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GETTING ROUND AND ABOUT IN CAGLIARI? DON’T MISS THESE DELIGHTS!

No matter the weather, after a long walk in the city you will start looking for an interesting place to rest.

Recently I have discovered this beautiful little café just behind Via Roma … Dulcis Pasticceria in Via Baylle. And it is actually an amazing pastry shop! They are specialised in fresh Sardinian sweets, but also offer delicious cakes, mini sandwitches, different types of coffee, a large selection of Kusmi teas, wines and more.

The place is tiny with only a few tables, but they also have a take-away and catering service.

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A BIT OF LOCAL ANCIENT HISTORY

cThe objects of greatest interest are those found during the excavations in the sixties and eighties in Bithia that brought to light interesting pieces of historical and cultural value such as the sandstone statue of the god Bes, a bull-god represented with the right arm raised to greet the sacred “betili” stones that ancient people laid in the areas of worship.

To enrich the collection of the museum are mainly the archaeological finds from the ancient necropolis of Bithia, near the Tower of Chia, from common pottery to flask-shaped containers dating from the sixth century BC. Several rooms of the museum are dedicated to more modern handicrafts and local produces.

The museum is located in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in Domus de Maria and open daily in the summer, upon request for the remaining of the year. Open daily in the summer; upon request for the rest of the year. Entrance: 1,60€; no reservation required.

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ROMANTIC HIKE TO THE SPARTIVENTO LIGHTHOUSE

 

To celebrate the Autumn, which has just arrived, we highly recommend a romantic but easy hike to the old lighthouse at Cape Teulada or Capo Spartivento.

This wonderful starts in Chia. Just follow the road to the beaches and leave your car in Cala Cipolla (last beach), a marvelous spot among sand dunes and juniper trees. The panoramic ascent takes you up to the lighthouse in about 30 minutes. Built in 1866 and sticking out about 60 meters above sea level, the lighthouse of Spartivento has been recently restored and transformed in a luxurious 5-star hotel. Nevertheless, this magical place has lost absolutely nothing of its original beauty. It is well worth a visit for its stunning views and the picture-postcard scenery !

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MUSIC TO THE EARS … AND PALATE

The Pane Carasau is a typical Sardinian bread originating from Barbagia, now widespread throughout the island. This very crispy bread, also known as Carta da Musica (music paper), can be found in all grocery stores and is often served in restaurants. The dough is made of yeast, salt, water and wheat flour or barley flour. Variations of it are the Pane Guttiau and Pane Frattau.

The Pane Guttiau is wetted with a few drops of olive oil, salt and lightly toasted in the oven or on the grill, mostly served as an appetizer. Interestingly the Pane Frattau forms a kind of lasagna made of Pane Carasau. The bread is immersed for a very short time in boiling salted water, and then is disposed on a plate, alternating layers of tomato sauce and grated cheese, with the possible addition of a poached egg which is cooked in same water. Buon appetito!

For more information about the preparation of this delicious bread, see http://www.academiabarilla.com/the-italian-food-academy/bread-pasta-starchy-foods/pane-carasau.aspx

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TAKE ME THERE!

It might have been the Costa Smeralda with its millionaires, models and mega-yachts that made Sardinia internationally famous, but if you want to explore the real Sardinia and its untouched nature, get away from the glitzy Porto Cervo and travel to the south of the island.

Take the Chia area as a base and from there discover the splendid south-western coast – white-sandy beaches adorned with junipers, fragrant maquis and spectacular views will just take your breath away! Explore the lively little town of Pula, visit the local artisans’ shops and relax at one of the cafés around the large piazza… ohhh, while there, don’t forget to visit the historical site of Nora and its gorgeous beach just outside town.

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RESTAURANT CRAR’E LUNA – ATTENTION TO DETAIL, A PASSION FOR FLAVORS

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 bottarga (cured fish roe) and zucchini 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
www.http://www.crareluna.it

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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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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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BEACH TOUR – THE AMAZING BEACHES OF THE SOUTH

Spend a day on tour with Secrets of Sardinia and explore the very best and most spectacular beaches of the South East or South West coast of the island, as you wish.

During the drive you will witness a panoramic view of the coastline and will be able to stop at one of the bays for swimming or snorkeling. You will visit at least three different beaches during the day. Each time, you’ll be given around two hours of leisure time to explore and enjoy yourself.

If you are staying around the Chia area, why not book this tour and discover the other southern part of the island?

The tour costs 60€/person. For bookings check out: http://www.secretsofsardinia.com/beach-tours-to-the-beautiful-south-coast-and-the-amazing-beaches.html

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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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