02 Apr The Nuraghe of Palmavera
The Nuragic complex of Palmavera is one of the most important nuragic sites, its birth and development are shrouded in mystery. This site dates back to around 4000 years ago and was discovered in 1905.
The Palmavera nuraghe fare located on a promontory in Alghero, within the Porto Conte Park and are just over a km from the sea.
It is estimated that this nuragic village originally had around 200 huts surrounded by a pentagonal wall built with large blocks of sandstone and limestone. Currently it is possible to visit only a quarter of the original body of the village, having received the remains of only 50 huts.
In the central body there are two towers, one main and one secondary and one the remaining part of a bastion. Only the main tower has been preserved in its entirety and it is therefore possible to visit it internally.
Construction phases of Palmavera complex
In the first phase, that goes from the 15th to the 14th century, BC sees the construction of a tower with a central room with a Tholos roof. The tower is 8 meters high and has an internal staircase leading to the upper level and to the terrace.
Second phase began in the 9th century and saw the construction of a second tower that connected to the first through a corridor and shared its courtyard. The construction of the Capanna delle Riunioni dates back to this second period, with larger dimensions than the others with a political-religious role. Inside it is possible to admire the throne-seat of the head of the village built in sandstone and a kind of bench that follows the whole circumference of the room, where the most influential people of the village sat. Also inside this building you can see a model of nuraghe. Debates were held here, comparisons, but it was also a place of worship.
In the third phase that goes from the 9th to the 8th century BC the perimeter wall was built which had four towers.
The end of life in the village dates back to the 8th century BC, when it was destroyed by fire.
The artifacts found in Palmavera, such as vases, oil lamps, and remains of food are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Alghero and the Archaeological Museum of Sassari.
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How to get to the village of Palmavera:
From Alghero take the road towards Fertilia.
Then take State Road 127 bis towards Porto Conte-Capo Caccia.
After about 4 km you will find the entrance to the Nuragic Village on the right.
The archaeological site is open all year round, except for Christmas.
April to October from 9 am to 6 pm
May to September from 9 am to 7 pm
November to March from 10am to 2pm
By accessing the official site of the Palmavera nuragic complex it is possible to know the prices.
For information and to book guided tours:
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