Traditional festivals in Sardinia: the 2016 edition of Cavalcata sarda

  • Published: 14-04-2016
  • Category: Events

Sardinia traditional festivals: Cavalcata sarda 2016

A very old event, which took place for the first time 1711. Over time, it has changed. But its spirit remained the same. Traditions and folklore will be the protagonists of Cavalcata sarda 2016, in Sassari, on May 21 and 22.


The cavalcata

The first “modern” Cavalcata sarda took place in 1899 in honour of King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. Since then, the Cavalcata sarda has become a kind of rite:

  • In the morning, folk groups, wearing the traditional Sardinian costumes, parade on foot, on horseback or on traccas (traditional carts decorated with flowers) through the streets of Sassari.
  • In the afternoon, in the hippodrome of Sassari, horse riders perform in acrobatics.
  • In the evening, traditional songs and dances in the square of Sassari.


How to get there

The main tourist port near Sassari is Porto Torres: take via Sassari towards south and follow the road signs to Sassari; the journey by car takes about 20 minutes.


Porto Torres

Cavalcata sarda is a 2-days event. And it could be a good occasion to spend a couple of days in Porto Torres, where there are so many things to see: the beaches, the ancient Roman baths, basilicas and the beautiful Asinara Island.


Further information

For further information about Cavalcata sarda 2016 in Sassari, you can visit Sassari municipality official website,


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