THE DAY OF SAINT ANTHONY’S FIRE

Sardinian Carnival

Mamoiada, 16-17 Gennaio 2016

 

On 16 and 17 January 2016 in many villages of Sardinia there will be the traditional Saint Anthony’s Feast(Abbot), one of the oldest feasts of the island, which marks the beginning of the Carnival. The new year is just started and the traditional carnival masks will make their first appearance, dancing and singing. It will be possible to wander around the bonfires all night long, savouring pastries prepared in honor of the saint and tasting a glass of wine. In some villages of the inland the rite is very popular and  well-preserved and can last up to three days, such as in Mamoiada, where we find the famous masks “Mamuthones” and “Issohadores“(see picture) and where you could find up to 40 bonfires. Among the pastries of the Carnival there are the “zeppole“, a typical spiral shaped donut covered with sugar and with a flavor of citrus…. delicious! Which wine can you match with the donuts? A glass of “Vermentino“, with its fruity notes, is really a good choice. Not to be missed: the Cannonau, the well-known sardinian red wine that here in Mamoiada, you can taste at its best at the Cantina Montisci that produces the spectacular “Barrosu” (buy here your bottle)!

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Porto Santoru – Lanusei

Mediterranean scrub, pebbles and an incredible sea

 

The beach of Porto Santoru is located in the town of Lanusei, south of Barisoni and north of Caletta Pagliuzze Dorate. Here is possible to see the remains of a pier and of abandoned structures, once used for the loading of minerals extracted in the hinterland. Nearby indeed, for the most part inside a private property where there’s an animals breeding, was the Santoru mine of which there are numerous evidences. The pier is one of these and was built trying to exploit the natural shape of the cove. With the adjacent beaches shares a special natural beauty, due to the crystal clear sea and the wilderness of rocky configuration of the coastline. The beach is made of pebbles and sand, and the sea, of a color between emerald green and the blue, is of an incredible transparency. The sea bottom is a mixture of sand and rocks and is very loved and appreciated by those who do underwater fishing and snorkeling. Characteristic of this part of the coast in fact is the presence of beautiful cliffs interspersed with stretches of sand particularly suggestive.

The cove is a haven of peace and relaxation, completely isolated and surrounded by a Mediterranean scrub green and fragrant. Not suitable for those who want  a beach that has full facilities.

GPS Coordinates:  39.6201307, 9.6514511

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Not Only Beaches: Mount Limbara

Mount Limbara

A paradise for trekkers of all ages

 

Mount Limbara is a rocky granitic massif in north-eastern Sardinia. It is the southern border between the historical and geographical regions of Gallura and Logudoro. The highest peak is Punta Balistreri, 1,359 meters above sea level. Its area belongs to the comuni(municipalities) of Calangianus, Tempio Pausania, Berchidda and Oschiri, in the province of Olbia-Tempio.

That said, when you arrive, you find yourself immersed in an almost untouched nature (the slopes of Mount Limbara were destroyed by a fire in 1936 that burned its old forests, made up of cork oaks (Quercus Suber) and holm oak (Quercus ilex) . The successive reforestation was made with conifers, characterized by its fast-growing) with springs and ponds, oak trees, and everywhere the typical “granitic stones” of Gallura and the breathtaking views. Amazing the amount of foreign visitors who come here to visit these forests and to enjoy a few hours of well-deserved relaxation walking in the woods or stopping in one of the many refreshment areas to have a picnic, or even pitching the tents by the side of one of the little lakes or streams that is possible to find here. Particularly suitable for trekkers of all ages, with hiking trails marked and maps placed throughout the area.

This year, the Monte Limbara will also host the first edition of the Gallura International Trail, a race for lovers of nature and sports, which will see a large group of athletes compete in these woods along two routes one of 80km and the other 40km with final pasta party and awards ceremony Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Tempio.

If you love good food and good wine, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, many wineries that produce the famous Vermentino di Gallura (see here or buy) or restaurants where you can taste the local delicacies such as the famous zuppa Gallurese or li pulilgioni (characteristics quality of homemade pasta prepared in this area).

In short, a place to visit and where to spend a day far from the summer crowds of the beaches that are located in this province.

GPS Coordinate  of Vallicciola Relax Area: 40.8524034, 9.15656

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A dive into the tradition

 

Just a few days at the unmissable annual  event that Sunday, May 24, will bring  thousands people, horsemen and horsewomen, in Sassari, dressed in the traditional clothing. They will animate this event that is celebrated for over a century and still retains the charm of yesteryear. The first Cavalcata Sarda was organized in 1899 in honor of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, and every year in memory of that event keep happening one of the richest, most colorful and lively parade of this Island, a real show that represents the tradition! The magic is that of a past time: ancient and haunting, musics and sounds  involve players and spectators which mingle in a show that is like a living museum with incredible colors and shapes. Among others you can see the knights of Sedilo and  the sartiglieri of Oristano, the Mamuthones of Mamoiada, Boes and Merdules  of Ottana. Download the program of the event.

An event not to be missed!

GPS coordinates: 40.726133, 8.5461478

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Beach of “Su Giudeu”

Cove of Chia – Cagliari

 

Su Giudeu is a lovely beach, overlooking the Bay of Chia, and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean, with a dream sea,  shallow sea bottom, crystal clear water and fine white sand. It’s a beach that enchant and wonder both old and new visitors!!! And at the end of the day as appetizer …..sheep and goat cheeses(see post), traditional flavors of Sardinia, accompanied by a glass of Carignano (see post). Not to be missed !!!

GPS Coordinates : 38.883617, 8.862705

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Cala di Forrola

Baunei – Ogliastra

 

Baunei(see post 1 and 2) is a municipality in Ogliastra, a Sardinian province famous for its beautiful and pristine coves, and unspoiled beaches. It is here that we find Cala di Forrola, one of the most beautiful cove, with its transparent and crystal clear waters, and the beach made of white sand and pebbles, surrounded by a lush Mediterranean scrub, low and fragrant: a paradise for divers and snorkelers! Cala di Forrola can be reached both by sea and through a hiking trail that starts from Pedra Longa. And after a day at the beach, we suggest to you a glass of Cannonau(see post), the flagship wine of this land and the Red wine par excellence, and a plate of culurgiones (see post), excellent traditional Sardinian recipe!

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