station for Alghero fairly frequently. For details see the respective transport operators websites or the timetable information at the Olbia and Sassari train stations, and the Sassari Bus Station. You will probably not arrive in Alghero till mid afternoon, but at least this will leave you time to freshen up before the nights entertainment begins.

Day 2- ALGHERO PLUS QUICK TASTE OF NUORO PROVINCE
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables.

 
Depart Alghero Bus FdS (219/1902N)            
Arrive Bosa            
Depart Bosa Bus FdS (223/2329)            
Arrive Macomer            
Depart Macomer Train FdS            
Arrive Nuoro            
 
 
Day 2 starts with a bus trip following the stunningly scenic coastal route South from Alghero down to the medieval town of Bosa. For rugged coastal panoramas this is one of the better stretches of road in Sardinia, passing also through the area home to the rare Griffon Vulture which nests in the cliffs high above the road.

Bosa

The stop in Bosa of a few hours can be pleasantly spent wandering through the medieval section of town including a climb up to the 11th century castle overlooking the town. Even when the castle is closed (approx. November to March) it is still worth the climb to walk around Via Nino Gavino which runs around the base of the castle and provides good views up the valley of the river Temo, across the top of the medieval quarter, and down the valley to the ocean and the Spanish watch tower.
In and around the medieval quarter are several shops selling artifacts and souvenirs however be aware that many of these shops shut around 12:30 which in any case leaves sufficient time for a leisurely café at one of the bars in Piazza Costituzione before returning to Piazza Zanetti for the bus to Macomer.

A brief change of transport at Macomer and you board the small narrow gauge train departing around 14:30

Nuoro

which serves some of the remoter communities of the Marghine area for the trip to Nuoro. This leg of the journey is quite pleasant passing through countryside dotted with groves of cork and olive trees before the final climb up to Nuoro affording wonderful views down along the deep valley towards the distant bulk of Monte Albo in the East, and up to Nuoro perched in its saddle between the mountains. If for any reason you miss this train, then there are buses departing from the Macomer Bus station later in the afternoon but they arrive in Nuoro much later than the train.
Upon arrival in Nuoro there is just sufficient time to head straight for the Museo Della Vita e Delle Tradizioni Popolari to see this highly worthwhile Museum before it closes around 6:30pm, after which a stroll back towards the centre of town will see you ambling along Corso Garibaldi around 7pm when the shops are open and the street is full of life.

If all this seems a little rushed then the Museo Della Vita e Delle Tradizioni Popolari can be left till the morning of the second day allowing a more leisurely taste of the city of Nuoro.


Day 3- ALGHERO PLUS QUICK TASTE OF NUORO PROVINCE
The stages of the journey for this day are shown in the table below. To obtain the actual departure and arrival times for each stage, use the links and the information included in accessing timetables. Note that some of the ferry connections do not operate every day whilst (especially in the summer months) there may be several more options than those shown here.

 

Depart Nuoro

Bus ARST

           

Arrive Orgosolo

           

Depart Orgosolo

Bus ARST

           

Arrive Nuoro

           

Dept Nuoro

Bus ARST

           

Arrive Olbia (I.B. Porto)

           


 

Depart Olbia Port

Ferry Tirrenia

           

Depart Olbia Port

Ferry Moby Lines

           

Arrive Citavecchia

           

Arrive Livorno Port

           


 
The morning of Day 3 can be spent either getting to know Nuoro a little more and maybe going to the top of Monte Ortobene for the inspiring views of the Supramonte rising above the town of

Nuoro

Oliena to the South, or by taking a bus to spend a few hours looking around one of the surrounding towns of which there are several alternatives. We have included in the itinerary a visit to the somewhat notorious town of Orgosolo with its coloured and often strongly defiant murales, but a visit could instead be made to Dorgali (handicrafts and views of Supramonte), Gavoi (well preserved historic centre and good eating), Oliena (architecture and renowned red wines), or Orune to name a few.

Timetables for the buses serving these towns can be found on the ARST website, and are also posted on the wall of the Bar at the ARST Bus station in Nuoro.

For the bus trip back to Olbia from Nuoro, a couple of options are possible. You could leave in the early afternoon getting into Olbia in the late afternoon, or you could take the evening bus leaving around 8:30pm which should connect with the late night departing ferries for the mainland.
 
If it is decided not to go to Orgosolo (or any other town), then the transport connections for this day would be possible also on Sundays. Sunday is not really an ideal day to visit Nuoro, however, and we therefore would not attempt this Day 3 on a Sunday.

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