|Tomatoes are used generously in sauces, as are artichokes, fava beans, peas, eggplant and zucchini. Foods here are redolent of herbs, including wild fennel, juniper and myrtle, used with hare, boar and game birds. Rock lobsters, crabs, anchovies, squid, clams and sardines, that may have taken their name from the island, form the basis for spicy fish soups called ’burrida’ and ’cassola’. Near Núoro, in the Barbagia hills, suckling pig called ’porceddu’ is skewered on poles of aromatic wood and turned for hours. Each Sardinian village bakes its own breads, variations on the large round loaves known as tondus, the doughnut shaped cnzzula or stick-like zicchi. The island boasts a tempting range of sweet biscuits, fritters, pastries and cakes, which often contain almond, ricotta, raisins and elaborate spices. Whichever type of cuisine you choose, your villa holiday in Sardinia villa holiday will be an epicurean’s dream.|| ||If you take a Sardinia villa holiday one of the daily delights will be shopping for your meals. Apart from the few major towns like Cagliari, Núoro, Oristano, Olbia, Sassari and Alghero, all smaller towns will possess the basics of an outdoor market, butcher, baker or general ’alimentari’ shop or general grocer. Your owner will be able to advise you of market days and shop hours. We recommend the local fish markets for the best in colour, noise, the freshest fish caught that morning, the cheapest prices and a wonderful insight into the Sardinian way of life. || ||You will have the opportunity to enjoy some excellent local wines on your villa holiday in Sardinia villa holiday. Lamb and kid are usually served with the full dry Cannonau though a good alternative is Carignano del Sulcis. Fish dishes tend to be complimented more by the full-flavored Vermentino di Gallura, the very dry Nuragus di Cagliari or Torbato from the Alghero area.|| |
The island of Sardinia does not just offer spectacular stretches of coastline and emerald seas...... there are some real treasures to admire here. At the centre of the gulf and the capital of the province sits Cagliari. Rich in artistic heritage it has the fabulous fortified quarter of Castello rich in monuments such as the medieval castle the Bastione di Saint Remy and St. Mary’s Cathedral to name but a few. The S’Archittu a Santa Caterina is a natural monument and at 15m high this natural arch created by the erosion of time was once a sea cave and now a protected area admired by thousands of visitors each year.
The western part of the province in the town of Pula, lies the Park of Nora where this island’s Roman history can still be seen with remains of buildings and mosaics.
For those who don’t wish to move far from the beach, the Aragonese Building lying in front of the well-known Pelosa beach is one of the oldest sighting towers in Sardinia.