Around the town of Arzachena you find several nuraghic monuments such as Giant’s Tomb and nuraghes, but you also find pre-nuraghic (Neolithic) sites.
Arzachena is also important for Costa Smeralda tourism as it is the administrative centre.
The best way to see the archaeological sites are by car, they are located around the town of Arzachena, the most popular ones are Albucciu nuraghe, Malchittu temple and Giant’s Tomb Moru, as these three sites are conveniently close to each other around the tourist office of Arzachena (2km outside the town itself).
Between spring and autumn there are Italian guides approximately every hour and information points at each sites where you can buy tickets, books and some refreshments.
Dated 1600 BC during nuraghic era (Bronze Age).
It’s a “corridor” type of nuraghe as the interior of the nuraghe is arranged horizontally by corridors. As you enter there is a small room with relatively high ceiling on your right, and narrow small room on your left, and the staircase in front leads you to the upper floor of the nuraghe. This is a unique nuraghe because west side of the construction is a natural rock, and has a “secret passage” which takes one out of the nuraghe, probably in case of attacks.
A rare example of nuraghic temple on the hill, 30mins walk from Nuraghe Albucciu (the passage is a private road so pedastrian only)
The temple now has an oak tree in the middle, it is situated just behind a huge granite rock and has a great view of the area.
The oldest part of this Giant’s Tomb dates back to 1800BC.
Sardinia’s largest Giant’s tomb. It was built in the nuragic era, or the middle of the Bronze Age. It is a collective burial chamber, and has series of uprights and it was covered with stones or earth. It has a horned semi-circular forecourt which was probably used as a meeting place for rituals. The boat shapes of the tomb’s wedge ends are similar to some Minorcan monuments
The tallest stelae of this Giant’ Tomb is 4,40m high.
It was built from 2300 BC but has seen many repairs over the years. A small opening at the base of the entrance was blocked by a stone. The forecourt is 12,40m (41ft) wide and it is composed of 11 upright slabs and the features are similar to those of Li Lolghi.
There is a vineyard just behind this site as seen in the photo here.
A nuraghe that was opened to public in summer 2009, and currently access is only allowed with a supervision (a guide of this site). The excavasion is still taking place, but you may see the main nuraghe, the well, and around this interesting nuraghic village.
Necropolis, funeral monument, from Late Neolithic era (around 3000 BC).
Four domens surrounded by small concentric stone circles. It is unique in Sardinia and is called “Culture of Arzachena”.
Also known as il fungo, the mushroom.
Probably the most significant example of the use of the strange shape (created by wind) of the granite rocks.
This site was used as shelter during Late Neolithic Era (3500-2700BC), today it is situated in the middle of the town of Arzachena.
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