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In the Sarrabus we go to visit the coastal of Muravera with the Costa Rei, San Vito, villaputzu, till to reach the jump of Quirra

Our itinerary In this stage of our journey to visit the region concluedremo Sarrabus. Inizieramo with the visit of Muravera and its coastline, which includes the important tourist resort of Costa Rei. Capo Ferrato and past the pond Colostrai, then we will go to visit San Vito and Villaputzu to reach the jump Quirra.

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The coastline of the Costa Rei Muravera View map Tourist information

Three SailsIn 2011 Legambiente with his Green Schooner awarded the recognition of 3 Sails Muravera the coast, where beaches are advised that the Costa Rei and to Feraxi, also known as beach Portu s'Illixi by place name.

Entered the town of Muravera, the SP18 now runs inside for about ten miles, then back towards the sea near the village Elmo. Here we take a detour on the right, which makes us take the scenic Costa Rei.

To the north, under the Mount Nai, a hill 238 meters high, are the wide tourist resort of Costa Rei, which extends from here to Cape Ferrat. It is along this stretch of coast that has developed a large and rather untidy plant, which however, thanks to the many locals, has become one of the main resorts, not only for tourists but also for young Sardinians. It consists of a large number of villas and villages, but are not altered over the beautiful landscape.

Continuing along the scenic, north, we arrive at beach of Costa Rei, a Long beach more than eight miles of white sand on a clear sea, which is accessed through setting up tourist resort of Costa Rei several cross streets along the main street Ichnusa. The beach is characterized by its length, the fine white sand and the rocks not far from the shore in some places allow you to enjoy the coast. There are several facilities, including bars, restaurants, beach, canoes, and shoes. beach is located adjacent to the campsites of Cap-Ferrat and Piscina Rei.

Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei Muravera - The beach of Costa Rei

Past the town of Costa Rei we arrive at beach Swimming Rei With the pond behind it. After the pond, near the large dune near the Mediterranean, there is a naturist area with some presence.

Muravera - The beach Swimming Rei Muravera - The swimming pool Rei

The archaeological sites in the hinterland of the Costa Rei

Before returning to the SP18,200 meters from the shore, we go to visit megalithic complex of Piscina Rei. To get there from the village of Costa Rei Ichnusa take the path up to the mall shortly after turn right onto a dirt road following the signs to the campground pool Rei. Arrived near the camp, the megalithic complex is on the left, beyond a channel dried up. The megalithic complex consists of an array of 22 Menhirs granite dating back to 5000 BCAre arranged in clusters, five of which are still in the original position, while the others were released into the upright position during the work of the archaeological site. Unfortunately, the Menhirs are not all visible due to vegetation. The particularity of this archaeological site is the presence of a block of granite, probably used to act as sacrificial area, given the presence of a cavity suitable for fluid collection. The Menhirs are arranged in different positions and astral believes were used as astronomical calendar stone.

There also are other megalithic complexes, including the Menhirs of Cuili Piras. The megalithic complex of Cuili Piras is located in Cuili Piras, on the road that leads to the tourist area of Mount Nai, within the grounds of Mr. De Murtas. The site, however, is not easily accessible if there are no signs. Is in good condition and consists of 53 standing stones formed by granite slabs, arranged in clusters of three or four or five elements, consists of three distinct groups. The first group consists of 29 standing stones, the lowest of the entire complex. The Menhirs are orthostatic original position, and develop a central location. The second group consists of 22 standing stones arranged in a straight line, which lies further north than the first. Some of the Menhirs, following the work of the archaeological site, were retained in their original upright position. The third group consists of three isolated Menhirs, which are located not far south of the first and second. Used as highly accurate astronomical calendar stone, and also for religious purposes, the megalithic, for the particular position and distance with which the Menhirs are placed, is so similar to the famous megalithic complex of Stonehenge.

Continuing along the coast north of Costa Rei

Back on the SP18 and pass the camping Pirastu Puerto and the pizzeria Capo Ferrato, we come to a dirt road from where we reach the hill of Porto Pirastu, the northern border of Costa Rei, with small creeks and beach of Porto Pirastu.

Tourist information Wanting to go to the Cap-Ferrat, leaving the Province and the road turns white. We arrive at an intersection on the right leads to the top of the head, where we can get off beach of Cap-Ferrat, just below Mount Ferru.

After the detour to Cape Ferrat, the dirt road leads north side of the promontory of Capo Ferrato. After a long stretch of twists and turns that never seems to end, we arrive at a short detour to the right that leads us to beach Feraxi, also called beach Portu s'Illixi by place name, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, remaining intact for the difficulty encountered in achieving it. It is certainly more convenient to get from the north.

Muravera - At the beach Feraxi Muravera - The beach Feraxi Muravera - The beach Feraxi Muravera - The beach Feraxi

Tourist information Going on the road during paving leads after 3.5 miles you will have the tin Feraxi. Later, in town Colostrai, we find large pool of Colostrai One of the most evocative of Sardinia marsh, fenced to protect the many marsh birds. Here we have seen far too many pink flamingos. Nearby are the beach Cristolaxedu or beach Colostrai. From here the road onto the SS125 eastern Sardinia, cagliari and from direct to Muravera, after San Priam.

Tourist information We put on the SS125 up to the detour that leads to the tower or tower Salinas Saline, where you enter the Salinas beach Tower of The beach takes its name from a natural salt, and to protect it stands the tower recently restored.

Muravera View map Tourist information

Coat of arms of Muravera After three kilometers we reach Muravera (name in Sardinian language Murer, 11 meters, 4.674 inhabitants), the main center of Serrabus. It is a big resort surrounded by citrus orchards in the area of reclamation of the river Flumendosa the second river island after Tirso, very poor but rich in water reeds and oleanders, especially in the area of the lagoons to the river mouth. Thanks to Flumendosa river, is one of the most important agricultural centers of the island. Muravera also, like many other towns in Sardinia a few years beginning to be hung with murals.

Muravera - Murals on the streets of Muravera Muravera - Murals on the streets of Muravera Muravera - Murals on the streets of Muravera Muravera - Murals on the streets of Muravera

In the Church square in the center of the country, is the Parish of St. Nicholas of Bari Built in the Catalan Gothic style in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. The interior has a nave on which open the side chapels, with presbytery square.

A detour to San Vito View map Tourist information

emblem of the town of San Vito Leaving Muravera, we take the SS125. After two kilometers we turn left onto SS387, which brings us to 3.5 km San Vito (name in Sardinian language Santu 'Idu, 13 meters, 3.941 inhabitants), village and pastoral agriculture in the lower river valley Flumendosa. It is nice and in a good position, although seven kilometers away from the sea, situated in a plain at the foot of the Serra de Matta Abramu. Its territory is occupied by mountains and Sarrabus Seven Brothers, which characterize the landscape. Soil fertility has led to intensive cultivation of citrus fruits, and its proximity to the coast has strongly encouraged tourism.

In the town center is the Church Parish of St. Vitus. Built in 1761, has a façade with two unequal towers. The bell tower was built with the Church, while the clock tower was built in 1840.

In the upper part of the country are Medieval Church of San Lussorio. Has a simple facade, surmounted by a belfry with two bells. It was renovated recently.

San Vito - The Church of San Lussorio: facade San Vito - The Church of San Lussorio: detail of the tower San Vito - The Church of San Lussorio: side view

Near San Vito

Tourist information In the village of San Priam, on the road from Muravera, is the small Church of Saint Martyr Priam, which lies in an area where during the Middle Ages there was a big village. The Church consists of a part that almost certainly dates from the eleventh century. During the Spanish domination between the sixteenth and seventeenth century has undergone a renovation and has added a second part. In the oldest part is a cavity from which a spring that defines miraculous legend. Was this a Neolithic Temple dedicated to the worship of water, attended continuously since prehistoric times as evidenced by the presence of a nearby Nuragh.

At kilometer 59.9 of SS125 we see Nuragh asoru, the perfect location for the control of the plain and the only change from the Sarrabus Campidano. It is a complex type Nuragh, and has a central tower, of which there is only the outer wall, two towers and a courtyard. However, is in poor condition.

On the coast of San Vito

Going up the SS125 eastern Sardinia, which brings in, three kilometers from San Priam find the deviation to the right for beach of San Giovanni Muravera, after we reach 350 meters. Behind the beach sand are large eucalyptus. beach is a restaurant and a service.

Villaputzu View map Tourist information

Coat of arms of Villaputzu Back on the SS125, we follow for 2.5 km and enter Villaputzu (name in Sardinian language Bidda Putzu, 8 meters, 5.004 inhabitants), located in a flat section, created by alluvial deposits at the mouth of Flumendosa, behind the hills of Sarrabus.

At the center of the town is the Church Parish of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, built in 600. Has a rich furniture inlaid marble rococo and beautiful wooden sculptures.

Also downtown, not far from the Parish, we find the Church of Santa Brigida.'500 Built in the Church is still intact inside the Gothic-Aragonese, while the exterior has undergone several changes.

On the coast of Villaputzu

Tourist information Leaving Villaputzu on the SS125, after about two miles, following signs, turn right on SP99 that, four kilometers, takes us on the coast in Porto Corallo. heading towards Coral Harbour, are the remains of the Castle Gibas Built by the Spanish in '500 to defend the coast from pirates attacks.

Three Sails In 2011 Legambientewith his Green Schooner awarded the recognition of 3 Sailsthe coastal Villaputzu. Coral Harbour Marina is the fraction of Villaputzu. This is a long stretch of sand interrupted only by the mouth of Flumendosa and coves between the rocks, where one could find fragments of coral. On the hill facing the harbor, as a starting material argentiferous Mount Narba, rises Tower of Puerto Coral, as they called the Spaniards built before 1599. Here is a port still being finalized, which are not currently available services, which might be used as a refuge.

From the great beach of Coral Harbour, walk south, you reach the mouth of the river Flumendosa, but reduced to little more than a trickle due to excessive withdrawal of water for drinking water needs of southern Sardinia. The beach at the mouth of Flumendosa starts from this point and continues until the beach of San Juan de Muravera. It is a wide expanse of fine white sand that slopes gently down to a clear and transparent sea.

We enter the region called Quirra

The Quirra In the center of Sardinia's east lies the region called Quirra, which straddles the Ogliastra Province and the Province of Cagliari. The region comes from when, in 1327, don Alfonso of Aragon, created the Quirra County, which later became Marquis. The county, which is tied to the fate of families and Centelles Carroz, included the following estates: Encontrada Sarrubus de, baron de San Miguel, barony de Monreal, encontrada de Marmila and Judica de Ollastra. The latter included the Castle and the villages of Lotzorai Tortoli, arbatax, lotzorai, sunflower, Lanusei, Elini, arzana, tertenia, Ilbono, ulassai, osini, gairo Jerzu and Perdasdefogu. Today we limit the region belongs to one of the town of Quirra Villaputzu, while the individual municipalities that were part of the County and the Marquis to the region of Ogliastra.

From Villaputzu to the village of Quirra View map Tourist information

We follow the SS125 towards Tertenia. At about 15 km from Villaputzu, leaving on the left Skipping Quirra At 70.7 km we reach the village of Quirra. In the village of Quirra are the signs for Castle Quirra and the domus de Janas necropolis S'oru. Follow the signs to the Castle, we reach the summit of Mount Cudias,296 meters high. Here are the remains of the Castle Quirra Built by the Judges of Cagliari in the XIII century to defend the boundaries of the Judge of Cagliari from Gallura. Remaining three walls of the castle overlooking the precipice.

The Church of St. Nicholas in Villaputzu

At fifteen kilometers from the village of Villaputzu of plains at the foot of the hill on which stands the Castle Quirra, we find the St Nicholas Church of Quirra. Built at the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth century in Romanesque style, is the only example in Sardinia construction with brick facing cooked. Plant has a single nave, with front bell tower, and the sides adorned with round-headed arches. The Church was part of a now vanished village.

Coast fraction Quirra

The coast faces the Quirra Cala de S'Acqua Durch or haul Murtas With beach Murtas and homonymous Spanish Torre Murtas, right in front of Island Quirra. This is a beautiful white sand beach similar to rice, in a stretch of coast is still dominated by the typical wild and rugged landscape, fragrant scrub and colored pink granite. A few meters deep can see the remains of the wreck of a ship of 700, seen in apnea. For military ties, there will be no access to a small sector and a southern part of nearby Cape St. Lawrence.

Villaputzu - A Sardinian donkey on the road to the beach Murtas Villaputzu - The sea of Murtas Villaputzu - The sea of Murtas Villaputzu - The sea of Murtas Villaputzu - Island Quirra

Archaeology around the village of Quirra

In the village of Quirra are the signs for the Castle and the Quirra Domus de Janas necropolis S'oru. Turn right, as indicated by signs on the military road paved. After 3.5 km, past the turning for the castle that is on the left, turn right and continue until you reach another sign indicating the domus de Janas. They have a two-cell structure, and are entirely carved into granite rock. The entrance doors are well machined and finished with a chisel. The necropolis was attributable to culture of San Michele Ozieri that developed between 3.400 and 4,000 BC.

Villaputzu - Tomb hypogean S'oru Villaputzu - Tomb hypogean S'oru

Continuing on the SS125 direction Tertenia, passed the St. George river at kilometer 88.4, we find a sign indicating the Is sacred well Pirois. Take a dirt road on your right after 750 meters there is another sign, continue for another 300 meters and reach the well. The atrium is surrounded by two walls made of granite blocks are not square, arranged in irregular rows, which widens, forming a trapezoidal structure. trapezoidal entrance lintel, leads to a steep and narrow staircase of eight steps, through which it descends into the pit room, closed on top by a beautiful pseudo. The staircase leads directly to the mouth of the source, who is still active. At certain times of the year is possible to descend a few steps short of the scale, because the water level is very high. This holy well on the outside a Nuragh monotower, built with the center axis of pseudo tower which closes the chamber well.

The next leg of our journey

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By this stage we have concluded a visit to the Province of Cagliari. In the next stage of our journey will begin a visit to the Province of Tortoli and Lanusei, ie Ogliastra.

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