Near the Cignoni e Nieddu stop of the Trenino Verde the twisting course of the Sarcidano river takes its highest leap – a 20 metre drop and a true spectacle of nature, the su Craddaxioleddu waterfall – before it ends up in the waters of San Sebastiano (or is Barroccus) Lake. It is the feather in the proverbial cap of a magical place, especially in Spring. The Funtana is Arinus park, a combination of oak and beech trees, as well as lush Mediterranean vegetation, lies nestled among the hills of the historical Sarcidano region just a few kilometres from the town of Nurallao. In the midst of this dense vegetation the air is filled with the sound of water gurgling up from a myriad of springs and streaming over riverbeds. The landscape is graced with hues of green, a great place for walks and long hikes in peace and silence to explore nature’s hidden treasures. You can enter the woods along a trail marked by cyclamens and other wild flowers and reach the main water fall, smaller yet charming falls and a variety pools and streams that only enhance the sheer beauty of the place. The sunlight filters down as the relaxing sound of the running brooks, the birdsong and the fragrance of the many trees and bushes accompany you along your way.
Not only, but the nature walk is further enhanced by archaeological sites. Along the way you will come across the Nieddu nuraghe, next to which is a well temple and one of the Mediterranean’s largest megalithic tombs, the Aiodda Giant Tomb. The Sarcidano region is a green and fertile one with a wide variety of hills and valleys. The gently rolling hills protect Nurallao, a small town that is a perfect blend of history and nature. During Roman times, together with Trexenta, it was an important source of grain and wheat. Traces of ancient Punic and the Roman forts are still visible to this day. The best example of the Roman presence in Nurallao is at sa Bidda Becia and at the Cannedu springs. The area is also home to more recent historical sites, like the refractory clay and kaolin deposits on the outskirts of town, where in the early XX century the Niachili quarries were mined to supply the Funtan’e Susu ovens. In mid-September the town is host to the Regional Music Festival. When you are here, do not forget to stop in at the church of the Madonna della Strada, the final stop along the pilgrimage of the driver’s festival.