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Not far from the capital city, on the north side of Oristano's gulf|, lies Cabras, a village of 9000 inhabitants particularly dedicated to fishing, cereal harvesting, wine, fruit and vegetable production and also forage for animal-breeding.
The near-by pool has a large surface of about 2000 hectares and is one of the biggest in the world. It receives a mixture of fresh and salt water amongst its bed of reeds and rare ornithological species.
The village is easily accessible via the Torregrande-Cabras road. The name Cabras comes from barons that in the past, were the fishery's owners.
In the surrounding areas, the beaches of San Giovanni di Sinis and Is Aruttas are to be noted as well as the Mal di Ventre Island with its Roman wreckage. The fishermen's huts, the ruins of the old town of Tharros, the Neolithic statuettes of Cuccuru is Arrius, the hypogean traces of San Salvatore, the traces of the Middle Ages' Masone Capras settlement and of the Castle are all examples of the interesting monuments you'll find in the area of Cabras.
The Church of St. Saviour, built at the end of the XVIII century, has great historical value. It's reachable via a narrow staircase and a corridor and has two rooms characterised by a barrel vault.
Proceeding down the corridor, you arrive at a vaulted, roof terrace with a well in the floor. The well's water is believed to have healing powers.
From the terrace, you access three other rooms, one semicircular and two rectangular. On the walls there are traces of writing, numerous pictures of women, two lions and ships; all elements of the different cultures that have lived in the area in past times.
In the village of San Salvatore, the first Sunday of September, a religious celebration in honour of the Saint takes place. It's called "corsa degli scalzi" (the barefoot run) and commemorates an episode dating back to 1500 when the population saved the statue of the Saint from a piratical raid.
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