Southwestern Sardinia attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Barumini & Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

Nuraghe Su Nuraxi

In the heart of the voluptuous green countryside near Barumini, the Nuraghe Su Nuraxi is Sardinia’s sole World Heritage Site and the island’s most visited nuraghe. The focal point is the 1500 BC tower, which origina…
Top Choice Ruins in The Iglesiente

Tempio di Antas

An impressive Roman temple set in bucolic scenery 9km south of Fluminimaggiore, the Tempio di Antas has stood in isolation since the 3rd century AD. Built by the emperor Caracalla, it was constructed over a 6th-cent…
Top Choice Area in La Giara di Gesturi

La Giara di Gesturi

Rising above the rolling green landscape, La Giara di Gesturi is a high basalt plateau famous for its wild horses and uncontaminated natural beauty. The 45-sq-km plain, much of which is carpeted by macchia (Mediterr…
Top Choice Port in The Iglesiente

Porto Flavia

A marvel of early-20th-century engineering, Porto Flavia is a port dug into cliffs 50m above the sea. Consisting of two 600m tunnels and an ingenious mechanical arm, it was used to load zinc and lead ore directly on…
Top Choice Beach in Costa Verde

Spiaggia di Piscinas

This magnificent beach is a picture of unspoilt beauty. A broad band of golden sand, it's sandwiched between a windswept sea and a vast expanse of dunes flecked by hardy green macchia. These towering dunes, known as…
Top Choice Museum in Sant'Antioco

Museo Archeologico

This great little museum is one of the best in southern Sardinia. It has a fascinating collection of local archaeological finds, as well as models of nuraghic houses and Sant'Antioco as it would have looked in the 4…
Top Choice Beach in The Iglesiente

Cala Domestica Beach

A sensational sandy beach wedged into a natural inlet between craggy rocks, Cala Domestica is a heavenly spot. Its shallow blue waters are ideal for swimming and surfers can take to the waves that sometimes curl up …
Top Choice Viewpoint in The Iglesiente

Belvedere

This panoramic terrace, accessible by a cliffside path from Nebida's southern entrance, commands fabulous views. Dominating the seascape is the 133m-high Pan di Zucchero, the largest of several faraglioni (sea stack…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Isola di San Pietro

Capo Sandalo

The westernmost point of the island, Capo Sandalo is a superb vantage point, commanding breathtaking views down the cliff-bound coast. From the car park near the lighthouse, a marked trail (the Sentiero Rosso) heads…
Archaeological Site in Pula & Around

Nora

About 4km from Pula, Nora's ruins are all that remain of what was once one of Sardinia's most powerful cities. Founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, it later became an important Punic centre, and in the 3rd …