Orosei and Irgoli Bronze age monuments in Baronia

Bronze Age temple and sacred springs.
In Orosei and Irgoli they said that there are some hidden treasures of the Bronze Age, eventually we found them! Especially Nuraghe Linnarta is well hidden,

Bronze Age temple and sacred springs.

In Orosei and Irgoli they said that there are some hidden treasures of the Bronze Age, eventually we found them! Especially Nuraghe Linnarta is well hidden, but well worth it if you’re into going for a stroll through the fields.

The two monuments are connected by small scenic roads, which make this an excellent occasion to go for an interesting short drive and discover some interesting stuff. The first sacred sprinng is situated behind the small industrial area of Orosei, and belongs to the Bronze Age settlement of Nuraghe Linnarta (Linnarta literally means high trees) you get there from the road SS125, and you have to go through a farm, the gate is always open.

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Jana e Prunas

at the top of Monte Senes in Irgoli, is managed by the municipality of Irgoli and is easily accessible, you follow the brown signs out of town and you’ll get there eventually. There are two interesting monuments, the first is a very interesting Nuragic Megaron temple, which is located at an altitude of 800 meters from where you have a beautiful view around. A short walk brings you to the sacred spring. The picture above is of a so-called Domus de Janas, from the late Stone Age, 3000 BC, and is not far away in the hills belonging to Onifai.

Map of Baronia

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http://www.museoirgoli.it/

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday  10:00 – 18:00 (Monday closed)

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Easter celebrations in Oliena

“S’Incontru” or “the meeting”
Easter Sunday in Oliena is one of the highlights, “S’Incontru” or “the meeting” as it’s called in Sardinian. After the resurrection of Christ, he re-unites with Mary. Two parades with

Easter and the Holy Week (“La Settimana Santa”) that precedes it is pretty much the most important festival in Sardinia, even more important than Christmas.It goes to show that the locals call Christmas “Pasqua di Natale” or “Easter of Christmas”.

“S’Incontru” or “the meeting”

Easter Sunday in Oliena is one of the highlights, “S’Incontru” or “the meeting” as it’s called in Sardinian. After the resurrection of Christ, he re-unites with Mary. Two parades with the two statues leave after Mass from two different churches. For this special occasion the people who participate wear their colourful local costume.

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S’Incontru takes place in the town square, the parades cover the last few meters on the herbs sprinkled over the street before they stop facing each other in the middle of the crowd. The bearers of the images kneel three times and the statues, still facing eachother move up and down three times. Then Mary turns around and both of them leave in the same direction to the church of Santu Lussurgiu, patron saint of Oliena.

All this is accompanied by the deafening noise of sixty-odd shotguns and pistols that are being emptied in the air for at least 20 minutes. The gunmen are standing on balconies and rooftops surrounding the square, and shoot in the air to scare away the evil spirits that might interfere with this important event. Afterwards the bystanders collect some of the herbs to make a small bouquet to bring home.

Walking holiday in March

March is the perfect season
For those of you that like to enjoy a quiet walking holiday in the off-season March is just perfect. The last many years the weather in March has been excellent

March is the perfect season

For those of you that like to enjoy a quiet walking holiday in the off-season March is just perfect. The last many years the weather in March has been excellent for walking, there’s hardly anybody around, many herbs and shrubs are flowering and with a bit of luck you can even take a dip in the sea on one of the sunny days.

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These hikes were all in the Supramonte and Baronia areas. Cala Gonone on the coast of Dorgali is an excellent place to stay as there are some walks that you can start directly from the town itself and many other walks that you can reach within an hours drive.

Allthough in this time of year many hotels, restaurants and bars are still closed, there’s still a fair choice between Cala Gonone for places to stay and eat. Good to know that supermarkets are open even on a sunday morning.

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Tips

  • Stay in Cala Gonone or Orosei
  • Do some nice walks on the coast
  • Visit some Nuragic Sites
  • Take your bathing gear, good walking shoes, sunglasses

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