The area surrounding Iglesias is extremely interesting from the point of view of nature, and there are also many monumens that can be seen in the city. Heading towards Porto Flavia along the road that leads from Nebida to Masua we will admire one of Sardinia's most beautiful coastal scenery with views of the Pan di Zucchero, a stack of white limestone 133 meters high. In the villages of Montevecchio and Ingurtosu echoes the heyday of mining, between the fascinating palaces in Liberty style now abandoned. Not very far is the town of Arbus, known for its handicrafts and the famous golden sand dunes of Piscinas.
Day 1 – Iglesias
Iglesias is a beautiful town of the Roman period known as "the capital of silver work". Its historic center boasts Pisan origins. More recently Iglesias has been an important mineral-based industry, whose history is well documented in the Mineral Museum and the impressive lead-zinc mine Monteponi. In the beautiful scenery of the plateau of St. George stands the majestic Santa Barbara well, dating back to 1870, with clear references to typical medieval castles. The tour will continue in the afternoon along the scenic coastal road that from Nebida leads to Masua, where you can observe beautiful views and the legendary "Pan di Zucchero" and follow the scenic path of the washery La Marmora that is part of the mining complex of Porto Flavia. Continuing we drive to Cala Domestica, an inlet between the white limestone cliffs, a former mining area where ruins of the buildings of the nearby mines, warehouses, depots and mineral galleries, are still visible, such as the one that leads to the so-called Cove, a very intimate beach, located in the mouth of a stream. Opposite, on the limestone peninsula which extends towards the south, you can see the Spanish tower.
Day 2 – Buggerru
After breakfast departure towards Planu Sartu, in Buggerru, where the most important mine work with no doubts is the Henry Gallery. Excavated in 1865, allowed the transport of minerals by rail from the underground mining to the distant laverie. The gallery is a kind of unique labyrinth: with safety measures and lit with directions, today it’s safely accessible. Its uniqueness consists of a perpetual relationship with the sea cliff by means of tunnels and minor trenches carved, such as ideal windows in the rock. Thanks to these openings we can enjoy picturesque and breathtaking views of the coast overlooking the sea.
We will spend the afternoon in Fluminimaggiore where we will visit the Temple of Antas, the Roman temple dedicated to the god Sardus Pater. During the restoration works between 1966 and 1968 an earlier Punic temple of the sixth century BC dedicated to the god Sid came to light, built around a sacred rock placed in a cell of the temple.
Day 3: Arbus - Montevecchio – Ingurtosu - Piscinas
The territory of Arbus offers unforgettable views. After a visit to the Museum of Sardinian Knife we go towards the mine of Montevecchio where the exploitation of minerals, from Montevecchio extending for 12 km to the west of Ingurtosu, dates back to ancient times and sank in history: different findings attest the use of the site in Roman times and even the most remote epochs. Among the celebrities who took care of this site stands out King Carlo Alberto. Industrial exploitation of the mine went on with huge profits until 1960 and then decline and cease in 1991.
A short distance away is located Piscinas, the most famous beach of the Costa Verde, thanks to the special natural, archaeological, industrial and environmental interest of the area. All the backshore looks like a charming, small desert with sand dunes created by the mistral; a golden colour extended inwards for about 2 km, reaching a maximum height of 101 meters.