Tharros is a Jurney back in time to discover 2000 years of Sardinian history, from the Nuragic era (8th century BC) to the mid 11th century, when, to escape the Saracen attacks, it was abandoned. Its ruins stand south of the Sinis Peninsula, in the territory of Cabras (OR), washed by the uncontaminated sea of the protected area. It is a natural amphitheatre surrounded by the hills of Su Muru Mannu and the tower of San Giovanni and by the isthmus of the Promontory of Capo San Marco.
Nuragic evidence (two towers and a village) prove that the area was inhabited before the Phoenician-Punic period, the remains of which are linked to fortifications and funeral rituals: two necropolises, near Capo San Marco and the beach of San Giovanni, and the tophet, a graveyard sanctuary for children and new-born babies. The Carthaginians added votive stones, the Romans built an amphitheatre over it, very little of which still remains. Moving along the paved roads with channels that allow the flow of water, you can admire the urbs romana (Roman town). It reached its maximum splendour in the 3rd century AD, a period in which majestic buildings were constructed: you can visit two thermal baths by the sea (those of the Convento Vecchio (Old Convent) are monumental) and the castellum aquae, a distribution reservoir for the aqueduct, also built by the Romans. The foundations of houses and workshops can be found on the hillside: walking along the Cardo and Decumanus maximus, you can imagine life and the busy productive activities that went on 2000 years ago.