A charming place for its uniqueness of colours, sounds and scents. This strip of land, nestled between the sea and the clear waters of the lagoons, is guarded by majestic coastal towers, witnesses of a history of bloody battles and dramatic devastation. Sarrabus has for centuries been subject to invasions and cruel depredations of the Saracen Moors. The name of the region, according to some legends, derives from these ferocious pirates, “Is Arabus.”
The towers were built during the Spanish rule and, from the 14th century,they played an important role in the territory’s defence through the sighting of enemy ships and a rapid communication system from one tower to another, through use of fire at night and smoke signals during the day, carrying messages of warning to residents so they could run for cover or prepare for the attack. The last invasion of the Moors on the coasts of Sarrabus dates to 1813, and ended with the expulsion of the Moors and the victory of the people of Sarrabus. There are 3 towers along the Muravera coast: “Torre dei dieci cavalli” (The Tower of 10 Horses or Gate Tower), in the Marina di San Giovanni; “Torre Salinas” (The Salinas Tower), guarding the ancient salt mines in Colostrai; and “Torre Montiferru” (the Montiferru Tower), in Capo Ferrato, which kept watch over the natural harbour of Porto Pirastu.
The municipal museums, Donna Francesca Sanna Sulis and Casa dei Candelai (the House of the Chandlers), are located in the centre of Muravera, a stone’s throw from each other.
The first is an art centre that houses temporary exhibitions, workshops, conferences and concerts, the second is a ethnographic museum-laboratory. The two museums, both inspired by unique female figures, the eighteenth-century noblewoman weaver Donna Francesca, and the artisan of candles, Aunt Savina, soon merge into a single museum , the MIF – Museum of Female Entrepreneurship. The MIF aims to highlight the creativity, the ability, the desire and the art of making crafts and doing business of the women of yesteryear and today in an interweaving of past, present and future. A third municipal museum, the Naturalia Centre for Environmental Education ambiantale, is located in the naturalistic oasis of Feraxi and houses a fascinating exhibition on the ecosystems of Sarrabus.