Historically significant and overflowing with natural beauty, the western province of Oristano in Sardinia is a sublime mix of culture, old world traditions and beautiful scenery, from the iconic landmarks, charming ruins and historical events in the city, to the bird species, luscious landscapes and natural splendor of the coastline, mountains and surrounding Regional Parks.
Bordered by several provinces including Sassari, Medio Campidano, Cagliari and Nuoro, the interior of Oristano is a sublime mix of towering peaks, scenic coastline and protected parks. The Monte Ferru Range dominates a rural skyline towering high above the fertile wetlands, while the Sinis Peninsula is an inspiring stretch of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and alluring coastline. Another highlight of precious scenery in the local area are the numerous protected parks such as Mal di Ventre Island Marine Park and the most popular Monte Arci Regional Park which is a striking combination of rolling hills, beautiful woodlands, leafy flora and outdoor adventures. And then there is the wildlife; these stunning landscapes are home to many animals such as weasels, foxes, wild boars, and wild cats, not to mention a huge variety of bird species including seagulls, jays, kestrels and even flamingos.
Remnants of ancient history are never far away in Oristano and many relics can be found with an inquisitive mind and an eye for detail, for the Baroque style of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta may suggest an 18th Century origin, but upon closer inspection, aspects of the architecture will bring forward the true nature of the buildings origin in the 13th Century. The Tower of Mariano, Arborense Antique Museum and the monuments of Piazza Eleonara are further celebration for the rich history beyond the town, which is now a haven for delightful restaurants, quaint cafes and traditional foods which proudly uphold the locals reputation for world class cuisine. Su ghisau is a meat stew with succulent pieces of lamb or pig, myrtle hen is a local delicacy combining boiled hen with herbs, while bottarga is a delicious egg dish served with fresh pasta; the locals are as passionate about food, as they are for locally produced wine with Vernacci di Oristano, Nuragus and Semidano just a few of the many celebrated flavors.
Surrounding Oristano, a large number of archaeological sites can be found in a most serene setting, for it is here, where you can find the stunning Tharros Archaeological site and remnants of a town dating back to the 8th Century BC, Santa Giusta and the Romanesque remains of a 12th Century Cathedral, the prehistoric remains of Fordongianus and then the mysterious pagan temple of San Salvatore. Few places in the world can claim so many important sites with so much historical context as Oristano, and to explore the nature in between makes for a truly memorable adventure.
Sardinian Beaches Near Oristano
There are several sardinian beaches to explore near Oristano. Just click on a link below to find out more!
Porto Alabe is located in front of the village of Porto Alabe, 16 kilometers north of S’Archittu and Is Arenas. It has a length of nearly 1800 meters.
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Is Arenas beach is located south of Torre del Pozzo, 2 kilometers south of the small beach of S’Archittu. It has a total length of nearly 5.5 kilometers.
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S’Archittu beach got its name from a rock arch which is one of the largest natural bridges of Sardinia. The area surrounding S’Archittu is very scenic.
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Is Aruttas beach is covered by sands of white quartz – and is located in the north-central part of the Marine Protected Area of the Sinis Peninsula.
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Mari Ermi beach, on the Costa del Sinis, lies 7 kilometers south of Putzu Idu and has a length of 1700 meters. A fine place for walks on the beach.
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San Giovanni di Sinis
San Giovanni di Sinis beach extends for 4 kilometers along the western side of the peninsula of Sinis. It’s surrounded by a great variety of environments.
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Putzu Idu beach is located in the west of Sardinia, between Porto Mandriola and Putzu Idu, and is surrounded by salt pans where flamingos can be spotted.
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