Montresta is a little town in the north-eastern Sardinian region of Planargia, inhabited by about 650 people. The village, immersed in the beautiful landscapes and Sardinian nature, offers a possibility to discover rich local traditions, interesting millennial history and extraordinary works of contemporary street art.
History of Montresta
The town of Montresta was founded by a group of Greek Maniots in the 18th century, under the name of Villa San Cristoforo. The Greeks, who at that time were looking for a new settlement, were invited by the king Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia to move and settle on the territory of Montresta. However, their presence in the zone did not last long. Due to the hostile attitude of the inhabitants of Bosa, most Greeks abandoned the area in the following years.
The surrounding of Montresta hides different traces of ancient civilizations which inhabited the area over the centuries. Among them, you will find some prehistoric graves called domus de janas, the nuraghe Badu de sa rughe as well as important rests of a Carthaginian fortress, known as “Sa Turre”. While visiting Montresta, do not miss the church of Sacro Cuore and the church of Saint Christopher Martyr (chiesa di San Christoforo Martire). The town is also famous for the traditional artisanal production of beautiful baskets, woven with rush and asphodel. During your visit you will be astonished by fantastic murals painted on the walls of the buildings, which show scenes from the everyday life of the village and history. From the town you can also enjoy the breathtaking view on the whole valley. In some places it is possible to observe the griffon vultures, a protected animal species.
Sardinia is an island of extraordinary geographical diversity, with an exceptionally rich history and tradition. Although most tourists associate it with the emerald coastline and major cities such as Cagliari and Alghero, the island is also full of small villages that hide true pearls of history and culture. One such place is Flussio, a town where tourists will discover spots connected with the island’s extraordinary history and unique local traditions.
Flussio, a village full of history
Flussio is a little village in the region of Planargia, located on the north-east of Sardinia. The settlement, inhabited by around 440 people has been a home of humans since prehistoric times and still nowadays conserves traces of its millennial past. Among the most relevant ancient monuments, there are the nuraghes of Caddàris, Carcheras, Giannas or Murciu, two giant tombs called sa figu bianca and sos trainos, as well as a nuragic wall situated in proximity to the wonderful church of San Bartolomeo from the 12th century.
Artisanal production in Flussio
The little village is also famous for the traditional artisanal production of baskets called corbule. In April, during the harvest of the material used for baskets production – asphodelus, the inhabitants of the village celebrate the feast called Tirende isciareu. The festival is a perfect possibility to discover more about the asphodelus harvesting and traditional basket weaving. Visitors who will not have the opportunity to participate in the event should pay a visit to MUDAS (Museo Diffuso dell’Asfodelo), the museum of asphodelus. As far as the gastronomic tradition is concerned, the village is well-known for the production of the Malvasia wine and belongs to “Strada della Malvasia di Bosa”, the network of local wine producers.
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