The B&B “Antas” is the typical bed and breakfast to live moments of relaxation and pleasure in a comfortable atmosphere; it consists of three large doublerooms each with its own bathroom with hairdryer and courtesy kit (soap bar and shampoo). It is possible to organise excursion in the Padria beautiful archaeological area through the guides of ArcheoPadria as well as it is possible to rent bikes and canoes to be used at the nearby lakes at VIVA Turismo Attivo nel Villanova.
For guests a large relax zone with a TV and a breakfast area is available. Wi-FI is available and free of charge.
All enviroments are equipped with summer/winter air conditioning system.
The B&B is located in a independent house just at the entrance of the village of Mara in its upper part where you can admire a stunning view on the entire north-west part of Sardinia. The house is nestled in the green of Mediterranean vegetation (myrtle, arbutus, prickly pears) with various fruit trees
Mara is right in the middle of the so called “Mejlogu territory” in the north-west side of Sardinia.
Geologically ancient, vulcanic, all the area is strewn with sweet and typical conical hills, pastures, woods, olive groves and orchards.
How to get
For those coming from the north (Alghero, Porto Torres and Sassari) and north-east ( Olbia and Golfo aranci) take SS 131 and exit at Pozzomaggiore.
For those who are coming from Alghero and want to enjoy wonderful views it is possible to reach Mara taking SS 292 which winds for 5 km to the top of a mountain from where you can embrace the entire “Riviera del Corallo”.
For those coming from the south (Cagliari, Oristano) take SS 131 and exit at Pozzomaggiore/Semestene.
History and Traditions
Mara is a nice small village in Mejlogu area, placed over a large trachyte terrace rich in historical and archaeological sites as well as the whole area.
The most important attraction is the Sanctuary of “Madonna di Bonuighinu” one of the most ancient sanctuaries in Sardinia, built on top of a medieval village. The legend tells that our Lady appeared where the church stays nowadays to pacify inhabitants of the area (bonu ighino=good neighbor).
Of particular interest are the “Filiestru” and “sa ucca de tentirriolu” (mouth of the bat) caves in which were discovered middle Neolithic finds; in the centre of the village there are many murals representing scenes of country life and religious. Must to see are also San Giovanni Battista church and medioeval ruines called Santa Vittoria, Su Cumbentu, Cantones de Lado, S. Andria, S.ta Cadrina.
Three kilometers far from Mara there is Padria, already known in Roman times with the name of Gurulis Vetus; from that period remain clearly visible and visitable the walls referable to the Palazzo Baroniale hince the name “Palattu”. Other “must see” the Parish of St. Giulia, the franciscan monastery , the archaeological museum and the “Nuraghe Longu”. Another place where you can breath in the sardinian culture is “Casa Piras” of clear patronal origin, recently restored, offering the view of the ‘800 original furnishing
Along SS 292, a few Km from Padria you can visit “Domus de Janas”; these are burial structures, rock-cut tombs built up in prenuragic era.
Pozzomaggiore, very close to Mara, is a delicious village well known for the “horse culture”. Noteworthy the horse museum and the Saint Constantine race, a very famous traditional happening on the 7th of July, collecting a lot of tourist from all over the world; Edvige Carboni, servant of God was born in Pozzomaggiore in 1880, her house is opened to visitors.
Monteleone Roccadoria is a small village at the top of a hill with a breathtaking view overlooking the artificial lake along Temo river. The peculiarity structure of its territory, a tufa limestone mountain, allowed the creation of “La via ferrata regina”, a rocky route of about six hundred meters that attracts lots of climbers. Angles of the past almost forgotten rediscovered through the culture of bread-making art in the Museum of bread.
Along SS 292 towards Bosa in the municipality of Suni you can hit the “Domus de Janas Chirisconis” an ancient necropolis dating back to 3000 a.c., latest Neolithic, entirely carved into a basaltic outcrop; the complex comprises of 12 unicellular and pluricellular burials with the possibility to access through a vestibule often retaining traces of red paints on the walls.
A few kilometers beyond “Nuraghe Nuraddeo” stands out on the plateau of Planargia; it consists of a fortified tower, very well preserved (550 inch, residual height) surrounded by a rampart of three towers connected by rectilinear courtin walls. Still in the area you can find the “Nuraghe Seleghe”; this nuraghe is located in a dominant position on the wide valley of Modolo; the building, of particular interest and grandeur, is structured at the “corridor way”, has an irregular elliptical plant and is crossed by a hallway with opposing entrances.
The house-museum of “Tiu Virgiliu” in Suni is a real jewel resembling peasant and artisan sardinian culture between the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
Twenty kilometers far from Mara along SS 131 is Torralba where you can visit the famous “nuragic settlement of Santu Antinu”, the highest and best preserved throughout Sardinia.
At the end the whole Sardinia is full of magic; there is everything you are looking for in this corner of the island: stunning views, tales, traditions rousing in visitors the desire to relive new emotions at each turn, path, village.
It is possible to organise excursion in the Padria beautiful archaeological area through the guides of ArcheoPadria as well as it is possible to rent bikes and canoes to be used at the nearby lakes at VIVA Turismo Attivo nel Villanova
Mara is few kilometers far from the most renowned touristic seaside resorts of the north west coast like Bosa (25 km) from which you can reach Alghero via the panoramic coastal road where there are beautiful bays like “S’abba Drucche”, “Cumpultitu” and “La speranza”.
South of Bosa it is possible to visit other touristic resorts like “Porto Alabe” at Tresnuraghes, S.Caterina di Pittinnuri and S'Archittu at Cuglieri, “Putzu Idu” at San Vero Milis.