DISCOVER SARDINIA IN AUTUMN …

… when mass tourism has left the island and temperatures become milder, then colors, scents and in particular the light are just wonderful. Visit Sardinia in the autumn and discover the hidden secrets and wildest regions of Sardinia.

Here a few suggestions for your autumn trip:

The sea: after the touristic rush, the most famous beaches become all yours. It’s finally time to enjoy long swims in the sea and sunbathe on the shore.

Outdoor sports: Hikers can enjoy a pristine nature and devote body and soul to scenic walks and fun climbing routes. The more adventurous can discover caves, try canyoning, kayaking, SUP or windsurfing.

Autumn in Barbagia: from September to December discover the heart of Sardinia through a magical circuit which invites you to experience ancient traditions, arts and crafts. www.cuoredellasardegna.it/

Local museums: for the most curious, Sardinia offers the chance to venture into history with its museums but also with the many nuraghi scattered throughout the island.

Festivals: autumn is festival time! Choose between the polenta, the chestnut, the saffron, the pomegranate and the artichoke festival, just to name a few, and experience up close local folklore and arts.

For a comfortable stay, check out our stylish villas in South Sardinia: www.simplychillout.com

Photo credit: http://www.sardegnainfesta.com/

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10 NATURAL WAYS TO KEEP ANTS AWAY

Have you ever asked yourself what attracts ants into your home? Well I found out that ants’ favourite foods are:
Sweets, such as candy, brown sugar, or fruit juice
Proteins, such as meat, cheese, or milk
Carbohydrates, such as crackers, or cooked rice or pasta

I would think that to get rid of ants it is enough to keep the kitchen and eating areas clean at all times, sweep and clean the floors regularly and get rid of the rubbish as often as possible. If this doesn’t work, why not try some of the natural tricks suggested in this article!

10 Ways to Keep Those Pesky Ants Out of Your Kitchen

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PRIKLY PEAR – A SOPHISTICATED FRUIT

If you have traveled around in Sardinia, you must have noticed the widespread succulent plants along the roads, the hallmark of the island landscape. But did you know that you can actually eat its fruit?

The prickly pear tree (Figu Morisca in Sardinian) can reach up to 5 meters high and has large leaves covered with thick whitish thorns. From April to June the plant blooms in all its beauty, while in the following period are born egg-shaped fruits covered with thorns too. The color of the ripe fruit varies from yellow to dark red.

In Sardinia, prickly pears are used to make a tasty liquor and delicious jams. More often, the freshly picked fruit is consumed raw and it’s exquisite! Before you try to eat a prickly pear on your own, watch this video that shows how to safely peal the fruits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXkKPIO039Y. Enjoy!

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ESCAPE THE CROWD – A PERFECT CHILL OUT

For most people, July and August means “Summer Holidays”. However, if you have the chance to avoid the high season, why not come and enjoy South Sardinia, when most of the tourists have left the island?

Here are the 5 top reasons why South Sardinia is better out of season:

1. Pleasant warm weather – an average of 28 degrees in September and 24 in October! Excellent for excursions and sports 🙂
2. Less crowded beaches – no shouts, no ringing phones, no parking fees, just you and the sea!
3. Stay for less – accommodation, ferries, flights and rental cars massively drop their prices past August.
4. Cultural highlights – enjoy local festivals, explore historical sites, visit museums and learn more about the island.
5. Meet the locals – visit the local markets, enjoy the buzz of the city, learn from and become friends with Sardinian folks.
AND MUCH MORE!

For your stay in South Sardinia, why not check out our selection of holiday homes, even available when most hotels have already ended the season…!

Photo: Diane Leibinger
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15 AUGUST IS FERRAGOSTO – THE ITALIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL

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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CALA MARINA – LOVED BY FAMILIES

If you are staying in one of our rental properties in Eden Rock, the beach is never too far away (600 – 1500 m). The family-friendly beach of Cala Marina has 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. Even in the busy summer months, you can find your small piece of paradise – just for you.

How to get there: Take either the junction to Cala Marina (just across the Capo Blu village) then head towards the sea. You can find free parkings under the pines but arriving early in high season is essential. Services (in the summer): bar, toilets, sunbed and umbrella rental.

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DO YOU LOVE FISH AND SEAFOOD?

 

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There are several good fish & seafood restaurants around Chia, South Sardinia, where you can taste fresh delicacies of the sea! For example, try a selection of seafood antipasti such as the pulpo with vegetables, the tuna salad with olives and tomato or the mixed seafood antipasto! To complete your meal you must try the wonderful redfish Catalan style with onions and tomatoes. All this accompanied by a fresh Vermentino wine….Mmmhhh… So delicious!

Our favorite fish & seafood restaurants are the rustic Trattoria da Angelo in Domus de Maria, and in Chia the amazing and lively Ristorante Mirage, the wonderful Ristorante Bithia and the chic Ristorante Crar’è Luna. Make your choice and enjoy!

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SA CARAPIGNA – THE TRADITIONAL HAND-MADE LEMON SORBET

Maintaining and promoting Sardinian culinary traditions across the nation is a young man’s dream, Sebastiano Pranteddu of Aritzo (central Sardinia).

The Sardinian carapigna differs from other icy compositions because ice is not an ingredient itself, though over time the original slush has probably evolved to a more refined sorbet through the use of the “barrile”, which holds the “carapignera”.

The technology used is to refrigerate a metallic container filled with water, sugar and organic lemon juice surrounded by a mixture of ice and salt. The container is manually turned in very rapid movements to create an icy crust inside the container.

Check out this interesting video that shows the making of the original carapigna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TARnev4xUMU

Photo: guida-sardegna.it

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