The Phoenicians’ Route – Sardinia

Centrally located along the Mediterranean routes, Sardinia plays a very important role in the history of that age. The first traces of the Phoenicians date back to ancient times and are linked to the presence of Nuragic indigenous populations living in the island. The relations between Nuragic peoples, the Phoenicians and then the Carthaginians are subject matter of the research of historians, archaeologists and scientists of various disciplines. Certainly, today Sardinia presents precious testimonies about these civilizations, which are surprisingly current.


In fact, there are archaeological areas of great relevance, for example Nora (current Pula), Tharros (Cabras), Monte Sirai (Carbonia), Solky (Sant’Antioco), Karalis (Cagliari), Bithya (Domusdemaria), Antas’ Temple (Fluminimaggiore), Capo Carbonara (Villasimius), Pani Loriga (Santadi), Monte Luna (Senorbì), Carbonia (Monte Sirai), Othoca (Santa Giusta), Neapolis (Guspini), Inosim (Carloforte), without omitting Olbia and Alghero and many other destinations where the Phoenician traces can be found everywhere. Moreover, there are also other evidences that tell us of the presence of the Phoenicians and then the Carthaginians in Sardinia, for example landscapes: sea landscapes, harbours, docks, bays, tuna-fishing places, moist landscapes such as salt pands and ponds, natural areas of high value, earth landscapes like Trexenda cloaked in ears of wheat and the geo-mining landscape.

In Sardinia, everything tells us about the Phoenicians. Even today’s streets and gastronomy have ancient origins. When visiting the great Nuragic cultural deposits, such as Barumini, Palmavera or Sant’Imbenia, the connection with the Phoenician civilization is easily understood. In Sardinia, there are a lot of itineraries on the tracks of the Phoenicians’, between archaeology and nature, discovery and passion for intangible heritage, along unfamiliar, never predictable or banal paths.