"Calasetta, Sardegna" Calasetta by giampiero6

Calasetta Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 76 photos

Calasetta is a magnificent and beautiful spot on the small island, L'isola di Sant' Antioco, off the Southwestern Tip of Sardinia. It features beautiful little half moon beaches, superb water, some of the best food in the world and an open, relaxed and friendly folk. This place is the very essence of Mediterranean. It's dazzling sun glinting off turqoise water. It's perfumed arid landscape that comes alive at dawn. Long warm nights, brilliant colors, scents and tastes. Come here once and you'll never want to leave.

Calasetta is a quiet, lovely little spot where the pace of life is still dictated by the rhythms of the earth and sea, the seasons. It's full over wonderful, friendly, warm and open people. In the summer on cool evenings, the piazza and main street is filled with people strolling, chatting, flirting, from small children to 80 year olds. Groups of singers and guitar players stroll around serenading citizens on their balconies until all hours of the night. Times change, but I hope this place never does too much.

By Italian standards, Calasetta is a relatively recent settlement dating to the 1700's. The town was settled by Genoese colonists who had been expelled from the Tunisian island of Tabarka. (not the city) and later Piedmontese. The local dialect is still a kind of Genoese called Tabarkino that is spoken only here and in the town of Carloforte.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Sea, Macchia Mediterranea, Lovely People, Great Food!,
  • Cons:None. OK sometimes it's toooo hot.
  • In a nutshell:The Essence of 'Mediterranean'
  • Last visit to Calasetta: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated Jul 21, 2011
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  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    only been 5000 miles away in Sardinia South Carolina looks wonderful

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I'm overdue to visit your Italian world, so this Sardinian gem comes, actually, as some surprise. Nice hometown reviews...

  • VT_Tipoftheday's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Cool page.

  • CruisingGoddess's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    I want to go here too.

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Jul 26, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I want to go here!!

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    OK, GP - You sent me here! Magical - this is the Sardegna I long to see! Somehow I knew when I was there I was missing the good stuff! Grazie, <(•¿•)>

  • marvelous_girl's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    The beach x worth visiting.i enjoyed reading about ur xperience in Calasetta

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    2nd visit :) you've convinced me! need to find the best agro-turismo around :) oh and from where do YOU fly into Elmas usually? I'm thinking Milan this time. Will get a rental at Elmas Airport I suppose? ciao!

  • rozehill's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    What brilliant pictures and info. I just love that Nido Dei Passeri so it is on my list for my next trip over. Your parents look so lovely and the oil making looks so incredible and soooooooooo green

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    You have wonderful photos , good tips interesting place !

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