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A GREAT PLACE TO TRY THE GRILLED PIGLET SARDINIAN STYLE

If you are staying in the Chia area, you probably haven’t missed the sign of the Ristorante Bithia, just on the main road to the beaches. Well if you have asked yourself whether you should give them a try, our answer is you should!

This pretty restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and welcomes families with children as well as small groups. Depending on the weather you can eat either in the lovely garden or in the large patio. For cooler days, they also have a few tables inside.

Now let’s talks about their specialties: here is the place where you should try Fregola (a coarse type of couscous) with seafood, fish and meet (e.g. beef ribs) on the grill. On the menu you will also find cutlets, salad dishes and hamburgers. During the summer you can savor the delicious grilled Maialetto Sardo (piglet) which will be served every Tuesday – book in advance! In any case, don’t leave before having tried their delicious desserts, for example the Sfogliata Chantilly (layers of puff pastry with whipped cream and seasonal fruits) and their homemade Sebada (traditional Sardinian fried pastry filled with fresh cheese and honey). Yummmm!

If you have any doubts, just ask the lovely waitress Frederica, which is always friendly and helpful in describing the dishes, even in English.
For bookings contact Ristorante Bithia, Viale Chia 6, 09010 Domus de Maria, Phone +39 0709230069. They also speak English!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ristorante-Bithia/201460869901808?fref=ts

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SOUTH SARDINIA BEACHES – SA COLONIA CHIA

Sa Colonia beach is characterized by a large stretch of white-amber sand, bathed by the emerald and crystalline water and shallow shore, which are so typical of this area. On the left side of the beach you will see the Tower of Chia, while on the left rises the Monte Cogoni. Behind the beach are the beautiful dunes and the lagoon of Chia.

How to get there: From the main road of Chia, follow the signs for Torre Chia, take the last road on the right, go straight to the end until you find the parking. Alternatively, instead of turning to Torre Chia, turn right into the next street (Via del Levante), which runs alongside the lagoon, until you get to the parking. From there continue on foot to the beach.

Services (in the summer): bar, toilets, sunbeds and umbrellas rental, parking, canoe, pedalo, jet ski, excursions, diving, snorkeling and sailing.

Our tips: out of season, free parking and less crowded; avoid in case of Mistral; no seagrass.

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NORA – THE VERY FIRST CITY OF SARDINIA

Spring is the perfect time to book an excursion to the ancient ruins of the very first city of Sardinia, Nora. The theater, the baths, the patrician villas, the market and the tower evoke a glorious past, which was never forgotten.

In the streets of this city you can rediscover the old urban wisdom, merchants’ trading and the art of the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. You will also visit the charming town of Pula with its great shopping and lively nightlife.

Want to join this excursion? For more information contact reservations@sardeo.com

Photo: sardeo.com
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DON’T EAT ME PLEASE!

The Mangiabarche lighthouse (named Boat Eater) is one of the most evocative beacon of South Sardinia. Despite its name, its purpose is of course to keep boats from crashing on the dangerous rocks which are hiding just underneath the surface.

In front of the lighthouse and behind the cliffs overhanging the sea, you will find an enchanting beach, where the sea is incredibly transparent and the sun reflecting on the seabed creates thousands shimmering shades of blue.

This lovely spot is on the island of Sant’Antioco, which can easily be reached from the Sardinian South coast by crossing the bridge. To get there follow the coastal road and shortly before reaching the beaches of Calasetta, turn at the sign and follow the unpaved road.

The beach has a small parking, hotels, bars, refreshment and is particularly loved by scuba divers and snorkelers. So don’t forget to bring all your gear to admire the rich seabed of this area!

Photo: Foto Andrea Utzeri, www.farisardegna.it

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FIND THE HIDDEN GEMS OF CAGLIARI

UNisola proposes a selection of 2-hours easy cultural itineraries to discover the most interesting neighborhoods of the Sardinia’s capital:

Castello district: the most symbolic district of Cagliari, with its wide and narrow streets, civil and religious architecture.
Stampace district: commercial suburb, with its streets animated by small artisan shops and traditional restaurants.
Marina district: commercial and multicultural neighborhood with its narrow streets and full of traditional restaurants.
Villanova distsrict: decorated streets with the flowering terraces and the small typical churches.

Have you made your choice? If not, why not join them all! Remember that Cagliari is less than one hour drive from your villa in the Chia area. Perfect for taking a break from the beach!

For more information check out: http://www.unisola.it/offerte-sardegna/itinerari-turistici/culturali/cagliari/quartieri-storici/?lang=eng

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CREATIVE EASTER BREAD

In Sardinia it is tradition to prepare a very special and elaborated Easter bread, the forms of which are manifold: crown, chick, girl, lapwing, fish, small baskets with holes in the shape of a fruit or flower. Even their names are different: ‘coccoi cun s’ou’, ‘coccoi to pippia’, ‘coccoi de pasca’, ‘coccoi de ou’ and of course many others.

All of these breads are completed by embedding an egg (with the shell) in the dough and sometimes concealing it. This particular bread is considered a symbol of fertility and good luck.

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SNORKELING IN CHIA BAY

With its 1800 kilometers of coastline, Sardinia is a paradise for those who love diving and snorkeling. In its seabed you can discover ship and aircraft wrecks as well as archaeological finds, which now seem like they always belonged to that world.

If you are staying in South West Sardinia we recommend the Chia Bay, a golden dream beach with stunning crystal clear waters and a rich underwater world. The high sandy dunes, the charming islet of Su Giudeu just in front and a beautiful beach… What else could you ask for? Welcome to paradise!

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BYSSUS – GOLDEN SILK FROM THE SEA

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7 CHURCHES IN THE HEART OF CAGLIARI

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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5 GOOD REASONS TO VISIT SOUTH SARDINIA IN THE SPRING

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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