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Teulada

The Tower of Sant'Isidoro, Teulada

The village of Teulada is to be found in the south-western part of Sardinia. It is situated on the splendid Costa del Sud, and is renowned for its marvellous beaches and crystalline sea. Surrounded by a landscape which is still wild and unspoilt, it offers features and scenery of a thousand surprises. Its coastline alternates long beaches with rugged and jagged coasts and is characterised by the splendid Capo Malfatano, which encloses a good stretch of coast as far as its extreme point of Capo Teulada. Teulada also offers suggestive high altitude panoramas to its visitors in the forest of Gutturu Mannu and on Mount Punta Sebera. The name Teulada goes back to the Latin "tegula", documenting the great production of terracotta in the area. The area was inhabited in ancient times by the native populations, as is demonstrated by the presence of around twenty nuraghi and also by the numerous archaeological findings brought to light inside the cave of Mount Sa Cona, used by the Pre-Nuraghic peoples as a burial place and which has restored pottery shards referable to the Culture of Bonnanaro. The Phoenicians and Carthaginians exploited the welcoming coasts of Teulada from the Iron Age onwards. Some of the most important settlements are the one at Malfatano, where we find the remains of a Punic tophet on the little island facing the Tuerredda beach, the submerged Port of Melqart and an ancient Punic cave near the Piscinnì beach. The town of Tegula sprang up near the coast in the Roman period, in the area indicated today as Sant'Isidoro. The centre was found along the communications route that connected Karalis with Sulci. The village, which had sprung up on the coast, finally moved towards the hinterland because of the continual attacks by the Saracens who made the coasts so unsafe. During the Middle Ages, the village was annexed to the curatoria of Sulcis and became part of the Giudicato of Cagliari.

 

With its territory of such notable beauty, Teulada certainly deserves a visit for the splendid beaches of Tuerredda, Porto Zafferano and Portu Tramatzu. For boat lovers, the tourist port has been equipped as good as new and can berth as many as 133 vessels with a maximum length of thirty metres. Despite its small size, Porto Budello is very characteristic with the typical fishermen’s boats and the little harbour of Capo Malfatano. From an environmental point of view, you can go for pleasant outings in the area of the Gutturu Mannu forest, rich with endemic plants, age-old ilex and cork trees and the Mediterranean shrub of a thousand perfumes and colours. Numerous very suggestive caves pierce the mountain area and can be visited in the company of a guide from Teulada’s Speleo Club. The inhabited centre develops in a series of narrow climbing little streets in the historic centre and others that run in a straight–line. In the centre of Teulada, the Parish Church of the Madonna del Carmelo, built halfway through the seventeenth century, is of notable interest. It has a plain façade in Neoclassical style and preserves remarkable marble furnishings. The late Gothic Church of San Francesco has a sanctuary covered with a wooden trussed roof and a simple facade with a bell gable. The little Church of Sant'Isidoro rises in the countryside, in the place where the first settlement of ancient Teulada must have stood. The baronial house of the Sanjust family, feudatories of Teulada, stands in front of the parish church and is today used to house temporary exhibitions. Tradition is deeply felt: craftwork ranges from textiles, with carpets and tapestries, to the working of cork, leather and pottery. Embroidery too has been carried out here since ancient times and one stitch in particular actually takes the name of "punto Teulada" (Teulada stitch), because it was invented here. The male costume of Teulada has been the subject of a strong Iberian influence and is most particular and characteristic, as compared to the other costumes of the Sardinian tradition. The costume is composed of a grey wide-brimmed sombrero, with a bolero shaped jacket and a wide-necked shirt with a linen collar. The "bragas" (trousers) are wide and are calf-length. An amulet is kept in the leather belt, known as "sa punga a giunchiglia", used to ward off the evil eye. The religious feast are very heartfelt and involve a great number of the local population. At the end of June, “San Giovanni Battista” is celebrated with the rite of "is goppais e is gommais de froris" (the godfathers and the godmothers of the flowers) and the lighting of "su fogaroni" (the bonfire). In July, the Patron Saint of the Madonna del Carmelo is celebrated and in August it is the turn of the feast in honour of Sant'Isidoro, the Patron Saint of farmers. The little statue of the Saint is carried in a procession as far as the little country church followed by numerous groups in costume coming from all over the Island. The event is held in the summer and attracts a great number of tourists. In August too, the “Bread and Cheese Festival” is organised in the large garden of the baronial house. The old women of the village, dressed in their typical traditional costumes, knead the bread which is then cooked in a wood-burning oven and offered to the tourists. Finally, an important international meeting is the “Scultura e Pietra" (Sculture and Stone) event, which every year sees more and more artists from all over the world taking part.

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