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This town, which was the glorious capital of " Il Giudicato d'Arborea" and the last bulwark against the Aragonese conquest of Sardinia, has only been recognised chief town of the homonymous province in 1974. Oristano was founded in the XI century by the inhabitants of the ancient town of"Tharros", which was the most important Sardinian centre of the Punic civilisation.  It stands on the west coast of the island, near the mouth of Tirso river, not far from the sea, surrounded by fertile fields and flourishing cultivation. This town is rich in history as it is testified by the lively historical centre; by the stately "Tower of S. Cristoforo" known as the "tower of Mariano II"; by the XVI century  palace where, the tradition says, lived the famous queen Eleonora D'Arbora. Of the same importance are the S.Chiara church and which preserves precious wooden handmade and very interesting paintings in its inside; a wonderful wooden carving of the crucified Christ, known as of Nicodemus, which goes back to the XIV century, is preserved in thechurch of S. Francesco.

Interesting and admirable finds are those belonging to the Neolithic, nuragic, Punic and roman ages, which are found in the "Antiquarium Arborense" where there is also  the Art Gallery.  Oristano stands in a propitious geographical position, so that it can offer products of different civilisations: that of the shepherds, that of the peasants and that oh the lagoons.  Thus this town reserves to the guest a rich gastronomy made of exquisite fish dishes and tasty meat. Moreover it offers the most notorious wine which matches very well with desserts.


The Sartiglia

Among the many occasions of meeting the local craftsmanship and folk-lore, the most significant one is the Carnival with the famous horse-race called "Sa Sartiglia", which mingles magic pre-Christian elements with chivalrous  one, as well as a strong faith.

It is  worth staying in Oristano not only because of the beautiful beaches nearby, but also for the many cultural and naturalistic hikes one can make in the area.

The Sinis

The Sinis peninsula presents a territory of great naturalistic valence(Cabras watertight), at the end of which are situated the Roman-Punic ruins of ancient town of Tharros.

It is also worth visiting the cathedral of S. Giusta, the roman thermal bath of Fordongianus, the "nuraghe Of Losa" and theHoly well of S. Ctristina.

Trips around Oristano

Sinis ponds

A few kilometres from the centre of the town. This is a halt of extraordinary interest both panoramic and naturalistic; these protected international oasis present an ideal habitant where may species of birds can nest: the sea partridge, the royal wild duck, the plover, the Italian knight, the flamingo, the cormorant etc.

S. Giusta Cathedral

Km 3. This is one of the most beautiful churches of the Romanesque-Pisan period, which goes back to the XII century


Km. 8 from Sinis Coast. This small island which ca be reached either by a private boat or by a long passenger boat from the Oristano Bay, represents an uncontaminated naturalistic area where prevail a lonely fascination an indescribable emerald green water.

Mal di ventre Island

Km 8 from Sinis Coast. This small island which ca be reached either by a private boat or by a long passenger boat from the Oristano Bay, represents an uncontaminated naturalistic area where prevail a lonely fascination an indescribable emerald green water.

San Vero Milis

Km 11. What is really interesting is the "Nuraghe S'Urachi" one of the most complex of Sardinia.

San Giovanni of Sinis

Km 18. The church of S. Giovanni of Sinis presents a great artistic interest because of the evocative wide-low curves of its coverings. It goes back to the second half of the century.


Km 20. The ancient town of Tharros stands at the extreme end of the Sinis Peninsula. It was founded by the Phoenician about the 800 BC Within the discontinuous walls there are necropolis, temples, the "thopet", ruins of thermal bath dwellings full of mosaics and may tracts of the ancient road system.

Is Arutas

Km 20. It is a wonderful sandy-shore made of sparkling white quarts granules; nearby there is just as beautiful beach of Mari Ermi.

Santa Cristina

Km 22. The nuragic group of Santa Cristina is one of the most evocative and complete of the island. The archaeological area is composed by a nuragic sanctuary, the ruins of a nuragic tower and a village of huts.

The Thermal Baths of Fordongianus

Km 23. The thermal baths represent the jewel of the roman town of Fordongianus.


Km 24. It is a natural arc carved in the rock by the wind and sea waves. It is situated in an area where beaches and evocative cliffs alternate.

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