Cabras rises a few kilometres from Oristano and is a small town of single-storey houses which maintains its original layout. It is found on the edge of a lagoon with the same name, one of the largest freshwater pools in Sardinia connected to the sea by a canal system. A long time ago the fishermen of the lagoon used to go fishing in pointed boats called "is fassonis”, built from marsh grasses dried in the sun, using the same technique once employed by the Phoenicians. Cabras also seems to owe this population for the recipe of the "sa merca" dish; mullet is wrapped in lacustrine grasses and left to steep in salted water. The oldest evidence of the presence of humans in the territory comes from the “Cuccuru is Arrius” area where a number of tombs dating back to the Neolithic Age (4000 BC) have come to light. The statuettes found amongst the burial objects bear witness to the religiousness of that period permeated by the cult of the God Taurus and the Mother Goddess. On the contrary, the monumental stone statues of warriors and athletes from the site on Mount Prama date back to the Nuraghic Age and are today kept in Cagliari’s National Archaeological Museum. The Tharros area is of particular interest from a historical and archaeological point of view since numerous remains of the Nuraghic period are to be found, including two Nuraghi and the hilltop village of Muru Mannu. In actual fact, the foundation of the urban centre was the work of the Phoenicians around the end of the VIII century BC. No traces of the Punic age remain in the ruins of the urban centre which rather, and above all, preserves evidence of the Roman phase. The most ancient remains come from the two cremation necropolises dating back to around halfway through the VII century BC.
The feast of San Salvatore is of sure interest to visitors, during which one of the oldest and most suggestive events of the Island is repeated. Hundreds of old and young men, wearing white habits and barefoot, carry the statue of the saint from the parish church all the way to the San Salvatore Sanctuary. The town is renowned as being the main Sardinian producer of the typical “bottarga”, made from pressed, salted and dried mullet roe, which can be tasted in the mouth-watering dishes offered by the restaurants in the town. The Mistras Lagoon stretches out on the northern margin of the Gulf of Oristano, separated from the sea by two sandbars. It is one of the wetland areas of international importance as indicated by the Ramsar convention and is the ideal habitat for pink flamingos, cormorants, herons and perns. The nearby Mar 'e Pontis Lagoon is also rich with birdlife and it is also possible to visit the Peschiera Pontis, once a fish farm with locks and eel traps,