S’ARCHITTU: reachable on foot with a short walk is one of the most enchanting places in Sardinia. The unmistakable and fascinating natural arch of white sandstone carved out over time by the sea, protects and makes unique a small and charming beach where one can spend moments of pure relaxation surrounded by a breathtaking view. Ideal for snorkelers from beginners, to the most daring. There is even the chance to dive from many different heights. It has inspired poets and directors, and has been the set of several films including the latest revelation “The Man who bought the moon” by Paolo Zucca.
IS ARENAS: just 5 minutes away by car, famous for its sand dunes among the largest in Italy, with its 6 km and over is one of the largest beaches in the area. On sunny days with no wind or wind from the east, it has crystal-clear waters all the way to the bottom of the seabed, combined with its white sand, will give you an unforgettable day. Just as the spectacle that nature offers on days of strong mistral is also unforgettable (it is forbidden to enter the water because of strong currents) and it is worth observing from a safe distance.
IS ARUTAS: just over 30 km away, with the unmistakable sand made of small quartz grains similar to rice grains, in 2013 it was included by the Vanity Fair Travelers experts in the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Unmissable! How to get
BEACH OF SAN GIOVANNI DI SINIS: situated on the western side of the beautiful Sinis Peninsula, dominated by the Spanish tower dedicated to the Saint, right next to the unmissable archaeological site of Tharros, this beach with its crystal-clear sea and unforgettable view is only half an hour away from Lughente sea. How to get
SA MESA LONGA: in Italian “the long table”, it takes its name from the natural sandstone barrier located a few tens of meters from the shore that protects it from the waves, making it a natural pool even with the mistral wind. This “wall”, easily reachable by swimming or even walking at low tide, gives those who climb on it the feeling of walking on water. Clear sea in all shades of blue, reddish sand made of shells and pebbles and nature at 360 ° complete the picture. Just 20 minutes away.
COMPOLTITU: for the more adventurous, a small pearl of white sand and crystal clear sea, set between beautiful headlands and breathtaking scenery. Just over 40 km in the direction of Bosa. How to get
Beyond the sea…
Nature and Hiking
S’Archittu – Cuglieri – S. Lussurgiu
Saint Leonardo’s Park and the Waterfalls
Driving along the SP 19 from Cuglieri to Santu Lussurgiu you can explore the natural and unspoiled landscapes of Montiferru area. Through hairpin bends and altitudes you will reach a path that leads to the ruins of an Old Castle (Casteddu Etzu): from here you will enjoy a breathtaking view over the valley to the Alghero coast of Capo Caccia.
Driving through a holm and oaks forest, direction to S. Lussurgiu village (about 6 km) you will reach the park of Saint Leonardo of Siete Fuentes, famous for its seven sources of fresh water flowing into an oasis of peace and silence. In this small village located at 700 mt above sea level there is a Romanesque church belonging to the order of Knights of Malta and all around you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the time flowing and the slow rhythms of nature.
Driving straight down the SP 15 to Bonarcado, the waterfall “Sos Molinos” (The Mills) can be reached by a short walk along an old stone path surrounded by greenery. In the middle of a suggestive gorge and surrounded by a naturalistic environment, the waterfall takes its name from the presence of numerous hydraulic mills that were located along its course. From a height of 30 mt the Molinos river flows at great speed creating a natural collections of water surrounded by orchids, daisies and wild cyclamen.
Let pampered by this relaxing and recreational atmosphere for your body and your soul!
Culture and traditions
S’Archittu – Bosa – Flussio and Tinnura
What about an immersion in local culture and traditions by visiting the small villages of the Montiferru area?
|Driving straight for the SS 129, through vineyards an typical vegetation you will reach the small villages of Flussio and Tinnura whose borders are now separated by a thin line.
Flussio, characterized by its narrow coloured lanes made by pink trachite, white marble and grey basalt will take you back in time with the art of weaving baskets. Here you can still admire the women of the village who, sitting in the doors of their houses, make baskets and various objects with typical river plants such as asphodel, dwarf palm and rush.
The village of Tinnura, which can be defined as an open-air museum, is famous for the presence of numerous statues and works of Sardinian artists exhibited along the streets and for the houses painted with picturesque Murals that describe the moments of the rural life. A chat with the elderly people of the village, happy and proud of their traditions and culture, will be a real life experience for your trip and your knowledge. A glass of a typical wine Malvasia will do the rest!
Archeology and History
The Sinis peninsula from Tharros to the Giants – The mystery of Santa Cristina’s well
Driving 20 minutes south from S’ Archittu towards Cabras you cross the Sinis peninsula which looks like a strip of sand joining the land to the sea. It was here that all began: starting from the Nuragic to the Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman civilizations that can be traced in the ruins of Tharros (ancient Roman colony) and the archaeological remains of Mont’e Prama site. This last site is the discovering place of the famous statues of Giants collected and exhibited in the Civic Museum of Cabras.
Driving to the north from S’Archittu to Abbasanta, at about 30 km you will reach the magical and mysterious archaeological area of Santa Cristina with its Nuragic village and its holy Well.
A mixture of mythology and legend, hidden villages and magical sites mark the history of an island that goes beyond the sea and tells about itself through emotions and suggestions.
Food & Wine Festivals
An unforgettable experience to get in touch with Sardinian culture is to let yourself be carried by the scents of the land and the flavours of its food.
Let yourself be carried by hospitality and taste visiting the local wine & food festivals of the area.
Some local events are listed below:
||(late August – early September)|
|Cabras||The running barefoot for Saint Salvatore
||(first weekend of August)
||Is Fassonis race
|Tramatza||The Sheep food Festival
||(June 24 S. Giovanni festival)
||The Cherry food Festival
||(late May – early June)
|Baressa||Almond food Festival
|Sini||Festival of typical Bread (Pani’e saba)
|Sedilo||The Horse race (Ardia) of Saint Costantine
|Bosa||Religious feast of Regnos Altos
||(second Sunday in September)
|Bosa||Holy Mary of the sea||(1st Sunday of August)|
Do not miss the Carnival parties between February and March with the typical and suggestive masks from Bosa, the choreographic horse race “Sartiglia” in Oristano and the pair horses race in Santu Lussurgiu.