Situated in the Northwestern corner of Sardegna, in the province of Sassari, Agriturismo Il Mirto offers an escape of absolute tranquility among the rustic landscape of rolling rocky hills, farmland, and nearby to the isolated but beautiful beaches of Porto Ferro, Porticciolo, and Mugoni. Epic clifftop hiking opportunities with scenes reminiscent of the ‘Cliffs of Insanity’ from the movie Princess Bride line the seaside where perfect beaches are absent. The water is crystal clear, the scenery spectacular. The city of Alghero is within easy reach, but once immersed in the quiet countryside it is not likely you’ll ever want to leave the peaceful immediate surroundings of the Agriturismo.
In order to sufficiently appreciate the region, a car is an absolute necessity. For adventures to more isolated and even more spectacular beaches and hiking, ensure you are comfortable navigating narrow roads and dirt tracks. Roads go from flat and arrow straight to winding steep grades with little warning, as the routes cross wildly contrasting terrain. A GPS will come in handy for nameless roads, as will a sharp set of eyes to search for faded signage. An iPhone app like City Maps 2Go helps tremendously for finding hiking trails, accompanied of course by a good local map, and sure footing when faced with 100 meter drop-offs.
The Agriturismo itself consists of a main building with the office and restaurant, as well as two side buildings with accommodations overlooking a spectacular countryside vista. Each unit features en-suite bathrooms, double beds, refrigerator, ceiling fans, desk, and wardrobe. Large picture windows with screens look out toward the hills, and shutters allow you to block all the light for late mornings. Each unit also features a covered front porch with table and chairs, further enhancing the relaxing atmosphere.
Il Mirto offers packages for room only, room+breakfast, and half-board, with nightly, weekend, and weekly rates. They can also do a massive blow-out style traditional Sardinian feast on request, but the regular nightly meals are more than enough to keep you sufficiently stuffed. We were treated to handmade pastas, local wines, fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, cheese, and meats raised on location. Here I experienced my first ever suckling pig, and it was one of the best food experiences of my life! Everything was prepared fresh by the proprietor, Sebastiano, and his father, back in the kitchen each night. Upon departure, we were given a tour of the entire family run operation, extending to the fields where sheep were grazing, and the farmyard with goats and pigs. Farm to table all on the same property.
A popular phenomenon in Italy, the agriturismo is a sustainable vacation option. While supporting local agriculture, and having a low environmental impact, we were able to enjoy an affordable, and responsible holiday. Because an agriturismo delivers meals and beverages mainly consisting of their own products and products from other farms in the area, no other experience can be as authentically local. Actually regulated by Italian law to fall within the definition, there are over 200,000 beds and nearly 10,000 restaurants across Italy catering to the sustainable “agritourism” market.
Il Mirto was our first agriturismo experience, and based on our amazing stay, will certainly not be the last. There is, in the opinion of PashbyMaul Adventures, no better place to stay for the full Sardegna experience.