TRIP AMONG MINES, MOUNTAINS AND SEA IN THE SARDINIAN GEOMINING, HISTORICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PARK
TRIP AMONG MINES, MOUNTAINS AND SEA IN THE SARDINIAN GEOMINING, HISTORICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PARK (Iglesias, prov. CA)
The trip runs among mines, mountains and sea in the Iglesias’ territory of the Sardinian Geomining Park, where historical evidences, mountainous and coastal environments are easy to reach.
The archaeological, mining, mountainous and coastal landscapes will be shown, describing the geological, geomorphological and botanical characteristics and retracing the history. We are going to visit the Porto Flavia tunnel to revive the mining history, the Marganai State Property Forest for discovering the mountainous environment, and the San Nicolò and Cala Domestica for exploring the coastal one.
On Thursdays and Sundays, starting at 7.45, returning at about 20.15, lunch on the mountain.
The minimum number of participants is 3; underage people have to be accompanied by a parent. Meeting point: Cemetery parking of Villasimius or other previously agreed places.
With Sardinian starter Menu: 90 €
With barbecue Menu: 105 €
Lunch into the Marganai Forest in a picnic area, with two Menus available:
- Sardinian starter: cured meat and cheeses, vegetables, fruit, beverages;
- Barbecue: cured meat/cheeses, meat barbecue, vegetables, fruit, beverages (minimum 3 people).
Monteponi and San Giovanni Mines
At about 9.45 a.m. we will get to the Park territory, where Monteponi and San Giovanni mines are immediately visible.
- Miniera Monteponi, SS126, Monteponi, CI, Italy
Once in the coast we will drive along a panoramic road which leads to Porto Falvia tunnel, a mining engineering masterpiece. It is a harbor for loading mineral to the ships moored on the cliff. During the visit (also available in English, French and German), we will cross a tunnel (600 m) up to the cliff to enjoy a wonderful view.
- Sentiero Per Porto Flavia, Iglesias, CI, Italia
Marganai State Property Forest
Once we finish the visit, we will reach the Marganai State Property Forest, a magnificent holm oak forest over an ancient limestone massif plenty of caves. The nearby Linasia Montainous Garden shows some of the main Sardinian mountainous environments, where we will go for a walk into the forest. Then, we will have lunch in a picnic area under the trees.
- Foresta demaniale del Marganai, Iglesias, CI, Italia
San Nicolò and Cala Domestica beaches
After lunch we will drive to the sea, crossing green hills and valleys. Our first stop will be San Nicolò, a very nice beach surrounded by wide sand dunes; the second one, Cala Domestica, an enchanting cove in the middle of a high cliff with a former harbor for loading mineral.
- San Nicolò, SP83, Buggerru, CI, Italia
In our route back we will stop at Nebida’s Walk to admire both the landscape and a plant that is the jewel of mining architecture: the Laveria Lamarmora. At about 6.15 p.m. we will be leaving.
- Laveria Lamarmora (Miniera di Nebida), Iglesias, Province of Carbonia-Iglesias, Italy