Dorgali is a reasonably sized town set in the mountains of the eastern side of Sardinia. It lies on a descent from Monte Bardia.
The drive to the town is challenging with many winding roads and stunning scenery. As a driver I was not able to appreciate the beautiful views around Dorgali since there were few if any stopping points.
On our travel to Sardinia the town of Dorgali sounded interesting in the guide book. It is mainly an agricultural centre and also has many crafts (ceramics, leather, weaving and jewellery). It also has some museums which are marked as of interest.
The mistake, if it was that is that we visited Dorgali on a Sunday afternoon. In Italy most places close for Sunday so it was close to a ghost town. The Sardinia island is no different.
The streets appeared beautiful and there was an authentic Italian feel to the place. We could see the Sardinia flag hanging from many houses.
Sunday afternoon in Dorgali is at a very slow pace. Cafés and bars were open as people sat outside drinking beer and smoking.
There were a number of locals who just stood and people watched. Not a demanding activity as the volume of people passing by was low.
Teenagers sat on house steps and ate pizza.
The slow pace clearly got to some of this quaint town. We couldn’t help but notice a high proportion of middle aged men with large bellies. Skin of the mid-rift flopping over the top of their belt line. Clearly the steep inclines of the hills of Dorgali have done little to burn calories of these beer swilling Italians.
This town of around 8,500 people seemed of a fair size to us visitors yet must seem small to the locals. They all seemed to know each other, greeting each other as they met in the street. Stopping for conversation. As we passed it felt clear that we didn’t belong here, or at least not on a Sunday. Eyes followed us as we passed and that uncomfortable feeling of “you are being watched” was experienced numerous times.
We continued on our trek through the town. Wandering towards, what at times seemed an unattainable summit. We were constantly looking for a great photo opportunity to take in and share the beauty of the surroundings.
It seemed as though every glimpse of the mountains around us was obscured to some degree by buildings and alleyways.
Dorgali is a fair size town and houses are close together.
Steep inclines or numerous steps lead from one street to another.
We took some snaps through alleyways and admired the Dorgalian architecture.
Eventually we reached what we could deem to be a summit of sorts. This was our best opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the area and we didn’t waste it.
Dorgali is worth a visit for the drive alone. Such a challenging road but filled with outstanding natural beauty. Given the chance again I think we would choose to visit Dorgali on a day other than Sunday. The town is beautiful but we are still not sure which is the best point for a stunning view from Dorgali.