"They often call it a legend but this is a true story."
Once upon a time there was a king, today he is a man of gentle manners, sovereign of the smallest kingdom in Europe, always ready to proudly tell you how one of his ancestors in 1836 was appointed King of Tavolara by Carlo Alberto of Savoy himself.
A fascinating story of a wild Sardinia, close to tourist routes yet profoundly different, which reserves a spectacle of rare beauty for those who discover it.
It is the Sardinia of Tavolara, a sliver of granite and limestone that rises from the crystalline waters in front of the north-eastern coast of the island, just fifteen minutes from Olbia airport.
Heart of a protected marine area, this rocky paradise is striking for its asperity and vertiginous verticality, softened by a lush Mediterranean scrub.
And right here, hidden in the velvety embrace of juniper, rosemary and mastic, there is a dream villa. What makes it special is the position, overlooking the sea, with direct access to the beach and the vegetation that keeps the eyes of the world away.
Villa Joy, as the property is called, is a building dating back to the 1970s, characterized by three independent volumes: the main villa, the one reserved for guests and the annex.
Each building features verandas and multiple views, which grant a symbiotic and uninterrupted contact with the landscape, because here the call of nature is a song that cannot be resisted and to live outdoor is a philosophy more than an option.
Outside the villa, in addition to the lush garden, there is everything you need for leisure and entertainment: a tennis court, a barbecue area, solarium areas and a wonderful saltwater swimming pool, carved into the rock, which looks like re-joining the sea.
Inside, divided among the 3 buildings, there are 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms in addition to the bright and panoramic living spaces.
But despite all the comforts and excellent facilities that the villa enjoys, the real luxury lies in that bed of limestone, bare and impervious, with the green of the vegetation that mixes with the turquoise of the waves.