2016-05-07 Hotel Sighientu, Marina di Capitana to Iride Guest House, Oristano, Sardinia

As the Tangaroa could not be put back in the water until the 11th of May, we decided to do some exploring of Sardinia by car.
As the Tangaroa could not be launched back in the water until the 11th of May, we decided to do some exploring inland in Sardinia by car.
After departing Marina di Capitana we stopped in Cagliari for a coffee at the trendy CafeBistrot
After departing Marina di Capitana we stopped in Cagliari for a coffee at the trendy CafeBistrot
As we drive out of Cagliari and head in a northerly direction we pass very fertile farmland with fields of wildflowers
As we drive out of Cagliari and head in a northerly direction we pass very fertile farmland with fields of wildflowers
We pass through Villamar which is a small town with numerous murals
We pass through Villamar which is a small town with numerous murals

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It is not long before we approach Barumini with it's ancient historical site
It is not long before we approach Barumini with it’s ancient historical site
We pass through the small modest town near the ancient site
We pass through the small modest town near the ancient site
Our first glimpse of the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
Our first glimpse of the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi
The only way to see the ancient World Heritage site is with a guide
The only way to see the ancient World Heritage site is with a guide
The Nuraghe Su Nuraxi dates back to about 3500 years ago
The Nuraghe Su Nuraxi dates back to about 3500 years ago
We are able to go into the main stone building by climbing stairs and making our way through narrow walkways
We are able to go into the main stone building by climbing stairs and making our way through narrow walkways
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As we arrive in the circular building the rain starts
Not a lot of space in the narrow corridors!!
Not a lot of space in the narrow corridors!!
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Not the best weather for sightseeing here today!!
It is quite amazing to think how proactive the people were so many years ago, establishing these incredible structures, with each area having a purpose
It is quite amazing to think how proactive the people were so many years ago, establishing these incredible structures, with each area having a purpose

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We arrive in Oristano which is situated on the west coast of Sardinia
We arrive in Oristano which is situated on the west coast of Sardinia
We decide we have driven long enough today so we book into a local hotel
We decide we have driven long enough today so we book into some accommodation in town
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The Iride Guest House that we checked into was clean, modern and brand new and the owners were very pleasant and helpful
We set off soon after checking in to the Iride to go to the restaurant that was recommended to us.
We set off on foot soon after checking in to the Iride, to find the restaurant that was recommended to us. We pass a delightful church on the way!
We also pass the watchtower in the main square
We also pass the watchtower in the main square
Finally we find Cocco Bessi
Finally we find Cocco & Dessi
When we arrived we ordered some red wine and to or surprise the delightful English lady that was sitting beside me on the flight from London was sitting at the next table
When we arrived we ordered some red wine and to or surprise the delightful English lady that was sitting beside me on the flight from London was sitting at the next table
Our entree of Octopus and Fava beans was amazing
Our entree of Octopus and Fava Beans was amazing
We ordered a plate of lovely grilled vegetables
We ordered a plate of lovely grilled vegetables
For our main course we ordered the fish in the oven with potatoes and tomatoes which was absolutely fabulous
For our main course we ordered the fish in the oven with potatoes and tomatoes 
The dish was absolutely fabulous
The typical Sardinian dish was absolutely fabulous

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