Spiaggia di Marina di Arborea

Western Sardinia

The tiny settlement of Marina di Arborea gives onto this long and rarely busy beach. Backed by dense pine woods, the sandy strip extends northwards for several kilometres to the Stagno S'Ena Arrubia lagoon.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Western Sardinia attractions

1. Stagno S’Ena Arrubia

1.77 MILES

Six kilometres to the south of Santa Giusta, the Stagno S’Ena Arrubia is a paradise for birdwatchers – flamingos, herons, coots and ospreys are regularly…

2. MUB Museo della Bonifica

2.61 MILES

Housed in a renovated mill, this civic museum charts Arborea's Mussolini-era origins, including its architectural planning, the influx of new residents…

3. Piazza Maria Ausiliatrice


Arborea's showcase square, Piazza Maria Ausiliatrice is a beautifully tended space that wouldn’t look out of place in a Swiss alpine village. Overlooking…

4. Basilica di Santa Giusta

6.33 MILES

This landmark Romanesque church is one of Sardinia's architectural jewels. Dating to the early 12th century, it sports a severe sandstone exterior…

5. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta


Lording it over Oristano’s skyline, the Duomo's onion-domed bell tower is one of the few remaining elements of the original 14th-century cathedral, itself…

6. Chiesa di San Francesco

7.37 MILES

The 14th-century Crocifisso di Nicodemo, considered one of Sardinia’s most precious carvings, is the highlight of this 19th-century neoclassical church…

8. Pinacoteca Carlo Contini

7.38 MILES

Oristano's municipal art gallery has a small but interesting permanent collection of Sardinian paintings, together with rotating exhibits by local artists.