THE POOLS OF THE GOLGO PLATEAU, MAGIC NATURE

During our stay in Ogliastra, we decided to visit the nearby Golgo Plateau or Altopiano di Golgo, which is reached after drive the 8 km of road that separate it from the city of Baunei. The Altopiano di Golgo is part of the Gennargentu National Park. Geologically, it turns out to be one of the oldest rock formations on the European continent. The park is characterized by one of the lowest population densities in Europe and preserves a great variety of natural beauties and biological resources. In the Golgo Plateau we can enjoy a whole day doing various activities.The first thing we can find when we get to the parking lot is the Pools. The parking area is very spacious. On the right, you can continue by car a little further on for the people who are going to do the Cala Golortizè trekking. On the left, you can walk…

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“SU STABILIMENTU”, THE OLD LITHOGRAPHIC QUARRY

If we are going to visit the famous Pedra Longa of Baunei, we can take a nice walk nearby and visit Su Stabilimentu. It is a short and pleasant walk, in easy and flat terrain, with impressive views. The lithographic quarry Su Stabilimentu was inaugurated at the beginning of the 20th century by the mining district of Iglesias, where a particular variety of limestone was extracted, called lithographic stone, considered the most important in Sardinia. The site is located 250 meters above sea level, from where you can see the needle of Pedralonga a few hundred meters in a straight line. In the quarry, ornamental stones of high quality competitive with those of the exterior were extracted. Much of the lithographic limestone was used as a decorative coating and in the construction of the cobbles of the city of art and especially in London. In 2014, the municipal administration of…

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10 THINGS YOU CAN NOT MISS IN SARDINIA

A quick list of things to do on the island that you should not miss!

  1. Try the Casu Marzu
  2. Visit a Nuraghe
  3. Try the Vermentino and the Cannonau
  4. Bathe in one of its beaches and enjoy the colors of its waters.
  5. Horse riding
  6. Look, enjoy and photograph a sunset.
  7. Eat a pizza with semolina flour Senatore Capelli
  8. Visit a market
  9. Eat the ice cream of the season
  10. Discover the villages of the interior of the island.

CALA PIRA, CASTIADAS

The beach of Cala Pira is located in a coastal area of great beauty, Costa Rei. This is a particular coast compared to the rest of the island. The landscape has its own personality, especially by the color of its rocks and cliffs that have a reddish hue that contrasts with the dark green of the vegetation and of course, the wonderful color of its waters. The beach has fine white sand with pink hues. Its waters are shallow and crystal clear and very safe to go with the kids so they can play safely, as if it were a pool. This allows us to cross it walking from end to end along the shore or in the water, given its low initial depth, and thus enjoy a natural spa for the circulation of the blood of our legs (tip we always like to give in sardinia12 ;-)) It is…

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SA MANDRA IN ALGHERO

Sa Mandra is quite an “institution” in the island. This restaurant is a must to try the Sardinian cuisine with all its flavor and variety (evenings only) in a closed menu that enables us to test the main dishes of the cuisine. The place is a family holiday farm, also has azienda accommodation, close to the airport of Alghero. The place is made up of several areas and among them can visit a small museum dedicated to the Sardinian traditions. The place is very nice and charming and dinner is done on a charming terrace (even it is ideal for a romantic dinner wrapped in an authentic rural environment). Of course we recommend booking in advance. Comment of the tourist: The menu price is 35 euros per person and is really good considering the large number of dishes and the generosity of their rations. Therefore, the same day eat something light…

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PIZZERIA IL BUONGUSTAIO IN CABRAS

At Pizzeria Il Buongustaio in Cabras you will find one of the best pizzas to take away. But we do not have photos in conditions. They are so good that we eat them before we realize we have not taken pictures. This is how it always happens. And  we have gone times … Only the last time we got a photo with the phone of the last sad piece that was … (the fabulous pizza with bottarga). From the best of the world. Need I say more? You are late to go. Tourist comment: The place has some tables, but in summer, with the heat it is, eating inside, a suicide mission. Better to take the pizza to any place, like to the hotel or sit in any square or bench in the street .. They sell cold drinks to take away too, above all the obligatory Ichnusa beer in…

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THE RITE OF HOLY WEEK IN SARDINIA

The author of these beautiful photos is a good friend of mine, his name is Roberto Murgia, named Bob. The photos show some moments of the rite of Holy Week in Cagliari. Sa Chida Santa, which is its name in Sardinian language, takes place through the streets of the historic center: Villanova, Stampace, Castello and the Marina district, reliving il pasquale Triduum, ie, the event Passion Christ, his death and resurrection. All this happens in an evocative atmosphere of the ancient mystical-religious customs of Spanish origin. The rites of Holy Week involve all of Sardinia and the celebrations start on Friday before Palm Sunday with the procession of the Mysteries (Is Misters). In the emotional ritual procession are described the Deposition of the Cross, which in Sardinia is called “En Scravamentu” and the meeting between the statue of Jesus and the Virgin Mary: “S’Incontru” . Local fraternities are the undisputed protagonists…

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SALINE CONTI VECCHI: THE STORY OF THE SALT MOUNTAINS OF CAGLIARI

It’s true, we’re at the right time, but the cover photo, is not a mountain of ice, but rather of salt. In December I visited the Saline Conti Vecchi. I took this photo from the tourist train while it took us around the large plant that is located a few kilometers from Cagliari. The Saline Conti Vecchi, are an example of how Sardinia, in the past, has experienced periods of great social emancipation and an economic and industrial development. Even today, they are in operation and keep intact the charm of a past that has much to tell. Entire families lived in the so-called “salt village“. This project was from the engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi. Luigi Conti Vecchi was originally from Tuscany; in 1919, after fighting during the First World War, was involved on an ambitious pond reclamation work to eradicate malaria. Malaria, especially in Sardinia, has been for a…

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CHIARA VIGO, THE MASTER OF THE SEA THREAD – SANT’ANTIOCO

“I experienced a spell tonight.” This is the thought that I wrote and left in the guestbook in Chiara Vigo’s room. Chiara Vigo is the master of the sea thread, the bisso. The bisso or fabric of the sea is obtained from the precious Pinna Nobilis, a giant mollusk that can reach a meter and a half. This mollusk is a cross between a mussel and an oyster, and inside it has a cetacean gland that produces a kind of keratin collagen: a slime of keratin that spit molluscs due to the contraction and movement of the two valves. In contact with the water, this slime solidifies and produces a brown coating, similar to a shaved beard in the middle of small incrustations of shells, algae and coral: the material is worked and reddened, and only then becomes the bisso. I have witnessed the transformation of the bisso into sea-thread; I…

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