The necropolis of Anghelu Ruju is one of the most important archaeological sites in Sardinia and is managed, by the SILT Cooperative of Alghero, which in addition to this site also takes care of visits to the Nuragic Complex of Palmavera (State Road 127 bis - km 45.450).
The Necropolis is located a few kilometres from Alghero, on Provincial Road 42 (known as the road of the two seas) in the locality of I Piani, there you can visit one of the largest and oldest complexes of artificial caves used by different cultures from about 3300 BC to 1500 BC.
The name derives from that of the former owner of the land where the necropolis was accidentally found in 1903 and where the vineyards of a well-known winery that produces a wine of the same name are currently located. Explored in successive excavation campaigns until 1967, the necropolis includes as many as 38 domus de janas located near a stream, the Rio Filibertu, many of which are still intact and endowed with bas-reliefs, carvings and symbols characteristic of the Neolithic-Eneolithic Sardinian period: taurine protomes, boat horns, false doors, columns, lintels and steps are just some of the valuable elements that can be admired here by archaeology enthusiasts and others.
An absolutely valuable, mysterious and fascinating place, it takes the visitor to a place where respect for the cult of the dead blends with the respect for nature that these peoples had and which, even today, can be felt intact.
The site is open every day of the year except Christmas Day:
- November to March, 10:00 – 14:00;
- April and October, 09:00 – 18:00;
- May to September, 09:00 – 19:00.
The Complesso Nuragico di Palmavera follows the same hours as the Anghelu Ruju Necropolis.