Originally Posted by boatman61
Not crazy about the Cagliari area.. however I did enjoy Alghero.. a lovely town and people with several marina's to chose from and they tout you from ribs as you enter.
We stopped at the one under the fort.. 28euro/night in season for 4 nights so reckon you could work a good deal for over wintering.
Also.. the public dock is free so you could tie up there for a few days while checking the various options.. no electric tho'..
Alghero is beautiful. But my experience of wintering in Cagliari was good. Excellent protection in particular in marinas
near the San Elmo mole. Very nice people (even taxis drivers are super honest, it is like you are not in Italy
...). Competent shipchandlers, who can order anything and it gets there on time. Good metal work (Andrea is an inox virtuoso). Very accessible by plane with low cost companies from everywhere in Europe
. Nice old town with excellent food
, cheap restaurants. Close to very pleasant locations such as San Antiocho and San Pietro.
In Cagliari, marina San Elmo is nice and well maintained but if you find it too expensive, there is the more accessible Marina Del Sole 50 yards from it (OK, it looks a bit decayed but the people there are nice and helpful and many people live on their boat there). The only problems I see with Cagliari: 1/ hauling the boat out and in is very expensive (everywhere in Sardinia and Sicily). And you get a lot of foul on your hull/propeller in a very short time (when I say foul, it is closer to mussels, oysters and weird sea cucumbers).
If you just want to leave the boat idle for a few months, you may want to consider Porto Teulada. There is no life there, expecially in the winter, but it is well protected, surveillance is good (as far as I can say, I went there often but never left the boat) and it is very cheap. Again, very nice people, like everywhere in Southern Sardinia. Marinas in Carloforte are also an option, if you want to stay on the boat, it is a very attaching town.