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Sardinian festivals

Experience a spectacular Sardinian festival

Sardinia is an island of fascinating festivals, dotted throughout the year but with a concentration at Carnival (February or March), Easter and during the summer months. These can range from medieval pageants to food festivities, and from religious processions to paganistic rituals—usually in colourful costume.
In consultation with you, we can arrange a Sardinian holiday that focuses on one or more of these festivals, making all the arrangements necessary for you to experience a festival at first hand, including all transport, accommodation and any other activity options that tweak your fancy.

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Some of Sardinia’s principal feste

FEBRUARY/MARCH
carnival in bosaCarnival Processions, fancy dress and festivities takes place throughout Sardinia, with especially theatrical events in Bosa, Mamoiada and Oristano’s Sa Sartiglia, the scene of spectacular jousts staged in the town centre.

APRIL
Sagra del Cus Cus (last weekend): Couscous is an integral part of the cuisine of San Pietro, an island off Sardinia’s southwest coast, and the myriad forms of the speciality are sampled and celebrated at this frolicsome festival, which also features concerts, dance and cabaret.
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EASTER
The most significant religious festival of the year sees holy processions and events throughout the island. Some of the most distinctive rites can be seen at Alghero, Castelsardo, Iglesias, Sassari, Oliena (near Nuoro), Santu Lussurgiu (north of Oristano) and Valledoria (near Castelsardo).

Festa di Sant’Antioco (second Sunday after Easter): Festivities commemorating the North African-born sardinian traditionsSaint Antiochus are most exuberant in the town named after him, on the island of the same name off Sardinia’s southwest coast, where events stretch over nine days.

MAY
Festa di Sant’Efisio (May 1–4): Cagliari’s feast day in honour of the Roman martyr Saint Efisius is the city’s biggest event. Costumed delegations from towns and villages all over Sardinia participate. The opening and closing ceremonies are the best times to view Sardinia’s diverse costumes.
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Festa dei Mártiri Turritani (May 3): The major festival at Porto Torres, north of Alghero, sees an impressive procession accompanying plaster images of the town’s martyred saints from the Pisan basilica of San Gavino to the clifftop church of Balai, where they remain until Pentecost.

Festa di San Simplicio (May 15): Olbia’s yearly extravaganza commemorates its patron saint, and consists of fireworks, the distribution of sweets and wine, and various games and water competitions.
oristano's festival
La Cavalcata (penultimate Sunday): Costumed revelry takes over Sassari for this pageant, which consists of a long procession of costumed villagers, followed by jaw-dropping equestrian stunts, and culminating in in the afternoon.

JUNE
Girotonno (first week): Carloforte, on the isle of San Pietro, marks the annual tuna catch with four days of eating, drinking, concerts and dance performances.
traditional sardinian dancing
JULY
S’Ardia di Costantino (July 6–8): Thrilling horse-races are held At Sedilo, between Oristano and Nuoro, in honour of Constantine, Roman emperor and Christian saint.

AUGUST
Festa di Santa Maria del Mare (first Sunday): Bosa celebrates its patron saint in typically flamboyant style, including Tenores in piazzaa grand river procession and a display of fireworks.

Ferragosto (August 15): This mid-summer festival marks the festival of the Madonna with displays of dazzling fireworks. In Sassari, the event is combined with the rough and tumble of I Candelieri. which takes its name from the huge candles carried through thronged streets amid delirious dancing.

Sagra del Redentore (last ten days): In Sardinia’s mountainous Barbagia region, Nuoro’s main festival features a procession up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of nearby Monte Ortobene,la cavalcata as well as traditional music and a competition of the island’s costumes.

SEPTEMBER
La Corsa degli Scalzi (first Sunday): Dozens of barefoot men dressed in white sprint 8km from the sanctuary of San Salvatore to the lagoon town of Cabras, near Oristano, re-enacting the rescue of a holy statue from raiders in the sixteenth century.
festival in oristano
Festa di Nostra Signora di Regnos Altos (second Sunday): The narrow lanes of Bosa’s old centre are dolled up for this religious festival, when tables are laid, food is guzzled and wine is quaffed.

OCTOBER
Sagra delle Castagne (last Sunday): This fair at Aritzo in the heart of Barbagia’s mountains, is dedicated to the annual chestnut harvest. The aromas of cooking chestnuts permeate the air, accompanied by music, dancing and liberal samplings of the local wine.

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