South Sardinia
The History
Capo Boi Tower

Capo Boi Tower

Marmilla

Nuraghe

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Tomb of Giants






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Sardinia: The coastal Towers

Many towers, some in ruins, some restored, can be seen on the promontories of the Sardinian coast. These towers were built between the XIV and XVII century, when Sardinia was part of the kingdom of Spain. They were made to spot enemies coming from the sea and alert the defenders of the towns.

Old Fortress - Villasimius

This fortress was built on a promontory quite close to Capo Carbonara and dates back to the XIV century. Like many coastal towers, this fortress was built by the Spaniards to increase the defensive lines on the coast.

Nuraghes

These buildings are towers shaped like cones with flat tops, made of different-sized stones, stacked in circular rows with no type of cement. The origin of these buildings is probably in the Middle Bronze Era (1600-1300 BC). The current idea is that they were complex structures for public use and had a social function; probably they were also a status symbol connected to ownership of food and goods and their sharing. They also were used as dwellings and as a military buildings to control the territory. They are some in this area, for example Nuraghe Diana and Nuraghe Asoru. About an hour's drive away, following the state road SS 131, you reach Barumini and can admire the Nuraghe and Nuragic Village Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. Barumini is also the ideal starting point to visit the Giara di Gesturi..

Tombs of Giants

These megalithic, elongated and apse-shaped structures have a rectangular chamber inside for burial of many people.

One theory is that the tombs of the giants were only for dominant groups and wealthy families due to their limited number (only about 500). Their origin dates back to the very beginning of the Nuragic civilisation.

 A giants’ tomb you will be able to visit is in Is Concias, about two kilometres south following the Orientale Sarda road.