A LAND OF HAPPINESS: ADVENTURES AHEAD AND STORIES TO TELL
In the most ancient land of Italy, dating back to 600 million years ago, history has left unfading traces of the first inhabitants of the island, unfolding the trades of peoples across the Mediterranean sea. Phoenicians and Carthaginians built the majority of their ports and cities in this part of Sardinia: the mineral wealth and the morphology of the coastline – ideal for ships to anchor – were crucial to the steady development of the area, still rich in archeological sites bearing witness to past civilizations.
Life in the wild
Cliffs steep over the sea, wide desert dunes, woods and forest covering the whole Sulcis Park provide suitable habitats for many vulnerable animals species, now living only in a few Mediterranean areas. The wild Southwest landscapes are ideal places for a close contact with a lush and unspoilt nature and for any kind of sports and open-air activities. Trekking, cycling, mountain-biking, bird-watching and climbing enthusiasts are welcome to take a break from routine,any time of the year.
The ancient city of Nora
The Phoenician colonization made Nora a thriving trade centre provided with three harbors, whose structures are partly still visible. Archaeological excavations brought to light the ruins of some important vestiges of the Roman empire at its peak: a theater, stately spas and paved streets with an efficient sewage system. One of the most interesting findings is the Nora stone (IXth – IIIVth BC) with the first mention of the name of Sardinia, “B Shrdn” in Phoenician.