Oristano is elegant and lively, presenting a pleasing contrast between its wide shopping streets, museums, graceful piazzas with fountains and archaeology. Oristano really comes alive in August for its carnival, known for its horse racing.
Oristano accommodation gives a good base for exploring the unspoilt and windswept coastline and countryside of west Sardinia, great for boating and windsurfing. Taking a day's sailing trip gives visitors an appreciation of Sardinia's dramatic coastline. Beaches near Oristano include Marina di Arbus, backed by its impressive 60 m tall sand dunes. The beaches on this west coast of Sardinia are generally quieter than on the more popular east coast.
The wild country areas of Barbagia and Ogliastra are popular for hiking and climbing. A short drive takes visitors from their holiday apartments in Oristano into the mountain ranges of Gennargentu and Monte Rasu, with their stunning views. Sunny hillsides are covered with olives and vineyards and visitors should sample the local wine, Vernaccia. Visitors during the winter months can use their Oristano accommodation as a base for a skiing.
Sardinia has many monuments to its ancient and mysterious Nuragic past. These cylindrical stone towers date from pre-1500 B.C. One of the most important and best preserved of these, Nuraghe Losa, is near Oristano accommodation. Also dotted across the surrounding countryside are the remains of fortified villages, such as Tharros. The excellent and informative Antiquarium Arborense Museum in Oristano explains the mysteries behind these remains.