In the Paulilatino area, in the green landscape dotted with ancient olive trees, the archaeological site of the “Santa Cristina” sanctuary stands out; a fascinating and in some ways mysterious and very sacred nuragical place. The most important and best preserved of its type on the whole island.
The sanctuary’s water well, dating back to the end of the bronze age, represents the finest architectural example of “water temples”.
Constructed of very precisely smoothed stone, this geometrically perfect jewel is embraced by a sacred enclosure in the shape of a lock.
This ancient well, (and its water), evokes striking water rituals which recalled the Nuragical peoples from all over the island. The sanctuary was also possibly an astronomical observation point, so this place is well worth a visit when a full moon will illuminate the water in the well.
On the Sinis peninsula, in the Cabras territory, lapped by the sea in this uncontaminated protected-area, arise the ruins of the ancient settlement of Tharros, one of the most important in the Mediterranean region. A journey back into two thousand years of Sardinian history, from its foundation in the nuragical age (the eighth century B.C.) until the middle of the eleventh century A.D. when, in order to escape a Saracen attack, the city was abandoned (1070 A.D.).
It still exists today, as an open air museum.
On the basalt high plains of Abbasanta, you will find not only one of the best preserved examples of nuragical architecture but also one of the most representative of the period. The “Nuraghe Losa” stands out for its organic design, its compactness and the refinement of its wall-building technique.
All around this are preserved the remains of an ancient settlement of about three and a half hectacres, all immersed within the deep green of this Mediterranean place which bears witness to the long history of this site, from the Nuragical and Roman periods up to medieval times (right up to the period between the seventh and eighth centuries).
This is an architectural jewel and is the most imposing of the Valle dei Nuraghi, one of the areas with the highest number of pre-historic structures in all of Sardinia. Nuraghe “Santu Antine” rises from the middle of the “Cabu Abbas” plains in the Torralba area, built between the bronze age (sixthteenth century B.C.) and the iron age (ninth century B.C.). Its impressive dimensions were created with massive basalt stone blocks, very precisely cut in such a way that each set of stones actually becomes smaller as you climb to the top of the edifice. The impression given is that these huge blocks which make up the entire structure could collapse at any moment, but they have survived millennia thanks to the deep knowledge of construction techniques that the nuragical people had.