The Sinis Peninsula of Sardinia

The Sinis Peninsula is an absolutely beautiful place to visit. With the Bay of Is Arenas in the north and the Gulf of Oristano in the south, it is one of Sardinias west-central areas. Oristano is located on the central west coast of Sardinia, facing the bay. The old historic center dates back to the eleventh century and what you should see is the hulking tower of St. Christopher, also called Porta Manna (great gate). In medieval times the city was ruled by Eleanor of Arborea, promoter of the Charter Logu, one of the first written code of laws in Europe.

Sinis Peninsula

Sinis Peninsula

The area is characterized by the presence of numerous wetlands and lagoons. The tower of St. Christopher, which is all that remains of defensive walls that were erected by Judge Mariano II in 1291, is supported by a powerful bow with battlements at the top and bell that were added in 1430. Particularly interesting is the church of San Francesco of the thirteenth century that was rebuilt in the last century.

Oristano

Oristano

In Vittorio Emanuele is the Antiquarium Arborense, in which materials from the Neolithic stations in the area of Cabras are collected, objects from the nuragic period discovered in the Sinai Peninsula and also Punic and Roman artefacts found mainly in Tharros. Leaving the city center, you can head towards the bridge of the Tirso.

Antiquarium Arborense

Antiquarium Arborense

Continue on the road-embankment of Tirso, leaving it at a crossroads to enter in Cabras, on the eastern shore of the pond of the same name. Here the fishermen catch mullet and fish using an ancient, particular shaped vessel built with woven reeds. Past Cabras, continue in a southwesterly direction to take a short trunk left, that leads straight to Marina di Torre Grande, the village takes its name from a tower built in the seventeenth century by the Spaniards and is still perfectly preserved. The most awaited event of the year is the Mardi Gras festival that takes place in Sartiglia, an exciting equestrian place, rich in history and traditions.

Marina di Torre Grande

Marina di Torre Grande

Here is the place to find the corners of the sea, history and nature to appropriate for everyone. It’s incredibly quiet, away from the part of the noisy and overcrowded part of the Sardinia that makes it a great summer destination.

Sinis peninsula photos by: john stavinoha, aaronp65, christiano cani

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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