Beautiful Beaches,Wonderful People, Superb Food!
Visit the beautiful beaches, eat the unbelievable food, meet the warm and lovely people and just enjoy yourself. There are far too many fondest memories to list, but I think the place perfectly encapsulates the true essence of the term Mediterranean. The quality of light, the essential nature, the perfumes of the land. The warm nights, the culture. The food.
Especially in the smaller towns people are extremely, hospitable and kind. It's in their nature to give. But you must pay attention and return the favor. Really it's only good manners, but alot of people don't have them. In much of Sardegna (less in the interior) and especially in Calasetta, there is a warm friendly openness. People are cheerful and very welcoming, they will ply you with hospitality and friendship. It's a genuine and rare gift these days. My friend Vittorio's mom and brothers are like my surrogate family when I'm not with my own family or cousins.
Castello di Siliqua.
Castello di Siliqua. This ruined castle lies a top a hill and offers a beautiful panorama of the Sulcis region! The view is great and for fans of Dante...it is the setting for Count Ugolino's cannibalism of his son. Climb up it, but try not to go in the summer...tooo hot!
Calasetta is located on the Northern part of San Teodoro island, which is connected to Sardinia mainland by means of a bridge dating back to Roman times (of course, it has been continuously renovated!). Thanks to its "isolation", this area has been protected by mass toursim (similarly to most southern Sardinia regions).
Calasetta was the last :( stop of our late summer Sardinian trip, and I think we couldn't make a better choice: while the North of Sardinia was still in high season, only a few tourists were still enjoying in the South and we had the chance to share this wonderful spot with local people. Shops were closed at night, only non-touristic restaurants were still open, people singing in the main square and children running in the streets, lovely beaches, crystal waters..
Calasetta is a magnificent and beautiful spot on the small island, L'isola di Sant' Antioco, off the Southwestern Tip of Sardinia. It features beautiful little half moon beaches, superb water, some of the best food in the world and an open, relaxed and friendly folk. This place is the very essence of Mediterranean. It's dazzling sun glinting off turqoise water. It's perfumed arid landscape that comes alive at dawn. Long warm nights, brilliant colors, scents and tastes. Come here once and you'll never want to leave.
Calasetta is a quiet, lovely little spot where the pace of life is still dictated by the rhythms of the earth and sea, the seasons. It's full over wonderful, friendly, warm and open people. In the summer on cool evenings, the piazza and main street is filled with people strolling, chatting, flirting, from small children to 80 year olds. Groups of singers and guitar players stroll around serenading citizens on their balconies until all hours of the night. Times change, but I hope this place never does too much.
By Italian standards, Calasetta is a relatively recent settlement dating to the 1700's. The town was settled by Genoese colonists who had been expelled from the Tunisian island of Tabarka. (not the city) and later Piedmontese. The local dialect is still a kind of Genoese called Tabarkino that is spoken only here and in the town of Carloforte.