Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Alghero

Mettiti comodo, Il tuo viaggio verso la Riviera del Corallo inizia ora.

Sant'Elm, protector of fishermen

On 25 June, Alghero celebrates Saint Elmo, the patron saint of fishermen, with a striking parade of boats that sets sail from the port and transports the simulacrum of the saint out to sea.

 

In this "Catalan" city, as in many other communities throughout the Mediterranean, the act of fishing embodies numerous ancient and fascinating religious rituals.

 

In ancient times, boats reaching Alghero in search of coral were required to make an offering to the saint; today, the devotion to Saint Elmo remains very much alive and well amongst the inhabitants of the city, who every year dedicate a major Latin sailing regatta to him.

 

In August, when boats head for every port on Sardinia and throughout the Mediterranean, you can experience first-hand this exciting competition, which takes place against the beautiful backdrop of the coast off Alghero.