Montresta

Montresta is a small village in the area of Planargia, inhabited by about 650 persons. The town was founded by a group of Greek Maniots in the 18th century as Villa San Cristoforo. The Greeks, who at that time were looking for a new settlement, were invited by the king Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia to move on the territory of Montresta. However, due to hostility of the inhabitants of Bosa, in the following years most of them have left the area.

In the surrounding of Montresta there are also numerous traces of ancient civilizations which inhabited the territory over the centuries. Among them, you will find some prehistoric graves called domus de janas, the nuraghe Badu de sa rughe as well as important rests of a Carthaginian fortress, called “Sa Turre”. Montresta is also well-known for the artisanal production of beautiful baskets, woven with rush and asphodel. During your visit, do not miss the church of Saint Christopher Martyr (chiesa di San Christoforo Martire) and the church of Sacro Cuore.

While walking around the town you will discover beautiful murals painted on the buildings. The paintings illustrate scenes from the everyday life of the village and history.

Fascinating the view that can be enjoyed from Montresta which contemplates the whole valley. In some places it is possible to see the griffon vultures, a protected animal species in Sardinia.