There are many reasons why you decide to go to a place. Food, culture, traditions, nightlife, people, they all make it for a potentially unforgettable trip. I know I said in my last post that I was going to start writing about my Brazilian adventure, and so I will, but I’m also going to alternate with other posts from Sardinia because I’ve visited places that are worth showing and met people who are definitely worth introducing to the world.
One of the first things any visitor notices in Sardinia is its hugely diverse landscape, which translates into a fantastic array of colors. I’ve been considering for quite a while to craft a post gathering the different shades I’ve seen all around the island, and now that I’ve been looking at my pictures I found some pretty amazing hues.
Being Sardinia an island of the Mediterranean Sea, most of the colors are given by its natural features, and being surrounded by water, the first color you will see when landing, and during most of your rides along the coast, is obviously a bright blue-green, turquoise.
Blue like the sea. After the first photo, I thought it was the case to publish a close-up of our crystal waters, main reason why locals are always a little wary of beaches abroad! The sea is a blessing: apart from being a great tourist resource thanks to our pristine sandy beaches, it’s also source of life, food and bearer of mild weather conditions all year long.
Gold like the silk of the sea, thousand-year-old tradition native from ancient Mesopotamia and preserved in Sardinia by the only woman in the world who still weaves the byssus, velvety strand secreted by the noble pen shell, fan-shaped mollusc native from the Mediterranean. Chiara Vigo is devoting her life to such tradition and cannot sell her work, although some were estimated even 500,000 euro, but she donates them to museums, presidents, universities and even the Pope.
Black like Mamuthones, ugly masks the origins of which are lost in the mists of time. Probably the embodiment of natives’ ancient spirits, for 2000 years in Mamoiada, quaint hamlet in the Barbagia region, locals have been reproducing this propitiatory ritual in order for our ancestors’ spirits to intercede with pagan divinities for a good harvest at the end of the cold season, when Nature was the only source of life. Their first annual appearance is on January 17th in occasion of Saint Anthony’s festival. Since the main celebration during this feast is lighting fires in many squares of the town, the Mamuthones perform their ritual around them. Needless to say, the sight of these weird creatures dancing in the dark around the fire is utterly beguiling.
Purple like our sunsets. Truth be said, our sunsets boast the most diverse colors, from red to orange to pink. I love watching and photographing them, so I have a great collection, but I particularly like purple sunsets, I find them magic.
Grey like stones. I think in very few places stones play such a pivotal role like in Sardinia. Heart and soul of local culture and traditions, stones are the island’s spine and the king element of all buildings today and in the past. Bronze Age stone towers are scattere all along the territory, prehistoric funerary monuments, sounding stones, different minerals cover the island’s history and culture all around.
Green like the lush vegetation that covers the island, especially its wild areas on high altitude. From mountains to hills to plains, in Sardinia green views are best enjoyed during the cold months and spring time, as when summer starts the landscape becomes straw-colored. I loved being immersed in green at Parco della Giara and Su Gorroppu canyon.