A journey through prehistoric Sardinia between history and legend
A journey to discover the prehistoric civilisations that populated Sardinia from 4000 BC onwards must also include the area of Galtellì, in the province of Nuoro. Here one can step back in time to the recent Neolithic period among the so-called Domus de Janas, prehistoric tombs excavated in the rock, often connected by underground tunnels.
Traditionally built far from villages and small settlements, so as to keep the sacredness of those places intact, the Domus de Janas have been linked for centuries to legendary creatures known as Janas. Some saw them as witches, others as fairies. It is said that the Janas resided in these small dwellings weaving with a golden loom and predicting the future to visitors and passers-by.
Today, to visit the Domus de Janas of Galtellì, you only need to travel a short distance from the historical centre. You will find seven of them, starting with the two located in Malicas municipal park. Another five domus can be visited just outside the small park of Galtellì.