Sardinia is known throughout the world for the stunning beauty of the sea. White beaches and crystal clear waters to which it is really hard to resist. And so even the most adventurous traveler end up with abandoning any purpose and indulge in the pleasures of the seaside.
This is the reason why the inner areas of the island are so little known, as far as we are talking about an extraordinary heritage made of mysterious prehistoric ‘nuraghe’, Phoenician ruins and Roman temples. Fortunately, there is a place in Sardinia where archeology is directly served on the beach and furthermore, in one of the island’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.
In Pula, just 30 kilometers south of Cagliari, the blue horizon embeds the ruins of the city of Nora, the oldest settlement in Sardinia.
We owe to the Phoenicians, skillful navigators, the establishment of a harbour since the ninth century which became one of the most important trade centers in the all the Mediterranean Sea.
So many different people inhabited here and enriched this place with their traces that a visit to the archaeological site of Nora turns into a veritable journey through time until the Middle Ages, when the scare of pirates forced the inhabitants to flee away.
Today Nora is yet an expanding city, since its area continues to grow as the excavations bring to light new portions of floors, mosaics, temples while removing the vegetation that kept them hidden until a few years ago.