Top ChoiceCarnival in Mamoiada


Mamoida stages the island's most boisterous Carnevale celebrations. These kick off in mid-January with the Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate, and climax on Shrove Tuesday and the preceding Sunday (February or early...

Top ChoiceReligious in Cagliari

Festa di Sant’Efisio

Visitors descend in droves for this saintly celebration in May. On the opening day the effigy of St Ephisius, Cagliari’s patron saint, is taken from the Chiesa di Sant'Efisio and paraded through the streets on a...

Top ChoiceCarnival in Mamoiada

Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate

Bonfires rage throughout Mamoiada for two nights starting on 16 January as half-human, half-animal mamuthones parade through the streets – clad in sheepskins and shaking heavy bells – accompanied by white-masked,...

Top ChoiceCultural in Inland Oristano Province


On 6 and 7 July Sedilo hosts Oristano’s most exciting festival, S’Ardia, when nearly 50,000 people pack themselves into the tiny village to see Sardinia’s most reckless and dangerous horse race.

Top ChoiceCarnival in Oristano

Sa Sartiglia

Oristano’s carnival is the most colourful on the island. It is attended by hundreds of costumed participants and involves a medieval joust, horse racing and incredible, acrobatic riding.

Carnival in Bosa


Carnevale kicks off with a burning pyre outside the Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate and follows with days of parades, culminating in boisterous celebrations on martedi grasso (Shrove Tuesday).

Religious in Iglesias

Settimana Santa

In the week before Easter, Iglesias celebrates its Spanish roots and traditions in a series of dramatic religious processions. Every night between Holy Tuesday and Good Friday, white-hooded participants bear...

Carnival in Barbagia

Shrove Tuesday in Ottana

The village of Ottana, near the geographic centre of Sardinia, is home to some of the island's most dramatic carnival celebrations, rivalling those of Mamoiada. Shrove Tuesday festivities here culminate in a...

Religious in Cabras

Festa di San Salvatore

To mark the Festa di San Salvatore on the first weekend in September, hundreds of young men participate in the Corsa degli Scalzi, a traditional barefoot dash between Cabras and San Salvatore. The run, which is...

Religious in Nuoro

Sagra del Redentore

The Sagra del Redentore (Feast of Christ the Redeemer), in the last week of August, is Nuoro's main event and one of Sardinia’s most exuberant folkloric festivals, attracting costumed participants from across the...

Cultural in Santadi

Sa Coia Maurreddina

Like many rural towns, Santadi celebrates its traditions in high style. On the first Sunday of August, townspeople gather for Sa Coia Maurreddina (the Moorish Wedding), a costumed rite accompanied by folk...

Cultural in Oliena

Autunno in Barbagia

From September to December, 27 mountain villages in Barbagia take it in turns to host a weekend of events, from cheese-making workshops to exhibitions and craft demonstrations. Residents open their doors to...

Cultural in Oliena

Settimana Santa

The village is a hive of festive activity during Easter week. The culmination of the weeklong celebrations is the S’Incontru (The Meeting), a boisterous procession on Easter Sunday in which bearers carry a statue...

Religious in Sassari

I Candelieri

A big summer festival, held every 14 August. Teams wearing medieval costumes and representing various 16th-century guilds bear nine wooden columns (the ‘candlesticks’) through town. The celebrations have their...

Religious in Bosa

Festa di Santa Maria del Mare

For four days around the first Sunday of August, Bosa celebrates the Festa di Santa Maria del Mare. Fishers form a colourful procession of boats to accompany a figure of the Virgin Mary from Bosa Marina to the...

Religious in Villasimius & Capo Carbonara

Festa della Madonna del Naufrago

The Festa della Madonna del Naufrago, Villasimius' big annual event, is held towards the end of July. The highlight is a boat procession to a spot off the coast where a statue of the Virgin Mary lies on the...

Food & Drink in Muravera & Torre Salinas

Sagra degli Agrumi

Held on the first or second Sunday before Easter, Muravera's big annual celebration is dedicated to the town's fabled citrus fruit. Events include tastings, concerts, workshops and a colourful parade of folk...

Parade in Sassari

Cavalcata Sarda

One of Sardinia’s highest-profile festivals is held in Sassari on the second-last Sunday of May. Thousands of people converge on the city to participate in costumed processions, to sing and dance and to watch...

Sports in San Teodoro

Extreme Fun Games

San Teodoro embraces its role as a beach-sports capital with this late summer blowout. An international crowd convenes for four days of kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding competitions,...

Cultural in Sant'Antioco

Festa di Sant'Antioco

Held over four days around the second Sunday after Easter, this festival celebrates the town's patron saint with processions, traditional music, dancing, fireworks and concerts. It's one of the oldest saint's...