Oristano: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Oristano reveals a surprising side of Sardinia, which has remained intact over the years and is rich in history. Ancient Aristanis was once the capital of the Giudicato of Arborea, the most enduring of the four kingdoms represented by the Four Moors on the island's flag. The city became very prosperous above all thanks to two sovereigns who left their mark in the history of Sardinia: Mariano IV, who reigned over almost the whole island, and Eleonora.

Valuable legacies of the past are scattered throughout the province, whose variety of landscapes showcases beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular limestone cliffs, green hills covered with forests and the famous nuraghi. Every season is good to visit Oristano and discover squares, architecture and churches in its charming historic center. At any time of the year it is also a must to taste the gastronomic delights of Oristano that combine, in the typically Sardinian tradition, the best products of land and sea.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Oristano in a weekend
  2. What to see in Oristano in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Oristano: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Oristano
  5. Plan your stay in Oristano: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Oristano in a weekend

1 - Piazza Eleonora

Nineteenth-century square symbol of the city, some of the most significant buildings of Oristano overlook it. On the north side the architectural complex of the Scolopi, today Palazzo Civico, at the corner of Corso Umberto I the Corrias-Carta palace and the former municipal building (now the municipal technical office), on the opposite side the eighteenth-century Palazzo Mameli. In the center of the square is the monument dedicated to the Judge Eleonora d'Arborea, inaugurated in 1881.



  • it is about 1,2 km from the railway station and can be reached by bus n ° 3 in 5 minutes at a cost of € 1,00 for the urban ticket. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

Consecrated in 1745 and built on the remains of a Byzantine church whose remains are preserved in the courtyard and in the seminary, today it has a Latin cross plan with a single nave. Inside there are small fourteenth-century Gothic chapels recovered and restored and numerous works of art, among which is the wooden statue of the Annunciation of the fourteenth century. In 1960 a pipe organ was placed behind the main altar. The bell tower that flanks the structure is of medieval origins but was only completed in 1700.

  • in via Duomo, it is only 110m from Piazza Eleonora (city center). Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Tower of San Cristoforo

The Tower of San Cristoforo, or of Mariano II, it was built in 1290 at the behest of the judge Mariano and it was one of the four gates of the city, but the only one that survived the events. 19 meters high on three superimposed floors, on the first one there were two doors that connected it with the patrol walkway and has two defense slits. Three other loopholes open on the second floor. The third floor forms the basis for a turret almost 10 meters high, with a square base, in which there is a bronze bell from 1430.



  • in Piazza Roma, is 230m from Piazza Eleonora which can be reached in a few minutes on foot. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Arborense Antiquarium Museum

The museum has a heritage of cultural heritage owned by the municipality but coming from private archaeological collections. To these were added finds resulting from deposits established by the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage and seizures of archaeological materials operated by the Police. These assets, today, are part of a permanent museum itinerary in the structure of Piazza Corrias, which also hosts important temporary exhibitions. Developed on two floors, in addition to pictorial tables and finds, it offers a model of the city of Oristano in the fourteenth century and a model of the city of Tharros in the fourth century, both very interesting. Furthermore, the Antiquarium Arborense is one of the few museums in Sardinia to have an exhibition section dedicated to the blind and visually impaired.

  • in Portico Corrias, 250m from Piazza Eleonora. Get directions
  • from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:00 - Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00
  • full € 5,00 - reduced € 3 - under 5 free - Antiquarium + Art Gallery full € 10,00 - reduced € 7,00

5 - Pinacoteca - Hospitalis Sancti Antoni

In the building of the old Giudicale hospital of 1335, they find space there picture gallery dedicated to the greatest Oristano artist of the twentieth century, Carlo Contini, the library and Terracotta Museum. The section of the art gallery is the result of many private bequests with various paintings by important painters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and hosts temporary exhibitions on a regular basis; the library is fully and free for the citizens and the Terracotta Museum offers a historical excursus on the working of ceramics with precious artifacts on display. The center represents the major museum center of the city of Oristano.



  • in via Cagliari, 120m from Piazza Eleonora Get directions
  • every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:30 to 19:30
  • full € 5,00 - reduced € 3 - under 5 free - Pinacoteca + Antiquarium full € 10,00 - reduced € 7,00

6 - Tharros

Ancient settlement located at the southern end of the Sinis peninsula, Tharros was founded by the Phoenicians towards the end of the eighth century BC and passed under the Carthaginian and Roman domination. After the fall of the Roman Empire it was ruled by the Vandals until a gradual abandonment around the year 1050 AD to give rise to Aristiane, the current Oristano. The area that can be visited today is an open-air museum where a tophet (open sanctuary), the baths and the foundations of a temple are visible. The artifacts found are exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Cagliari and at the Arborense Antiquarium.

  • it is 20km from the center of Oristano, reachable in 20 minutes by car. Get directions
  • every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - closed on Mondays in the months of Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb-Mar
  • free

7 - Mari Ermi beach

A natural place of exceptional interest and a beautiful panorama on the Sinis peninsula, Mari Ermi is a long stretch of white and golden sand that contrasts with the blue of a sea with a high seabed and beaten by the Mistral. Characteristic of the vitreous quartz granules of the beach, the beach is free and a destination for many surfers. There are many refreshment points, toilets and there is also a campsite nearby. In the beach area there are several nuraghi: nuragic necropolis of Monte Prama and Domus de Janas of the Sinis.

  • it is 24km from Oristano, 35 minutes by car. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Is Arutas beach

One of the jewels of the Sinis peninsula, in the territory of Cabras, just over ten kilometers north of the town. It is the ideal beach for those who love to relax in a dream nature, white sand and blue sea. Like the whole coast of this part of the Gulf of Oristano, it is one of the most popular places for wind and kite surf enthusiasts but it is never too crowded given its large size. The beach has a convenient parking, kiosk-bar, toilets and camping area.

  • it is 24km from Oristano, 35 minutes by car. Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - S'Archittu (Arco beach)

A long arch-shaped limestone rock, about nine meters high, next to a beach sheltered from the currents with a shallow seabed and white sand. Experienced swimmers can dive from the arch, while those who do not like risk can enjoy the blue of the sea from the beach, surrounded by the lush Mediterranean scrub. The beach is not very large and is always very crowded. Present services and bars and nearby you can visit the archaeological site of Cornus, An ancient city-state dating back to the th century BC

  • it is 24km from Oristano, 30 minutes by car. Get directions
  • accessible
  • free

10 - Nuraghe Losa

Located at 300 meters above sea level, the site of Nuraghe Losa is one of the largest and best preserved Nuragic monuments in the whole region. Built in basaltic rock, the whole complex including the remains of the village is surrounded by an ellipsoidal wall that protects buildings ranging from the Nuragic age to the Roman period, when it was used for funerary purposes, and then up to the early Middle Ages (VII -th century). You can see the towers, the covered rooms, the warehouses and the cistern.

  • it is 37km from Oristano, which can be reached in 30 minutes by car. Get directions
  • every day until 1 hour before sunset
  • full € 3,50 - reduced students and groups € 2,50 - under 5 free

What to see in Oristano in one day: recommended itinerary

If you come to Oristano for the sea the day will flow quickly between white beaches and blue water and you will not have time for further visits, but if you want to discover some secrets of this ancient city, the archaeological sites and the folklore, you can develop a one-day itinerary through the streets of the historic center.

Morning - We start immediately with the excursion a Tharros, to visit the archaeological site of the VIII century BC stopping first for a breakfast at the Tharros Bar Restaurant. In the site there are important testimonies of the peoples who inhabited these places and the panorama is very suggestive. It must be borne in mind that to arrive, the visit and the return to Oristano can take from 2 to 3 hours and it is therefore advisable to leave early. From Tharros you move to the city center, to stroll through the streets of the center and admire the beauty of Eleonora Square and its palaces. In the surroundings it is possible to stop for a lunch break and the Osteria Librid is recommended.

Afternoon - After lunch we head towards the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, in Piazza Duomo and continue towards the picture gallery which opens at 16:30 in the afternoon. After visiting the exhibition halls and the Hospitalis Sancti Antoni, it is suggested to take via Da Castro to pass in front of the beautiful Tower of San Cristoforo and end the tour at Arborense Antiquarium Museum.

Sera - Near the museum exit you can have an aperitif or have dinner at the Ta Matete restaurant.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Bar Ristorante Tarros - Get directions
  2. Tharros - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 19:00 - closed on Mondays in the months of Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb-Mar - ticket price: free
  3. Eleonora Square
  4. Lunch at Osteria Librid - Get directions
  5. Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  6. picture gallery - opening hours: every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:30 to 19:30 - ticket price: full € 5,00 - reduced € 3 - under 5 free - Pinacoteca + Antiquarium full € 10,00 - reduced € 7,00
  7. Tower of San Cristoforo - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  8. Arborense Antiquarium Museum - times: from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:00 - Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 20:00 - ticket price: full € 5,00 - reduced € 3 - under 5 free - Antiquarium + full picture gallery € 10,00 - reduced € 7,00
  9. Dinner at Ta Matete Restaurant - Get directions

Where to eat in Oristano: the best restaurants

  1. Tharros: bar and restaurant with a magnificent view. It offers from breakfast to lunch with typical Sardinian dishes and a good selection of beers. Closed for dinner
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: San Giovanni di Sinis Get directions tel: (+39) 0783370019
  2. Osteria Librid: well-kept and captivating location, with adjoining library and a beautiful internal courtyard. It offers a simple menu and dishes of the day accompanied by excellent wines.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza Eleonora, 4 Get directions tel: (+39) 0783465525
  3. Ta Matete: a place suitable for lovers of good drinking as well as good food. Excellent wine cellar and good selection of beers, including craft beers, in a simple but well-kept environment. Friendly staff.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Portico Giovanni Corrias, 2a Get directions tel: (+39) 3477490289

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Oristano

Oristano, like all tourist areas of Sardinia, has a very lively nightlife that satisfies any need. the best nightclubs in Oristano are located in the center and on the seafront of Marina di Torre Grande (the seaside village of Oristano) where you can find lounge bars, beach bars, pubs, clubs with live music and discos.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Luxury: beautiful and elegant nightclub that organizes evenings with various musical genres, from commercial to techno, house and garage. The restaurant has a modern structure with four rooms and artistic programs of national and international DJs.
    Address: Via Ghilarza (Get directions) - Facebook page
  • Meet Lounge Bar: in the central Piazza Roma, the restaurant is modern and avant-garde, where the nightlife meets for aperitifs, after-dinners, evenings and events with live music and DJ sets. Address: Via Diego Contini, 15 (Get directions) - Facebook page
  • Torre Grande Beach Bar: summer disco in Marina di Torre Grande which is 10 km from the city center. Considered as one of the pillars of the summer nightlife in Oristano, it has a beautiful structure, various musical genres and theme parties.
    Address: Lungomare Eleonora D'Arborea (Get directions) - Facebook page

Plan your stay in Oristano: info and useful tips

  • the nearest airport is Cagliari from where you can then take the regional train to Oristano at a cost of € 6,70 for about 1 hour of travel. Connections with Sardinia are also made by sea with Civitavecchia-Cagliari lines, at a cost of € 112,00 round trip per person; Naples-Cagliari, at a cost of € 108,00 round trip; Piombino-Cagliari at a cost of € 102 round trip. The costs and times of the ferries may vary according to the season and the shipping company chosen (Moby and Tirrenia)
  • Getting around: the city can be easily explored on foot. To move around the seaside resorts it is advisable to rent a car.
  • Where to park: Parking Verdi (Vicolo Verdi 20 - Get directions) open 24 hours a day even indoors - Station parking (train station square - Get directions) convenient, free but not guarded.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Bosa (86km - 1 hour from the center of Oristano) - Masullas (35km - 30 minutes) - Sardinia in Miniature Park (56km - 55 minutes) - Sa Stiddiosa Waterfall (96km - 1 hour and 45 minutes)
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