Located in the south of Sardinia , next to the sea, the city of Nora was the first city founded by the Phoenicians, in the 8th century BC. C. Today is one of the most recommended visits if you travel to the Mediterranean island.
Nora is located on a promontory known as the Capo di Pula and in its best days it had up to three ports. The Carthaginians arrived in the city in the 6th century BC and later the Romans. The latter were responsible for its growth, as they expanded it to make it the most important city in all of Sardinia.
Next to the beach
After the great boost that the Romans gave it, it was not all golden times. Back in the 5th century, Nora began to fall into decline , due to the constant attacks to which the pirates subjected her, and also to the rise in sea level, which left no less than a third of the city under water. .
However, today Nora has a great archaeological value and in that value lies in part its tourist importance. It is very interesting to visit Nora. The archaeological zone is located in a privileged place , next to a beautiful beach. Mediterranean pines surround the enclave, perfuming the atmosphere and giving it freshness.
Most of the remains of the Nora site are from Roman times. However, at the entrance there is an isolated column from the temple of Tania, the Carthaginian goddess of fertility. Among the Roman remains, a theater facing the sea stands out , which today is used to hold some open-air concerts.
The hot springs are also important. There are remains of four of them, of different sizes since they were used by people of different status. Also, you can see some interesting mosaics . In the nearby town of Pula there is a museum where many of the finds from Nora’s excavations are kept.