Our Stonehenge: bike tour at Cuili Piras

Just about five km. away from Tiliguerta, cycling up the Provincial Street 97 toward Olia Speciosa village, the megalithic complex known as “Cuili Piras” rises right into a private land, delimited in its south-west side by the mountains of Castiadas. It is composed by 53 menhirs standing stones and it is quite important since it allowed the life style redevelopment of those communities who had peopled Sardinia throughout the Prehistoric Ages. The main feature of Cuili Piras is the way its menhirs were placed, according to a precise system of rows and circles which is the same arrangement of those found at Stonehenge in England, dating back to 3rd millenium B.C.: in both cases these sites had specific Temple function, linked to ancient religious Druids rites and astronomical practices connected to Agricolture. According to this, scholars thought that during the Prenuragic Period, a megalithic culture reached Sardinia arriving from Northern Europe, perhaps England itself, crossing Spain, Illes Balears and Corsica to finally settle down in the south-west part of Sardinia named “Sarrabus“. There is also an accurate connection between the menhirs and the azimuths that the Sun and the Moon determine either rising or setting down in this area. This witnesses the evolution level these people gained in Astronomy while recognising solstices, equinoxes, the starting of the new astronomical year or new moons. Despite its fascinating history, at “Cuili Piras” we have experienced an incredible atmosphere, an extraordinary energy and the unspeakable feeling of being so tiny compared to the majesty of our wild Nature. It is the ideal place where to take advantage of a functional training session given by our instructor Pablita.



USEFUL INFO How to get there: by road bike (eventually to rent at Reception) Clothing: comfortable, trainers and sport suit, possibly trekking equipment Starting time: from Tiliguerta at 18:30 Price: included in your Club Card (apart from the rental of the bike) Historical Sources: Doc. Roberto Ledda, free researcher and Honorary Surveyor for the Preservation of Monuments in the Archaeological Superintendence of the Province of Cagliari, with special regard for Muravera and Villaputzu Town Halls.







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