Among the towns to visit in Gallura, Luras in Northeast Sardinia has a very ancient history that is attested by its many ancient monuments.
The History of Luras
Luras has been lived in since the Bronze Age, as shown by the existence of six remains part and parcel of the Nuraghi from between 3500 and 2700 b.C. Luras became more populated during the reign of Emperor Tiberius in 19 A.D., but it was only towards the middle of the 19th century that it lived its most vibrant period. This is thanks to the flourishing commercial activities that were connected to the agricultural life of the town.
Sights To See In Luras
As an example, in the middle of the town there is the Chiesa di N. S. del Rosario from the 18th century which houses many valuable paintings. Right in front of this ecclesiastical building there is the smaller church di Santa Croce built in 1677, that nowadays holds a key role during the local Christmas and Easter services.
In Luras you can also visit a classical-inspired building in granite stone that hosts Museo Galluras. The museum showcases many remains from between the 15th and 20th century, with most of them being from a religious context.
Sights To See Near Luras
It is highly recommended to visit two nearby locations, Calanginus and Tempo Pausania. The former is known as the land of cork, and it has a lot to offer from a historical point of view such as funerary structures built on a rectangular base put on large slabs of stone made to lock it into the depths of the soil.
The latter boasts an ancient fortress over 3500 years old, a testimony of how the Nuragic civilization developed. This jewel is known as Il Nuraghe Majori, it is perched on a granite dome which extends up to 500 m in height. The site is found on a woodland track, making it ideal for those interested in trekking and hiking.
The Beaches near to Luras
The beaches that are most interesting and worthy of mention are concentrated on the so-called Costa Paradiso, a unique area with a vast amount of undisturbed natural landscape surrounding it. One of the most popular is Li Cossi, ideal for fans of snorkelling but also young families. The walk to get there includes a lovely path through an ancient village.
Within a 20 km radius, you will find other seafronts worth exploring. Among the most charming, an example is Longa Isola Rossa, with fine white sands and equipment for water sports available for hire on its shoreline. A short walk away you will find Li Femini Isola Rossa, a beautiful beach with modern services available and the most beautiful crystal waters.