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Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju (Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju)
Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju (Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju)

Necropolis of Anghelu Ruju (Necropoli di Anghelu Ruju)

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Strada Provinciale 42 dei Due Mari, Alghero, 07041

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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