Celebrating Easter in Sardinia in these traditional villages.
In the middle of spring – on Sunday, April 17 – Easter will be celebrated in 2022. Thanks to the mild climate typical of this period, with the first warm April sun we can devote ourselves to picnics, excursions and walks on the beach.
Spring – a symbol of life and rebirth – offers the best time to reconcile with oneself and beauty in the most authentic way possible. It’s the season of blossoming, of the awakening of nature and Sardinia, with its rich and wild landscapes, has all the necessary ingredients for a well-deserved anti-stress holiday.
Everyone who’s in Sardinia knows: in spring, between April and May, the island reaches its maximum splendor. Fields in bloom, intense colors of the fields, long sunny days and beaches still deserted. Celebrating Easter in Sardinia means enjoying nature, eating typical dishes and getting to know some of the oldest traditions.
If you’ve decided to spend your Easter vacations in Sardinia (#greatchoice!), we give you some suggestions on what to do and which places between north, center and south are worth a visit.
Let’s hope that the year 2022 will mean a return to normal Easter celebrations. Please note that there may still be changes to the calendar due to pandemic-related restrictions.
Easter in Iglesias. This small town in southern Sardinia prepares for Holy Week celebrations with a mix of Sardinian and Spanish traditions. Don’t miss the Good Friday procession followed by Is Baballottis. The faithful, dressed all in white, accompany the statue of Christ in a solemn and cordial procession through the streets of the whole village.
What to do in Iglesias. Take the opportunity to visit the south of Sardinia. Iglesias was one of the mining towns in the region. It’s very interesting to visit the abandoned mines, which now serve as museums and mineral parks.
Where to stay. If you want to stay off of the beaten track and be in touch with a real Sardinia style Agriturismo Sa Rocca offers you great food and wonderful views of the countryside. Prices start at 59€ per night.
In our guide to southern Sardinia you’ll find some tips on what to do and see in the south of Sardinia, including the town of Iglesias
Easter in Alghero. Another city with strong Spanish influence and specifically Catalan character is Alghero. It’s called ” Alguer” in Catalan and is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sardinia.
Here you’ll find everything you need for a great spring vacation: beautiful beaches, a lively historical center and plenty of excursions and activities in the natural park of Porto Conte.
The Setmana Santa of Alghero reaches the peak of the Easter celebrations with the processions of the Mysteries on Tuesday and Good Friday
What to do in Alghero. The so-called Little Barcelona offers the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful beaches and many activities in Porto Conte Park. Try the restaurants and the small birrerias to taste wine and craft beer in the historic town, and of course the specialty, the Catalan lobster. Trattoria Lo Romani and Ristorante Mabrouk, to name just two of the best restaurants!
Where to stay. Rural living in the heart of the natural park. One of the best locations in Alghero, just minutes from the beach. bluAlghero Cottages with private garden and barbecue. Prices from 50€ per night. Among the typical hotels in the heart of the historic center, we recommend the San Francesco Heritage Hotel, an ancient monastery dating back to the 14th century. Prices from 59 € per night.
Easter in Orgosolo. Let’s not forget that Sardinia isn’t only the sea, but that its history lies in the beautiful hinterland, rich in historic villages and ancient traditions. What better occasion to get to know the heart of Sardinia.
Drive up to the mountains of Barbagia and when – the sea seems so far away that you don’t even believe you’re still in Sardinia – you’ve finally arrived at the Village-Museum of Orgosolo.
Remaining in the typical celebrations of the Holy Week of Orgosolo, the most exciting moment is Easter Sunday. At the moment of S’Incontru the whole village reaches the main square. Many faithful walk through the streets in the traditional Sardinian dress and recite the rosary in the ancient Orgolan language.
In a world so fast and often superficial, it’s a pure feeling to stop and witness this ancient and profound rite.
What to do in Orgosolo. Look at the murals scattered in the houses of the village. There are more than 200 in the small old streets. Your iPhone battery must be 100% charged, because you won’t stop taking pictures from house to house.
Where to stay. Just between the two villages of Orgosolo and Oliena the B&B Jannas has cozy rooms and a lovely pool with the impressive Gennargentu view. Prices start at 70€ per night.
Easter in Castelsardo. A place that must be seen. Its beauty is undeniable. In this small medieval town you can breathe history and the charm of the ancient Sardinian traditions.
The Holy Week, divided into different moments, has as its most important day the Lunissanti (Karmon) day with the nocturnal procession through the streets of the historical center. The singing of the three choirs (lu Miserere, lu Stabat, lu Jesu) accompanies the procession with a very evocative Sardinian/medieval melody.
What to do in Castelsardo. Be sure to visit Castello dei Doria and the Museum of Weaving (Museo dell’Intreccio), one of the oldest arts in Sardinia. The many beaches around Castelsardo are also worth a visit.
In our guide to Castelsardo you’ll find everything you can’t miss.
Where to stay. Very friendly B&B only a short drive from Castelsardo centre. At La Roccia dell’Elefante you can enjoy the very new rooms and the best Cappuccino! Prices from 70€ per room.
5. Santu Lussurgiu
Easter in Santu Lussurgiu. Among the most important moments of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum (the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ) is Maundy Thursday. The Last Supper of Christ is recalled and continued with a torchlight procession that stops at different sides of Santu Lussurgiu. The choir Su Cuncordu ‘and su Rosariu accompanies it along the way, intoning the verses of the Miserere.
The other important rite is the Good Friday and the S’Iscravamentu. The four-part choruses in Latin and Sardinian accompany all the celebrations of Holy Week. Su Miserere and Sa novena songs, dating back to 1600, are still included in the original repertoire, which has been passed down through the centuries.
What to do in Santu Lussurgiu. A beautiful landscape surrounds this small town of just over 2000 inhabitants. The waterfalls of Sos Molinos are only a few kilometres away from the village and are worth the whole – not very comfortable – trip to reach them. The best time to discover them is in spring: a small paradise hidden in the wildest area of Sardinia.
Where to stay. Something unique sleeping in the boutique Hotel Antica Dimora del Gruccione with a internal lovely garden. The old palace has rustic rooms and a restaurant to taste traditional sardinian food. From 100€ per night.
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