Mines by the Sea – an unmissable tour

MONTEVECCHIO – PISCINAS – CALA DOMESTICA – MASUA – IGLESIAS

There is a long history of mining in Sardinia, stretching far back into the remote past. To visit mining area in the south-west of the island is to discover an area unspoilt be mass tourism and immersed in stunningly beautiful scenery that is sure to take your breath away.

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Sardinia: nordic walking in Iglesiente

The lovers of nordic walking in Sardinia have a place that boasts beautiful paths totally immersed in nature: it’s the Iglesiente, along the west coast of this Mediterranean island. And the best trails for nordic walking in this area of Sardinia are six, all different from each other and with varying difficulty.

The easiest trails for nordic walking in Iglesiente are two: the first one starts from Pranu Dentis and comes to the mine San Luigi, through places important for their nature and for the industrial archaeology;  the second path, from the bridge over the Rio Gutturu Cardaxius to Genna Arenas, passes through canyons, near ancient mines and nearby rural villages.

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Easter in Sardinia: the Holy Week of Iglesias

In Iglesias, Sardinia, the Holy Week follows an ancient ritual, dating back to the Sixteenth Century: indeed, the Arciconfraternita del Santo Monte organizes the celebrations since the mid 1500’s, when it was founded. And during the Holy Week in Iglesias, the most important and characteristic moment is the Good Friday, the day of the Procession of Descenso.

The Procession of Descenso takes place at night, along the roads Iglesias. This is a ritual with a precise order: Matracconis announce the procession, followed by the drum and the Cross of the Arciconfraternita, by the Babbalottis (boys of up to thirteen years dressed in clothes typical of this event), the Association of Santissimo Sacramento and the G. Verdi music band.

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Acquafredda: castles of Sardinia

It stands on the spur of a hill of volcanic rock, dominating the surrounding plain of this extraordinary site of Sardinia. It is easy to figure that Castle of Acquafredda, in its heyday, was a fortress of great strategic utility.

It is believed that the oldest structures are to be dated to the first half of XIII Century, its building is attributed to Ugolino della Gherardesca, the noble from Pisa whose fate was sadly made ​​famous by Dante in his Divine Comedy. At that time, the function of the castle was to defend the considerable mineral wealth of the area.

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