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Sardara, Sardinia

Sardara is almost certain not to feature on Sardinian itineraries – its name did not come up even once in all of my pre-trip research of “things to see and do in Sardinia”. Its location, however, is rather convenient for the hub-and-spokes touring approach in the south of the island, with Cagliari, Oristano, Barumini, and west coast beaches all within an hour’s drive in different directions. Which is how it was chosen as our base for the last part of the trip.

And it deserves its own entry on these pages, as the historic-core area of Sardara turned out to be a delight to walk about. Narrow streets, picturesque corners, eye-catching details abound.
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Neighborhood names and crests are displayed on these colofful signs in the town center.
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
A lot of renovation is going on throughout town, and there are also seemingly abandoned properties popping up here or there. An illustration:
Sardara, Sardinia
The main defined points of interest are a couple of churches, a local history museum, and an archaeological site of Pozzo di Sant’Anastasia that we have already seen in the nuraghi post; here is one more perspective of it.
Sardara, Sardinia
Chiesa della Beata Vergine Assunta is among the highlights.
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
So is the Romanesque Church of Saint Gregory.
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
I used the daytime perspective from our rented apartment’s terrace in the Back from Sardinia post, and here are a couple of similar shots taken in the early evening.
Sardara, Sardinia
Sardara, Sardinia
Sometimes you have minimal expectations of a place and it nicely exceeds them. Sardara was a case in point.