The medieval district of Castello (Castle) is the oldest of the four historic districts of Cagliari. It is prominently located on a hill, about one hundred meters above sea, and is the heart of the city with its mighty walls that still surround most of the district perimeter.
Alone in Castello there are seven churches: 4 are in Gothic Aragonese style and 2 in Baroque style. However the most important is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, which was built by the Pisans in the thirteenth century and underwent profound stylistic changes over the centuries. In 1930, the facade was restored in an effort to give back to the church the original Pisan-Romanesque style. The church obtained cathedral status in 1258 and is now the seat of the archbishop of Cagliari.
The Cathedral is open daily from 8:00 – 12:00 and from 16:00 – 20:00. On request you can also visit the Cathedral Museum, where are held the most important works of the Cathedral Treasury.
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1. Pleasant Climate
The climate is already warm and sunny but without the sultriness of high Summer that knocks you out. The minimum temperature is around 17 degrees!
2. Less crowded Beaches
Beaches are decidedly less crowded and you do not have to walk for hours under the scorching sun to find a square meter to lay down your towel. The sand seems whiter and the sea even more transparent!
3. Cultural Highlights
The mild climate is perfect for organizing excursions in the forest and natural parks, discover interesting archaeological sites or admire the local festivals and their ancient traditions.
4. Meet the Locals
Stroll in the small towns and meet the real locals, go to the market in Cagliari and learn about their produces or participate to their traditional festivals. Sardinians are very welcoming and love to promote their island.
5. Spend less
Accommodations, flights, ferry fares and car rentals: everything is just cheaper off season. So why not take advantage of it!
Now you have at least 5 reasons to visit us! We are looking forward to seeing you!
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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!
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!
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/
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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.
In the last few days snow has arrived in European…. Just on time for the advent as beautiful winter landscapes are taking shape and the first snowmen are being built. But what if the return of the cold makes you dream of pristine beaches and sunny days instead?
The desire of a sunny break could lead you straight to South Sardinia where nature awakes early March already. Carpets of flowers cover the plains, flamingos and other birds meet for their yearly reunion and the beaches are all yours to enjoy.
A delight for all sun seekers and nature lovers! For a private and comfortable accommodation check out our stylish Villetta Chillout near Chia and the beach. No matter the season, life in Sardinia is so much better!
Sea urchins are considered a cool weather food. In Sardinia you can find them on sale from the middle of November to late April.
This delicacy is eaten raw and is often featured in the cuisines of most Mediterranean cultures. The best way to eat sea urchins is by carefully dipping a piece of soft white bread directly into the shell and scoop out the meaty orange center, while trying to avoid any piece of shell or spine remaining from the opening process. Mmmm …. delicious! Give it a try!
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In the island Spring starts in March and ends middle of May, when early summer begins. The fragrant herbs and aromatic Mediterranean plants are in full bloom and dress entire regions into a sea of colors.
Spring is the ideal time if you feel comfortable with mild temperatures, love the simple life on the beach with a well-filled picnic basket. And if it rains … well, make yourself comfortable under the covered terrace of your holiday home and enjoy an excellent bottle of local red wine!
Our properties are close to the marvelous beaches of Chia and many more natural attractions. If this sounds good to you, visit our website or contact me!
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