Answering Your Questions on Sardinia, Italy by Jennifer Avventura

Last week, I asked a question on My Sardinian Life’s Facebook Page about what you would like to see more of on my blog, and a few of you answered with topics I haven’t yet covered here. So, here goes a random post on tips, things to see and do and how to stay away from the crowds. Continue reading

Snapshots: Sagra delle Mele at Ussassai, Sardinia, Italy

Just a little teaser of my favourite photo from a recent trip deep into the centre of Sardinia, for the 21st Sagra delle Mele – The 21st Apple Festival, held at Ussassai, a depopulated, colourful town that’s full of cheer and excellent hospitality.

Stay tuned, there’s more to come from this magnificent festival and surrounding mountainous area that completely stole my senses, and heart.

Inside Sardinia: Cortes Apertas at Onanì

Inside Sardinia: Cortes Apertas at Onanì

Cortes Apertas is an open house, held yearly in several towns and cities in the deep, vast tremendous centre of SardiniaBarbagia. It is a colourful festival run by the locals of each town; they open their doors to the wonders of their beautiful, simple life, far away from wi-fi and reality tv. They show you how to make long pasta and pasta with your thumb and they ask if you’d like to take part, to try the ancient traditions that have been hidden away and kept secret for so many decades, all the while filling your cup with homemade wine, liqueur, and beer.  Continue reading

Fall in Love with Traditional Shoes from Oliena, Sardinia

Fall in Love with Traditional Shoes from Oliena, Sardinia

Too much time was spent in awe and looking up of all things Oliena, at this years Autunno in Barbagia – Cortes Apertas 2016, that when I did look down, I found these intricately sewn, traditional shoes.

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Now if I could only find them in my size.

Do you ever take the time to “look down” while on vacation?

Inside Sardinia: The People of Cortes Apertas at Oliena

Inside Sardinia: The People of Cortes Apertas at Oliena

From early September to the beginning of December small towns throughout the Barbagia region of Sardinia open their doors for tourists and locals alike. It’s a refreshing time to wander ancient alleys and discover a Sardinia from hundreds of years ago while sampling the local flavours of wine, beer, bread, sweets, suckling pig, wild boar gnocchi and so much more! Here are just a few of the warm, generous people we met during our adventure to Oliena for Cortes Apertas – Autunno in Barbagia 2016.

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It is here at the foot of the Supramonte mountain where you can immerse yourself in a world of historical flavours, ancient traditions, and spectacular panoramic views of neighbouring towns and mountain ranges so vast, wild and spectacular that it leaves your mind and soul spinning.

A huge thank-you to the people of Oliena, who put on a spectacular event, who opened their hearts, homes and traditions to the world and who collectively put a smile on thousands of people’s faces, including mine. The memories will last a lifetime. Grazie mille.

Have you gone to any Cortes Apertas – Autunno in Barbagia? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Video: Mamuthones at Tappas in Mamujada

Video: Mamuthones at Tappas in Mamujada

A short video of the Mamuthones from Mamoiada at the Tappas in Mamujada. My video taking skills aren’t the best and I wasn’t in the best place to capture the Issohadores. Here’s a little sneak peek into the mysterious Mamuthones.

Have you seen the ritual dance from the Mamuthones?

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Mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada

Mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada

Mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada

The mystical Mamuthones from Mamoiada have always stirred my soul and made me question the origin of their existence. I have attended festivals in Sassari and Olbia where the Mamuthones preformed before the inquisitive public, but I had never witnessed their ritual dance in their town, on their turf, until this past Sunday when I attended Tappas in Mamujada. There is something so raw and connected to nature in their dance that pulls me in, curious, wanting to know more. So I went searching …

Mural in Mamoiada

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Inside the heart of Sardinia – Toneri, Tonara

Tonara by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian LifeI caught the bus early Saturday morning to meet up with a friend in Sassari. We filled the car with an expensive tank of gas and headed south down SS131 towards the elusive province of Barbagia in the heart of Sardinia. We headed to an ‘open-house’ in the ancient neighbourhood of Toneri, Tonara in the province of Nuoro.

It is here, in the heart of Sardinia, where you can immerse yourself in a world of historical flavours, ancient traditions, narrow alleyways and spectacular views from the surrounding mountains. It’s also here where they make the world-famous torrone but I’m saving that juicy, delicious bit for another post.

Welcome to Autunno in Barbagia

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Photos: Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda, Sardinia

On August 25, 2013 La Marinedda Bay turned into a surfers paradise. Thousands of people gathered to watch élite surfers from around the world compete for the grand prize. Here’s a little photo montage:

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La Marinedda Bay

Waiting to start

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Into the night with the Spanish Tower of Isola Rossa

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A surfer competes to be the best

How every event in Sardinia ends … with BBQ sausage.

The winner of the 2013 Frozen Open is 15-year-old Leonardo Fioravanti.

To see more fabulous shots of the Frozen Open 2013 please check out their Facebook page by clicking the link.

Did you attend this year’s Frozen Open?

Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda Bay, Sardinia, Italy

Word on the beach is that Nesos Surf Club have given the green light for the 10th Annual Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda Bay, Isola Rossa.

The largest surf competition in Europe which attracts élite surfers from around the world is slated to kick off this Sunday, August 25th at 9:00am.

Frozen Open Surf Contest 2013

For athletes: register with your name and last name at info@marineddabay.com

For more up-to-date information visit the Frozen Open Facebook page.

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Surfing Sardinia | Frozen Open Surf Contest 2011

Will YOU be there?

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