Thursday, Nov. 16th
I checked out of the apartment in the late morning and had a look at the sea just to make sure there wouldn´t be another surprise swell. It was calm and sunny and the Mediterranean was flat as forecasted.
Time to do some sightseeing. But first I drove to Oristano to get a new tire for my bicycle. From there it was a short – but due to the deplorable condition of the road not very comfortable - drive on the motorway Paulilatino. Just north of this town and just besides the motorway lie two fascinating archaeological sites.
Sardinia has about 7,000 “Nuraghi” spread all over the island. Nuraghi are ancient megalithic edifices developed between 1900 and 700 BCE. These buildings usually have the shape of truncated conical towers and are built of many layers of perfectly fitting stones. They have one entrance that leads into a corridor and to a main chamber. The bigger ones often have staircases that lead to additional chambers and to the top of the tower. Some of these Nuraghi reach heights of up to 20 meters.
The function of these buildings is unclear. This adds to the mystery of these already imposing buildings which in addition often are situated on prominent parts of the landscape.