Tharros and the rice beach

Another weekend gone which means another trip organised by the ESN. This time it took us about two hours away from the city of Cagliari to an archeological site called Tharros.

The city of Tharros was probably founded by the Phoenicians at the end of the 8th century or possibly in the early 7th century BC in an area already populated during the Nuragic period… During the second half of the 6th century BC, Tharros was conquered by the Carthaginians, who constructed several new buildings, including the monumental temple and the city’s defensive wall… The time between the Roman conquest of Sardinia (238 BC) and the end of the Roman Imperial age (5th century AD) was the period of greatest transformation for Tharros.

For more info please visit the official website: http://www.tharros.sardegna.it/en/

When we arrived at the site, we were split into two groups (those that wanted to listen to the tour in English and the others in Italian). I was in the first group which consisted of the americans, the germans, the polish and of course myself.

Our tour guide was very informative. He knew a lot about the old city and its inhabitants and he wanted to share all of this with us, however not everyone was as receptive to his information as the rest of us.

The one thing that can be said about the site is it’s incredible beauty and tranquility.

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After we explored the now ruined city we went to have lunch on the local beach before we moved on to another beach not too far away.

The second beach of the day was something very special. I have never seen anything like it before. This beach was called Is Arutas and it is said to be one of the best beaches in Oristano (a region in Sardinia).

The sea was clear and a bright blue, but it wasn’t this that makes the beach so special. No, it’s the sand itself that stands it apart from all other beaches. The beach is known as the rice beach as it is made up of small grains of quartz, which range from pink colours to green and even white.

Walking barefoot across this beach is like exfoliating. It leaves your feet so smooth.

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