As we are showing through our social channels our adventures in Sardinia are many and we try to make those who follow us understand (and clearly for those who want to rely on us as a Travel Planner) that our island is not just sea and beaches but much more. . Entering the Sardinian hinterland means discovering remote and little-known areas, such as the villages of Sardinia. Small realities that live in the simplicity of everyday life, without stress, without timing and which show a high quality value on every aspect such as art, tradition, history, nature and gastronomy. A journey through these beautiful villages in Sardinia really means discovering something profound, which will surely make the trip or a simple trip even more unforgettable.
Our advice, our itineraries and our figure will be of vital importance during your trip. On this page we have selected 5 of the most authentic villages in Sardinia (in our opinion and our visits), each of which with some particular characteristic and others, too, shrouded in mystery.
SAN SALVATORE DI SINIS
“Vamos a Matar, companeros”, imagine hearing this phrase with a strong Mexican accent and an aggressive tone. Well, it's one of the classic sentences of Sergio Leone's classic spaghetti-westerns and here, in San Salvatore Sinis, scenes from many films have been shot for over 20 years. This small and fantastic village in Sardinia has now been named as the Western Village of Sardinia. It is inhabited only in certain periods of the year, among all during the feast in honor of the patron saint. You need a few minutes to wander through the streets and it does not have large churches, particular monuments and it does not even have a typical gastronomy. Its beauty lies in the atmosphere you breathe, you walk on unpaved, dusty roads, with small white and colored houses on the sides, a large square with trees and succulents. Its beauty is in imagining, in a precise instant, that around the corner there will be a gunslinger, a running horse and perhaps, a sheriff who controls this magnificent village where time has stopped. We have a gem for you, the village in Sardinia in question is dear to one of the most famous directors in the world, Quentin Tarantino. In fact, think that in the film Kill Bill, Uma Thurman (in the film Black Mamba) runs away and changes her name to Nicoletta Macchiavelli (later changed to Arlene Macchiavelli) in honor of the protagonist of "Giarrettierra Colt", a western film shot entirely in San Salvatore Sinis and considered by Tarantino one of the absolute masterpieces of this particular genre. Click here for more information
What about the barefoot race? Do you know anything? We illustrate: It is rumored that during one of the numerous invasions by the Saracens, the male warriors of San Salvatore were too busy fighting the invaders and entrusted the sacred statue of the patron saint in the small church to the women. What role did the women have? To protect the statue by bringing it to Cabras in order to prevent it from being destroyed by invaders. They did it, and also well, running barefoot for many miles and somehow managing to finish their task. History repeats itself, now it has in fact become a ritual that is performed every year with the only difference that it is not the women who carry the statue but the men. Moving a few kilometers from this small village, it is possible to admire other sites of natural interest, such as the Cabras pond. In fact, it represents one of the most important wetlands in Sardinia, Is Fassonis is still practiced, fishing with ancient boats with bands of lake hay reminiscent of those of the Egyptians.
"Laughing, sunny and stony, in a granite basin located, hidden from everything and everywhere, you are beautiful you are unique you are Lollove". We present, for many, the smallest medieval village in the world with just 26 inhabitants (it is thought that there are far fewer). Lollove is located in the province of Nuoro and walking through the town among the narrow cobbled streets is pure emotion. You will only see houses with exposed stone, closed windows and open windows, small vegetable gardens, a church without a parish priest, often closed and with a gate that has 2 shoe laces as a chain. Here you live from pastoralism and it is not difficult to meet sheep, horses, donkeys and cows on the way.
In Lollove, time has really stopped, it is unique in its kind and think that it also has an extraordinary history between charm and mystery. In fact, it is thought that this small village was originally called Helena, in honor of Elena, wife of the emperor Constantius Cloro. In the vicinity of the small town it is impossible not to go trekking in the beautiful Monte Ortobene, about 900 meters above sea level, which certainly dominates the Barbagia di Nuoro and Ollolai. The typical products of this village and neighboring countries are usually exhibited during the village festival and the Autumn festivities in Barbagia.
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Do you know who Pinuccio Sciola is? Well, before going to San Sperate it will also be important to read up on this internationally renowned artist. He was an artistic revolutionary, a promoter who allowed San Sperate, from the 1960s, to become a simple Sardinian village into an open-air museum that currently houses about 300 Murals in the streets of the city. Furthermore, if you think that San Sperate is only Murales, you are wrong. In this authentic village it is also possible to discover the neoclassical villa of Baron Tola, the Museo del Crudo (which is not the ham but rather a house built with the characteristic raw earth bricks) and finally, not least the fantastic sound garden . Always Sciola, in fact, is the author of particular sculptures called "sound stones", which present parallel carvings made on limestone and basalt with an incredible sound value. In fact, it is enough to pass the hands to make sweet and different musical harmonies echo.
Peach, on the other hand, is the fruit that dominates the gastronomic panorama of the country which is the largest producer in all of Sardinia. A little curiosity about this village, take a careful look at different murals because you will find a mask drawn, not classic, but grin. It is the design of a find dated to the fourth century BC and, according to some studies, it was placed on the dead to ward off evil forces. Do you think that the same mask has become the symbol of the town. Interesting?!
Baja Sardinia, Cannigione, Cala Di Volpe are just some of the most famous summer tourist resorts in Sardinia. However, many do not know that in that area and in the hinterland there is one of the villages with the most beautiful typical market in Sardinia. Welcome to San Pantaleo. If I had to choose a day of the week I would certainly choose Thursday, in fact in San Pantaleo every Thursday there is a market where artists, artisans and painters exhibit their creations. These are real works of art, but not only also typical Sardinian products in every stall located in the streets of the town. The town is easily visited, it will certainly be an admiration of small granite houses, located entirely around the only church and surrounded by the incredible beauty of the natural landscape in which the town is located.
Wandering around the town it is possible to see some shops such as that of Michele Greco, Nicola Filia, Magma and you will immediately realize how a small village like this collects an enormous wealth from an artistic point of view. Something is missing? No, because San Pantaleo is also nature. The beauty of its location has made this village popular also for the numerous inland activities such as trekking, climbing and mountain biking, all among the rocks of Cugnana.
This beautiful country could not be missing. We are in Barbagia and it probably takes very little to associate this splendid Sardinian village with something extremely typical and peculiar: the Mamuthones. These black and wooden masks, with still controversial historical origins, are a part of the most popular clothing during the famous Mamoiada carnival, an event not to be missed. At the entrance to the town a large Mamuthones mask welcomes travelers / tourists. Then just take a walk through the streets to be impressed by the beautiful Sardinian murals, admire the numerous churches such as the Church of Loreto, the church of Su Carnu and the sanctuary of Cosma and Damiano. Walking in the middle of the village also means feeling the scents and smells of typical products, Mamoiada is certainly the queen of home-made bread like the famous and popular Carasau.
Not only that, it is the land of Granazza wine and good Cannonau to be associated with a typical cheese. Finally, it is impossible not to taste some sweets from the area, such as the different types of popassinos. Mamoiada is a MUST of Sardinia if you are in Barbagia because beyond what we have described it is excellently positioned to visit places of a naturalistic and historical nature. The Supramomente mountain range, with its rivers, gorges and water sources are a godsend for lovers of activities such as trekking, kayaking, canoening and climbing. Not only nature, but also history, in fact in the surroundings there are numerous archaeological and anthropological traces, 32 nuraghi scattered throughout the territory and numerous Domus De Janas (pre-Nuragic tombs).
Mamoiada is also a mystery such as the one that surrounds the Stele of Boeli , do you know what it is? A large sacred stone, engraved and finely worked that dates back to 3500 BC, there are numerous disputes over the meaning of the engravings. There are those who speak of fertility and the cycle of death and rebirth, who instead speak of water and a thanksgiving to the god for gushing abundantly in the territory and there are those who have described the engravings by connecting them to the constellations. One thing is certain, this phenomenon is typical only of this Barbagia area (the stone is placed inside a garden of a private property) and extremely widespread in the Celtic area, is there any connection? To study, in the meantime, let's photograph it.
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