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Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju (Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju) Tours

Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju (Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju)
One of the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia, this group of 38 burial chambers carved into the sandstone date from as far back as 4200 BC and are known as domus de janas, or “fairy houses.” Tour the site to see Neolithic engravings of bull’s horns, false doors, and other enigmatic designs. 
The Basics

Set deep in the countryside near Alghero, Anghelu Ruju is Sardinia’s largest necropolis dating from pre-Nuragic times. Artifacts recovered during the site’s discovery and excavation in the early 1900s suggest the tombs belonged to a hunting and warrior civilization that had extensive trade networks throughout the Mediterranean.

The burial site was used for millennia until being completely abandoned, and can be difficult to interpret for the casual visitor. Go with a guide to learn about the history and symbolism of these mysterious chambers, pairing a visit with a stop at Alghero and the nearby Nuraghe di Palmavera. 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Anghelu Ruju is a must for archaeology buffs.
  • Take a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water, as the site doesn’t have much shade.
  • The ruins aren’t accessible to wheelchairs, due to uneven grounds with no walkways.
  • There’s a small souvenir shop in the archaeological park.

How to Get There

Located northwest of Alghero along highway SP42 to Porto Torres, La Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju is challenging to reach by public transit. Ideally, join a guided tour that includes transportation.
When to Get There
Temperatures in Sardinia soar in the summer months—visit in spring or fall for milder weather. The site closes in the afternoon from November through March.
Nuraghe di Palmavera
Check out another of Sardinia’s archaeological treasures, the  3,500-year-old Nuraghe di Palmavera, not far from Anghelu Ruju. Dating from between the Bronze and Iron ages, the village is made up of a cluster of limestone edifices, including a tower, a meeting hut, and dozens of dwellings.
Address: Strada Provinciale 42 dei Due Mari, Alghero 07041, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Alghero: private archaeological tour (TRANSFER INCLUDED) with local guide

Alghero: private archaeological tour (TRANSFER INCLUDED) with local guide

Enjoy this unique private tour with a local guide, who will be able to tell you the historical facts about the archaeological sites of Alghero: the nuraghe Palmavera, dating back to 1500 BCE, and the necropolis of Anghelu Ruju, with its 6000 years of "life". From your own accommodation directly to the unique history of these ancient sites (TRANSFER IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE!). Discover the Nuragic civilization, one of the greatest inhabitants of Europe before the Roman Empire expansion. Kevin, your professional local guide, is bilingual in Italian and English and he has always lived in Alghero, so that he will be able to answer your questions and also give you some useful information about the town, such as where to eat or what to do in Alghero and in the island. *If you wish not to visit both archaeological sites, Kevin will be happy to lead you to the old town for a short visit of the Catalan-style city fortress, without any extra charge. Just let Kevin know when meeting him.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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