Oristano, located in the west of the island of Sardinia, is known to capture the hearts of tourists with its historical significance and natural beauty. Moreover, it has always been a lovely place to spend holidays for its famous restaurants, cafes and natural surroundings. If you are planning to visit Oristano you must know about the best things to do in this lovely town in the central of Sardinia.
What’s so special about Oristano?
Many things but elegance in everything is what makes Oristano so special. Piazzas, beautiful houses, pedestrian streets, art, culture, architecture, and museums all depict elegance. Moreover, the major landmark is the Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea and the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral.
There is one more thing that makes Oristano special and that is the historic center of the town.
The historic center is a real jewel, which starts from the central Piazza Roma, with the ancient Torre Mariano II and then finds its epicenter in Piazza Eleonora D’Arborea where the homonymous statue is located.
Surrounded from three beautiful historic buildings we then reach the church of San Francesco and finally the magnificent Cathedral, dedicated to the Madonna Assunta.
In March, one of the most important events in all of Sardinia takes place: the Sartiglia of Oristano. The riders race to hit the star and win the title in a series of stunts on horseback, traditional costumes, music, food, dances. An event that encompasses the identity of Sardinia and its culture
Things to do in Oristano
San Francesco church in the historic town highlights its historical role as the fulcrum of political-cultural life. A short distance from the Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta and the headquarters of the highest Oristano authorities.
This old church is still standing intact for centuries, containing various artworks and sculptures. Antiquarium Arborense (the most important museum) can be added to what to see in Oristano list. The museum was born in one of the richest places in history of the whole island, starting from the pre-Nuragic period up to the Middle Ages.
Moving toward the coast you can find many interesting and beautiful natural spots. Few amazing beaches are also in the area, like Is Arutas and Mari Ermi. For nature lovers, a lovely walk is highly recommended at the Monte Arci Natural Park, just few miles from Oristano.
TOP Places to visit
Sites & Landmarks
- Antiquarium Arborenses Museum
- Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
- Convent of San Francesco
- Piazza Eleonora d’Arborea
- Tower of San Cristoforo
- Chiesa del Carmine
Beaches & Parks
- Penisola del Sinis
- Tharros ruins
- Santa Giusta
- Torre Grande
- San Salvatore old village
- Termae of Fordongianos
- Mari Ermi beach
- Is Arutas beach
- S’Arena Scoada beach
- Cabras Pond
Best activities in Oristano
Considering the short life span of your holidays, you would want to know what can be the best activities in Oristano. Oristano is all about exploring great art, culture, architecture, and natural beauty.
Discover the Sinis Peninsula, the rough coast and the splendid beaches. Learn the
A day-trip cycling around the old and ancient history of the Sinis Peninsula. You will taste the local olive oil and then a coffee stop in San Giovanni di Sinis
Where to stay in Oristano
There are many good hotels which depict the same taste of elegance as the city does and there are even Villas turned into small hotels. Staying there will add to your fun and enjoyment. Also, there are cozy apartments which are given on rent. The list of best hotels in Oristano includes Hotel Mistral 2, Mariano IV Palace Hotel and Villa Delle Rose.