Bosa, The treasure of Planargia


Located in the province of Oristano and founded by seamen and Phoenician merchants on the north western coast of Sardinia, Bosa twists and turns between river and sea. Populated since the Prehistoric Ages, the area was subjected to the Arabs raids during all the Middle Ages; it was later conquered by Catalans and Aragons, the Hapsburgs and finally it was under the Sardinian Piedmontese rule.


A must for discovering the country is the “Sa Costa” quarter, the medieval village inhabited by people dedicating to crafts, characterized by colored houses descending up to the river shore, alleys, staircases and lay-bies. On the opposite side of the river, in front of the village of Sa Costa, there is is the tannery district of San Conzas, an architectural area from the nineteenth century. Fallen into disuse in 1962, today the Bosa tanneries are considered a national monument because they are a splendid example of industrial architecture. Palms along the river, the low tannery buildings, the paths of the medieval quarter, the Temo river waters, the lights on the seashores, the ships, the blue sea: this is the splendid and evocative landscape that houses the visitor who comes in this little treasure of Planargia.

To see

Basilica of San Pietro extra muros – Built with volcanic rock tans, it was built in Romanesque style in 1062. It has a beautiful thirteenth-century façade.

Castle of the Malaspina – A military fortress built in 1112, with the Church of Regnos Altos in which fourteenth-century Italian-Provençal frescoes are preserved.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it dates back to the fifteenth century and it was rebuilt in the XIX century.

Church of Stella Maris – Completed in 1689, it has Catalan-Gothic elements and Renaissance forms.

Aragonese Tower of the Red Island – A good example of military architecture of the sixteenth century, it overlooks the wide beach.

Civic Museum Casa Deriu – It is a 3-floor building housed in a nineteenth century mansion in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the “Sa Piatta” quarter, and it hosts temporary exhibitions dedicated to the traditional life and folk culture of Bosa.

To taste

Lobster soup – In the Sardinian dialect, it is called s’azzada

To enjoy

Carnival – The Carnival of Bosa is very peculiar. In addition to the traditional parade of floats, there are two carnival rituals called S’Attittidu and Gioldzi, and the opening of the private cellars in the old town centre.

Celebration of Santa Maria del Mare – It takes place the first Sunday of August. It is the traditional celebration of fishermen with a parade of boats along the river, and in the night there is a fair which offers all kinds of products.