Besides the Christmas Fair which takes place every year near the harbor in Cagliari, this year the Christmas Market will take place from December 1st to January 6th, 09:30 – 22:00 h.

More than 40 booths will present their products in Piazza Yenne and in the pedestrian zone of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Folk groups will daily cross the city playing traditional Chrsitmas tunes with the Launeddas (Sardinian flutes) .

This is the perfect place if you are looking for Christmas trees, cribs, ornaments, accessories and handcrafts. You will also find the traditional fresh and dried flowers’ bouquets, poinsettias and seasonal greeting cards. Of course, Sardinian food and produces, from nougat to sebadas, cannot be missed here either. The sure place to find an original Christmas gift or souvenir to take home!

From 14 to 16 December visit the Santa Claus Village (Villaggio di Babbo Natale) which will be setup in the magical atmosphere of the Corte in Giorgino (Villa Ballero), Cagliari. For three days children and adults can live the magic of the most awaited festival of the year with the company of a full-time Santa Claus. Together with the Elves-Scouts, he will welcome everybody to take a picture with him. There will be many children activities such as many booths stands, songs, gospel choirs, music, merry-go-rounds, inflatables and many more.

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After Christmas, Ferragosto is the second most important festivity in Italy. The most awaited festival corresponds with the beginning of the summer holidays and brings a stream of Italian visitors to the beaches and the cities. If you would like to go out on the night of Ferragosto, make sure to book a table in your favourite restaurant. Also, note that most shops are closed for the festivities.

The Ferragosto finds its origins in ancient Rome and was later interwoven with the Catholic tradition. The name Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (rest of Augustus), in honor of Octavian Augustus, the first Roman emperor, from which the month of August takes its name. It was a period of rest and celebration established by the emperor himself during which a number of parties celebrated the end of the agricultural labour.

Throughout the Empire festivals and horse races took place, draft animals were adorned with flowers. In addition, it was custom for the farmers to express their best wishes to the landowners, in exchange for a small tip.

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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.



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…



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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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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Nora-X-SITOMore than sixty municipalities across Sardinia offer free entrance to eight hundred monuments to satisfy visitors’ curiosity. During 8 weekends ten thousands of volunteers will participate to the event “Monumenti aperti”(open monuments), which will take place from April 12 to June 3 2018, with a last weekend in autumn.

Why not take advantage of this opportunity and visit for example the hidden gems of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and the oldest city of Nora, near Pula!

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From 1st to 4 May 2017 experience the stunning festivity dedicated to Saint Efisio, one of the most important religious and folk events of whole Sardinia! Perpetuated for three and a half centuries this popular pilgrimage is to honor the vow made by the Administration of Cagliari in 1656 to thank the saint for having freed the city from a violent plague.

During the four days the saint is carried on foot and followed by the faithful for more than 60 km from the church of Stampace in Cagliari to the tiny church of Nora and back. The most exciting moments are the spectacular parade in Cagliari on 1st May showcasing the colorful folk costumes from all over Sardinia, the passage of the saint in Pula and his arrival in Nora.

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One of the most important and spectacular events in Sardinia is the festival of Sant’Efisio which takes place on 1-4th May every year. For this occasion the streets of Cagliari and Pula in particular are completely covered with petals of roses to honor the saint and give way to the parade. In Sardinian this is called “Sa Ramadura”. More info to come on this event:




The celebrations of the New Year have just ended and the next big events are already being prepared.

One of the most spectacular happenings in Sardinia during Carnival is the traditional and unique equestrian performance, la Sartiglia, which takes place in Oristano (North West of Sardinia) this year on 11 and 13 February.

The main figure of the ride is Su Componidori, a horseman dressed in a fascinating rite and becomes the king of the celebrations. The riders wear a large white embroidered cape with a camellia pinned on, a black top hat and a wooden mask with delicate almost androgynous lines, which give it a magical look.

The horsemen gallop through the narrow streets of the town centre and try to spear with their swords a silver star which is hung across their path. At the end of the ride the event continues with daring horseback acrobatics a thigh speed. But the most exciting and spectacular moment of the show is when younger ones ride in the same way taking everybody’s breath away.

If you are around Oristano at this time of the year, don’t miss this exceptional experience!

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