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Burgos


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Located in the historic Goceano region in the province of Sassari, it rises 600 meters above sea level at the foot of the castle of the same name. The name derives from the Sardinian "Su Burgu," meaning the village.

The creation of the village seems to date back to the year 1337, when Mariano d'Arborea sent 24 settlers, possibly from Villanova Monteleone, with their families so that they could cultivate the lands of the Crown there. The village today is divided into two parts, the one near the castle, with narrow streets with a typical medieval appearance, and the more recent and modern part.


THINGS TO SEE

Burgos experienced a settlement from much earlier times. In fact, there are numerous nuraghi from the Bronze Age, Domus de Janas from the Neolithic period with interesting decorations, such as that of S'Unighedda and the Costa nuraghe, made of basalt that retains a height of six meters with a peculiarity: the presence of the corbels that protrude 30 cm and that supported the wooden floors of the upper floors. Inside the forest of Foresta Burgos, a well-maintained green area, it is possible to practice trekking and admire in addition to the majestic holm oaks and conifers, the Sardinian donkey, the white donkey of Asinara (a form of incomplete albinism) and also the Sardinian pony called Giarab, born from the cross between mares of the Giara di Gesturi and Arabian stallions.

Atop a granite peak, striking and attractive is the Goceano Castle. Built around the year 1127 - 1129 by Gonario, Judge of Torres, it has an irregular elongated plan, with a "U" shaped wall, and a square tower, 16 m high and articulated on two floors. There are several rooms in the inner courtyard and an underground room identified as a cistern. The castle can be visited by purchasing a single entrance ticket, together with a visit to the Museum of the Castles of Sardinia.

At the center of the village, in the manor house built in the late 19th century and belonging to a family of landowners , the Massaiu family, is housed the Museum of the Castles of Sardinia, with temporary exhibitions on the theme of castles, the display of thematic maps showing coastal towers from the Spanish era, and a multimedia room that allows historical interpretation of the hundred or so castles in Sardinia.

It deserves the stop for a taste of the food and wine delights, as well as the whole Goceano, especially for the sweets, prepared especially in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot in January, such as the " tiliccas," "sas cozzulas" and "sas copulettas."

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