An ancient Phoenician city by the sea
Legend has it that Nora, in Sardinia, was founded by an Iberian hero named Norace. Historical sources, however, trace the foundation of this ancient city on the promontory of Capo Pula, about 30 kilometres from Cagliari, back to the Phoenicians. The Coltellazzo tower dominates the strip of land that connects the promontory to the mainland.
After the Phoenicians, the Romans took possession of the island and Nora. It began to decline in the 5th century with the arrival of the Arabs, but the archaeological park still retains evidence of a rich past: Roman baths, the forum, religious buildings, private houses, splendid mosaics that have remained intact over the centuries and a small amphitheatre overlooking the sea.
The ruins of the city offer priceless views over the sea and Coltellazzo tower, which is also accessible by bicycle along a cycle path. Along the way and around the headland you can find small beaches and enchanting lagoons, for a refreshing pit stop and a treat for the eyes. A short walk away is the church of Sant’Efisio, right on the beach, where the saint is believed to have suffered martyrdom.