When to come
Spring arrives early here. The sky is immediately brighter, the countryside in bloom and the air fragrant. The sea now seems to emit its own beautiful light, full of every shade of green and blue. This is the best time of year for trekkers and cyclists – and for gastronomic specialities. In May the island’s ancient tradition of tuna fishing takes place and can be savoured in the restaurants and trattorias of U Paize.
In Carloforte, the hot months arrive early and leave later. Everything suddenly comes alive: the streets, the beaches, the sails on the sea, and long evenings in the village. People find enjoyment in being outdoors, in the small streets and squares, on chairs outside their houses, and at tables outside bars and cafes. It is also the season of festivals, fairs and open-air cultural events.
Autumn arrives late in San Pietro. At the beginning, when the first rains open in the north, people are still swimming, boating and sunbathing. The colours of the countryside become more intense and the desire for long walks and bicycle rides returns. The sky also deepens and on certain evenings the sunsets seem to set it on fire.
Winter also comes to San Pietro island. But it is short and different: its climate is mitigated by the surrounding sea, and by February it already gives the promise of Spring. In the meantime, the mistral wind puts on a show on the northern and western coasts of the island, waves thundering on the cliffs and reefs, while in the town the easterly winds arrive dampened by the close proximity of nearby mainland Sardinia.