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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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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.

See: https://www.facebook.com/stabilimentodunedicampana/

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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 …

Practice SUP in a fantastic scenery! Paddle and snorkel in transparent seas and discover the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia.

  • Easy SUP in flat and transparent water
  • Paddle in a marine reserve
  • Swim with colorful marine life
  • Observe terrific natural scenery
  • Have a great time with family, friends, and tour-mates

Info & Price: https://www.outdoorvisit.com/tour/179-3-hour-stand-up-paddleboarding-and-snorkeling-in-chia-sardinia/

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WHAT A FUN WAY TO VISIT CAGLIARI!

There are many different ways to visit a city. But this one, is very Italian and so much fun!

Aboard the beautiful bee gig of Cagliari Touring you’ll discover the heart of the old Cagliari, with its narrow winding streets, monuments and breathtaking views. Cagliari Touring is also available for special events, weddings, photo shoots, advertising, night tours and custom tours.

Price: 20€ per person for an individual tour of 90 minutes

Info & contact: https://www.facebook.com/CagliariTouring/?pnref=lhc
Phone: +39 3468759213

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/lz_ragKiucY

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