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CORICHEDDUS – SWEETS OR JEWELS?

If I ever received one of these beauties, I am not sure I would even dare eating them – they are beautiful!

Coricheddus (small hearts) are typical Sardinian sweets commonly made of almonds, honey, orange peel and saffron! It takes a lot of time to make them as they are designed by hand, one by one, like jewels!

These sweets are typical of the Nuoro region (central Sardinia) and are often prepared for festive occasions and weddings, when they are offered to the bride and groom! The hearts are often decorated
with flowers, ears, wedding rings and lots of imagination! Other typical shapes are the bird and the pitcher.

Photo by http://myart-robertomurgia.blogspot.com

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VISIT MONTE CLARO CITY PARK

If you are spending the day in Cagliari, you might not want to miss a visit to the beautiful and well-kept city park of Monte Claro, which covers an area of 25 hectares. It is located on a hill between the districts of Is Mirrionis and Fonsarda and the municipality of Pirri.

The slopes of the hill Monte Claro have been repopulated with Mediterranean trees and shrubs, which alternate with sunny green meadows. Along the many paths suitable for walking and jogging, among the scents of flowers and aromas of the plants, it is easy to forget that you are just between the busiest thoroughfares of Cagliari, Via Cadello and Via Is Mirrionis.

This extensive and very pleasant area of the city not only represents an important green lung in a very populous and busy area, but is also a lovely meeting point, especially in the summer evenings and during the holidays.

The access to the park is free and the opening hours are from 6:00 am to midnight from May to October and from 7:00 to 21:00 from November to April.

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FASCINATING HORSE RIDE BY THE BEACH

Have you ever dreamed of a horse riding by the beach but never tried this before? Well, this might just be the right thing for you!

Join the Maneggio Sulcis for a horse ride for beginners at Porto Pino beach amid the wonderful white dunes. What a scenery! The horses are used to and perfectly suited for beginners.

From the Chia area, Porto Pino can be reached in about one hour.

Call Maneggio Sulcis: +39 347 627 97 52
http://www.trekkingsardinia.it/

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IS MOLAS: One of the finest golf courses in Italy, a venue for prestigious competitions

The golf course at Is Molas was the first in Sardinia and with its twenty-seven holes is the largest on the island. It is one of the most famous in Italy, and has been the benchmark for this sport in Sardinia for over thirty years. Thanks to the proximity of the sea and the protection of the surrounding hills the locality of Is Molas enjoys a unique micro-climate, mild and particularly favourable for golf all year round.

For more information: https://www.ismolas.it/en/golf-club-is-molas.html

Photo: www.ismolas.it

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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.

#sardinia #domusdemaria #chia #bithia #museum #archeology #history #culture

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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