Coltellazzo Spanish Tower

Nora-X-SITOYour visit to the archaeological site of Nora (near Pula) can be completed with a visit to the Tower of Coltellazzo, a Spanish construction placed on top of a volcanic promontory. The Tower, built by Philip II between 1580 and 1610, was part of a defensive system set up by the Spanish to defend their territories from the incursions of the African Berbers.

Today, the monument hosts a lighthouse. Although it cannot be visited inside, the climbing up to its entrance makes all your efforts worthwhile: the view from that point embraces on one side the Gulf of Cagliari and on the other the ruins of Nora and the hills of Santa Margherita. An easy walk for a later afternoon.


Discover tuna tradition and culture in a corner of paradise, the Sulcis Iglesiente, in Carloforte, Sardinia! From 24 to 28 May 2018 the Girotonno will take place: four days of culture, arts, food, wine, music and entertainment.

For example there will be a Tuna Cuisine Competition with chefs from six nations, who will prepare stunning tuna dishes, or the Girotonno Live Cooking event in which national and international chefs prepare food live, comment and invite the public to taste their original tuna-based creations.

Carloforte in San Pietro Island possesses the last tuna trap in Italy. Every year from April to mid-June the passage of the Bluefin tuna is intercepted in the west of the island, where fishing is always fruitful, full of emotions and history. Despite its fascination, it has to be said that this fishing tradition has become controversial and raises lots of questions about the ecological sustainability, given the lack of tuna in the world…



Spring is the perfect time to book an excursion to the ancient ruins of the very first city of Sardinia, Nora. The theater, the baths, the patrician villas, the market and the tower evoke a glorious past, which was never forgotten.

In the streets of this city you can rediscover the old urban wisdom, merchants’ trading and the art of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. You will also visit the charming town of Pula with its great shopping and lively nightlife.

Want to join this excursion? For more information contact

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Here is a good tip for spending an afternoon discovering the Sardinian culture near you! The coming weekend – 9/10 June – the Cherry Festival in Villacidro will be dedicated to the delicious red fruit called cerexia in Sardinian.

The 2018 vintage was excellent! A fantastic season for quality and quantity! The satisfied farmers will exhibit the sweet fruit in the various stands of the festival, now in its 46th edition, which will be held in the communal park G. Dessi Via Republic in Villacidro. There you will also find a market with local produce and handicrafts as well as musical performances with dancers and singers in the town’s main square. Come on over and have a taste of several cherry varieties such as Barraccocca, Regina, Primaritza and Bigareau.

Villacidro is about 1 hour drive from Pula and the Chia region.

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This post starts a series about the beaches of South Sardinia, near and around Pula, Chia and Teulada. Today we start with the beach of Cala Marina (also called Cala Bernardini).

If you are staying in one of our rental properties in Eden Rock, the beach is never too far away (600 – 1500 m) and can be reached on foot. The family-friendly beach of Cala Bernardini forms, with the beach of Riva dei Pini, a single beach of fine white sand, clear emerald waters, sandy and shallow bottom for several tens of meters from the shore. A few rocks can be found in the water and on the beach, but there is practically no seaweed.

Following the trail on the right towards the pink granite rocks, you will discover other small coves of fine sand and further the beach of Pinus Village. Behind lies a dense Mediterranean vegetation which perfumes the air.

How to get there: Take either the junction to Cala Marina (just across the Capo Blu village) or to the village Riva dei Pini, then head towards the sea. You can also reach the Pinus Village beach by crossing the village.

Services (in the summer): bar, toilets, sunbed and umbrella rental, parking

Our tip: If you prefer to take the car, make sure to arrive before 10 am, especially in July and August. In the summer you can park for a fee, out of season it’s mostly free of charge. Avoid driving through Pinus Village in July/August.

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Pecorino is a generic term and as such can be used to indicate any cheese made from sheep’s milk. And in fact, in Italy there is a great variety of pecorino cheese, all specific to regions or sheep breeds. The Pecorino Sardo, despite the recent recognition of designated origin, is long known and has an ancient history linked to the rich Sardinian production characteristics. It is made of whole ewes’ milk of Sardinia breed.

You will find the “Pecorino Dolce” (sweet Pecorino) and the “Pecorino Staggionato” (seasoned Pecorino). Both types are excellent table cheeses and the seasoned one is often used grated in local dishes. The sweet kind is best paired with light wines such as Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Sardegna or Monica of Sardegna, whereas the spicy type harmonises wonderfully with a Cannonau or Carignano del Sulcis Rosso.

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The Monte Cogoni beach is located in Chia in the municipality of Domus de Maria. It is next to the beach of Sa Colonia, which can also be accessed on foot following a path around the the tower of Chia (watch video).

The beach of Sa Colonia, in turn, joins the beach of Su Portu and is characterized by the presence of Cardolinu, an islet attached to the beach by a narrow isthmus of sand. The Monte Cogoni beach has a light-colored sand, low dunes and is interesting because of the Chia lagoon, where you will see egrets, coots, herons and the beautiful pink flamingos.

Its shallow water makes it safe for children to play. This beach is ideal for snorkeling or scuba diving and by windy conditions, it is an ideal spot for surfers.

You can get there by following the signs to Torre di Chia or Spiaggia Sa Colonia. it is accessible to the disabled and offers camping, bar and restaurant.

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Fairs, markets, etc – Market in Pula


Remember that the local market in Pula is every Tuesday from 8:00 – 13:00.

Why not stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farmers? You will also find a great selection cheeses, olive oil, honey, flowers and much more. It’s fun, it’s colorful and you get to meet local people too.

The market is located in Via XXV Aprile in Pula, just next to the sports center (a large white building you can’t miss), almost at the end of town when coming from Chia.

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If you are staying in South Sardinia and want to taste some good Italian gelato, you have to try the Gelateria Sottozero, in Pula. Their homemade gelato is probably the best in the area and their choice is absolutely divine! Can’t make up your mind? No problem! Ask for free tasters! The gelateria is centrally located in Pula, just next to the church. You can’t miss it!

Now, perhaps you are asking yourself how gelato gets that soft, elastic texture and slow-to-melt milkiness. Three answers to this question: fat, air and serving temperature.

Italian gelato contains less fat than classical ice cream, has less incorporated air, and is served at a higher temperature. Consequently, gelato provides a greater flavor experience because there is less fat that coats the taste buds, more flavor per spoonful (due to lower quantity of air), and the taste buds are more alive since the temperature is not so cold as to dull their sensitivity. Not to mention fewer calories to burn!

Ice cream is made in large industrial batches, uses ingredients designed for lengthy storage, has limited flavors, and is stocked for sale in supermarkets. Authentic Italian gelato, on the other hand, is produced fresh practically every day in relatively small quantities, is sold directly to the public, and is available in a large number of flavors – usually based on fresh ingredients that make the gelato creamy and colorful. Interesting, isn’t it!

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