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A BIT OF LOCAL ANCIENT HISTORY

In the heart of the village of Domus de Maria near Chia you will find the local museum (or Museo Civico), which displays archaeological finds belonging to the ancient city of Bithia as well as a numismatic and a mineralogical collection.

The 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. Entrance: € 1,60 for adults and € 1,00 for children.

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ROMANTIC HIKE TO THE SPARTIVENTO LIGHTHOUSE

 

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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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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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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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SUP TOUR TO DISCOVER THE BEACHES OF CHIA

SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle surfing, which entails Standing on a surfboard and Paddling yourself around. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than the usual surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. The only condition is being a good swimmer, in case you fall in the water.

Aside from being another way of catching waves, SUP is also an increasingly popular way for athletes of all ages of keeping fit. In fact SUP is a very effective total body workout, which is also easy on the joints. And discovering stunning scenery from a SUP is much more fun than being in the gym …

The KiteSchool offers a 3 hours excursion starting in Chia that will get you into the basics of SUP, all in the calm flat water. You will explore alongside the numerous beautiful beaches of Chia and snorkel in its crystal clear waters.

What to bring: sunblock, water.
What is included: Equipment, wetsuits, Guide, Photos with Go-Pro Cameras
Cost: http://www.kitegeneration.com/stand-up-paddle-sup-sardinia/#3

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DUNE DI CAMPANA BEACH: A DELIGHT FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

The beach of Dune di Campana is surrounded by centuries-old junipers and very fine, white sand, which enriched by sea lilies, seems to shine. But the real point of attraction are the sand dunes, which can reach up to 20 metres high. Note that it is strictly forbidden to walk on the dunes!

With its shallow and stunningly transparent waters, Dune di Campana beach is ideal for families with children. Snorkelers, scuba fishing enthusiasts and divers will love this exceptional location, while on a windy day, it becomes the perfect spot for wind and kite surfers.

The beach has many facilities and is wheelchair accessible. It has a large car park, café, restaurant, camping as well as water sport equipment. To reach the beach, drive in direction of Chia, turn at the junction for Capo Spartivento and follow the signposts that point towards the beach.

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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 botarga (cured fish roe) and zuchini 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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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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EXPERIENCE THE STUNNING TEULADA MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

In this full-day excursion you will learn all you need to know about the wildlife and Mediterranean flora of the area, as well as its unique geography.

Secrets of Sardinia will take you through the forest of Monte Maria, visit a Sardinian shepherd, have a brunch with local goods and excellent red wine and finally tour along the south-coast to admire the beauty of the bay of Tueredda and Chia.

The full day excursion starts from Pula and Santa Margherita around 9:00 am and costs 80€/person including

  • Trip through the forest of Monte Maria
  • Visit by a Sardinian Shepherd
  • Brunch with local goods and excellent red-wine
  • Tour along the south-coast
  • bay of Tueredda and Chia

For more information: http://www.secretsofsardinia.com/escape-cagliari-and-experience-the-stunning-teulada-mountain-village.html

Photo credit (Brunch at the shepherd): www.secretsofsardinia.com

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