Calasetta Things to Do
I definitely suggest taking a stroll in Calasetta. Beside the city main square, a lot of nice streets will make the perfect scenery for a relaxing walk back home after a day spent sunbathing.Remember to climb up to the tower (visible from everywhere!) to enjoy a panorama on this small city sourrounded by a wonderful sea :-)more
Chia is 1 hour by car from Calasetta and Sant'Antioco on the way to Cagliari, but if you love nice beaches and sea, that's the place for you. Chia beach is a huge bay and can thus be very windy. If it is too much windy, you can move to the close Cala Cipolla (Onion Bay :-)), a smaller bay reachable by foot, as we did!We enjoyed spending the whole...more
I definitely suggest stopping on the bridge connecting the San Teodoro island to Sardinia mainland at sunset. Besides the stunning colours of the sky reflecting into the sea, you'll have the chance to see a large number of pink flamingoes resting in the calm water of this area.Remember to bring a pair of binoculars, flamingoes are quite far from...more
Le Saline is one of Calasetta beaches which absolutely deserves a visit.Being a bay, water is very calm and the atmosphere is relaxed. Remember to bring some food if you intend to spend the whole day there because the city is quite far and there is no bar or stall selling food and drinks.I loved this beach because I felt very close to nature:...more
Calasetta beach can quickly be reached on foot from Calasetta downtown.Our impression on this beach is definitely positive. Since there are a lot of beaches on San Teodoro island, none of them is too much crowded, including Calasetta beach.Water is very clean, above all on the right-hand side, and, being a bay, very calm.A nice bar/restaurant on...more
The North Western Shores of the Island of Sant'Antioco on which Calasetta is situated is characterised by steep and high cliffs overlooking the ocean. It's a great spot from which to stare out at the wine dark sea. At some spots intrepid travelers can find cracks in the face through which they can climb down to the rocks. BE CAREFUL!more
Palomar Café is right on the Marina of Calasetta, offering one of the best outdoor dining accommodation in town. Not too big, but comfortable, Palomar Café offers international breakfast, aperitifs, lunch and dinner with sea food, mediterranean and typical cuisine.Everything is home made and flavored, service is friendly and welcoming, the place is...more
We arrived to Agriturismo Agrifoglio because it was suggested by a friend of us living in the area, and I must admit that we had a great dinner.Being a real agritourism, you cannot book your table for a specific time, you have to be there by the time you are told when you book or you'll be refused!We were served a large selection of delicious...more
I did not ask to see a menu and was treaded like a guest in a loving family home. I ate an antipasto of shellfish, small fish cakes, baby octopus, local tuna and anchovies. I was then served cous cous with wild boar and then a hand made pasta with potato and pesto. Just when I could not eat any more then the owners of this fine restaurant sat with...more
The freshest seafood fished straight from the surrounding waters. Calasetta has an outstanding tradition as a world class producer of food.The fish caught off it's shores...the high grade tuna, and highly prized mediterranean fish is matched by the world's finest tomatoes, high quality grapes used in such famous wines as Terre Brune, and the...more
OK. So they're my cousins. They also happen to purvey the best freshest seafood in the area. They'll go out in boats in the morning and the fish will be delivered fresh to the store 5 mintues later. See the Travelogue below for the fun! The seafood along the coast is amazing, especially when prepared with the home touch!more
This place is or was great. Haven't been there in a couple of years, but it used to be great. You could just go and they would tell you what they had. Whatever was fresh. Someone might have hunted a wild boar, or picked some mushrooms or whatever and that's what you got. Also they made their own wines and cheeses and everything.more
If you find yourself here. You are about 5000 miles off course. This Sardinia is in South Carolina and the picture makes a great postcard that I sent to my friends in Sardinia (italy). Sardinian roads are not as wide and spacious as the roads in America, but a major rehab of the Carlo Felice from Cagliari to Sassari had made crossing the island a...more
Getting to Calasetta is relatively easy with the (being enhanced) Cagliari (soon to be) International Airport. It's a small and relatively efficient little airport. Flights generally connect through Milano, Rome, Naples, Genova, Verona and a few others. In the summer increased service is from the rest of continental Europe. It's approximately 1...more
Calasetta Tourist Traps
Anti Tourist Trap. Calasetta is not...
Calasetta is not the Costa Smeralda or the jet set hot spots. It's stil possible to get a relatively untouristy experience. Most tourists come from Italy and some from northern europe and scandinavia. I've met only a handful of americans since I was a child. It's still a bit of a novelty for people to see an american here.Most people who come here come year after year and rent houses or have some familial ties.
Calasetta Off The Beaten Path
There are some parts on the Island here, that are less exlpored and magical. It's hard to get there and pretty rocky, but if you get a mountain bike, you can head out the a pine forest that lines the cliffs of the far end of the island. From here you can descend into the fragrant forest and reach the cliffs. Work your way down and take a little dip...more
2 Hotels in Calasetta
A village suspended in time
Favorite thing: Calasetta is a fishermen’s village surrounded by the sea located on the tip of the Island of Sant’Antioco, south west Sardinia. The Island is is linked by a bridge to main Island Sardinia.
No question that one of the most common reasons for taking a trip to Sardinia is the beauty of its sea and beaches.
But if you choose the Sulcis Archipelago, Out of the touristic mainstream, you will find also wild nature, traditions and archeology.
Go there to enjoy crystal sea water, white sanded beaches, amazing grottos and cove surrounded by mediterranean scrub full of orchids, aromatic plants and salina ponds with rose flamingos.
The best way to get there is flying to Sardinia with a low cost company from many airports from Italy and Europe. The airport destination will be Cagliari Elmas International Airport, where a direct connection by train will bring you to Carbonia Serbariu, then a bus or a taxi will take you to Calasetta, or you can rent a car.
Fondest memory: The very heart of the village, is the square together with the Savoy Tower uphill square and its amazing view and the Marina with its latin sail wooden boat and ferry terminal to Carloforte on the across Island of San Pietro.
The Beaches are very nice: Spiaggia Sottotorre, La Salina and Spiaggia Grande.
Sottotorre beach is right in the center of the village, very easy to reach on foot.
La Salina beach is 1 km away, beautiful with its white dunes on which junipers grow and lilies of San Pancrazio bloom. Facing the Island of San Pietro, protected from many winds, la Salina beach has crystal-clear sea like you never imagined it. Spiaggia Grande is more windy and beloved by surfers.
These beaches are a mere starting point, not a full selection of the many options. You can also visit grottos and rock coves as well as smooth plateau of rocks, like at the Tonnara cape (the old tuna fish working plant). The island of Sant’Antioco has more gorgeous beaches and it’s worth a tour.
Calasetta has its own unique tradition of being one of the four living testimony in the diaspora of the Tabarkini population an ancient Genoese community that colonized the island of Tabarka in Tunisia from 1500 to around 1700.
The village was founded by the settlers escaped from an enslavement attempt by the Bey of Tunis.
The Tabarkini has retained their ancient Genoese traditions, such as the typical language and the flavored cuisine that keep Genoese fish food history, contaminated by some Arab influence, such as cus-cus.
Calasetta is now inhabited all year around by almost 3000 people that live mainly on fishing, agriculture, sailing and tourism.
I will not suggest the camping even if you travel on a budget as you can be more comfortable by renting a typical fishermen house or choosing one of the welcoming bed and breakfast.
You can walk late morning to the marina to buy fresh fish from fishermen or local fresh fruits and vegetable at the farmers' market.Related to:
- Sailing and Boating