We set off bright and early this morning traveling south on the coastal road to the town of Bosa. First we hugged the coast admiring the rollers crashing in on the rocky shore. Further south the road climbed the mountains that were a mixture of volcanic rock and sandstone. Lots of yellow wild flowers dotted the landscape along with some nameless almost lime green bushes and the ubiquitous maquis.
Bosa is a colourful town with all the houses painted in different vibrant colours. The main street, paved with stone, which runs parallel to the River Temo, is lined with aristocratic buildings and goldsmiths' workshops, where filigree and coral jewellry are made. Wood carving is an ancient Sardinian tradition. We visited one gallery filled with a variety of masks of all shapes, sizes and colours.
It was raining when we visited the Bosa market, with its wonderful fruits, vegetables and flowers. The cheeses were enticing, especially the smoked cachiavella. They even had wild boar.
We stopped to admire beautiful sandy beaches at Bosa Marina before retracing our route back to Alghero in more rain and some hail. It was good to be back at the hotel for a swim in the hot salt water pool. We particularly enjoyed the hamman that is built like a cave with a cold rainwater shower in the middle, when it becomes too hot. Invigorating!
After being drenched in a short downpour, while wandering around the town, I had a lovely bowl of artichoke soup for dinner. A perfect ending to an interesting day.