KING OF THE SARDINIAN FORESTS

If you adventure into nature, you might be lucky enough to meet the beautiful Sardinian red deer, which was brought to the island some 8000 years ago. Although its origins are still unclear, some attribute its presence in the island to the human introduction in prehistoric times of Cervus elaphus and its rapid speciation in Cervus elaphus corsicanus.

The fact remains that the superb Sardinian deer has suffered a tremendous decline between 1955 and 1985 due to hunting, poaching and habitat loss. Despite the subsequent increase of specimens, the deer still lives in the wild, mostly in protected sanctuaries of the central and southern part of the island. The herds are often quite distant from one another and cannot meet due to the lack of corridors connecting the forests of the islands.

Let’s hope that the ecological and public opinion stays focused on the fate of the king of the Sardinian forests and continues to protect its habitat and population.

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CARNIVAL IS UPCOMING – PARA FRITUS FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH

The doughnut-like sweets are called “Para frittus” in Sardinia, which literally means “fried priests”. The origin of their name is unclear, but some say that the hole in the middle of the doughnut recalls the tonsure of the monks, while others claim that the white horizontal line in the middle of the doughnut looks like the cord of the monks’ dress.
During the Carnival Para Fritus are served everywhere in Sardinia. Although each region has its own recipe and shape, this specialty always taste great, whether plain or filled. Buon appetito!

Here the recipe in English: http://bit.ly/1naxlIW

Photo and recipe in Italian: MyArt by Roberto Murgia http://bit.ly/237F3DR

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MASKS, DISGUISES, SATIRE AND BIZARRE PANTOMIME

The Carnival, the only festivity not linked to Catholic liturgy, is deep rooted in the Sardinian culture. Across the island the festivities start with the bonfires of Saint Anthony on 17th January while the main celebrations take place between Ash Thursday and Ash Tuesday to conclude on Ash Wednesday. Interestingly the main carnival characters vary quite strongly from region to region.

The Carnival often recalls archaic rites, where the year end is represented by a king or queen (in Tempio Pausiania) or by a rag puppet that is tried, condemned to the stake and afterwards mourned with a ridiculous funeral whine (in Bosa, Maimone, Cagliari).

In the center of the island, Carnival often features mute masks of ancient origin such as Mamuthones and Issohadores (Mamoiada), Boes and Merdules (Ottana) and Sos Thuros (Orotelli).

Especially in the region of Oristano, equistrian performances are at the heart of the Carnival (e.g. Sartiglia in Oristano, Sa carrela ‘nanti in Santulussurgiu, Sa corsa e sa pudda in Ghilarza).

No matter where you decide to go, the Carnival is usually accompanied by beans with bacon, fritters (kind of donuts) and plenty of local wine. Have fun!

Photo: Maurizio Aresi by www.sardiniaturismo.eu
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SPECTACULAR SOUTH-WESTERN COAST SARDINIA

The south-western coast between Chia and Teulada offers without doubts one of the most stunning stretches of the island. More than 20 km of panoramic road unveils breathtaking sea views with all shades of blues, pristine nature and scented vegetation.

Along the road you will discover soft green hills, picturesque coves, exceptional white sandy beaches and clear waters. Once in a while make a stop … take a deep breath and let the magnificent surroundings act upon your senses! Finally take some great pictures that will remind you of this wonderful feeling and share them with your friends and family back home!

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A GOOD ADDRESS – OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

Whether you’re looking for a lively place to drink a Prosecco with friends, are longing for a savory pizza or delicious local food, this is the ideal place to visit.

S’Incontru Pizzeria-Steakhouse Restaurant in Pula is located in the large piazza just in the middle of town and is a lovely and sunny place for people watching and enjoying the good life. It is open daily for lunch and dinner!
http://www.sincontru.it/en/

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CARNIVAL KICK-OFF WITH THE FIRE OF SAINT ANTONY

Each year in the night of January 16 many bonfires are lit across whole Sardinia in honor of Saint Anthony, a leading exponent of Egyptian asceticism of the third century AC. Christians see this ancient cult as a devoted opponent of the devils and hell fire. The legend says that St. Anthony stole a glowing spark from the world of the dead to provide mankind with fire.

That night, people ask graces and miracles to the Saint in an magical setting dominated by the bonfire consuming huge piles of wood. Mixing Christian devotion and ancient pagan traditions, this rite is documented since the mid-nineteenth century, but its origins are definitely more remote. After the liturgical rites and the blessing of the fire, participants regroup around the bonfire to chat, sing, taste sweets and wine offered by the community. The fire burns all night and the shape of its smoke supposedly predicts good auspices and prophecies. This old ritual also indicates the start of the Carnival.

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Photo: www.sardegnaturismo.it

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HIGH-QUALITY GOLF WITH A VIEW!

The Is Molas golf course is one of the most famous golf courses in Italy. Thanks to the proximity of the sea and the protection of the surrounding hills, Is Molas enjoys a unique micro-climate; mild and particularly favorable for golf all year round with winter temperatures often above 10 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures reaching 30 degrees.

The great Henry Cotton and the renowned Frank Pennick (of Vilamoura Old and Noordwijk in Holland fame) designed the golf course and it’s a gem. The Is Molas Championship course (White+Red par 72 – 6.383 mt.) is considered technically challenging and the views and setting make it rather spectacular. From Chia, Is Molas can be reached within 20 minutes.

There are only a few places left in Europe where you can play golf in such tranquility and beauty.

Check out the website: http://www.ismolas.it/golf/

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DISCOVER SOUTH SARDINIA ON A BIKE

The Bike Center of Santa Margherita di Pula, on the South West Coast, offers the rental of different bikes and accessories. The environment is ideal especially for mountain bike lovers and offers excursions and tours with different routes, slopes and levels of difficulty from easy to hard.

But also for those, who love road-biking there are many choices. Their team is at your disposal in order to help you choosing the right bike and to deliver it to your holiday address. Find the perfect accommodation on our website!

For more information on bike rentals: http://www.suneventsoutdoor.com/en/
Photo: suneventsoutdoor.com

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6TH JANUARY – THE GOOD OLD WITCH COMES RIDING ON HER BROOM

Unlike in many other European countries on Epiphany, in Italy it is not the Three Wise Men who bring presents to the well-behaved children, but the Befana.

Although unclear whether the origins of the Befana are rooted in Celtic customs or based on the Bible, the benevolent old witch with magical powers is loved everywhere in Italy. In fact, several weeks preceding the Epiphany, Italian children are busy writing letters to the Befana telling her which presents they would like most to receive.

So hurry up – don’t forget to hang up your socks 🙂

Read about the Legend of La Befana: http://mymerrychristmas.com/legend-of-la-befana/

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