Nuraghe Arrubiu
Nuraghe Arrubiu
4.5
Natural History MuseumsAncient Ruins
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The NURAGHE ARRUBIU is the most imposing monument in Sardinia and one of the biggest in Western Europe. All around central tower,which is 15 m high only half its original height,raises a powerful pentafoil rampart which in turn is surrounded by another strong outer wall with seven towers connected to each other by wide curtain walls. The south-western side is surrounded by a further five towers,connected by wide curtain walls.The south-western side is surrounded by a further five towers,connected by wide curtain walls.In the building ,which covers 5000 square metres ,there are wide courtyards,stairs,entrances,passages,dome-covered areas,while outside the nuraghe it is possible to admire a lot of huts, some of them remarkably large.
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Hildita11
Quartu Sant'Elena, Italy109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Definitely a magic place! A prehistoric fascinating village emerging from the earth, unique in the world. Guides will take you through the ruins of a prehistoric "castle" and village and tell you the incredible story of the ancient Sardinian people. You'll never see anything like that naywhere in the world, so you better don't miss it! In summer they also organize evening events like concerts, night walks and star observation.
Written August 20, 2020
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Maura M
Villasimius, Italy14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We were surprised at the hospitality of this site. Our guide was lovely and accommodating as we had our son with us. The nuraghe was breathtaking and in great condition to visit. It’s located in Orroli which is a breathtaking town. A must visit for those seeking to experience a nuraghe.
Written January 5, 2020
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seolram
Leiden, The Netherlands892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
This type of Nuraghe( megalithic towers typical for Sardinia, built between 1500-900 BC) is called a pentilobate because the main building had 5 towers around the central tower. This is the most complex type of Nuraghi.

The nuraghe is called 'Arrubiu' since the color of the basalt stones are red-ish, so: 'the red nuraghe' or even 'the red giant' . Archaeologists date this Nuraghe around 14th century BC. It must have been one of the largest Nuraghi: the central tower was about 27m. high. With this hight it must have been the second- largest monumental building in the mediterranean world in proto-history (before classical times), right after the pyramids!

Besides the 5 main towers there was a defense- system with at least 19 more towers. There was a collapse in the 10th or 9th century and the settlement was abandonned, but occupied again by the Romans, who had a winery on the premises.

There is still much to see: the ground floor of the main tower is completely intact, there are some reconstructions of the houses and the winery has been rebuilt in a different part of the site. Archaeologists have marked the parts where they have removed rubble, which enables you to get an idea of the work that has been done to make everything visble to us again and also how much more has to be done to litteraly get to the bottom of matters.

Since 1981 there has been extensive research on this site, the books on the subject of this settlement are great (I can give you a list of what to read, when interested).

When you are interested in archaeology or are a big architecture-fan, this is a site you cannot miss!
Written July 7, 2011
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Christopher P
Bratislava, Slovakia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Visiting the Nuraghe Arrubiu, means understanding a lot more about Sardinian People. Wherever you agree or not this people were the famous Shardana "people of the sea" or you simply think they had nothing to do with them. Here, about 4000 years ago, there was an amazing civilization, able to build monuments that still stand today.
Moreover seeing a Nuraghe standing on the top of the flat mountain makes you feel the loneliness and courage of the hold farmers that moved around this island their sheeps to find every single day better food and greener lands, and that they still do it today.

If you are around this is a must see!
Written October 24, 2015
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Christopher P
Bratislava, Slovakia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
You dont realize how amazing this is until you think this thing has about 3600 years! I reapeat 3600 YEARS OLD!!! a castle built 2400 yars before the castles!! how did they do it? Why did they do it? and how this people live or look like? When you get inside you cannot stop wondering of these ancient men and their amazingly evolved life style!
Its like visiting the piramids for only 4 euro per person! :)
Written June 16, 2014
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NienkeRyan
Dordrecht4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
over 4000 years old...impressive. Even voor our son 'like minecraft!' Close to lakes for canoeing and great hotel Castellinaria with beautiful lunch and dinner.
Written August 19, 2016
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Emanuele M
Rocca Sinibalda, Italy60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Beautifully located in the countryside just a handful of kilometers from Orroli... a must see for its beauty, history and great atmosphere.
There's an entrance fee of € 4 per person and guided tours on request.
Written June 19, 2015
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Next stop after nuraghe Piscu was another nuraghe, this one at Arrubiu, which was a proper tourist site with a cafe - so we could finally have breakfast - and paid for admission.
This was another huge site with walls maybe 10m high and 3m thick and multiple buildings and towers radiating from the centre. There were more wild flowers including poppies as well as lots of basking lizards. In this tower you could see the spiral stairs although they have been blocked off part way up for 'safety reasons'.
The staff here were very helpful and gave us an English leaflet describing the site, the purpose of each room and what had been found in excavations. It was impressive how cold some of the interior rooms were considering it was around 30 degrees C outside. The main tower was originally over 25m high which is pretty impressive for something built 1500 years before the Roman Empire was founded.
Written June 18, 2023
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Ciao Marcus, thanks for your review😊
Written July 10, 2023
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Francesca E
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
I was lucky to have my cousins accompany me on this visit and we were lucky enough to have an English guide. Amazing history
Written October 26, 2018
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Nmss456
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The sight is very beautiful and the staff is nice, however they do not understand other than Italian. We only got a piece of paper where the ruines were explained and we did not get to keep it. It could also be more detailed.
Written August 4, 2018
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