Today we left Alghero and headed to northeast Sardinia, stopping along the way in colourful Castelsardo for lunch. The nav was still avoiding highways so we stuck to backroads. The drive was narrow roads and rolling hills with occasional views of a vineyard, some sheep, or a few cows.
Our destination, San Pantaleo, is a village of about 650 residents, which sounds really small, it's a third the size of Ulassai, yet it feels larger and wealthier thanks to the many restaurants, cafes, and art stores, though some are closed for the season. The town is less than a half hour drive from the resorts of the Costa Smeralda so it draws a wealthier clientele; Ulassai draws rock climbers and hikers and people who stay in RVs. There is even an electric-car charging station, the first we've seen in Sardinia. Like Ulassai, San Pantaleo is surrounded by jagged, rocky mountains that are tempting us to hike.