Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in San Giovanni di Sinis & Tharros

Area Archeologica di Tharros

The choppy blue waters of the Golfo di Oristano provide a magnificent backdrop to the ruins of ancient Tharros. Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, the city thrived as a Carthaginian naval base and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Cabras

Museo Civico

Cabras' cultural highlight is the Museo Civico, and the real superstars here are the so-called Giants of Monte Prama, a series of towering nuraghic figures depicting archers, wrestlers and boxers. Also of...

Beach in Sinis Peninsula

Is Aruttas

One of the peninsula's most famous beaches, Is Aruttas is a pristine arc of white sand fronted by translucent aquamarine waters. For years its quartz sand was carted off to be used in aquariums and on beaches on...

Island in Sinis Peninsula

Isola di Mal di Ventre

This bare, rocky island 10km off the coast owes its strange name (Stomach-ache Island) to the seasickness that sailors often suffered while navigating its windy waters. Now uninhabited, it was home to a primitive...

Church in San Giovanni di Sinis & Tharros

Chiesa di San Giovanni di Sinis

Built from softly worn sandstone, Chiesa di San Giovanni di Sinis is one of the two oldest churches in Sardinia (Cagliari’s Basilica di San Saturnino is older). It owes its current form to an 11th-century...

Beach in Sinis Peninsula

Putzu Idu

Backed by a motley set of holiday homes and beach bars, Putzu Idu's beach sits in the north of the peninsula. It's a picturesque strip of sand that's something of a water-sports hotspot with excellent surfing,...

Church in San Salvatore

Chiesa di San Salvatore

In the centre of the village, the 17th-century Chiesa di San Salvatore stands over a stone ipogeo (underground vault) dating to the nuraghic period. This originally housed a pagan sanctuary linked to the cult of...

Nature Reserve in Sinis Peninsula

Oasi di Seu

A few kilometres out of Tharros, and signposted off the main road, the Oasi di Seu is a veritable Eden of Mediterranean flora. Once you’ve navigated the 3km dirt track to the entrance, you enter a silent world of...

Tower in San Giovanni di Sinis & Tharros

Torre di San Giovanni Watchtower

For a bird’s-eye view of Tharros, head up to the late-16th-century Torre di San Giovanni watchtower, occasionally used for exhibitions. Here you can look down on the ruins, as well as the Spiaggia di San Giovanni...