May and June are the months for country feasts and festivals, and parades in
traditional costumes. The most famous of these is the celebration of
Sant'Efisio in Cagliari (
which we discussed in an issue of this publication last summer. Another
grand folk festival takes place on Ascension Sunday: the Cavalcata Sarda in Sassari (
Near Nuoro, in Lula, the novena for San Francesco
is celebrated instead. Around the middle of the month, just about
every town celebrates Sant'Isidore, patron saint of messengers and farmers.
It's nearly impossible for a tourist not to find a festival, complete with a
parade, folk dancing and music in any town on the island during the month of
When the Spring/Summer season begins the warm weather permits the outdoor
staging of many feasts. And among these,we have selected the festival of
cherries in Vilacidro and the festival of honey in Montevecchio, scheduled
together during the first days of June. The festival of cherries goes back
many years and has become a classic, must see in Spring.
The festival of honey, on the other hand, is new, and was created as an
attempt to revitalize and introduce people to the mining center of Sardinia,
which risks being forgotten by tourists, and abbandoned by nearby inhabitants
now that most of the mines have been shut down.