Experiences in southeastern Sardinia

Sardinia is Italy’s second largest island — located in the Mediterranean Sea and only an hour’s sailing from the French island of Corsica.

Sardinia is probably best known for the emerald coast “Costa Smeralda” in the northern part, but also the southern part of Sardinia has a lot to offer. For 4 days we explored the area around Cagliari — the “capital” of Sardinia. There is also a huge amount of Luxury Villas Sardinia or nearly just across Sardinia is also a stay and Luxury Villas Amalfi coast to be rented and enjoy fully in Holidays. Here you get the 9 best experiences in southeastern Sardinia.

9 experiences in southeastern Sardinia

1. UTA — a local festival in honor of Santa Maria

Every year, a festival is held in the village of UTA, where the small church “Santa Maria” celebrates and honors Santa Maria, who in a glass case stands with the baby Jesus on her arm.

The festival is large and in addition to the small church, there are a myriad of stalls with local delicacies, various local crafts, a large amusement park and a lot of entertainment.

2. Nuraghe Cuccurada — Archaeological conical stone towers

On the road between Cagliari and Onistano lies one of Sardinia’s greatest archeological sites, the Nuraghe Cuccurada.

The “Nuraghe” stone towers were discovered in the 1930s and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

In Sardinia there are approx. 700 Nuraghs and they have not been found anywhere else in the world. A Nuraghe is considered to be a kind of castle built of large (boulder similar) stones and built as cone-shaped towers.

Inside the Nuraghe itself, there is a kind of courtyard with walkways that adjoin vaulted entrances to rooms with solid stone walls.

Rooms and entrances were built on several floors, as evidenced by the fact that as early as the year 1200 BC, large-scale mathematical calculations were made on how, how large and which stones were to be placed where.

Rooms and entrances were built on several floors, as evidenced by the fact that as early as the year 1200 BC, large-scale mathematical calculations were made on how, how large and which stones were to be placed where.

The castles were built and inhabited in the Bronze Age and up to the early Iron Age (1200–800 BC). Subsequently, they were recycled in the early Middle Ages (5th century AD) The use of the Nuraghe back in the Bronze Age is still unknown. However, it is believed that the Nuraghe was a form of defense fortress, a palace, a temple or similar. as they are built on “high ground” overlooking the villages of the civilization of that time — some of the Nuraghes are up to 22 m high. It is highly recommended to visit one of Sardinia’s Nuraghes and if you want to make the most of your visit, book a guided tour and Sardinia Villas.

3. GeoMuseo Monte Arci

Monte Arci is a small museum, housed in an old convent from the 16th century. The museum is dedicated to mineral stones from Sardinia’s ancient volcano, Monte Arci.

The museum provides a thorough insight into the different phases of technique that prehistoric men used to develop everything from arrowheads to everyday tools of the many fine stones.

Furthermore, the museum houses an exhibition of Sardinia’s geological development, from the island’s start for approx. 23 million years ago (at the formation of the Mediterranean) and until approx. 6 million years ago, when the island got its current shape.

On the 1st floor, an exhibition has been made of the minerals (stones) jasper, agate, limestone and chalcedony — minerals (stones) which contain fossil remains of animals that lived millions of years ago.

In a separate room, you can see with ultraviolet light how these minerals (stones) are transformed from being greyish to all sorts of beautiful colors.

The monastery’s old courtyard, which in the early days was used as a small sanctuary, still consists with its old well and “doors” to what is today the museum.

4. Archaeological Museum Giovanni Marongiu

At this museum in Cabras, you will get a detailed insight into the many archaeological finds in Sardinia, with a chronological narrative of history up to the Middle Ages.

A very special exhibition is “The Giants of Monte Prama” which are ancient stone sculptures created by the “Nuragic” civilization in Sardinia.

During the excavations, starting in 1974, several tombs with stone-built coffin-like boxes were found, which are believed to have originated from the Nuraghes civilization.

The people in these tombs were both men and women buried in sitting or kneeling positions. When the tombs were found, they lay beneath — what was counted — 5,000 fragments of male statues and other sculptures, made of liquid limestone. The sculptures are believed to be models of the Nuraghian men of the time.

Thanks to contemporary restoration, 28 statues have been identified and among them are 16 boxers, 5 archers and 5 warriors represent. A visit to this museum is highly recommended — book a guide and get the many exciting details. The museum abounds with exciting finds.

5. San Salvatore western by

San Salvatore is a small village with very few inhabitants. Still, the city is world famous thanks to the Italian spaghetti western film “Garter Colt”, which was shot in the city in 1968. The city is also known for its annual “la corsa degli scalzi” festival, where thousands of barefoot young male pilgrims, on the first Saturday in September, come running to the city carrying a statue of Saint Salvatore.

6. Tharros — an archeological village

In the southwestern part of Oristano, lies one of the most important archeological finds in the Mediterranean, namely the village of Tharros with beautiful views of the sea.

Tharros-ruins-experiences-in-southeastern-Sardinia In Tharros stand the ruins of the ancient settlement, where the excavations will never end. Here you can experience more than 2000 years of Sardinian history — from the Nuragian era to the middle of the 11th century.

The city was constantly inhabited from its founding in the 8th century BC. and until in 1070 AD. was abandoned. Today, the whole area is a kind of open-air museum.

Tharros-ruins-experiences-in-southeastern-Sardinia The excavations show finds of towers, fortresses, cemeteries — also a cemetery for children and newborns with hundreds of urns in different sizes (urns which can also be seen at Museum Giovanni Marongiu) The village has a very exciting history which is definitely a must visit and wonderful Luxury Villas Italy.

Hire a guide to tell the super exciting story and see the excavations that cover several decades. Get more info about Tharros here Around Tharros there is a lot of scenery — take evt. with the small train that runs all the way around the area. Bring swimwear — there are several opportunities for swimming in the area.

7. The mining town and the Palazzo della Direzione in Montevecchio

The mining town-Montevecchio-experiences-in-the-southeast-Sardinia Minebyen Surrounded by stunning scenery lies the mining town of Montevecchio. The city is one of the oldest mining towns in Italy and between 1848 and 1991 was one of Italy’s most important mining areas. The extraction of minerals in the area can be traced all the way back to the Phoenician period (1,550 BC) and Roman times (ca. 750 BC).

However, it was not until 1842 that modern industrial mining began. In 1865 no less than 1100 workers worked in the mining town and Montevecchio was at that time Italy’s largest and most productive mine. The mining town was active until 1991, when the area was finally closed down.

Montevecchio stands as one of Italy’s largest monuments in industrial mining. Today you can visit the abandoned mining town and on a guided tour, get a detailed insight into the mining and the hard-working miners and the families of their families.

The mining town-Montevecchio-minesweepers-experiences-in-the-southeast-Sardinia The tour takes you around the city and the underground mines, where already at the age of 10, you started in the carbon black and damp mines. At the top of the city is the headquarters where the management of the mine was located, as well as the “Palazzo della Direzione” — the director’s luxurious mansion, which was a world unlike the humble workers’ housing.

Palazzo della Direzione i Montevecchio Minebyen-Palazzo-della-Direzione-i-Montevecchio-sardinien Director of the Palace The mansion, which today is a museum, stands completely as when it was inhabited and gives a fantastic sense of what life must have been like for the higher bourgeoisie.

The red living room of the Palazzo della Direzione Minebyen-Palazzo-della-Direzione-i-Montevecchio-koekkenet The kitchen which was located on the top floor A visit to Minebyen is an exciting experience and it is almost a bit surreal to understand that this completely abandoned town only closed in 1991. Pay attention to opening hours and make sure to book a guided tour.

8. The Opera Theater of Cagliari

In 1993, the Cagliari Opera House was inaugurated, after a lengthy renovation that started back in the 60s. Cagliari-opera-house-experiences-in-southeast-Sardinia Opera House has received several great awards, including the “Franco Abbiati Award in 2001” for its innovation program with emphasis on quality and innovative character.

Italian music critics also gave a prestigious recognition in 2000 and 2005 for “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Carmen” Conductor “Carlos Kleiber” gave his last concert at the Opera House in February 1999.

We were a trip backstage and watched rehearsals for the play “Barber of Seville” Throughout the year, concerts, opera and ballet can be experienced in the Cagliari Opera House — and most often with sold-out tickets.

9. Cagliari — an ancient city with culture and architectural heritage

Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and an ancient city which, as far as is known, has been inhabited since the Neolithic period more than 5000 years ago.

The city which today is inhabited by approx. 150,000 inhabitants, was originally built on seven hills to provide a strategic view of both city and sea.

Most historical and architectural sights are very close to the central center and can therefore easily be visited on foot.

Of course you will also find a sea of restaurants, coffee shops, etc. which belongs in a real Italian city. Cagliari old town is definitely worth a visit.

In addition to the many experiences in southeastern Sardinia, the area is also much less visited by tourists, which is why the prices are lower in that part of Sardinia — and it is also worth taking into consideration.

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