The city of Oristano is the capital of the province of Sardinia of the same name. Most holiday rental options in the region are actually located in the province’s smaller towns and villages, however, so you will have to get in early if you wish to stay in the principal city. Those who are lucky enough to find a rental villa here will be rewarded with an attractive base that is well equipped for exploring this rural and unspoilt region on the west coast of the island.
Most visitors to oristano start with a relaxing walk around the clean streets of the city centre, stopping off at various sites of historical interest along the way – such as the 13th century Tower of St. Christophoros and the 12th century St. Mary’s Cathedral, before stopping off for a bite to eat at one of the many cafes and bars.
Once known as ‘Aristianis’, Oristano is a pleasant city that has an economy largely based upon agriculture, fishing and tourism. With fishing playing such a big part of the local economy, enjoying a meal at an Oristano seafood restaurant is a must. The fresh fish and a glass of locally-produced white wine go hand in hand, and if you are taken aback by the quality of the vintage you may even consider joining in a winery tour the following day.
The beaches of the west coast can also be reached within just a few minutes by car, and it is easy to spend a hot summers afternoon relaxing on the fine white sands and cooling off with a dip in the clean and clear waters. Mountain biking, hiking and walking can also be enjoyed in the local area.
The province is Oristano is rural and chock full of stunning scenery and unspoilt landscapes. Amongst the rolling hills you will discover a number of traditional towns and villages can that easily be missed by other tourists, with a perfect example being the hilltop settlement of Magomadas (55km). Beach lovers should also consider a day trip to the secluded white sandy stretch at Putzu Idu (25km), which is hidden away in an attractive section of Sardinia’s west coast.
A holiday in Oristano can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Summer is the most popular time, with temperatures often exceeding the 30C mark, but warm and sunny weather can be found all the way through from April to late October. Even temperatures in the middle of winter can be surprisingly mild.
Although Oristano does have a small regional airport, Alghero Airport (AHO) is the nearest international airport to the city. It is situated 8km outside the city of Alghero and is a two hour (150km) drive each way. Ryanair, Thomson Airways and Bmibaby all fly to this destination from a variety of UK airports.