This strip of Sardinia is also full of charm and archaeological finds. Just remember that Porto Torres was founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC in the centre of the Gulf of Asinara, a strategic position for the creation of a river port at the mouth of the River Mannu.
History buffs will find various interesting sites including the River Mannu bridge, an engineering work dating to the 1st century AD and perfectly preserved, and the central baths dating to the 3rd-4th centuries AD. These have left the most important evidence and are the centre-point of the archaeological area. The pre-Nuragic evidence, such as the domu de Janas and the Serra Crabiles complex, excavated in rock, in the Sennori area is also important.
Many single tower nuraghe have come down to us from the Bronze Age – sa Pattada, Chercos, Iscala de Todde and particularly Badde Margherita, and other more complex ones like su Nuraghe and Badde Puttu. The Oridda Giant’s grave is also notable. Fascinating evidence of the cult of the water, with sacred wells and fountains, has been found in the area – Funtana de su Anzu, Funtana de sa Conza and fontana Geridu.
A Roman villa, embellished by mosaics and spa baths quite close to the sea, stands out on the St Filitica site at Sorso. In the Byzantine era, a paleo-Christian place of worship was built on the same site and subsequently the little church dedicated to the saint.