Carbonia Iglesias

The region of Carbonia and Iglesias (Sulcis-Iglesiente) has been the most important in Sardinian history for all mining activities. All area was, and still is, rich in silver, zinc, iron and lead. Even Nuragic populations, and after the Romans, took advantage of the abundance of those minerals. Today what can be found and seen is just the stunning heritage of mining architecture and culture. This heritage is most appreciate by tourists who enjoy the combination of time spent in unspoiled beaches and the local food and wine productions. Fish is definitely an essential dish in this area, especially in Carloforte’s island.

Most important attractions in the area are:

Geo Mineral Park Iglesias Carbonia. The old mining activities have left beautiful examples of industrial archaeology. This park has been declared the first historic and environmental Geo Mineral Park in the world by UNESCO in 1997.

Is Zuddas grotto in the territory of Santadi. This grotto contains a good variety of different shape of stalagmites and stalactites. The most beautiful and important chamber is called Sala dell’Organo, its shape reminds the church’s organ figure. The cave is over 1 mile long but only approximately 500 meters are open to the public.

Masua beach and di Pan di Zucchero Island (Island Sugarloaf). This area is among the most unspoiled of Sardinia. The presence of Pan di Zucchero Island (Island Sugarloaf) certainly helps in making the views of this area like beautiful postcards.

Carloforte Island. Not to be missed the numerous small beaches around the island as well as the local food, particularly the tuna fish.