Your weekend in Castiadas
The area of Castiadas is a relaxing paradise, but it is also an area rich in opportunities to enjoy a holiday of adventure and emotions. The holiday at the villas of Luxury Holidays in Sardinia, located between Villasimius and Costa Rei, will give you an unique experience to discover places, savors and old traditions. The villas can be reached from Cagliari using two different routes: one very easy and quick via the new highway 125, between mountains and tunnels, the other one very impressive, along the coastal road, from where you can enjoy several breathtaking views of the Villasimius coast.
The villas of LHS, equipped with all comforts, will give you a high quality stay, so that during your vacation, you can combine relax and tranquility of your home, with a lot of fun and experiences in the surrounding area.
During a weekend in Castiadas, you have a wide choice of things to do, so that you will never be bored. From the villas, a few kilometers from Villasimius and Costa Rei, you can reach stunning beaches in a few minutes as Campulongu, the beaches of Capo Ferrato or the wonderful Spiaggia Delle Ginestre and many others. Visit the two islands in the area as Isola dei Cavoli and Isola di Serpentara, consisting of a colorful seabed, and due to the richness of its flora and fauna, part of the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara. You will see natural pools of breathtaking beauty from between these granite rocks. It is even easy to see school of dolphins, when sailing around these islands. Early morning is a good moment for a canoe ride, with flat and desert sea, definitely an experience not to miss; enjoy the glare of sunrise towards Capo Carbonara, and then towards Capo della Fortezza, Punta Santo Stefano, Cala Burroni, Cava Usai, Cala Giunco and the most hidden (but wonderful) corners of the area.
A horse ride surrounded by nature, among the scents of the countryside and the views of a crystal blue sea, with paths of various length and duration selected for you by LHS. Visit the Castiadas area riding is a good reason to enjoy Sardinia also in spring when the countryside offers a magnificent flowering vegetation or in autumn, with milder climate and the romantic atmosphere of a fall colors landscape .
For sports lovers, there are a lot of different activities to do in the area. From golf, in Villasimius (from where you can enjoy a panorama of extraordinary scenic beauty and a magnificent view of the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara) to a mountain bike tour discovering wild trails and beaches, then back to your villa, enjoy a hot shower in the garden, and have lunch with your family or your friends in the veranda, surrounded by trees and the scent of helichrysum and myrtle. Or if you prefer an adrenalinic day you can carry out activities such as skydiving, tourist flights, or an ultralight aircraft ride over the Castiadas coast, to admire Sardinia from a different perspective.
Those who prefer relax to adrenaline, can blow off some steam and rely on thalassotherapy: with the clear sea waters, clean and crystalline, in front of the Stagno di Notteri (pond of Notteri) and the Spiaggia dei Due Mari, to seize all the health benefits and the sea and landscape beauty.
The area is the ideal destination for water sports, being windswept is great for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, great for exploring coves , or even water skiing, a wonderful experience thanks to the water mild temperature and the charming scenery. In Villasimius there is a seat of the Lega Navale Italiana (Italian Naval League), which organizes sailing courses and events for children: a Saturday could be the opportunity to introduce your son to a wonderful sport and the respect for the sea, therefore combining fun and a great educational experience. In addition to sailing, you can
spend a morning exploring the marine biology and the real life of the sea. An unique experience for children and adults to discover the ecosystem, fish, plant and animal life of the Mediterranean Sea.
The area is also the ideal destination for diving and snorkeling, any time of the day is suitable to discover the Cala Sinzias and Villasimius seabed, a paradise with the Marine Protected Area, full of life and natural wonders. You can carry out activities, courses, also hire equipment for guided dives, and discover fish such as grouper, sea bream, barracuda and an underwater paradise of wrecks and coral. A morning can also be dedicated to fishing, to live deeply the maritime traditions, with fishing nets and fish traps, looking for mullet, cuttlefish and octopus (and for the lucky and stubborn ones even shellfish) and savor them on board of a boat, accompanied by a good Vermentino, according to old recipes and local gastronomic traditions.
Enjoy your holiday in a huge variety of jeep tours discovering paths and beaches, as Punta Molentis, Cala Pira, and other magnificent off-road trails surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean vegetation that will take you to hidden coves, where to dive in the blue sea for a refreshing break. Or enjoy your supercar in the roads selected by LHS, as the coastal road from Cagliari to Villasimius with an enchanting panorama, or the Campuomu curves, towards the Monte dei Sette Fratelli.
A Sunday can be spent to visit the former penal colony of Castiadas, dating back to 1850, today seat of the Museo del Territorio (Museum of the Territory) or the archaeological sites of the area, such as Domus de Janas dating back to the Neolithic, Nuraghi, or the megalithic complex of Cuili Piras, consisting of 53 standing stones dating back to 5000 BC. In addition, the Pro Loco of Castiadas is particularly active in the organization of folk shows, festivals and exhibitions. Especially from June to September take place two of the main religious feasts such as San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist, June 25th), the village’s patron saint, celebrated in the hamlet of Olia Speciosa in a procession with horses and chariots in his honor, folk shows, games and popular traditions.
While the feast of the Our Lady of the Assumption (Festa dell’Assunta Vergine) is on August 15th, in the hamlet of San Pietro, and it is celebrated with a Mass and a procession towards the sea, with the faithful wearing the traditional Sardinian dress, with decorated horse-cars, ending with a procession on boats along the beaches of Cala Sinzias, Cala Marina and Monte Turno.
If you want to spend a relaxing weekend, without your car, just walk the path of eucalyptus towards Cala Sinzias, on the Luxury Holidays in Sardinia bikes or walk and enjoy the sun, in the beach lounger reserved for you by LHS at Is Fradis Beach Club, sipping a cocktail or a long drink and nibbling some fresh fruit.
Your holiday in Castiadas can also give you sensations, unique flavors and aromas of food specialties, the colors and the quality of craftsmanship which reflect the history of an island for centuries isolated from the rest of the world, where everything had to be produced with local resources. Ceramics, carpets and other textiles generally made by loom as tapestries, tablecloths, blankets, decorated pillows with refined designs, and other tools made by Sardinian master craftsmen which distinguish the Luxury Holidays in Sardinia villas, will make of your holiday an unforgettable experience.
In addition to religious feasts, do not miss the opportunity to experience a real festival such as the grapes and wine Festival, which takes place in the hamlet of Olia Speciosa on late August, where you can taste wines and local products; or from July to August, the agricultural and food show and the craft show (Mostra dell’Artigianato e Mostra dell’Agroalimentare), where you will discover ancient arts and crafts, products such as wood carved, hand-wrought gold, from baskets to carpets and ceramics, up to the food and wine exhibition, with the opportunity to taste different dishes, immersed in dances and folk shows.
Taking a ride in the area around your villa you will taste an infinity of local foods, some to savor during your holiday, others to take home to feel in Sardinia once the holiday is over: food, wines, myrtle, bottarga to be cut into thin slices, season with an extra virgin olive oil and served with a fresh Vermentino or a white wine of our selection, relaxed in the veranda of your villa. Or savor a pecorino cheese, a Fiore Sardo, or another cheese which has been recognized by the European Union as Denominazione di Origine Protetta (Protected Designation of Origin, PDO) due to its quality, accompanied by a glass of Cannonau or another wine from our selection. As so many other cow, goat or mixed cheese. Everything is ready for your holiday in Sardinia. Besides wine and cheese, you can taste the typical bread of the area as Civraxiu, with a compact and tasty crumb, perfect as bruschetta which you can do both in your barbecue or in your villa’s oven (with some extra virgin olive oil and Sardinian tomatoes), or the bread called Carasau, thin and very crunchy, finally the bread Moddizzosu, which in Sardinian means “soft”, with solid crust and soft crumb.
Ideal as souvenir for friends a bottle of extra virgin olive oil which reflects the area of origin, or almond cookies, sebadas, panadas, pardulas, pan’e sapa, torrone sweet made of almonds, or walnuts and hazelnuts (Check the home book out that you find in your villa or ask your villa manager).
As well as one of the world’s most famous Sardinian products: myrtle liquor, to be sipped as a digestive after an excellent dinner of typical dishes and after an intense summer day. One step away from the Castiadas villas is located the distillery Bresca Dorada, in the countryside of Muravera between sea and mountains covered by forests, where you can take part in guided tours and taste products such as liquor but also jams and marmalades of a delicious flavor, creams, and other products. These include products from organic farming as the jam of myrtle and Quince BIO or Figu Morisca BIO, a liqueur made from the prickly pear, ideal with an ice cream, or a fresh fruit salad, but also with fruit-cake.
The holiday at the Luxury Holidays in Sardinia villas will give you an unforgettable experience, where you will be spoilt for choice on how you want to spend your vacation days. Choose to live Sardinia in contact with its ancient traditions and its magnificent natural beauty, to discover places and flavors, immersed in a haven of fun and relax.
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