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.