San Pantaleo is a quaint, picturesque village perched in the hills of the Gallura region of Sardinia that embodies the peacefulness and tranquility of this majestic island.
This charming, timeless town is a treasure hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy towns of the Costa Smeralda.
Its narrow streets are lined with stone-built homes, artisan shops, trendy cafes and restaurants, and colourful flora.
Every Thursday morning the winding streets of the town square transform into a busy market, boasting treasures created by local artists, such as ceramics and paintings, fruits and vegetables, as well as local delicacies, such as honey, cheese, and meats.
Surprisingly, after spending every single summer in Sardinia for the last 12 years, this was the first time I visited the market in San Pantaleo.
What makes it stand out from other traditional markets is the variety of artistic pieces showcased by local artisans.
While the majority of small town markets offer mainly food and other basics such as tablecloths, clothing, and commercialized jewelry, this market is also full of authentic and unique clothing and art pieces.
With the kids in tow, my mother-in-law and I did a quick walk-through (because, um, we had the kids in tow!) just so I could get a feel for the authenticity of the market and drool over the local treasures and delicacies.
Next Thursday, the kids will surely be staying home so I can take my time strolling through the streets, stopping to admire every intriguing kiosk along the way!