PROCESSION AT THE SEA OF BONARIA: A festival that repeats since 150 years

Each summer, on the first Sunday of July, the summer festival of the Madonna di Bonaria takes place, with the ritual procession at sea of the statue of the Madonna. The tradition began in 1866, when a group of young Sardinians, returning from the battle of Custoza (III War of Independence), wanted to thank Our Lady of Bonaria for having saved them.

In the afternoon, after attending mass, thousands of devotes depart from the Basilica accompanying the statue of the Madonna to the port. Here the statue is loaded on a boat and, with a procession of dozens of boats, the procession on the sea reaches the small port of Su Siccu, where, in front of the Basilica, a crown of flowers is thrown into sea in memory of the sailors who lost their lives during the war. After returning to the port, the statue is brought back to the Basilica, whose facade is illuminated by day.



If you are looking for a small creek which is not overly crowded, then Cala del Morto (Dead’s creek) near Chia is what you should be heading for. Its name is due to the presence of a cross between the rocks nearby, but the beach is absolutely secure.

How to get there:
Once in Chia, continue towards Teulada and when you arrive near the Hotel Chia Laguna turn left. After about 400 meters turn left again and leave your car at the parking lot behind the beach of Porto Campana. At this point, take the path on your left looking towards the sea for another few hundred meters. And there it is, the small sheltered Cala del Morto, one of the most beautiful places in the Bay of Chia.

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This is a wonderful full day excursion by boat and jeep to discover the sea and the mountains of Chia and Domus de Maria, South Sardinia.

You will travel from a thousand meters of altitude in the largest forest of oaks in Europe, home of the Sardinian deer and place of nuraghe and unspoiled nature, to hidden coves only accessible by boat: Cala Zafferano and Capo Teulada.

In between, enjoy a typical Sardinian snack, called Sa Picchettada, and taste a multitude of local products. Alternatively book your lunch (optional) in the beautiful bay of Malfatano, where fresh fish arrives by boat directly to your table … Yummy 🙂

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The restaurant Crar’e Luna’s in Chia was recently completely refurbished and transformed into a stylish and elegant venue. Its objective is to represent the hospitality and friendliness of Sardinia. Its building and atmosphere underline many details and shapes that speak of the island. The stone, wood, pastel colors, the music, the garden, the palate … everything here feels Sardinian.

Their original menu includes delicious dishes such as the Lemon perfumed risotto with seafood, Spaghetti with botarga (cured fish roe) and zuchini flowers and Fresh grilled fish.

Ideally located near Le Dune beach (15 min walk), it is a perfect location for a nice lunch. At night, the elegantly dressed tables in the manicured garden and the moonlight shining over the beautiful sea create a stunning setting for a romantic evening.

Address: Viale Chia 41, Chia in Domus de Maria

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