West Sardinia beaches

West Sardinia beaches

We want to point out some of the most beautiful beaches of western Sardinia. In particular, we go together to discover some of the beaches of the province of Oristano. The view is unique and most of the beaches are protected from the environmental point of view. The province of Oristano is an ideal place for practicing disciplines lubbers as kite surfing, sailing and snorkeling. The presence of the wind favors all sailing sports.

Beach Is Arenas

More than 6 km long. And ‘characterized by a unique landscape in Europe consists of sand dunes, a small desert afforested over the decades with pines and acacias. The beach has a golden yellow sand and presents on the shoreline shells and pebbles, grains of rice. The view on a clear day extends to Alghero 80 km away, while behind you can see the forests of Montiferru. Several services are available for campers, camping, 4 and 5 star hotels, restaurants and bars in the pine forest. The shore is especially popular with practitioners Wind surfing seen that in some days blowing a strong wind and constant.

Beach S’Archittu

Characterized by a rock arch that rises to 9 meters above water level.

Beach Is Aruttas

And ‘composed of small grains of quartz with alternating shades of pink, green, white. And ‘one of the most popular beaches by surfers who come here even in winter. The water is naturally clean and crystalline. Not far from the Roman Phoenician city of Tharros, near the fishing village of San Giovanni di Sinis, and the village of San Salvatore di Sinis, Arutas presents surrounded by great natural wealth, such as the nearby oasis of Seu, over the other beautiful beaches, although less known, of Mari Ermi and Maimoni, also characterized by sand grains of quartz.

Beach Potzu Idu

A beach of fine white sand, with shades of gray, the beach Potzu Idu is surrounded by salt marshes and is suitable for families and especially children due to shallow waters that make it safer for the less experienced of marine environments.

Beach of San Giovanni Sinis

It is a beach for feature wooden huts of fishermen and nearby excavations of the ancient Punic civilization in nearby Tharros.

Prama Giants

Prama Giants

The Giants Prama are the only statues that the world “Nuragico” there has so far never returned. They are on display in the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari and in the Civic Museum of Cabras near Is Arenas, along with models of low stone and betili found at the same site of Sa Marigosa, location of Sinis, in 1974.

The Giants Mont’e Prama are nuragiche sculptures in the round. Were found by chance in Cabras, near Oristano. The statues are carved in sandstone chalky local and their height varies between 2 and 2.5 meters. According to the hypothesis, the dating of Kolossoi – name by which he called the archaeologist Giovanni Lilliu – ranging from the eighth century BC the ninth, a hypothesis that could make it one of the oldest statues in the Mediterranean basin, as antecedents to Kouroi of ancient Greece.

The sculptures were laid for the most part in the necropolis discovered in Monte de Prama, a relief of moderate altitude (50 m) located in a strategic position at the center of the Sinai Peninsula. Another sculptural fragment – namely a head – was found elsewhere at the sacred well of Banatou of Narberth, not far from the necropolis, along with various ceramic finds that both Punic. Because of its geographical position, in ancient times the Sinai Peninsula was a bridgehead for the routes to the Balearic Islands and the Iberian Peninsula, always related to Sardinia. In the Balearic Islands in fact stood the Talaiotic Culture, in many respects similar to Civilization nuragica and Torrean.

At present, the area of ​​Mont’e Prama represents a monumental tomb, a site in which to celebrate the ancestors-heroes through the exaltation of the power and greatness, which values ​​an élite population: the aristocracy of Nuragic people.

These majestic and powerful sculptures style oriental have been converted from single blocks that could weigh up to 400 pounds.

The statues depict the archers that beyond the arc have an arm protected by a sheath and a glove, warriors wielding a round shield and finally the finely decorated pugilists armed with a glove and a protective shield over his head. All the statues have nose and eyebrows marked and big eyes consist of two concentric circles, to express, probably, power and magic.

For these features, the researchers believe that the construction of the sanctuary is to be a company that possessed human resources and materials that can express the Heroon Mont’e Prama of their belonging to a social class elitist.

This archaeological discovery is new not only to Sardinia but throughout the geographical area between Greece and the Atlantic.

Oristano

Oristano

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Oristano is located on the central west coast of Sardinia, facing the bay. The old center dates back to the eleventh century and keeps the majestic Tower of St. Christopher, also called Porta Manna (the great gate). In medieval times the city was ruled by Eleanor of Arborea, the promoter of the “Paper Logu”, one of the first codes of written laws in Europe. The area is characterized by the presence of numerous wetlands and lagoons. Among them it can be noted the Cabras lagoon, known for the presence of flamingos in summer. The city’s economy is based on confectionery, fish farming, agriculture, pottery, wood, wrought iron and viticulture. Very famous the “Vernaccia”, a wine to be enjoyed with the typical almond sweets. The most awaited event of the year is the carnival: Sunday and Mardi Gras is time for the “Sartiglia”, an exciting equestrian tournament rich in history and traditions. Other places to visit are the Antiquarian Arborense, at the ancient Palazzo Parpaglia, where you can see various archaeological remains from the excavations of the Phoenician-Punic city of Tharros. Regarding the religious buildings, we suggest to visit both the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in the historic city center and also the small church of Santa Chiara, hidden among the streets of downtown, one of the rare examples of Gothic style in Sardinia.

Cabras

Cabras

A few kilometers from Oristano is Cabras, a town with one-storey houses which preserved the ancient plant. It is located at the edge of the pond homonymous, one of the largest freshwater pools in Sardinia connected to the sea through a series of channels. Once pon a time people went fishing on the pond with pointed boats called, “is fassonis”, built from marsh grasses dried in the sun, using the same technique used by the Phoenicians. Still to the Phoenicians seems to date the recipe of the “sa merca” typical dish of Cabras: mullet is wrapped in lacustrine grasses and left to soak in salt water. The oldest evidence of human presence in the territory comes from Cuccuru is Arrius, where tombs have been found dating back to the Neolithic period (4000 BC). The statuettes found amongst the burial testify to the religiousness of that period permeated by the cult of the God Taurus and Mother Goddess. Nuragic era date back the monumental stone statues of warriors and athletes from the site on Mount Prama, today kept in National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari. Of special interest for a historical and archaeological point of view is the area of Tharros, since there are numerous remains of the Nuraghic period, including two Nuraghi and the hilltop village of Muru Mannu. The foundation of the urban center took place around the end of the eighth century BC for the Phoenicians. The ruins of the urban center preserves rather especially the Roman phase. The most ancient remains come from the two cremation cemetery dating from about the middle of the seventh century. B.C.

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