Tharros is the site of a Punic-Roman city founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century B.C. and extends over the Capo S. Marco isthmus in the Sinis peninsula, with a splendid view on the Gulf of Oristano and the ponds of Cabras.
The area is an open-air museum where you can see a nuragic shrine, the Tophet, the Baths and parts of the Roman temple, the walls of ancient houses and shops. Many materials were taken away to build other buildings such as columns used for the Santa Giusta Romanesque church; above the hill there is the Spanish tower of San Giovanni, built with the stones of the city, abandoned since 900 A.D. because of the Arab incursions
It is great to visit both the ruins and the headland up to the Capo San Marco lighthouse, where to go hiking, enjoying a beautiful sight of the sea, both to the right and to the left of the road that hangs along the ridge.
During summer it can also be reached with the train leaving from San Giovanni Square.
Archaelogical site opening times:
9.00 – 18.00 June, July and September;
9.00 – 20.00 August;
9.00 – 17.00 for the rest of the year
close on Mondays