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Lu Brandali Nuragic Complex (Complesso Nuragico di Lu Brandali)
Lu Brandali Nuragic Complex (Complesso Nuragico di Lu Brandali)

Lu Brandali Nuragic Complex (Complesso Nuragico di Lu Brandali)

Strada provinciale 90 direzione Capo Testa, Santa Teresa Gallura, 07028

The Basics

As you wander around the clutch of corridor- and tholos-style huts with clay and stone floors, you’ll see a main tower and the remains of fortified walls dotted with secondary towers. Don’t miss the giants’ tomb, where dozens of skeletons have been unearthed.

Like many of Sardinia’s Nuragic sites, the ruins of Lu Brandali can be difficult to interpret, and are best seen with a guide. Some travelers like to pair a visit to Lu Brandali with a stop at the historic Longonsardo Tower in the nearby port town of Santa Teresa Gallura.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Lu Brandali is a must for archaeology buffs.

  • The site gives free guided tours from March through October that must be reserved in advance.

  • Take a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water, as there’s not much shade at the site.

  • Due to uneven ground with no walkways, the site isn’t accessible to wheelchairs.

  • You’ll find restaurants, cafés, and shops in nearby Santa Teresa Gallura.

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How to Get There

The Lu Brandali complex is located just outside Santa Teresa Gallura at the northern tip of Sardinia. There’s no public transit to the site, so walk about 20 minutes from town, drive, or go with a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

Temperatures in Sardinia soar in the summer months, so visit the ruins in spring or fall for milder weather. The site is open daily from March through October, and on weekday mornings the rest of the year.

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Nuragic Sites in Sardinia

The island of Sardinia is scattered with megalithic sites that date from the Nuragic civilization. Besides Lu Brandali, check out Su Nuraxi near Barumini, the island’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site; Santu Antine near Torralba, one of the largest nuraghi in Sardinia; and the Nuraghe Palmavera in the province of Sassari.

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