What to do in Sardinia in May: events for your diary
The month of May in Sardinia, with its flowering landscapes and warm breezes, has many events programmed for all tastes. The main happenings on the island scheduled for May are as follows:
MONUMENTI APERTI / OPEN MONUMENTS
From 18th April until 31st May, the 19th edition of Monumenti Aperti is taking place across Sardinia. It is a cultural event aimed to show residents and visitors alike, the wealth of the archaeological, historical and environmental heritage of the Mediterranean island. In 51 towns across Sardinia, and 2 in the Italian region of Piedmont, the island will open its doors. Eleven thousand volunteers, including school children, will be on hand to assist and inform visitors. Three of the main Sardinian cities, Cagliari, Sassari and Oristano as well as the town of Settimo San Pietro, will open their doors on the weekend of 9th and 10th May. Participation is free.
FIERA CAMPIONARIA DELLA SARDEGNA / SARDINIAN TRADE FAIR
The 67th edition of the Sardinian Trade Fair takes place in Cagliari from 25th April until 3rd May. It is among the island’s most significant economic events. Among the innovations this year, particular attention will be paid to products and services for senior citizens and active aging. Areas of the fair will be dedicated to local products, with food and wine tasting.
From 1st May ‘til 4th May, Cagliari celebrates its patron saint, Sant’Efisio. This is the most important and significant religious event in the Sardinian capital, when the statue of the saint is carried through the streets of the Stampace area of town to the beach in Nora, 40 km away, where it returns to a church. A long procession follows the saint, with representatives from many towns across the island, all characterised by their rich traditional costumes. Some of the procession are on foot, others on horseback, and some on “traccas”, or wagons pulled by enormous bulls. The carts are decorated in flowers, fruit, traditional utensils and rugs, all an integral part of Sardinian country life and history. Horses are also richly adorned, with flowers and bells. The event is a tribute to a solemn vow made centuries ago, to thank the saint for having liberated the city from the plague. Rose petals are cast down on the streets before the statue passes, filling the air with perfume.
CAVALCATA SARDA / SARDINIAN CAVALCADE
On the penultimate Sunday of May, the Cavalcata Sarda, or Sardinian Cavalcade takes place in Sassari. An ancient folk event of profane character, this year is the 66th edition. The slogan of the event, “There is something deeper than our sea”, accompanies a vast participation from many towns and villages in Sardinia who join for the occasion to dance, sing and perform acrobatics on horseback. In the morning, more than three thousand people dressed in traditional costume parade through the streets of Sassari on foot, on horseback and in wagons. In the afternoon, skilled riders perform spectacular feats on horseback and, in the evening, the town is coloured with traditional dances and choirs. There are many opportunities to taste typical Sardinian products accompanied by a full-bodied red wine.
ICHNUSA SAILING KERMESSE
For sports lovers and more, from 29th May ‘til 31st May, Cagliari will host the Ichnusa Sailing Kermesse 2015, a non-competitive sailing event open to all and accompanied by a full programme of sports, educational and cultural activities. Following the success of the first edition, the Ichnusa Cagliari Rowing Club has decided to repeat the event this year. Organised in collaboration with Yacht Club Quartu with the logistic support of the Italian Sailing School and Renderingstudio, the Ichnusa Sailing Kermesse is inspired by the format of the famous Barcolana in Trieste. The Gulf of Angels and port of Marina Piccola are hosting regattas, sailing, excursions, food and wine tasting, workshops, live music and much more.
Culture, history, traditions, sports, food and wine…what could be better! If you plan your holiday in Sardinia in the month of May, then you have a choice of events to enrich your stay. Enjoy it!