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There is only one road between Cagliari, the capital city of Sardinia, and Villasimius; this road wasn’t properly completed until the 1960s. Though the town was isolated, its origins trace back to the Nuragic Civilisation in 1800 B.C. It fell under the rule of the Phoenicians, Romans and Spanish before uniting with Italy in the 18th century. Today, it is renowned as a popular tourist destination.
Cagliari Villasimius Weather: July and August are the hottest months with daily averages of 31 degrees C, or 89 degrees F. January and February are pleasant with daily averages of 15 degrees C, or 59 degrees F.
Regional Cuisine of Cagliari Villasimius: Salami, pecorini cheese, pig, olives, mushrooms, clams, mussels, lamb, pork, goat
Regional Wines of Cagliari Villasimius: Cantina Santadi Sca, Cantine Sardus Pater, Bresca Dorada, Villa Di Quartu
Things to do in Cagliari Villasimius: Sagra di Sant’Efisio, Citadella dei Musei, Elephant and San Pancrazio Towers, Archbishop’s Palace, the Roman Amphitheater
Where is Cagliari Villasimius? Villasimius is located in the far southeastern corner of the island of Sardinia, Italy. It is located in the province of Cagliari, 35 kilometers from the capital city of Sardinia.
I fell in love with the white sand beaches, clear water, coves and native flora covering the landscapes of Villasimius.
It was certainly love at first sight as soon as I arrived to the Villasimius region. The shops were filled with locally made items I found to be unique and interesting. I bought a set of cushions filled with grain and grade seeds because they were too vibrant and stunning to pass up. I also had to impulsively purchase at least one rug and a lovely set of handmade curtains.
Though the beaches in the area are breathtaking, there were many other activities to participate in during my stay. I enjoyed wind surfing, sailing, mountain biking, horseback riding and kite surfing! This made my stay memorable, and I have missed Villasimius since the moment I left.
The Sagra di Sant’Efisio is a historic four-day procession held in honor of Saint Efisio that takes place in early May every year. It starts in Cagliari and heads to the Romanesque Church of Saint Efisio, located on the beach.
Saint Efisio is honored for saving villagers from the plague in 1652. The highlight of the celebration is the parade with horsemen, launedda players and decorated oxcarts that accompany a float carrying a statute of the saint. At least 5,000 villagers attend.
At the conclusion of the procession, there is a large festival with plenty of food and dancing. Full of tradition and culture, it is the most important event held on the island of Sardinia.
Fun Fact: Though it is located on the coast, Villasimius has never relied on fishing for income. The villagers harvested almonds, wheat and granite.
Local Dish: Mussels au gratin is made with garlic, parsley, oil and pepper sprinkled with cheese and baked to golden perfection. The mussels are caught the same day they are served.
Local Day Trip: Visit the least crowded beach, Cala Caterina. It is accessible via water and a rocky trail. Bring along fins, mask and water shoes for snorkeling. While there, explore the Spanish fortification and spend the day soaking up the sun on the beach.
Because the island of Sardinia was relatively isolated for centuries, the locals had to rely on local resources. The products designed and made on the island are creative and quite sophisticated.
Cloth products produced in Villasimius are exquisite. The colored rugs are to be treasured, and any items produced on a loom are breathtaking. They include table cloths, cushion covers, blankets and tapestries. The intricate geometric patterns on white cloth created by locals are remarkable works of art. Pottery is popular in the region with the colors, shapes and designs indicating which town certain products originated in.
If there is room in your suitcase, taking wine home is a lovely idea. The island produces a fine selection of both red and white wines that make great gifts!
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