Unspoilt vegetation, crystalline sea, sandy beaches are undoubtedly Sardinia’s “tag” words but the territory's abandoned mines are equally representative of the island and incredibly evocative and bewitching. These old mines and workers’ villages were closed over twenty years ago, their undeniable beauty and particularity caused the “UNESCO” to turn them into heritage of humanity, creating the Geomineral, Historical and Environmental park of Sardinia. This meant restoration and renovation of these fascinating pieces of industrial archeology that opened their doors to the public a few years ago. One is free to wander around and imagine what the atmosphere must have been like in full activity...the noise of the mining trolleys, cries of the miners, rising dust. If only these edifices could talk.. is a frequent thought of mine.
The mines are mostly concentrated in the south western coast of the island near the towns of Iglesias, Carbonia
(coal in Italian..) and Arbus